Attenborough and the Giant Egg

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Attenborough and the Giant Egg
Presented byDavid Attenborough
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original networkBBC

Attenborough and The Giant Egg is a 2011 British nature documentary presented and written by David Attenborough. The documentary is a follow-up of an episode in Madagascar, filmed in 1960, for Attenborough's earliest nature documentary series, Zoo Quest.[1][2] In that episode, a native boy gave Attenborough a collection of large pieces of eggshell, which Attenborough temporarily pieced together with sticky tape to form a complete eggshell of the extinct elephant bird.[2] The egg is the subject of the 2011 documentary, which is an hour long and premiered on 2 March 2011.[1]

The documentary explores the history of the elephant bird, what led to its extinction, and the role of conservation in preventing the extinction of critically endangered species.[1] The extinction of the elephant bird is attributed to human activity. The birds were once widespread, but deforestation and the hunting of the bird's eggs led to the species' decline.[3] Attenborough compares the factors that led to the extinction of the elephant bird with the threats facing critically endangered species in the present.[3]


Attenborough and the Giant Egg was presented and written by David Attenborough

John Walsh of The Independent praised the film, especially Attenborough's role as a presenter, calling it a "bitty but fascinating documentary."[4] Michael Deacon, a critic for The Daily Telegraph, wrote that the documentary demonstrated the "evolution of television presentation," and commended Attenborough for his "rare and unteachable ability to speak as if addressing you alone, rather than an audience of millions."[5] Andrew Anthony of The Guardian was critical of the backstory of the documentary, writing that it exaggerated the mystery of the egg. However, Anthony lauded Attenborough, commenting that "Attenborough's enduring passion for the planet's innumerable lifeforms remains one of television's abiding achievements."[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Attenborough and The Giant Egg". BBC. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Zoo Quest to Madagascar - Episode 1". Zoo Quest. 1961. BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b Gray, Richard (19 December 2010). "David Attenborough and the mystery of the elephant bird". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ Walsh, John (6 March 2011). "Jamie's Dream School, Channel 4, Wednesday Attenborough and the Giant Egg, BBC2, Tuesday". The Independent. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ Deacon, Michael (3 March 2011). "Review: Attenborough and the Giant Egg, BBC Two". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  6. ^ Anthony, Andrew (5 March 2011). "Rewind TV: Jamie's Dream School; Attenborough and the Giant Egg; The Promise". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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