David Attenborough filmography

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The following is a chronological list of television series and individual programmes where Sir David Attenborough is credited as writer, presenter, narrator or producer. In a career spanning seven decades, Attenborough's name has become synonymous with the natural history programmes produced by the BBC Natural History Unit.

Major projects[edit]

1950s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1952 Coelacanth - The rediscovery of the prehistoric coelacanth. Attenborough's first programme for the BBC (as producer). Presented by Julian Huxley. 10-minute-long episodes. Producer No
1952 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Quiz show based on the game Twenty Questions, which ran until 1959. Scientists would try to guess the origin of specimens from museum and university collections. Episode list: "Belfast Museum and Art Gallery"; "Bankfield Museum"; "The Royal Scottish Museum"; "Royal Albert Memorial" (all 1953). Producer No
1953 Song Hunter 6x20 min Folk music, presented by and featuring performances by Alan Lomax. Producer No
1953 The Pattern of Animals - Animal camouflage, warning signals and courtship displays. Presented by Julian Huxley. 3 episodes. Attenborough's first natural history series. Producer No
1954 Zoo Quest 6x30 min A series of multi-part nature documentaries broadcast on BBC Television between 1954 and 1963. It was the first major programme to feature Attenborough. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1955 Zoo Quest to Guiana 6x30 min Second Zoo Quest expedition. History of South America. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1956 Zoo Quest for a Dragon 6x30 min This Zoo Quest series features the first known footage of the Komodo dragon. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1957 Quest for the Paradise Birds 6x30 min Attenborough's first trip to the island of New Guinea in an attempt to film the courtship displays of the native birds of paradise. Episodes: "Base Camp in New Guinea"; "Into the Stone Age"; "People of the Wahgi Valley"; "Pygmies and Paradise Birds". Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1959 Zoo Quest in Paraguay 6x30 min Fifth Zoo Quest. Attenborough returned to South America and visited the grasslands and wetlands of Paraguay. Episode list: "Return from the Chaco"; "Cactus Island in the Desert"; "The Gran Chaco"; "Argentine Excursion"; "Oven Birds and Capybaras"; "Butterfly Birds" and "Armadillos". Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No

1960s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1960 The People of Paradise 6x30 min Anthropology and natural history of the South Pacific. Episode list: “The Land Divers of Pentecost”, “Cargo Cult", “The Fire Walkers of Fiji”, “Outer Islands of Fiji”. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1960 Elsa the Tamworth Lioness 1x30 min Following Joy and George Adamson as they search for Elsa and her three cubs. Producer and presenter No
1960 Travellers' Tales - Long-running series made by Attenborough's BBC Travel and Exploration Unit, which also featured Armand and Michaela Denis's on Safari programmes. Episodes associated with Attenborough: "Savage New Guinea"; "Festival in Kano"; "Hill Tribes of the Deccan"; "White Elephant"; "Men of the Dream Time"; "Caribbean Expedition"; "Hunters of Spitzbergen"; "The Opium People"; "The Leg Rowers of Burma"; "Chop! Music and Zulu Dancing"; "Adriatic Journey"; "Antarctic Adventure"; "Dancing Dervishes"; "In Search of Stanley"; "Overland to Singapore"; "The Hidden Valley of Apa Tanis"; "Pygmies of the Congo"; "The Choco Indians of Colombia"; "Head Hunters and Giraffe Women"; "The Fur-trappers of Greenland"; "Lapland Summer"; "The Bird Cliffs of Lofoten"; "The Strange Creatures of Galapagos"; "Unknown India"; "Chinese Journey"; "The Ascent of Annapuma IV"; "'Sherpa'; Land of the Lost"; "The Land of the Gurkhas". Producer and/or narrator No
1961 Zoo Quest to Madagascar 6x30 min Expedition to film and collect animals in Madagascar. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1961 Japan - History and culture of the Japanese people. Producer No
1962 Destruction of the Indian - How contact with the modern world has affected remote Indian tribes of South America. 3 episodes. Producer No
1963 Attenborough and Animals 10x25 min First series for children. Comparing different species. Episodes: "Apes, Lemurs and Orang-utangs"; Armadilloes, Sloths and Anteaters; "Bird Architects – From the Argentine to Australia";"Bird Mysteries and Problems, Including the Rhea and the Birds of Paradise"; "Lizards from Australia, South America and Malaya"; "Crocodiles and Turtles – And How to Catch Them"; "Ants from America, Australia and Africa"; "Moths, Mud Wasps and Praying Mantises"; "Clams and Crabs from the Pacific and Indian Oceans". Presenter No
1963 Quest Under Capricorn 6x30 min Final Zoo Quest series, filmed in the Northern Territory of Australia, was also Attenborough's final natural history series before moving into BBC management. Episode list: “The Desert Gods”, “Hermits of Borolloola”, “The Artists of Arnhem Land”, “Bush Walkabout”, “The First Australians"; Buffalo, Geese and Men”. Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer No
1965 Zambezi 3x50 min A journey down the Zambezi. Episode list: “Lord of the Land”, “The Ancient Highway”, “Livingstone's River” Writer and presenter No
1967 Life- East Africa - Series of interviews conducted by Attenborough with African conservationists. 3 episodes. Writer and presenter No
1967 The World About Us - Commissioned during his tenure as Controller of BBC Two, Attenborough narrated around 20 episodes of this long-running series between 1969 and 1982. Episode list: "Koko the Gorilla"; "Unatural History"; "Asmat – Cannibal craftsmen of New Guinea"; "The Predators"; "Courtship"; "Lions of Serengeti"; "Extinction"; "Goblins of the Forest"; "The Field – the Great Bustard"; "Elephant Kingdom"; "The Hyena Story"; "Baboons of Gombe"; "Baobab"; "Geese are only Human"; "Dangerous Venomous Animals"; "El Condor"; "Yanoamama – Sons of the Blood"; "A Sheltered Existence"; "The Discoverers:The 400 Edition of the World around Us"; "Wild Dogs of Africa"; "Woodpecker"; "Voices in the Forest"; "The underground Movement"; "Ghosts at the end of the World"; Greenpeace Voyages to save the Whale". Narrator No
1969 The Miracle of Bali 3x50 min Indonesian island of Bali. Narrator and producer Yes

1970s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1971 A Blank on the Map 1x60 min Bikaru people in the New Guinea forest. Writer and presenter Yes
1973 Eastwards with Attenborough 6x30 min First natural history series after resigning as BBC Controller took him to South East Asia. Episode list: "The Strange Caves Of Borneo", "Fire Giants Of Sumatra", "Mudbuilders Of Borneo", "Green Ceilings Of Borneo", "Borneo's Cathedral Of Trees", "Life And Death In Paradise". Writer and presenter No
1973 The Life Game 1x90 min Genetics and evolution, written by Nigel Calder and produced by Adrian Malone. Presenter No
1973 Natural Break 15x10 min A series of short programmes based on archive footage, produced by John Sparks Presenter No
1973 Flying Prince of Wildlife - The story of the conservation efforts of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911–2004) Presenter No
1973 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 6x60min Science lectures on the language of animals. Episodes: "The Languages of Animals: Beware", "The Languages of Animals: Be Mine", "The Language of Animals: Parents and Children", "The Language of Animals:Foreign Languages", "The Languages of Animals: Animal Language, Human Language". Writer and presenter No
1975 The Explorers 10x50 min Recreating the voyages of famous explorers, at the time the most expensive series ever commissioned by the BBC. Episode list: "The Story of Roald Amundsen", "The Story of Charles Montagu Doughty", "The Story of Henry Morton Stanley", "The Story of Burke And Wills", "The Story of Mary Kingsley", "The Story of Jedediah Strong Smith", "The Story of Alexander von Humboldt", "The Story of Captain James Cook", "The Story of Francisco Pizarro", "The Story of Christopher Columbus". Introducer and narrator No
1975 Fabulous Animals - Children's television series which featured Attenborough reading books about mythological creatures. Episode list: "Here be Monsters", "Marvels of the Deep", "Dragons and Serpents", "Winged Creatures", "Horns of Magic", "Man or Beast". Presenter No
1975 The Tribal Eye 7x50 min Tribal art, of which Attenborough is a keen collector. Writer and presenter Yes
1976 The Discoverers 6x30 min Pioneering explorers, discoverers and scientists in the field of natural history. Episode list: "The Bone Hunters”, “The Bug Collectors”, “The Wanderer and the Woodsman”, “The Unknown Ocean”, “The Rare and the Curious”. Narrator No
1977 Wildlife on One 253x30 min Half-hour natural history programmes for BBC One. Ran annually until 2005. Narrator No
1979 Life on Earth 13x55 min The history of life on Earth. Took 3 years to make - notable for its groundbreaking footage. Writer and presenter Yes

1980s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1980 The Spirit of Asia 8x60 min The cultures and religions of the people of Asia. Episodes list: "The World of Shadows", "The Morning of the World", "Land of the Cosmic Mountain", "The Story of Rama", "The Haunted Land", "Artists in Exile", "God-Kings of Angkor", "Land of a Million Buddhas". Narrator No
1981 The Ark in South Kensington - Story of the Natural History Museum at South Kensington. Presenter No
1984 The Living Planet 12x55 min Showing how various living organisms have adapted to their surroundings. Writer and presenter Yes
1985 The Million Pound Bird Book 1x60 min Biography of American naturalist John James Audubon. Writer and presenter No
1986 World Safari 1x90 min A live television event featuring broadcasts from across the world. Co-presenter No
1987 The First Eden 4x60 min The Mediterranean. Writer and presenter Yes
1989 Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives 4x40 min Fossils, a passion that Attenborough has had since childhood. Writer and presenter Yes

1990s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1990 The Trials of Life 12x50 min The final part of the Trilogy of Life. Writer and presenter Yes
1993 QED "Gallop to Freedom" 1x45 min The release of Przewalski horses Narrator No
1993 Life in the Freezer 6x30 min The natural history of Antarctica. Writer and presenter Yes
1994 Heart of a Nomad 1x60 min Explorer and writer Wilfred Thesiger. Presenter No
1995 The Private Life of Plants 6x50 min Life cycle of plants. Writer and presenter Yes
1996 Winners and Losers 2x45 min Following life forms examined in the 1960s documentary The Rare Ones. Narrator No
1996 IMAX – "Survival Island" 1x42 min Various animal populations of South Georgia island. Writer and narrator Yes
1998 The Life of Birds 10x50 min Various species of birds and their ways of life. Writer and presenter Yes
1998 The Origin of Species: An Illustrated Guide 1x30 min Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Narrator No
1999 Sharks – The Truth 1x50 min Part of BBC One's Shark Summer season. Narrator No
1999 They Said It Couldn't Be Done 7x60 min Attenborough interviews wildlife film-makers at the Royal Geographical Society. Presenter No

2000s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
2000 State of the Planet 3x50 min The detrimental effect mankind has on environment. Writer and presenter Yes
2000 The Lost Gods of Easter Island 1x50 min Tracing the history of an Easter Island figure he bought at an auction in New York in the 1990s. Writer and presenter Yes
2000 Living with Dinosaurs 1x50 min Reasons why some reptiles living at the time of dinosaurs did not die out with them. Narrator No
2000 The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth 1x50 min Christmas special. Presenter No
2000 The Song of the Earth 1x50 min A Natural History of Music. Included in the Attenborough DVD collection. Presenter Yes
2001 The Blue Planet 8x50 min Natural history of the world's oceans. Narrator Yes
2002 The Life of Mammals 10x50 min Mammals, the most diverse group of animals ever to live on the planet. Writer and presenter Yes
2002 Great Natural Wonders of the World 1x60 min Sequel to The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth. Presenter No
2002 Life on Air 1x60 min David Attenborough's 50 Years in Television. Included in the Attenborough DVD collection. Guest Interviewee Yes
2004 Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden 2x52 min How the residents of a village in Satoyama live in harmony with nature. Narrator No
2005 Animal Crime Scene 5x60 min Examination of "murder cases" in the animal kingdom. Episode list: "Outback Assassin", "Ocean Assassin", "Arctic Assassin", "African Assassin", "Amazon Assassin". Narrator No
2005 Life in the Undergrowth 5x50 min Insects and invertebrates. Writer and presenter Yes
2006 Planet Earth 11x50 min The variety of the entire planet. Filmed over four years in 64 countries. Narrator Yes
2006 The Truth about Climate Change 2x60 min Documentary on issue of Global warming. Writer and presenter Yes
2006 Gorillas Revisited 1x60 min Revisiting the group of Rwanda's mountain gorillas Presenter No
2007 Climate Change: Britain Under Threat 1x60 min Examining the effects of climate change on Great Britain. Presenter No
2007 Tom Harrisson: The Barefoot Anthropologist 1x60 min Biography of Tom Harrisson. Presenter No
2007 Attenborough Explores... Our Fragile World 1x60 min The issue of the global environmental crisis. Writer and presenter No
2008 Life in Cold Blood 5x50 min The life of reptiles and amphibians. Writer and presenter Yes
2008 Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice 1x50 min The humpback whale - made for Australian television. Narrator No
2008 Tiger: Spy in the Jungle 3x60 min The life of tiger cubs. Writer and presenter Yes
2009 Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life 1x60 min Darwin's theory of evolution. Writer and presenter Yes
2009 Nature's Great Events 6x50 min Some of the greatest annual wildlife events on the planet. Narrator Yes
2009 Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link 1x60 min Documentary coinciding with the announcement of a 47-million-year-old primate fossil. Writer and narrator Yes
2009 Life 10x50 min Wildlife from all over planet Earth in ten episodes. Writer and narrator Yes

2010s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
2010 David Attenborough's First Life 2x60 min The origin of life on Earth, investigating the evidence from the earliest fossils. Writer and presenter Yes
2010 The Death of the Oceans? 1x60 min The pressure of human population on world oceans. Writer and presenter Yes
2010 Flying Monsters 3D 1x70 min 3D film about pterosaurs. Writer and presenter Yes
2011 Madagascar 3x60 min The landscape and wildlife of Madagascar. Narrator Yes
2011 Attenborough and the Giant Egg 1x60 min The extinct "elephant bird" of Madagascar. Writer and presenter Yes
2011 Desert Seas 1x 60 min Wildlife off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Narrator No
2011 Frozen Planet 7x60 min The natural history of the polar regions. Narrator/presenter Yes
2011 The Penguin King 1x75 min Sky 3D film charting the lives of king penguins on South Georgia. Writer and narrator Yes
2012 Secrets of Wild India 3x60 min Indian wildlife series, broadcast on Nat Geo Wild. Episodes: “Desert Lion”, “Elephant Kingdom”, “Tiger Jungles”. Narrator Yes
2012 Superfish: Bluefin Tuna 1x60 min Documentary on filming of the blue fin tuna in the wild. Narrator No
2012 Kingdom of Plants 3D 3x60 min 3D series filmed at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Writer and presenter Yes
2012 Attenborough's Ark: A Natural World Special 1x60 min Ten endangered animals. Writer and presenter No
2012 Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 3x60 min Following Attenborough's career in wildlife filming. Writer and presenter Yes
2012 Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers 1x45 min Hummingbirds. Presenter No
2013 Plants Behaving Badly 2x45 min 2-part special on plants. Episode list: “Murder and Mayhem”, “Sex and Lies”. Presenter Yes
2013 Galapagos 3D 3x45 min Sky 3D series on the Galapagos Islands. Writer and Presenter Yes
2013 David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 1 5x30 min Episode list: “Stretched To The Limit”, “A Curious Hoax?”, “Young Wrinklies”, “A Curious Twist”, “Seeing the Pattern”. Writer and presenter Yes
2013 Africa 6x60 min The nature of the continent of Africa. Narrator/presenter Yes
2013 Micro Monsters 3D 6x22 min 3D filming techniques show lives of bugs and insects. Episode list: “Conflict”, “Predator”, “Courtship”, “Reproduction”, “Family”, “Colony”. Narrator/presenter Yes
2013 Wild Cameramen at Work 4x30 min Series looking at work of leading wildlife cameramen. Episode list: “Sky”, “Ice”, “Sea”, “Land”. Narrator/presenter No
2013 Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates 2x60 min The 500 million year rise of vertebrates. Writer and presenter Yes
2014 Sir David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 2 10x30 min Episode list: "Virgin Births", "Armoured Animals", "Life in the Dark", "Curious Imposters", "Bad Reputations", "Shocking Senses", "Life on Ice", "Spinners and Weavers", "Strange Parents", "Magical Appearances" Writer and presenter Yes
2014 David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 1x65 min Documentary in which CGI imagery is used to bring to life several of the extinct animals housed in the Natural History Museum in London. Writer and presenter Yes
2014 Life Story 6x60 min Animals dealing with challenges in various stages of their life. Narrator and presenter Yes
2015 David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D 3x60 min Birds, bats and flying insects. Writer and presenter Yes
2015 Attenborough's Paradise Birds 60 min The history of Paradise birds. Writer and presenter Yes
2015 David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 3 6x22 min Episode list: "Impossible Feats"; "Curious Minds"; "Expandable Bodies"; "Curious Feeders"; "Curious Cures"; "Remarkable Regeneration" Writer and presenter Yes
2015 Wild City 2x45 min Two-part documentary series focusing on the wildlife of Singapore. Narrator Yes
2015 The Hunt 7x60 min Hunting strategies of key predators. Presenter Yes
2016 Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough 3x60 min Documentary series on the Great Barrier Reef to which Attenborough returns after 50 years. Writer and presenter Yes
2016 Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur 1x60 min Following the excavation of bone remains of a gigantic dinosaur in southern Argentina. Writer and presenter Yes
2016 Attenborough's Life That Glows 1x60 min Various examples of bio-luminescence in the natural world. Writer and presenter Yes
2016 Attenborough's Passion Projects 4x60 min Attenborough chooses four favorite documentaries from his 60 years of filming. Guest Interviewee & Presenter Yes
2016 Planet Earth II 6x60 min Sequel series to Planet Earth. Narrator & Presenter Yes
2017 David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 4 6x22 min Episode list: "Animal Frankensteins"; "Finding the Way"; "Extreme Babies"; "Curious Counters"; "Incredible Shells"; "Ferocious Fighters" Writer and presenter Yes
2017 Blue Planet II 7x60 min Sequel series to The Blue Planet. Narrator & Presenter Yes
2017 Attenborough and the Giant Elephant 1x60 min Story of "Jumbo" the famous elephant. Writer & Presenter No
2018 The Queen's Green Planet 1x45 min Exploring the gardens of Buckingham Palace with The Queen. Presenter No
2018 Attenborough and the Sea Dragon 1x60 min Series focusing on the ichthyosaur – a giant sea dragon that once ruled the oceans. Writer & Presenter No
2018 David Attenborough's Tasmania[1] 1x50 min The story of the island of Tasmania diverse habitats, seasons and animals. Narrator TBA
2018 Dynasties[2] 5x60 min Episode list: "Lions", "Hunting Dogs", "Chimpanzees", "Tigers", "Emperor Penguins" Narrator & Presenter TBA
2019 Our Planet[3] 8x60 min Narrator & Presenter TBA

Other programmes[edit]

In addition to writing, presenting, narrating and producing his own documentaries, Sir David Attenborough has made regular appearances as an on-screen and off-screen participant in other film-makers' documentaries and on other numerous television programmes. The following list includes some of his more notable appearances plus long-running shows:

1950s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1953 "The Dreaded Savage" - Alain Gheerbrant recounting his experiences among the Guaharibo Indians near the Orinoco. Producer No
1954 "It's a Small World: Musical Toys " - Miniature toys. Producer No
1954 "Out of Doors " - Hiking/camping/gardening. Episode list: "Camping in Comfort", "From the Studio". Producer No
1955 "The Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955–58" 6x30 min The progress of Vivian Fuchs and his Commonwealth expedition's overland crossing of Antarctica. Presenter and producer No
1955 "BBC Panorama: Programme 12" - Guest Interviewee No
1956 "The Berbers of the Atlas Mountains" - Producer No
1957 "Bororo: The Unknown Nomads" - Presenter No
1957 "The Savage Image" - Omnibus BBC series. Presenter No
1957 "Mainly for Women" - BBC series. Producer No
1958 "The Volcanos of Sahara" - The Tibesti mountains of northern Chad. Producer No
1959 "Sails off Singapore" - Narrator No
1959 "Science is News" - Narrator No

1960s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1961 Adventure Over 150 episodes Attenborough is credited as narrator or producer of following episodes: "The Shrines of China"; "Crusaders Path"; "The Land of the Queen of Sheba"; "Voodo Island"; "Dyak"; "Turkoman"; "The Tombs of Petra"; "Lhasa", "Forbidden City"; "The Peaks of Peru"; "Dalai Lama"; "Magicians of the Black Hills"; "Sixty-five Survivors"; "North through Afghanistan"; "The Wandering Herdsmen of the Sahara"; "Wings in the Malayan Forest"; "The Hidden Sanctuaries of Prester John"; "The Tunnel of Samos"; "The Lost Men of Malaya"; "The Unknown Mountains of Nepal"; "Search for the Hobolos"; "The Caviar Fishermen of the Caspian"; "Ballon from Lake Manyara"; "Voyage Under the Earth"; "Ballon from Zanzibar"; "Trail to Dawson City"; "The Cave of the Assassins"; "Ballon to Serengeti"; "The Dragon Story"; "The Cocaine-Eaters of Colombia"; "Bushmen of the Kalahari"; "The Men without a Bow"; "Kon-Tiki"; "Snakes Alive"; "The Riddle of Easter Island". Narrator and producer No
1962 "Video Guide To British Garden Birds" - Species of birds found in British town and country gardens. Presenter No
1963 "Lets Imagine – The Perfect Horse" - Various breeds of horses. Narrator No
1964 "Discovery of the Penicillin" 1x45 min The discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming. Narrator No
1964 "Indoors and Out: Man and the Land" 8x20 min Series of short documentaries in which Attenborough visits London, the Scotland Highlands, Fair Isle, New Forest and other places in the UK. Episode list: "Mountains and Moorland"; "Island Home"; "Concrete Desert"; "The Fens"; "The Highway"; "Granite Cliffs"; "Green Forests"; "The Open Fields". BBC series. Narrator No
1965 Two Quest - "Attenborough Discovers Manchester" 1x6 min Short parody on Attenborough work on various documentaries based on exploring Manchester. Narrator No
1966 "Faraway Places – The Quests of David Attenborough" - Twelve short documentaries based on material filmed during the Zoo Quest expeditions. Narrator No

1970's[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1972 "Around the World in 80 Minutes – A Guided Tour of our Spectacular Planet" - Narrator and presenter No
1972 Late Night Line Up 1x8 min The last episode of the show, featuring an interview with Attenborough. Guest Interviewee No
1974 "Spectacular Britain" - BBC series. Narrator No
1975 Children of The Way - Documentary on the life of the various Muslim communities in Great Britain. BBC series. Narrator No
1976 "In Search of Strange Animals" - Narrator No
1976 BBC's "The Zoo" - Documentary about the history of the London Zoo Narrator No
1978 Sunday Special: The Gold of El Dorado - One episode. Presenter No

1980s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1980 "Gilbert White Lived Here" - British naturalist Gilbert White. BBC. 1 episode. Presenter No
1980 "Wild Britain" - BBC series. Presenter No
1980 "The Private Life of the Robin: Robin Scott - The BBC Remembers" - BBC series. Guest Intreviewee No
1981 "An Everday Miracle" - Narrator No
1982 Omnibus - Attenborough interviews Lucie Rie about her studio pottery. Series 16, episode 6. Presenter No
1982 "Wildlife Jubilee" - The development of BBC's "Natural History Unit" in Bristol. Interviewee No
1983 "Rainbow Safari" - Narrator No
1983 Natural World - BBC Two series still on air, for which Attenborough has narrated or presented in following episodes:

1983: The Kiwai, Dugong hunters of Daru

1988: Twilight of the Dreamtime

1992: Mpingo: The Tree That Makes Music

1993: Echo of the Elephants

1994: Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea; Mysteries of the Ocean Wanderers

1996: Echo of the Elephants: The next Generation; Incredible Suckers; Lions: Pride in Peril; Attenborough In Paradise; Sperm Whales: Back from the Abyss

1997: Echo of the Elephants: Africa's Forgotten Elephants

1998: Dragons of Galapagos; South Georgia: An Island All Alone

1999: Islands of the Vampire Birds

2000: Bowerbirds the Art of Seduction

2001: The Lost Elephants of Timbuktu

2003: Highgrove: A Prince's Legacy

2004: Five Big Cats and a Camera; Shark Coast; The Amber Time Machine

2005: Echo of the Elephants – The Final Chapter

2006: Satoyama Japan's Secret Water Garden

2007: Battle to Save the Tiger; Desert Lions

2008: Badgers Secrets of the Sett; Clever Monkeys; Cuckoo; Lobo: The Wolve that Changed America; Snow Leopard, Beyond The Myth; Superfish

2009: Cassowaries; Bringing Up Baby

2010: Birds of Paradise; Echo an Unforgettable Elephant; Elsa, The Lioness That Changed The World; Panda Makers; The Himalayas

2011: Animal House; Komodo Secrets of the Dragon

2012: Madagascar, Lemurs and Spies; Jungle Gremlins of Java; The Real Jungle Book Bear; Attenboroughs Ark; Living with Baboons

2013: Giant Squid Filming the Impossible; Meerkats Secrets of an Animal Superstar; The Mating Game

2014: Attenboroughs Fabulous Frogs; The Bat Man of Mexico

2015: Africa's Fishing Leopards; Attenboroughs Big Birds; Galapagos: Islands Of Change; Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places

2016: Jaguars: Brazil's Super Cats; Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants

2017: Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants; Hotel Armadillo; Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment

2018: Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs

Occasional narrator, writer or presenter No
1986 BBC's TV50: "Television and Natural History" - Desmond Morris gives an overview of natural history programs on BBC. Guest interviewee No
1986 "Interest the Boy in Nature" - Guest interviewee No
1986 "Huw Wheldon by His Friends" - BBC's omnibus. Guest interviewee No
1987 "Glass Kingdoms at Kew" - Conservatories at Kew. BBC series. Narrator and presenter No
1987 "Politics of the Jungle" - The destruction of Borneo jungles in order to plant oil palms. Narrator No
1988 "Waorani – The Last People" - The life of the last 100 Waorani Indians in Guyana. Narrator No
1988 Brathay Trust's – "Brathay Explores" 1x18 min Exploration expeditions of the Brathay Trust from 1948-1988. Narrator No
1989 "The Pitt Rivers Museum is Shut" 1x37 min Pitt's River Museum. Guest presenter No
1989 "Nature's Champion: A Tribute to Sir Peter Scott" - Work of Peter Scott, leading British naturalist. Interviewee No

1990s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
1991 "Lime Grove – The Television Years" - BBC's Lime Grove Studio. Interviewee No
1993 "Wildlife 100" - 100th episode of Wildlife on One. Attenborough selected his favorite episodes from past series. Narrator No
1993 "Flying with Dinosaurs" - Attenborough examines living reptiles, bats, and birds to discover answers about flight. BBC series. Narrator No
1993 Joan Bakewell's – "Memento" 1x25 min Attenborough presents a number of memento's that are dear to him. Narrator No
1993 "Portrait Painter to the Birds" - The work of William Cooper and his painting of Paradise Birds. BBC series. Narrator No
1993 "K: Kenneth Clark 1903 – 1983" - Documentary about the life of Kenneth Clark. Guest Interviewee No
1995-2007 BBC Wildlife Specials 22x50 min The BBC Wildlife Specials are a series of nature documentary programmes commissioned by BBC Television. The series premiered in 1995, and 22 specials have been produced to date, with most of the more recent ones consisting of multiple episodes. The earlier programmes were produced in-house by the BBC's Natural History Unit, but the more recent Spy in the ... titles were made by the independent John Downer Productions. The first 18 specials, through 2008, were narrated by David Attenborough.

List of specials narrated by Attenborough: Great White Shark: The True Story of Jaws; Polar Bear: The Arctic Warrior; Crocodile: The Smiling Predator; Leopard: The Agent of Darkness; Eagle: The Master of the Skies;Humpback Whale: The Giant of the Oceans; Wolf: The Legendary Outlaw; Tiger: The Elusive Princess; Lions: Spy in the Den; Grizzly: Face to Face;Gorillas: On the Trail of King Kong; Serpent: Through the Eyes of the Snake; Killer Whale; Elephants: Spy in the Herd; Smart Sharks: Swimming With Roboshark; Bears: Spy in the Woods; Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest;Tiger: Spy in the Jungle.

Narrator Yes
1995 "Heroes of Comedy" - Episode: "Joyce Grenfell". BBC series. Interviewee No
1996 QED "The Secret Life of Seahorses" 1x45 min Breeding seahorses. Narrator No
1996 "Reputations" 1x55 min The life of Joy Adamson is re-examined. Attenborough is interviewed in episode: "Born Wild". Interviewee No
1996 "Auntie's All-Time Greats" - BBC series. Interviewee No
1997 "Auntie – the Inside Story of the BBC" - Three part documentary series on the development of BBC. Guest interviewee No
1999 Animal People – Octopus Hunter - Narrator No
1999 Kingdoms of Survival - ITV series. Episode: "Tigers Next Door". Narrator No

2000's[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
2000 Wilderness Men 3x45 min Alexander von Humboldt, Lewis and Clark, and Ernest Shackleton. BBC series. Interviewee No
2000 My Generation 3x45 min A three part series in which Attenborough participates in episode "Into the Light". Guest Interviewee No
2001 "Secrets of the Screen" 1x30 min Conservation of 18th century Japanese folding screen that was painted by Utagawa Toyoharu. Guest interviewee No
2001 NOVA's "Flying Casanovas" 1x53 min The courtship of various bird species. Narrator No
2001 "A Window on the World" - BBC series. Guest interviewee No
2001 "The Human Face" 4x60 min Episodes: "Face to Face"; "Here's Looking at You"; "Beauty"; "Fame". BBC series. Guest interviewee No
2001 "The Ultimate Wild Paradises – The Top Ten Destinations" - BBC series. Guest interviewee No
2002 BBC's Timeshift – "Attenborough the Controller" 1x45 min The work of Attenborough as BBC Two Controller. Archive footage and interviewee No
2002 Attenborough in Conversation with Mark Lawson 1x30 min Guest Interviewee No
2002 Reading the Decades - BBC documentary series on best selling books through decades. Attenborough in 1 episode. Guest Interviewee No
2003 "Great Wildlife Moments" - Archive footage Yes
2003 Greenpeace Film's "The Ancient Forests" 1x3 min Narrator No
2003 Hands on History: Conserving the Dark Age Legacy of Sutton Hoo - Sutton Hoo archaeological site. Narrator No
2003 Rainforest Information Center, "On The Brink" 1x34 min Presenter & narrator No
2003 "The Many Lives of Richard Attenborough" - Richard Attenborough's work on various films and the Oscar winning "Gandhi". Interviewee No
2004 BBC's "William Hodges:The Art of Exploration" 1x35 min William Hodges who accompanied Captain Cook on his voyages in the Pacific. Presenter Yes
2004 "Whats the Point of the BBC" - Panorama - Guest Interviewee No
2004 "The Truth about the 60's TV" - BBC series. Guest Interviewee No
2005 "Selfish Green" 1x60 min Attenborough participates in a discussion of environmental issues. Interviewee No
2005 "The Wild Life of Gerald Durrell" 1x60 min BBC series Interviewee No
2005 "Sport in the Sixties: TV Revolution" - BBC series. Interviewee No
2005 How Art Made the World 5x60 min A BBC documentary series looking at the influence of art on our society. Guest presenter No
2005 BBC's Timeshift - The Lost Road - Overland to Singapore 1x40 min The travels of six Oxbridge undergraduates from London to Singapore. Guest interviewee No
2005 BBC's The 50 Great Documentaries - Guest presenter No
2006 BBC's "Masterpieces of the British Museum" 6x30 min Sir David Attenborough contributes in "The Durer Rhinoceros" and "Head of an Ife King from Nigeria". Guest interviewee Yes
2006 BBC's Nation on Film series- Kearton's Wildlife - Documentary on the life of British naturalist Cherry Kearton Interviewee Yes
2006 BBC's Gilbert White- The Nature Man 60 min Documentary on the life and work of 18 century English naturalist Gilbert White. Guest presenter Yes
2006 BBC's "Suez a very British Crisis" 3x58 min Sir David Attenborough describes his contacts with Anthony Eden during Suez Canal crisis. He contributes in episodes "Betreyal" and "War" Guest interviewee Yes
2006 BBC's "Folk Britannia" 3x58 min Sir David Attenborough is interviewed in the first episode, "Ballads & Blues". Guest interviewee No
2006 BBC's Horizon: "War On Science" 49 min Archive footage No
2006 BBC's Planet Earth: The Future 3x60min BBC documentary series that is companion to the "Plant Earth" series. Episodes are: "Saving Species"; Into the Wilderness", "Living Together". Sir David Attenbourough is interviewed in all three episodes Interviewee Yes
2007 BBC's Sharing Planet Earth Unknown Presenter No
2007 100 Years of Wildlife Films 120 min Bill Oddie highlights the passionate, eccentric and pioneering individuals who have often risked life and limb to break new boundaries in wildlife films. He charts the extraordinary changes in technology that have driven the industry forward, and reveals how the last hundred years of wildlife films has as much to do with our social attitudes as it has to do with the animals themselves Guest presenter No
2007 BBC's "Peter Scott: a Passion for Nature" Unknown A documentary on the life and work of naturalist Peter Scott Narrator and presenter Yes
2007 BBC's "Watching Desmond Morris" 60 min Documentary about zoologist/anthropologist Desmond Morris. With contributions from Sir David Attenborough Narrator and Guest interviewee No
2007 BBC's "Silbury:The Heart of the Hill" 60 min Documentary about the archaeological excavations of the Silbury Hill Mound Guest interviewee No
2007 BBC's "Favourite Attenborough Moments" 67 min Guest interviewee No
2007 BBC's "Demob Happy: How TV Conquered Britain " 67 min Documentary about the development of broadcasting in Great Britain after the WWII. Guest interviewee No
2008 BBC's "Fossil Detectives" 8x29 min Episode 1 – "Central England"; Episode 2 – "London" Guest Interviewee No
2008 NOVA's "Lord of the Ants" 53 min Documentary on the work of naturalist E.O. Wilson Guest Interviewee No
2008 BBC2 – "The Great British Parakeet Invasion" 9 min A short BBC documentary about the introduced parakeet population in southeastern England Guest interviewee No
2008 BBC's "Art of Arts TV" 3x60 min Guest Interviewee No
2009 BBC Horizon, "How Many People Can live on Planet Earth" 59 min Presenter No
2009 Carnyx Wild, "The Great Bustard" 8 min Short documentary about the reintroduction of the Great Bustard into Great Britain. Narrator No
2009 "The Funny Side of Animals" unknown Guest Interviewee No
2009 "Personal Histories in Archaeological Theory & Methods" 10 min 2009 Panel – "Archaeology and TV". Co-presenter No
2009 BBC's Timeshift – "Archaeology: Digging the Past 59min Guest Interviewee No
2009 BBC's "The Story of the Open University" 49min Guest Interviewee No

2010s[edit]

Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s) DVD Release
2010 BBC's Horizon "Death of Oceans" 59 min Presenter No
2010 Lophelia's "Cold Water Corals" 5 min Short documentary about cold water corals. Narrator No
2010 "The Symphony of Science" 20x4 min Participant No
2010 BBC's "Genius of Britain" 5x60 min Documentary series on famous British scientists. Episodes: "The First Five"; "A Roomful of Brilliant Minds"; "The Lights Come On";"Out of the Darkness" and "Asking Big Questions". Sir David Attenborough contributed pieces on Christopher Wren and Joseph Banks in Episodes 1 and 2 and conclusions in Episode 5. Guest presenter Yes
2010 BBC's "Attenborough's Journey" 60 min Sir David Attenborough presents anecdotes from his work on various documentaries. Presenter Yes
2010 BBC's "Delia through the Decades" Unknown Documentary series on cooking. Interviewee Yes
2010 BBC's "The Born Free Legacy" 60 min Documentary marking the 50th anniversary of Joy Adamson's book "Born Free". Guest Interviewee No
2010 BBC's "Mad and Bad:60 Years of Science on TV" 90min Documentary that reviews the various science programs on TV in the UK. Guest Interviewee No
2010 BBC's Museum of Life 5x60 min Sir David Attenborough contributes in episodes "A Museum in a Modern World" and "A collection for the Future". Guest interviewee No
2010 BBC's Timeshift – "When Britain Went Wild" 1x59min Timeshift episode on how wildlife gained importance with British public during the 1960s. Guest interviewee No
2010 BBC's "Birds Britannia" 4x60min Documentary series on wild birds in Great Britain. Sir David Attenborough contributes in all 4 episodes Interviewee No
2010 BBC's "Jane Goodall: Beauty and the Beast" 60 min Documentary on the work of Jane Goodall with chimps at Gombe. Guest interviewee No
2010 Beyond the Brink 20 min A short documentary made by Ross Harrison based on his investigations on climate change. Guest interviewee Yes
2010 BBC's Culture Show Special – "A History of the World" unknown Documentary that presents the story of human development through a list of 100 objects held at the British Museum. Sir David Attenborough presents part about the use of a stone age axe Presenter Yes
2011 PBS Nature, "Elsa's Legacy – The Born Free Story" 53 min Documentary about the life of lioness Elsa and the impact of her story on wildlife conservation Guest interviewee No
2011 BBC's "Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words" 3x59 min Sir David Attenborough contributes in the episodes "The Culture Wars" and "Human All Too Human". Guest comentator No
2011 "Ocean Drifters – A Secret World beneath the Waves" 16.30 min A short documentary about plankton written, produced and directed by Dr Richard Kirby from Plymouth University. Narrator No
2011 BBC's "Brave New World" 5x49 min Episodes: Machines; Health; Technology; Environment; Biology. Episode "Environment": At Longleat Sir David Attenborough helps collect the DNA of an elephant for the Frozen Ark – a project to save all the world's species from extinction. Sir David Attenborough also introduces the work of the Millennium Seed Bank. Guest interviewee and presenter No
2011 BBC's "Ceramics: A Fragile History" 3X60 min Sir David Attenborough is in the episodes "The Art of the Potter" and "The Story of Clay". Guest interviewee No
2011 Animal Planet's "A City of Wild Cats" 11 min Short documentary on the cats living on Rome streets. Narrator No
2011 BBC's "The Secrets of Scott's Hut" 90 min Documentary on the Antarctic expedition of Robert Falcon Scott Guest interviewee No
2011 Atlantic Productions "The Bachelor King" 75 min A 3D documentary about King Penguins. Writer and presenter No
2011 "Break the Science Barrier" Unknown A documentary presented by Richard Dawkins about the value of scientific endeavour. Guest Interviewee Yes
2012 BBC's "The Grammar School: a Secret History" 90 min Three part documentary series about the work of Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s Guest interviewee No
2012 BBC's Culture Show – John Craxton unknown Sir David Attenborough comments the work of British painter John Craxton Guest interviewee No
2012 BBC's "Tales of Television Centre" 90 min Documentary about the history of the BBC's Television Centre building. Guest interviewee No
2013 When Björk Met Attenborough 1x30min Co-presenter Yes
2013 BBC's "Goodbye Television Centre" 130 min A documentary about the famous BBC production facility, the "Television Centre" Guest No
2013 BBC's "The Early Years" 29 min Guest interviewee No
2013 BBC's "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero" 2x60min Bill Bailey introduces us to naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, contemporary of Charles Darwin and independent discoverer of the mechanics of natural selection and biological evolution. Sir David Attenborough appears in episodes: "In Borneo" and "In the Spice Islands". Guest Interviewee No
2013 "The Forgotten Story of Alfred Russel Wallace" 5 min On the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death, Sir David Attenborough tells the story of this extraordinary explorer. Writer & narrator No
2013 BBC's "Edwardian Insects on Film" 60min Documentary about British naturalist Percy Smith, who in 1908 filmed "The Acrobactic Fly". Guest Interviewee No
2014 The Folio Society's "For the Love of Books" 15min Sir David Attenborough talks about his love of books. Presenter No
2014 Craghoppers "Hope" 15 min Documentary about the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to protect mountain gorillas Narrator No
2014 BBC's "All About Two" Unknown Documentary about the development of BBC2 Guest Interviewee No
2014 BBC's "Richard Attenborough: A Life" 60 min Documentary about the life and work of Sir Richard Attenborough Guest Interviewee No
2014 Sir Joseph Banks Society's "Sir Joseph Banks – Endeavour" 12min Sir David Attenborough talks about the life and work of Joseph Banks and his travels with Captain Cook. Presenter No
2014 BBC's "50 Golden Years of Sports on BBC Two" Unknown Documentary in which Sue Barker presents 50 years of sport coverage on BBC Two. Guest Interviewee No
2014 NHK's"Legends of the Deep:Deep Sea Sharks" 50 min Documentary about Japanese scientists studying deep sea sharks of the coast of Japan Narrator No
2014 A Culture Show Special "Sir Kenneth Clark: Portrait of a Civilised Man" Unknown This Culture Show looks at the life of Sir Kenneth Clark, one of the most influential persons in 20th century British art Guest Interviewee No
2014 University of Illinois film "Windows on a Lost World" 6.30 min Documentary about a major collection of amber from the Dominican Republic located at the University of Illinois State University. A grasshopper fossil found in this amber was named after Sir David Attenborough Narrator No
2014 Lincoln School of Media "Sir Joseph Banks – Endeavour" 1x12min Short documentary about Sir Joseph Banks. Guest Presenter Yes
2014 BBC's "Pop goes BBC Two" 90 min Documentary that reviews 50 years of popular music on BBC Two. Sir David Attenborough introduces the film. Narrator Yes
2015 Society of Biology "Biology – Changing the World" 14 min Sir David Attenborough is interviewed for Biology: Changing the World and discusses various topics, such as, what sparked his interest in the natural world, to the role biologists play in today's society. Guest Interviewee No
2015 BBC's "When President Barack Obama met Sir David Attenborough" 35 min Documentary on the meeting that took place between President Obama and Sir David Attenborough Guest Interviewee No
2015 RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture: Public Service Broadcasting – A House of Cards? 45 min Baron Michael Dobbs examines UK's public service broadcasting and asks will public service broadcasters will continue to play an important role in culture and society in the future. Guest Interviewee No
2015 Eden TV's "Wild Canada" 4x42 min Documentary series on the wildlife of Canada. Episodes: "The Wild West"; "Ice Edge"; "The Heartland"; "The Eternal Frontier" Narrator No
2015 BBC's "VE Day: Remembering Victory" 100 min Documentary commemorating the 70'th anniversary of VE day with contribution from leading British personalities, including Sir David Attenborough Guest Interviewee No
2015 WLT's "Orchids of Baños" 5 min Documentary in which Sir David Attenborough introduces the work of World Land Trust (WLT) and its partner in Ecuador, the Fundacion Ecominga, to protect the micro orchids of Ecuador. These are some of the tiniest plant species on Earth, which are found high in the Andean cloud forests of central Ecuador. On-screen participant No
2016 "A Plastic Ocean" 104 min Documentary on the disastrous effects of pollution by plastic waste on World oceans. Guest Interviewee No
2016 BBC's "Cue the Queen:Celebrating the Christmas Speech" 58 min Documentary on the Royal Christmas Broadcasts. Guest Interviewee No
2016 Sky's "Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens" 45 min Documentary for the occasion of Sir David Attenborough's 90th birthday. Shot over the period of 7 years, shows what it is like to be on the road with Sir David Attenborough during filming. Guest Interviewee No
2016 ECO2's "Grindahvalur" 29 min Documentary on the changing relation of Faroe islanders towards whaling of the "Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas)" or Grindahvalur. Sir David Attenborough holds introduction remark. On-screen participant No
2016 NHK's "Deep Ocean" series 56*2 min Episodes: "The Lost World of the Pacific" and "Lights in the Abyss" Narrator No
2016 UNEnvironment.org's "The Hole" 5 min Short documentary on the Montreal Protocol. Narrator No
2016 "The Hole: How Ronnie and Maggie Saved the World" 7 min Short documentary on how Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had key roles in environmental protection. Narrator No
2016 BBC's "Attenborough at 90" 58 min Guest Interviewee Yes
2016 BBC's "Zoo Quest in Colour" 89 min Documentary based on original Zoo Quest films in color that were re-discovered in BBC archive in 2016 Guest Interviewee Yes
2017 "Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve" 21 min Documentary on London's Richmond Park. Presenter Yes
2017 "In Search of Arcadia" 59 min Guest Interviewee Yes
2017 "South Africa – Eastern Great Escarpment" 21 min Documentary on the protection of the Eastern Great Escarpment. Narrator Yes
2017 BBC Horizon's "Dippy and the Whale" 59 min Documentary on the replacement of Dippy the Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Narrator Yes
2017 ABC's "Into Hot Water" 25 min Documentary on the effect of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef. Guest Interviewee No

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/david-attenboroughs-tasmania/
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/dynasty-david-attenborough
  3. ^ Waterson, Jim (November 8, 2018). "David Attenborough to present Netflix nature series Our Planet". The Guardian. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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