David Attenborough filmography
The following is a chronological list of television series and individual programmes where 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.
|1952||"Coleacanth"||10 min||Attenborough's first programme for the BBC, which discussed the rediscovery of the prehistoric coelacanth. The programme was presented by Julian Huxley.||Producer||No|
|1952||Animal, Vegetable, Mineral||Unknown||A quiz show based on the game Twenty Questions, which ran until 1959, in which eminent scientists would try to guess the origin of specimens from museum and university collections. Episodes: Belfast Museum and Art Gallery (1953; Bankfield Museum(1953); The Royal Scottish Museum (1953;Royal Albert Memorial (1953)||Producer||No|
|1953||Song Hunter||6x20 min||Series on folk music, presented by and featuring performances by Alan Lomax||Producer||No|
|1953||The Pattern of Animals||3 episodes||Attenborough's first natural history series, on animal camouflage, warning signals and courtship displays, was studio-based and presented by Julian Huxley||Producer||No|
|1954||Zoo Quest||6x30 min||Zoo Quest is a series of multi-part nature documentaries broadcast on BBC Television between 1954 and 1963. It was the first major programme to feature David Attenborough.||Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer||No|
|1955||Zoo Quest to Guiana||6x30 min||For the second Zoo Quest expedition, David Attenborough and Lagus introduced British television viewers to the natural history of South America||Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer||No|
|1956||Zoo Quest for a Dragon||6x30min||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||6x30min||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||6x30min||For the fifth Zoo Quest, Attenborough returned to South America and visited the grasslands and wetlands of Paraguay
The episodes: 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|
|1960||The People of Paradise||6x30min||A series on the 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 Lioness||30 min||BBC documentary produced, hosted and narrated by Attenborough. Follows Joy and George Adamson as they search for Elsa and her three cubs. Shows footage of Meru National Park and its wildlife||Producer and presenter||No|
|1960||Travellers' Tales||Unknown||A 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||An expedition to film and collect animals in Madagascar, including lemurs, at the time little-known in Europe||Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer||No|
|1961||Japan||A series presented by Hugh Gibb on the history and culture of the Japanese people||Producer||No|
|1962||Destruction of the Indian||3 episodes||This short series looked at how contact with the modern world has affected remote Indian tribes of the South American rainforest.||Producer||No|
|1963||Attenborough and Animals||10x25min||Attenborough's first series for children, in which different species were compared. 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||The final Zoo Quest series, filmed in the Northern Territory of Australia, was also David 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||During a break from studying for an anthropology degree, David Attenborough filmed 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||3 episodes||A series of interviews with African conservationists, filmed during a sabbatical from management duties, for Desmond Morris's Life series on BBC Two||Writer and presenter||No|
|1967||The World About Us||Unknown||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"; "Extincton"; "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||3x50min||Attenborough visited the Indonesian island of Bali to film the traditional music and culture. Episode list: “Midday Sun”, “Night”, “Recital of Music”||Narrator and producer||Yes|
|1971||A Blank on the Map||60 min||Attenborough joins a team in search of an uncontacted people known as the Bikaru in the New Guinea forest. Included in the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages DVD collection||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1973||Eastwards with Attenborough||6x30min||Attenborough's 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||1x90min||A "Science Special" on genetics and evolution, written by Nigel Calder and produced by Adrian Malone.||Presenter||No|
|1973||Natural Break||15x10min||A series of short programmes based on archive footage, produced by John Sparks||Presenter||No|
|1973||Flying Prince of Wildlife||unknown||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||10x50min||A series of drama-documentaries recreating the voyages of famous explorers, at the time the most expensive series ever commissioned by the BBC.
Episode titles: The Story of Roald Amundsen, The Story of Charles Montague 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||Unknown||A series for children's television which featured David Attenborough reading from books on mythological creatures.
Episode 1: Here Be Monsters
Episode 2: Marvels of the Deep
Episode 3: Dragons and Serpents
Episode 4: Winged Creatures
Episode 5: Horns of Magic
Episode 6: Man or Beast
|1975||The Tribal Eye||7x50min||A series on tribal art, of which Attenborough is a keen collector. Episode list:
"Behind the Mask"
"The Crooked Beak of Heaven"
"The Sweat of the Sun"
"The Kingdom of Bronze"
"The Man Blong Custom"
"Across The Frontiers"
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1976||The Discoverers||6x30min||A series on 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||253x30min||This series of half-hour natural history programmes for BBC One ran annually until 2005||Narrator||No|
|1979||Life on Earth||13x55min||Covering the history of life on Earth, this acclaimed series was three years in the making and notable for its groundbreaking footage.
Episode list: “The Infinite Variety”, “Building Bodies”, “The First Forests”, “The Swarming Hordes”, “Conquest of the Waters”, “Invasion of the Land”, “Victors of the Dry Land”, “Lords of the Air"”, “The Rise of the Mammals”, “Theme and Variations”, “The Hunters and Hunted”, “Life in the Trees”.
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1980||The Spirit of Asia||8x60min||BBC series on the cultures and religions of the people of Asia.
Episodes: 1: The World of Shadows
Episode 2:The Morning of the World
Episode 3: Land of the Cosmic Mountain
Episode 4: The Story of Rama
Episode 5: The Haunted Land
Episode 6: Artists in Exile
Episode 7: God-Kings of Angkor
Episode 8: Land of a Million Buddhas
|1981||The Ark in South Kensington||1 episode||Story of the Natural History Museum at South Kensington||Presenter||No|
|1984||The Living Planet||12x55min||Episode list: “The Building of the World”, “The Frozen World”, “The Northern Forests”, “Jungles";Seas of Grass”, “The Baking Deserts”, “The Sky Above”, “Sweet Fresh Water”, “The Margins of Land”, “Worlds Apart”, “The Open Ocean”, “New Worlds”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1985||The Million Pound Bird Book||1x60min||Biography of American naturalist John James Audubon||Writer and presenter||No|
|1986||World Safari||90 min||A live television event featuring broadcasts from across the world, with contributors including The Duke of Edinburgh and Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi||Co-presenter||No|
|1987||The First Eden||4x60 min||A series on the Mediterranean, examining the natural history of the region and the impact that successive human civilisations have had on the environment. Episode list: “The Making of the Garden”, “Gods Enslaved”, “The Wastes of War”, “Strangers in the Garden”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1989||Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives||4x40 min||A series on fossils, a passion that Attenborough has had since childhood.
Episode list: “Rare Glimpses”, “Dinosaur”, “Putting Flesh on Bone”, “Magic in the Rock”.
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1990||The Trials of Life||12x50 min||The final part of the Trilogy of Life.
Episode list: “Arriving”, “Growing Up”, “Finding Food”, “Hunting and Escaping”, “Finding the Way”, “Home Making”, “Living Together”, “Fighting”, “Friends and Rivals”, “Talking to Strangers”, “Courting”, “Continue the Line”.
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1993||Q.E.D. "Gallop to Freedom"||1x45min||Documentary on the release of Prezewalski horses||Narrator||No|
|1993||Life in the Freezer||6x30min||Antarctica
Episode list: “The Bountiful Sea”, “The Ice Retreats”, “The Race to Breed”, “The Door Closes”, “The Big Freeze”, “Footsteps in the Snow”.
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1994||Heart of a Nomad||1x60min||Explorer and writer Wilfred Thesiger||Presenter||No|
|1995||The Private Life of Plants||6x50 min||Episode list: “Travelling”, “Growing”, “Flowering”, “The Social Struggle”, “Living Together”, “Surviving”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1996||Winners and Losers||2x45 min||Follows life forms examined in Eugene Schumacher's 1960s documentary The Rare Ones||Narrator||No|
|1996||IMAX - "Survival Island"||42 min||Documentary in which Attenborough introduces the various animal populations of South Georgia island||Writer and Narrator||Yes|
|1998||The Life of Birds||10x50 min||Episode list: “To Fly or Not to Fly”, “Mastery of Flight”, “Insatiable Appetite”, “Meat Eaters”, “Fishing for a Living”, “Signals and Songs”, “Finding Partners”, “Demands of the Egg”, “Problems of Parenthood”, “Limits of Endurance”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|1998||The Origin of Species: An Illustrated Guide||30 min||Attenborough presents Charles Darwin's theory of evolution||Narrator||No|
|1999||Sharks - The Truth||50 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|
|2000||State of the Planet||3x50 min||Attenborough examines the detrimental effect mankind has on environment. Episode list: “Is there a Crisis?”, “Why is there a Crisis?”, “The Future of Life”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2000||The Lost Gods of Easter Island||50 min||Documentary in which Attenborough traces the history of an engimatic Easter Island figure he bought at an auction in New York in the 1990s.
Attenborough in 2016 listed this documentary as one of his four "Passion Projects". It is also included in the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages DVD collection
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2000||Living with Dinosaurs||50 min||Documentary in which Attenborough reviews reasons why some reptiles living at the time of dinosaurs did not die out in the catastrophic event that wiped out dinosaurs.||Narrator||No|
|2000||The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth||50 min||Christmas special||Presenter||No|
|2000||The Song of the Earth||50 min||A Natural History of Music. Included in the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages DVD collection||Presenter||Yes|
|2001||Dingoes: Outlaws of the Outback||30 min||Documentary on the dingo dog that is native to Australia.||Narrator||Yes|
|2001||The Blue Planet||8x50 min||Natural history of the world's oceans. The series won multiple BAFTA TV and Emmy awards for its music and cinematography.
Episode list: "The Blue Planet / Ocean World"; "The Deep"; "Open Ocean"; "Frozen Seas"; "Seasonal Seas"; "Coral Seas"; "Tidal Seas"; "Coasts"
|2002||The Life of Mammals||10x50 min||Follow up to The Life of Birds.
Episode list: “A Winning Design”, “Insect Hunters”, “Plant Predators”, “Chisellers”, “Meat Eaters”, “Opportunists”, “Return to the Water”, “Life in the Tree”, “Social Climbers”, “Food for Thought”.
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2002||Great Natural Wonders of the World||60 min||Sequel to The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth||Presenter||No|
|2002||Life on Air||60 min||David Attenborough's 50 Years in Television. Included in the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages DVD collection||Guest Interviewee||Yes|
|2004||Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden||2x52min||Documentary about how the residents of a village in Satoyama live in harmony with nature.||Narrator||No|
|2005||Animal Crime Scene||5x60min||Attenborough examines "murder cases" in the animal kingdom. Episode list:
|2005||Life in the Undergrowth||5x50min||Insects and invertebrates.
Episode list: “Invasion of the Land”, “Taking to the Air”, “The Silk Spinners”, “Intimate Relations”, “Supersocieties”.
|Writer and Presenter||Yes|
|2006||Planet Earth||11x50min||Episode list: “From Pole to Pole”, “Mountains”, “Fresh Water”, “Caves”, “Deserts”, “Ice Worlds”, “Great Plains”, “Jungles”, “Shallow Seas”, “Seasonal Forests”, “Deep Oceans".||Narrator||Yes|
|2006||The Truth about Climate Change||2x60min||Documentary on issue of Global warming.
Episodes: "Are We Changing Planet Earth";"Can We Save Planet Earth".
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2006||Gorillas Revisited||1x60min||Attenborough revisits the group of Rwanda's mountain gorillas||Presenter||No|
|2007||Climate Change: Britain Under Threat||1x60min||Attenborough examines the effects of climate change on Great Britain||Presenter||No|
|2007||Tom Harrisson: The Barefoot Anthropologist||1x60min||Biography of Tom Harrisson||Presenter||No|
|2007||Attenborough Explores... Our Fragile World||60 min||Attenborough examines the issue of the global environmental crisis||Writer and presenter||No|
|2008||Life in Cold Blood||5x50 min||Reptiles and amphibians.
Episode list: “The Cold Blooded Truth”, “Land Invaders”, “Dragons of the Dry”, “Sophisticated Serpents”, “Armoured Giants”.
|Writer and Presenter||Yes|
|2008||Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice||50 min||A documentary made for Australian television on the humpback whale||Narrator||No|
|2008||Tiger: Spy in the Jungle||3x60min||Documentary series on the life of tiger cubs.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2009||Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life||1x60min||Attenborough examines Darwin's theory of evolution.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2009||Nature's Great Events||6x50min||The film techniques of Planet Earth are deployed to dramatise some of the greatest annual wildlife events on the planet.
Episode list: “The Great Melt”, “The Great Salmon Run”, “The Great Migration”, “The Great Tide”, “The Great Flood”, “The Great Feast”.
|2009||Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link||1x60min||A special documentary to coincide with the announcement of a 47-million-year-old primate fossil||Writer and narrator||Yes|
|2009||Life||10x50min||Episode list: “Challenges of Life”, “Reptiles and Amphibians”, “Mammals”, “Fish” ,“Birds”, “Insects”, “Hunters and Hunted”, “Creatures of the Deep”, “Plants”, “Primates”.||Writer and narrator||Yes|
|2010||David Attenborough's First Life||2x60 min||Episode list: “Arrival”, “Conquest”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2010||The Death of the Oceans?||60 min||Attenborough examines the pressure of human population on World oceans.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2010||Flying Monsters 3D||70 min||3D film about pterosaurs||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2011||Madagascar||3x60 min||Episode list: Island of Marvels; Lost Worlds; Land of Heat and Dust.||Narrator||Yes|
|2011||Attenborough and the Giant Egg||60min||Documentary on the "Elephant bird" from Madagascar.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2011||Desert Seas||60min||Wildlife off the coast of Saudi Arabia||Narrator||No|
|2011||Frozen Planet||7x60min||The natural history of the polar regions. Episode list: “To the Ends of Earth”, “Spring”, “Summer”, “Autumn”, “Winter”, “The Last Frontier”, “On Thin Ice”, “The Epic Journey”.||Narrator/presenter||Yes|
|2011||The Penguin King 3D||1x75min||Sky 3D film charting the lives of king penguins on South Georgia||Writer and narrator||Yes|
|2012||Secrets of Wild India||3x60min||Indian wildlife series, broadcast on Nat Geo Wild.
Episode list: “Desert Lion”, “Elephant Kingdom”, “Tiger Jungles”.
|2012||Superfish: Bluefin Tuna||1x60min||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. Episode list: “Life in the Wet Zone”, “Solving the Secrets”, “Survival”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2012||Attenborough's Ark: A Natural World Special||1x60min||David Attenborough discusses ten endangered animals.||Writer and presenter||No|
|2012||Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild||3x60min||Episode list: “Life on Camera”, “Understanding the Natural World”, “Our Fragile Planet”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2012||Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers||45min||Documentary on 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.
Episode list: “Origin”, “Adaptation”, “Evolution”.
|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||Documentary on Africa's nature. Episode list: “Kalahari"; Savannah"; Congo”, “Cape”, “Sahara”, “The Future”, “The Greatest Show on Earth”.||Narrator/presenter||Yes|
|2013||Sky 3D Micro Monsters 3D||6x22 min||Episode list: “Conflict”, “Predator”, “Courtship”, “Reproduction”, “Family”, “Colony”.||Narrator/presenter||Yes|
|2013||Wild Cameramen at Work||4x30min||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||2x60min||Episode list: “From the Seas to the Skies”, “Dawn of the Mammals”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2014||David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 2||10x30min||Episode list:
1) Virgin Births – Naturalist David Attenborough shines the spotlight on some of nature's evolutionary anomalies and how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate. In this edition, he examines the unusual ways in which Komodo dragons and aphids reproduce.
2) Armoured Animals
3) Life in the Dark
4) Curious Imposters
5) Bad Reputations
6) Shocking Senses
7) Life on Ice
8) Spinners and Weavers
9) Strange Parents
10) Magical Appearances
|Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2014||David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive||64 min||Natural History Museum in London||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2014||Life Story||6x60 min||Episode list: “Steps”, “Growing Up”, “Home”, “Power”, “Courtship”, “Parenthood".||Narrator/presenter||Yes|
|2015||David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D||3x60min||Documentary series on birds. Episode list: “The First to Fly”, “Rivals”, “Triumph”.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2015||Attenborough's Paradise Birds||60 min||Attenborough examines the history of Paradise birds||Writer and presenter||No|
|2015||David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities: Series 3||6x22min||Episode list:"Impossible Feats"; "Curious Minds"; "Expandable Bodies"; "Curious Feeders"; "Curious Cures"; "Remarkable Regeneration"||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2015||Wild City||2x46min||Two-part documentary series focusing on the wildlife of Singapore||Narrator||Yes|
|2015||The Hunt||7x60 min||Attenborough looks at hunting strategies of key predators. Episode list:"The Hardest Challenge"; "In the Grip of the Seasons (Arctic)"; "Hide and Seek (Forests)"; "Hunger at Sea (Oceans)"; "Nowhere to Hide (Plains)"; "Race Against Time (Coasts)"; "Living with Predators (Conservation)"||Presenter||Yes|
|2016||Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough||3x60 min||Episode List: "Builders", "Visitors", "Survival".||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2016||Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur||1x60min||Attenborough follows the excavation of bone remains of a gigantic dinosaur in southern Argentina.||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2016||Attenborough's Life That Glows||1x60min||Writer and presenter||Yes|
|2016||Attenborough's Passion Projects||4x59min||Attenborough chooses four favorite documentaries from his 60 years of filming. Episodes: "A Blank On The Map"
"The Lost Gods of Easter Island“
"Lost World, Vanished Lives“
"Darwin's Tree of Life“
|Guest Interviewee & Presenter||Yes|
|2016||Planet Earth II||6x60min||"Islands", "Mountains", "Jungles", "Deserts" "Grasslands" and "Cities"||Narrator & Presenter||Yes|
In addition to writing, presenting, narrating and producing his own documentaries, 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:
|1953||"The Dreaded Savage"||unknown||Documentary by French explorer Alain Gheerbrant in which he recounts his experiences among the Guaharibo Indians in the forests of the Orinoco.||Producer||No|
|1954||"It's a Small World: Musical Toys "||unknown||Documentary on miniature toys.||Producer||No|
|1954||"Out of Doors "||unknown||Documentary series. Episodes "Camping in Comfort" on hiking/camping and "From the Studio" on gardening||Producer||No|
|1955||"The Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58"||6x30min||An occasional series following the progress of Vivian Fuchs and his Commonwealth expedition's successful overland crossing of Antarctica||Presenter and producer||No|
|1955||"BBC Panorama: Programme 12"||Unknown||Guest Interviewee||No|
|1956||"The Berbers of the Atlas Mountains"||Unknown||Producer||No|
|1957||"Bororo: The Unknown Nomads"||Unknown||Presenter||No|
|1957||"Omnibus: The Savage Image"||Unknown||Presenter||No|
|1958||"The Volcanos of Sahara"||Unknown||Documentary on the Tibesti mountains of northern Chad||Producer||No|
|1959||"Sails off Singapore"||Unknown||Narrator||No|
|1959||"Science is News"||Unknown||Narrator||No|
|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 f 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"||Unknown||Documentary on species of birds found in British town and country gardens.||Presenter||No|
|1963||"Lets Imagine - The Perfect Horse"||Unknown||Attenborough examines various breeds of horses.||Narrator||No|
|1964||"Discovery of the Penicillin"||11.45 min||Short documentary on the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming||Narrator||No|
|1966||"Faraway Places - The Quests of David Attenborough"||Unknown||Narrator||No|
|1972||"Around the World in 80 Minutes"||Unknown||Narrator and presenter||No|
|1975||Children of The Way||Unknown||Documentary on the life of the various Muslim communities in Great Britain||Narrator||No|
|1976||"In Search of Strange Animals"||Unknown||Narrator||No|
|1978||Sunday Special: The Gold of El Dorado||1 episode||Presenter||No|
|1980||"Gilbert White Lived Here"||1 episode||Documentary on the famous British naturalist Gilbert White.||Presenter||No|
|1981||"An Everday Miracle"||unknown||Narrator||No|
|1982||Omnibus||1 episode||Series 16, Episode 6. Attenborough interviews Lucie Rie about her studio pottery||Presenter||No|
|1983||Natural World||Unknown||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 Japans 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
|Occasional narrator, writer or presenter||No|
|1986||BBC's TV50: Television and Natural History"||Unknown||Documentary in which Desmond Morris gives an overview of natural history programs on BBC, including an interview with Attenborough and excerpts from his documentaries.||Guest interviewee||No|
|1987||BBC's "Glass Kingdoms at Kew"||Unknown||Attenborough on the conservatories at Kew||Narrator and presenter||No|
|1987||"Politics of the Jungle"||Unknown||Documentary about the destruction of Borneo jungles in order to plant oil palms.||Narrator||No|
|1988||"Waorani - The Last People"||Unknown||Documentary about the life of the last 100 Waorani Indians in Guyana.||Narrator||No|
|1989||"The Pitt Rivers Museum is Shut"||37 min||Documentary on the Pitt's River Museum.||Guest presenter||No|
|1993||"Wildlife 100"||Unknown||To mark the 100th episode of Wildlife on One, Attenborough selected his favorite episodes from past series for this special||Narrator||No|
|1993||BBC's "Flying with Dinosaurs"||Unknown||Attenborough examines living reptiles, bats, and birds to discover answers about flight.||Narrator||No|
|1993||BBC's "Portrait Painter to the Birds"||Unknown||Short documentary on the work of William Cooper and his painting of Paradise Birds||Narrator||No|
|1993||BBC's "K: Kenneth Clark 1903 - 1983"||Unknown||Documentary about the life of Kenneth Clark the former director of the National Gallery in London||Guest Interviewee||No|
|1995-2007||BBC Wildlife Specials||22x50min||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.
|1996||Q.E.D. "The Secret Life of Seahorses"||45min||Documentary on breeding seahorses.||Narrator||No|
|1996||BBC Reputations - "Joy Adamson:Born Wild"||45min||Documentary series in which the life of Joy Adamson is re-examined.||Interviewee||No|
|1997||BBC's "Auntie - the Inside Story of the BBC"||Unknown||Three part documentary series on the development of BBC. Attenborough is interviewed in episode "Growing Pains: 1945-1960".||Guest interviewee||No|
|1999||Animal People - Octopus Hunter||Unknown||Narrator||No|
|2000||BBC's "Wilderness Men"||3x45 min||A three part series about Alexander von Humboldt, Lewis and Clark, and Ernest Shackleton. Attenborough narrates episode on Alexander Humboldt.||Narrator||No|
|2001||BBC's "The Human Face"||4x60min||Episodes:"Face to Face"; "Here's Looking at You";"Beauty"; "Fame".||Guest interviewee||No|
|2001||BBC's "The Ultimate Wild Paradises - The Top Ten Destinations"||Unknown||Guest interviewee||No|
|2002||BBC's Timeshift - "Attenborough the Controller"||45 min||Documentary on the work of Attenborough as BBC Two Controller||Archive footage and interviewee||No|
|2002||Attenborough in Conversation with Mark Lawson||30 min||Interviewee||No|
|2003||BBC's "Great Wildlife Moments"||Unknown||Archive footage||Yes|
|2003||Greenpeace Film's "The Ancient Forests"||3 min||Narrator||No|
|2003||Rainforest Information Center, "On The Brink"||34 min||Presenter & narrator||No|
|2003||BBC Arena - "The Many Lives of Richard Attenborough"||unknown||Documentary on Richard Attenborough's work on various films and the Oscar winning "Gandhi"||Interviewee||No|
|2004||BBC's "William Hodges:The Art of Exploration"||35 min||Short documentary on the work of William Hodges who accompanied Captain Cook on his voyages in the Pacific.||Presenter||Yes|
|2004||BBC's "The Way We Went Wild"||3x60 min||Three part series looking at the work of famous natural history presenters||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2005||"Selfish Green"||60 min||Attenborough participates in a discussion of environmental issues.||Interviewee||No|
|2005||BBC's "The Wild Life of Gerald Durrell"||60 min||Interviewee||No|
|2005||BBC's How Art Made the World||5x60 min||A BBC documentary series looking at the influence of art on our society. Attenborough in the episode "Once Upon a Time" talks about his time with Australian tribal artists in the 1960s.||Guest presenter||No|
|2005||BBC's Timeshift - The Lost Road - Overland to Singapore||39 min||Documentary on the travels of six Oxbridge undergraduates on their overland journey by Land Rover from London to Singapore.||Guest interviewee||No|
|2005||The 50 Great Documentaries||Unknown||Guest presenter||No|
|2006||BBC's "Masterpieces of the British Museum"||6x30 min||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||Unknown||Documentary on the life of 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||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||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||Planet Earth: The Future||3x60min||Attenbourough is interviewed in all three episodes||Interviewee||Yes|
|2007||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||No|
|2007||BBC's "Watching Desmond Morris"||60 min||Documentary about zoologist/anthropologist Desmond Morris. With contributions from 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|
|2008||BBC's "Fossil Detectives"||8x29 min||
Episode 1 - "Central England"
Episode 2 - "London"
|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||"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|
|2010||BBC Horizon "Death of Oceans"||59 min||Presenter||No|
|2010||"The Symphony of Science"||20x4 min||Participant||No|
|2010||BBC's "Genius of Britain"||5x60min||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". 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"||60min||Presenter||Yes|
|2010||BBC's "The Born Free Legacy"||60min||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||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2010||BBC's Museum of Life||5x60min||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 1960's.||Guest interviewee||No|
|2010||BBC's "Birds Britannia"||4x60min||Documentary series on wild birds in Great Britain. 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||Guest interviewee||Yes|
|2010||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. 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||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 Attenborough helps collect the DNA of an elephant for the Frozen Ark - a project to save all the world's species from extinction. Attenborough also introduces the work of the Millennium Seed Bank.||Guest interviewee and presenter||No|
|2011||BBC's "Ceramics: A Fragile History"||3X60 min||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||Writer and presenter||No|
|2011||"Break the Science Barrier"||Unknown||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||Attenborough comments the work of British painter John Craxton||Guest interviewee||No|
|2012||BBC's "Tales of Television Centre"||90 min||Guest interviewee||No|
|2013||When Björk Met Attenborough||1x30min||Co-presenter||Yes|
|2013||BBC's "Goodbye Television Centre"||130 min||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. Episodes: In Borneo& 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, Attenborough tells the story of this extraordinary explorer.||Writer & narrator||No|
|2013||BBC's "Edwardian Insects on Film"||60min||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2014||The Folio Society’s "For the Love of Books"||15min||Attenborough talks about his love of books.||Presenter||No|
|2014||"Hope"||15 min||Documentary about the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to protect mountain gorillas||Narrator||No|
|2014||Sir Joseph Banks Society’s "Sir Joseph Banks - Endeavour"||12min||Attenborough talks about the life and work of Joseph Banks and his travels with Captain Cook.||Presenter||No|
|2014||BBC "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||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2014||"Windows on a Lost World"||6.30 min||Documentary about a major US amber collection from Dominican Republic. A grasshopper fossil named after Attenborough||Narrator||No|
|2014||Lincoln School of Media "Sir Joseph Banks - Endeavour"||1x12min||Short documentary about Sir Joseph Banks.||Guest Presenter||Yes|
|2015||Society of Biology "Biology - Changing the World"||1x14min||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 Attenborough||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2015||Eden TV's "Wild Canada"||4x42min||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||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2016||Sky's "Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens"||45 min||Guest Interviewee||No|
|2016||BBC's "Attenborough at 90"||58 min||Guest Interviewee||Yes|
|2016||BBC's "Zoo Quest in Colour"||89 min||Guest Interviewee||Yes|
- David Attenborough, Life on Air, BBC Books, 2002
- David Attenborough filmography at the BFI Film and TV Database
- David Attenborough filmography at IMDb.com
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