Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

Author(s): Sir David Attenborough

Biography & Travel Writing

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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A fully revised and updated edition, including three brand new chapters outlining his working life since 2002. _ Will appeal to fans of Sir David Attenborough, and anyone interested in broadcasting, nature and conservation. _ The original editions of Life on Air were well received, selling over 140,000 copies TCM in hardback, and over 110,000 TCM in paperback. _ Attenborough's books are perennially popular: Life of Birds sold over 150,000 TCM; Life of Mammals over 125,000 TCM; Life in the Undergrowth over 70,000 TCM; Life in Cold Blood over 25,000 TCM.

David Attenborough's media career has spanned 60 years, and his extraordinary contribution to natural history broadcasting and film-making has brought him international recognition, from Life on Earth (1979) to Frozen Planet (2011). He has achieved many professional awards, honours and merits, including the CBE and OM, and was knighted in 1985.

General Fields

  • : 9781849900010
  • : BBC Worldwide
  • : BBC Worldwide
  • : 0.36
  • : March 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 416
  • : illustrated