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David Attenborough – The Grand Old Man of Natural History Filmmaking

  • László Erdős


David Attenborough is widely considered one of the leading conservationists of our time. His name has been associated with natural history films for more than six decades. Attenborough’s landmark series, including ‘Life on Earth,’ ‘The Living Planet,’ and ‘The Trials of Life’ have been watched by hundreds of millions of people. Attenborough succeeded in bringing nature closer to people and people closer to nature. Some of his films such as ‘State of the Planet’ are completely devoted to the conservation cause. Attenborough has inspired generations of filmmakers, nature lovers, and scientists. Today Attenborough is one of the most beloved individuals on the globe and a role model for conservationists all over the world.


Wildlife films BBC Life on Earth The living planet The trials of life Overpopulation 

Worth Reading

  1. Attenborough, D. (1979). Life on Earth. London: Collins-BBC.Google Scholar
  2. Attenborough, D. (1984). The living planet: A portrait of the Earth. London: Collins-BBC.Google Scholar
  3. Attenborough, D. (1992). The trials of life. London: Collins-BBC.Google Scholar
  4. Attenborough, D. (1995). The private life of plants. London: BBC Books.Google Scholar
  5. Attenborough, D. (1998). The life of birds. London: BBC Books.Google Scholar
  6. Attenborough, D. (2002a). Life on air. London: BBC Books.Google Scholar
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  8. Attenborough, D. (2005). Life in the undergrowth. London: BBC Books.Google Scholar
  9. Attenborough, D. (2008). Life in cold blood. London: BBC Books.Google Scholar
  10. Attenborough, D., & Fuller, E. (2012). Drawn from paradise. London: HarperCollins.Google Scholar

Worth Watching

  1. Life on Earth (1979)Google Scholar
  2. The Living Planet (1984)Google Scholar
  3. The Trials of Life (1990)Google Scholar
  4. The Private Life of Plants (1995)Google Scholar
  5. The Life of Birds (1998)Google Scholar
  6. State of the Planet (2000)Google Scholar
  7. Life on Air (2002)Google Scholar
  8. The Life of Mammals (2002)Google Scholar
  9. Life in the Undergrowth (2005)Google Scholar
  10. Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006)Google Scholar
  11. Can We Save Planet Earth? (2006)Google Scholar
  12. Life in Cold Blood (2008)Google Scholar
  13. How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth? (2009)Google Scholar
  14. The Death of the Oceans? (2010)Google Scholar
  15. Attenborough’s Ark (2012)Google Scholar
  16. Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild (2012)Google Scholar
  17. Kingdom of Plants (2012)Google Scholar
  18. Attenborough’s Paradise Birds (2015).Google Scholar
  19. David Attenborough Meets President Obama (2015)Google Scholar
  20. Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens (2016)Google Scholar
  21. Climate Change: The Facts (2019)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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