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Life on Air (2002)

af David Attenborough

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Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited. His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the "Zoo Quest" series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat. He was Controller of BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However, in 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark "BBC" series, including "Life on Earth" (1979), "The Living Planet" (1984), "The Trials of Life" (1990), "The Private Life of Plants" (1995), "Life of Birds" (1998), "The Blue Planet" (2001), "Life of Mammals" (2002), "Planet Earth" (2006) and "Life in Cold Blood" (2008). Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985. He is also Britain's most respected, trusted and lauded natural history broadcaster and writer, championing conservation and standing at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species. A lot has changed since his first television documentary, and in this updated edition of "Life on Air" Sir David tells us of his experiences of filming in the 21st century.… (mere)
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A great review of a great life. It covers the change in television technologies, and a diverse number of species and habitats. David has a great sense of humor and has had some wonderful and funny adventures. I highly reccommend it! ( )
1 stem al.vick | Jan 24, 2021 |
David Attenborough recounts his life working for the BBC making nature documentaries. While I love his programmes and thoughtful, eloquent and always engaging narration, I was surprised by how much I struggled with these memoirs. There are plenty of amusing anecdotes from trips abroad (and even from his time working behind a desk), recounted with a wry and gentle sense of humour, to entertain the reader, but somehow they all bleed into one another and after a while I couldn't remember where a particular incident occurred. The rather indifferent editing didn't help, and so I only had a feeling of relief when I realised that I'd left the book behind in the waiting room of a hospital, and I'd kept on reading long after I would have given up on any other book, persisting merely out of a sense of duty to the man. ( )
  passion4reading | Mar 17, 2019 |
Fascinating insight into how David Attenborough first entered broadcasting and slowly developed his specialist nature documentaries. The stories of his earliest expeditions are pretty hair raising as he had minimal technology to support his expeditions was gone for weeks at a time in very remote, often hostile parts of the world. Highly recommended. ( )
  edwardsgt | Sep 15, 2018 |
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  LeonardGMokos | Nov 22, 2016 |
If you’re looking for an autobiography this will inevitably be a disappointment; there are few details of Attenborough’s personal life not related to his lifelong fascination with nature (really just one, very late on). Instead these are his memoirs. We open with how he came to join the BBC and end over half a century later with him still working to share the joy and wonder he finds in nature with a mass audience. The stories cover all his major series, from the Zoo Quest series of the 1950s up to the then recent Life of Birds series and about to embark upon Life of Mammals. The tales recount the frustration and toil of attempting to capture natural wonders on film, and the joy when they succeed is palpable. It’s equally fascinating to watch how the equipment and ability to access hard to reach locations improves across half a century and how the improvements allow moments to be captured that were previously impossible. It’s the equivalent of a time lapse sequence of the development of TV down the decades.

The other important aspect is the role Attenborough played in TV administration in the 1960s. He makes it quite clear throughout that he always felt ill-suited to the work and much preferred actually making programmes to budget battles and scheduling, but despite his characteristic modesty he does appear to have been excellent at the roles. The chapters relating to his controllership of BBC2 are essential to any understanding of TV history.

Whilst these memoirs are told with an unfailingly dry wit and always entertaining and educational in revealing how much effort goes into each of the shows, there’s only one minor problem. Attenborough was a mere 77 when this edition was published, which would seem a pretty good age to get things set down. The only trouble is he’s kept working since then, his passion undimmed even at the age of 89. And even though it was apparently revised in 2009 that’s still a hell of a lot left to tell. And having reached the end of the book, one which is optimistic about his legacy and the future, I was left hoping that a man who’s done so much to turn the nation into one of intelligent animal lovers could go on forever. He may not, but the legacy of that national fascination with nature will endure for a long time. And for that mere thanks seem inadequate. ( )
  JonArnold | May 31, 2015 |
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There isn’t a single false note in this funny book. Not an ounce of bravado, or a page that doesn’t lift the spirits with some beautifully turned anecdote or piece of recondite information. Here is the background to the famous rolling-with-gorillas sequence, the great Siberian hamster fiasco, the hazardous encounter with a salmon-fishing brown bear. David Attenborough’s familiar voice comes through in every line, his curiosity as sharp today as it was when he started in broadcasting nearly 60 years ago. And to think that he might have been lost to a career in publishing.
 
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Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited. His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the "Zoo Quest" series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat. He was Controller of BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However, in 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark "BBC" series, including "Life on Earth" (1979), "The Living Planet" (1984), "The Trials of Life" (1990), "The Private Life of Plants" (1995), "Life of Birds" (1998), "The Blue Planet" (2001), "Life of Mammals" (2002), "Planet Earth" (2006) and "Life in Cold Blood" (2008). Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985. He is also Britain's most respected, trusted and lauded natural history broadcaster and writer, championing conservation and standing at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species. A lot has changed since his first television documentary, and in this updated edition of "Life on Air" Sir David tells us of his experiences of filming in the 21st century.

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