David Attenborough filmography

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


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1951 Coelacanth 10 min The rediscovery of the prehistoric coelacanth. Attenborough's first programme for the BBC (as producer). Presented by Julian Huxley. Producer
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).
1953 Song Hunter 6x20 min Folk music, presented by and featuring performances by Alan Lomax.
The Pattern of Animals 3 episodes Animal camouflage, warning signals and courtship displays. Presented by Julian Huxley. Attenborough's first natural history series.
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
1955 Zoo Quest to Guiana 6x30 min Second Zoo Quest expedition. History of South America.
1956 Zoo Quest for a Dragon 6x30 min This Zoo Quest series features the first known footage of the Komodo dragon.
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".
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".


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1960The People of Paradise6x30 minAnthropology 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
Elsa the Tamworth Lioness1x30 minFollowing Joy and George Adamson as they search for Elsa the Lioness and her three cubs.Producer and presenter
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 Annapurna IV"; "'Sherpa'; Land of the Lost"; "The Land of the Gurkhas". Producer and narrator
1961Zoo Quest to Madagascar6x30 minFilming and collecting animals in Madagascar.Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer
Japan- History and culture of the Japanese people.Producer
1962Destruction of the Indian3 episodesHow contact with the modern world has affected remote Indian tribes of South America.
1963Attenborough and Animals10x25 minFirst 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
Quest Under Capricorn6x30 minFinal 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 Borroloola”, "Buffalo, Geese and Men”, “The Artists of Arnhem Land”, “Bush Walkabout”, “The First Australians". Writer, presenter, sound-recordist and producer
1965Zambezi3x50 minA journey down the Zambezi. Episode list: “Lord of the Land”, “The Ancient Highway”, “Livingstone's River”Writer and presenter
1967Life - East Africa3 episodesSeries of interviews conducted by Attenborough with African conservationists.
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"; "Yanomami – Sons of the Blood"; "A Sheltered Existence"; "The Discoverers: The 400th Edition of the World around Us"; "Wild Dogs of Africa"; "Woodpecker"; "Voices in the Forest"; "A Noble Savage"; "Ascension Island"; "The Underground Movement"; "Lemurs - Ghosts at the End of the World"; "Greenpeace Voyages to Save the Whale".Narrator
1969The Miracle of Bali3x50 minThe Indonesian island of Bali.Narrator and producer


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1971A Blank on the Map1x60 minEncounters with the Bikaru people in the New Guinea forest.Writer and presenter
1973Eastwards with Attenborough6x30 minFirst natural history series after resigning as BBC Controller. Visit 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".
The Life Game1x90 minGenetics and evolution, written by Nigel Calder and produced by Adrian Malone.Presenter
Natural Break15x10 minA series of short programmes based on archive footage, produced by John Sparks
Flying Prince of Wildlife-The story of the conservation efforts of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911–2004)
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures6x60minScience 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
1975The Explorers10x50 minRecreating 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
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
The Tribal Eye7x50 minBBC documentary series on tribal art, of which Attenborough is a keen collector. Episode list:"Behind the Mask","Crooked Beak of Heaven","The Sweat of the Sun", "Kingdom of Bronze", "Woven Gardens", "Man Blong Custom", "Across the FrontiersWriter and presenter
1976The Discoverers6x30 minPioneering 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
1977Wildlife on One253x30 minHalf-hour natural history programmes for BBC One. Ran annually until 2005.
1979Life on Earth13x55 minThe history of life on Earth. Took 3 years to make - notable for its groundbreaking footage. Writer and presenter


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1980The Spirit of Asia8x60 minThe 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
1981The Ark in South Kensington-The Natural History Museum at South Kensington.Presenter
1984The Living Planet12x55 minHow various living organisms have adapted to their surroundings. Writer and presenter
1985The Million Pound Bird Book1x60 minBiography of American naturalist John James Audubon.
1986World Safari1x90 minA live television event featuring broadcasts from across the world.Co-presenter
1987The First Eden4x60 minThe Mediterranean.Writer and presenter
1989Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives4x40 minFossils. Episodes: "Magic in the Rocks"; Putting Flesh on Bone"; Dinosaur"; "The Rare Glimpses"


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1990The Trials of Life12x50 minThe final part of the Trilogy of Life. Writer and presenter
1993QED "Gallop to Freedom"1x45 minRelease of Przewalski horses.Narrator
Life in the Freezer6x30 minThe natural history of Antarctica.Writer and presenter
1994Heart of a Nomad1x60 minExplorer and writer Wilfred Thesiger.Presenter
1995The Private Life of Plants6x50 minLife cycle of plants.Writer and presenter
1996Winners and Losers2x45 minFollowing life forms examined in the 1960s documentary The Rare Ones.Narrator
IMAX – "Survival Island"1x42 minVarious animal populations of South Georgia island.Writer and narrator
1998The Life of Birds10x50 minVarious species of birds and their ways of life.Writer and presenter
The Origin of Species: An Illustrated Guide1x30 minCharles Darwin's theory of evolution.Narrator
1999Sharks – The Truth1x50 minPart of BBC One's Shark Summer season.
They Said It Couldn't Be Done7x60 minAttenborough interviews wildlife film-makers at the Royal Geographical Society.Presenter


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
2000State of the Planet3x50 minThe detrimental effect mankind has on environment.Writer and presenter
The Lost Gods of Easter Island1x50 minThe history of an Easter Island figure Attenborough bought at an auction in the 1990s.
Living with Dinosaurs1x50 minThe reasons why some reptiles living at the time of dinosaurs did not die out with them.Narrator
The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth1x50 minChristmas special.Presenter
The Song of the Earth1x50 minA Natural History of Music. Included in the Attenborough DVD collection.
Satoyama: Japan's Secret Garden2x52 minHow the residents of a village in Satoyama live in harmony with nature.Narrator
2001The Blue Planet8x50 minThe natural history of the World's oceans.
2002The Life of Mammals10x50 minMammals. Writer and presenter
Great Natural Wonders of the World1x60 minSequel to The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth.Presenter
Life on Air1x60 minAttenborough's 50 Years in Television. Included in the Attenborough DVD collection.Guest Interviewee
2005Animal Crime Scene5x60 minExamining the "Murder Cases" in the animal kingdom. Narrator
Life in the Undergrowth5x50 minThe life of insects and invertebrates. Writer and presenter
2006Planet Earth11x50 minThe variety of the entire planet. Filmed over four years in 64 countries. Narrator
Planet Earth - The Diaries2x60 minLook behind the scenes how "Planet Earth" was filmed.
The Truth about Climate Change2x60 minGlobal warming.Writer and presenter
Gorillas Revisited1x60 minAttenborough revisits the group of Rwanda's mountain gorillasPresenter
2007Climate Change: Britain Under Threat1x60 minThe effects of climate change on Great Britain.
Tom Harrisson: The Barefoot Anthropologist1x60 minBiography of Tom Harrisson.
Attenborough Explores... Our Fragile World1x60 minThe issue of the global environmental crisis.Writer and presenter
2008Life in Cold Blood5x50 minThe life of reptiles and amphibians.
Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice1x50 minThe humpback whale - made for Australian television.Narrator
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle3x60 minThe life of tiger cubs.Writer and presenter
2009Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life1x60 minDarwin's theory of evolution.
Nature's Great Events6x50 minSome of the greatest annual wildlife events on the planet.Narrator
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link1x60 minDocumentary coinciding with the announcement of a 47-million-year-old primate fossil.[1][2]Writer and narrator
Life10x50 minWildlife from all over Earth in ten episodes.


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
2010David Attenborough's First Life2x60 minThe origin of life on Earth, investigating the evidence from the earliest fossils.Writer and presenter
The Death of the Oceans?1x60 minThe pressure of human population on world oceans.
Flying Monsters 3D1x70 min3D film about pterosaurs.
2011Madagascar3x60 minThe landscape and wildlife of Madagascar. Narrator
Attenborough and the Giant Egg1x60 minThe extinct "elephant bird" of Madagascar. Writer and presenter
Desert Seas1x60 minThe wildlife off the coast of Saudi Arabia.Narrator
Frozen Planet7x60 minThe natural history of the polar regions. Narrator/presenter
2012The Penguin King1x75 minSky 3D film charting the lives of king penguins on South Georgia.Writer and narrator
Secrets of Wild India3x60 minIndian wildlife series, broadcast on Nat Geo Wild. Narrator
Superfish: Bluefin Tuna1x60 minBluefin tuna in the wild.
Kingdom of Plants 3D3x60 min3D series filmed at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.Writer and presenter
Attenborough's Ark: A Natural World Special1x60 minAttenborough picks ten endangered animals.
Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild3x60 minAttenborough's career in wildlife filming.
Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers1x45 minHummingbirds.Presenter
2013Galapagos 3D3x45 minGalapagos Islands. Writer and presenter
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities5x30 minSeries 1. Episode list: “Stretched To The Limit”, “A Curious Hoax?”, “Young Wrinklies”, “A Curious Twist”, “Seeing the Pattern”.
Africa6x60 minAfrica. Narrator and presenter
Micro Monsters 3D6x22 min3D filming techniques show lives of bugs and insects. Episode list: “Conflict”, “Predator”, “Courtship”, “Reproduction”, “Family”, “Colony”.
Wild Cameramen at Work4x30 minThe work of leading wildlife cameramen. Episode list: “Sky”, “Ice”, “Sea”, “Land”.
Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates2x60 min500 million year rise of vertebrates.Writer and presenter
2014Sir David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities10x30 minSeries 2. 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"
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive1x65 minCGI imagery is used to bring to life several of the extinct animals housed in the Natural History Museum in London.
Life Story6x60 minAnimals dealing with challenges in various stages of their life. Narrator and presenter
2015David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D3x60 minBirds, bats and flying insects. Writer and presenter
Attenborough's Paradise Birds60 minThe history of Paradise birds.
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities6x22 minSeries 3. Episode list: "Impossible Feats"; "Curious Minds"; "Expandable Bodies"; "Curious Feeders"; "Curious Cures"; "Remarkable Regeneration"
Wild City2x45 minThe wildlife of Singapore.Narrator
The Hunt7x60 minThe hunting strategies of key predators. Presenter
Great Barrier Reef with Sir David Attenborough3x60 minGreat Barrier Reef to which Attenborough returns after 50 years. Writer and presenter
2016Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur1x60 minThe excavation of bone remains of a gigantic dinosaur in southern Argentina.
Attenborough's Life That Glows1x60 minVarious examples of bio-luminescence in the natural world.
Attenborough's Passion Projects4x60 minAttenborough chooses four favorite documentaries from his 60 years of filming. Interviewee / presenter
Planet Earth II 6x60 min Sequel series to Planet Earth. Narrator & Presenter
2017Plants Behaving Badly 2x45 minTwo groups of plants that fascinated Charles Darwin. Episode list: “Murder and Mayhem” (carnivorous plants), “Sex and Lies” (orchids).[3]Presenter
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities6x22 minSeries 4. Episode list: "Animal Frankensteins"; "Finding the Way"; "Extreme Babies"; "Curious Counters"; "Incredible Shells"; "Ferocious Fighters" Writer and presenter
Blue Planet II 7x60 min Sequel series to The Blue Planet. Narrator & Presenter
Attenborough and the Giant Elephant1x60 min"Jumbo" the famous Circus elephant.Writer & Presenter
2018The Queen's Green Planet1x45 minExploring the gardens of Buckingham Palace with The Queen.Presenter
Attenborough and the Sea Dragon1x60 minIchthyosaur – a giant sea dragon that once ruled the oceans.Writer & Presenter
David Attenborough's Tasmania[4] 1x50 min Tasmania's diverse habitats, seasons and animals. Narrator
Dynasties[5] 5x60 min Episode list: "Lions", "Hunting Dogs", "Chimpanzees", "Tigers", "Emperor Penguins" Narrator & Presenter
2019 Our Planet[6] 8x60 min Netflix series produced in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Climate Change - The Facts 1x60 min Climate emergency.
Seven Worlds, One Planet 7x60 min Earth's seven continents.

Other programmes

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:


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1953"The Dreaded Savage"-Alain Gheerbrant recounting his experiences among the Guaharibo Indians near the Orinoco.Producer
1954"It's a Small World: Musical Toys "-Miniature toys.
"Out of Doors "-Hiking/camping/gardening.
1955"The Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955–58"6x30 minThe progress of Vivian Fuchs and his Commonwealth expedition's overland crossing of Antarctica.Presenter and producer
"BBC Panorama: Programme 12"-Guest Interviewee
1956"The Berbers of the Atlas Mountains"-Producer
1957"Bororo: The Unknown Nomads"-Presenter
"The Savage Image"-Omnibus BBC series.
"Mainly for Women"-BBC series. Producer
1958"The Volcanos of Sahara"-The Tibesti mountains of northern Chad.
1959"Sails off Singapore"-Narrator
"Science is News"-


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1961Adventure150+ epsAttenborough 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
1962"Video Guide To British Garden Birds"-Species of birds found in British town and country gardens.Presenter
1963"Lets Imagine – The Perfect Horse"-Various breeds of horses.Narrator
1964"Discovery of the Penicillin"1x45 minThe discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming.
"Indoors and Out: Man and the Land"8x20 minSeries 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.
1965Two Quest - "Attenborough Discovers Manchester"1x6 minShort parody on Attenborough work on various documentaries based on exploring Manchester.
1966"Faraway Places – The Quests of David Attenborough"-Twelve short documentaries based on material filmed during the Zoo Quest expeditions.


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1972"Around the World in 80 Minutes – A Guided Tour of Our Spectacular Planet"- Narrator and presenter
Late Night Line Up1x8 minThe last episode of the show, featuring an interview with Attenborough.Guest Interviewee
1974"Spectacular Britain"-BBC series. Narrator
1975Children of The Way-The life of the various Muslim communities in Great Britain. BBC series.
1976"In Search of Strange Animals"-
BBC's "The Zoo"-The history of the London Zoo.
1978Sunday Special: The Gold of El Dorado-One episode. Presenter


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1980"Gilbert White Lived Here"-British naturalist Gilbert White. BBC. 1 episode.Presenter
"Wild Britain"-BBC series.
"The Private Life of the Robin: Robin Scott - The BBC Remembers"-BBC series. Guest Interviewee
1981"An Everday Miracle"-Narrator
1982Omnibus-Attenborough interviews Lucie Rie about her studio pottery. Series 16, episode 6.Presenter
"Wildlife Jubilee"-The development of BBC's "Natural History Unit" in Bristol.Interviewee
1983"Rainbow Safari"-Narrator
1983–2018Natural 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
1986BBC's TV50: "Television and Natural History"-Desmond Morris gives an overview of natural history programs on BBC.Guest interviewee
"Interest the Boy in Nature"-
"Huw Wheldon by His Friends"-BBC's omnibus.
1987"Glass Kingdoms at Kew"-Conservatories at Kew. BBC series.Narrator and presenter
"Politics of the Jungle"-The destruction of Borneo jungles in order to plant oil palms.Narrator
1988"Waorani – The Last People"-The life of the last 100 Waorani Indians in Guyana.
Brathay Trust's – "Brathay Explores"1x18 minExploration expeditions of the Brathay Trust from 1948-1988.
1989"The Pitt Rivers Museum is Shut"1x37 minPitt's River Museum.Guest presenter
"Nature's Champion: A Tribute to Sir Peter Scott"-Work of Peter Scott, leading British naturalist.Interviewee


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
1991"Lime Grove – The Television Years"-BBC's Lime Grove Studio.Interviewee
1993"Wildlife 100"-100th episode of Wildlife on One. Attenborough selected his favourite episodes.Narrator
"Flying with Dinosaurs"-Attenborough examines living reptiles, bats, and birds to discover answers about flight. BBC series.
Joan Bakewell's – "Memento"1x25 minAttenborough presents a number of memento's that are dear to him.
"Portrait Painter to the Birds"-The work of William Cooper and his painting of Paradise Birds. BBC series.
"K: Kenneth Clark 1903 – 1983"-Documentary about the life of Kenneth Clark.Guest Interviewee
1995–2007BBC Wildlife Specials22x50 minList 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
1995"Heroes of Comedy"-Episode: "Joyce Grenfell". BBC series.Interviewee
1996QED "The Secret Life of Seahorses"1x45 minBreeding seahorses. Narrator
Menuhin at 801x120 minDocumentary on life of Yehuda Menuhin with concert of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Presenter
"Reputations"1x55 minThe life of Joy Adamson is re-examined. Attenborough is interviewed in episode: "Born Wild".Interviewee
"Auntie's All-Time Greats"-BBC series.
1997"Auntie – the Inside Story of the BBC"-Three part documentary series on the development of BBC. Guest interviewee
1999Animal People – Octopus Hunter-Narrator
Kingdoms of Survival-ITV series. Episode: "Tigers Next Door".


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
2000Wilderness Men3x45 minAlexander von Humboldt, Lewis and Clark, and Ernest Shackleton.Interviewee
My Generation3x45 minAttenborough participates in episode "Into the Light".Guest Interviewee
2001"Secrets of the Screen"1x30 minConservation of 18th century Japanese folding screen that was painted by Utagawa Toyoharu.
NOVA's "Flying Casanovas"1x53 minThe courtship of various bird species.Narrator
"A Window on the World"-BBC series. Guest interviewee
"The Human Face"4x60 minBBC series.
"The Ultimate Wild Paradises – The Top Ten Destinations"-BBC series.
2002BBC's Timeshift – "Attenborough the Controller"1x45 minThe work of Attenborough as BBC Two Controller.
Attenborough in Conversation with Mark Lawson1x30 min
Reading the Decades-Best selling books through decades. Attenborough in 1 episode.
2003"Great Wildlife Moments"-Archive footage
Greenpeace Film's "The Ancient Forests"1x3 min Narrator
Hands on History: Conserving the Dark Age Legacy of Sutton Hoo-Sutton Hoo archaeological site.
Rainforest Information Center, "On The Brink"1x34 minPresenter & narrator
"The Many Lives of Richard Attenborough"-Richard Attenborough's work on various films and the Oscar winning Gandhi.Interviewee
2004BBC's "William Hodges:The Art of Exploration"1x35 minWilliam Hodges who accompanied Captain Cook on his voyages in the Pacific.Presenter
"Whats the Point of the BBC" - Panorama-Guest Interviewee
"The Truth about the 60's TV"-BBC series.
2005"Selfish Green"1x60 minAttenborough participates in a discussion of environmental issues.Interviewee
"The Wild Life of Gerald Durrell"1x60 minBBC series
"Sport in the Sixties: TV Revolution"-BBC series.
How Art Made the World5x60 minA BBC documentary series looking at the influence of art on our society.Guest presenter
BBC's Timeshift - The Lost Road - Overland to Singapore1x40 minThe travels of six Oxbridge undergraduates from London to Singapore.Guest interviewee
BBC's The 50 Great Documentaries-Guest presenter
2006BBC's "Masterpieces of the British Museum"6x30 minAttenborough contributes in "The Durer Rhinoceros" and "Head of an Ife King from Nigeria". Guest interviewee
BBC's Nation on Film series- Kearton's Wildlife-Documentary on the life of British naturalist Cherry KeartonInterviewee
BBC's Gilbert White - The Nature Man60 minThe life and work of 18th century English naturalist Gilbert White.Guest presenter
BBC's "Suez A Very British Crisis"3x58 minAttenborough describes his contacts with Anthony Eden during Suez Canal crisis. He contributes in episodes "Betrayal" and "War".Guest interviewee
BBC's "Folk Britannia"3x58 minAttenborough is interviewed in the first episode, "Ballads & Blues".
BBC's Horizon: "War On Science"49 minArchive footage
BBC's Planet Earth: The Future3x60minCompanion to the "Planet Earth" series. Episodes: "Saving Species"; Into the Wilderness", "Living Together".Interviewee
2007BBC's Sharing Planet Earth-Presenter
100 Years of Wildlife Films120 minBill Oddie highlights pioneering filmmakers.Guest presenter
BBC's "Peter Scott: a Passion for Nature"-A documentary on the life and work of naturalist Peter ScottNarrator and presenter
BBC's "Watching Desmond Morris"60 minZoologist/anthropologist Desmond Morris.Narrator and guest interviewee
BBC's "Silbury: The Heart of the Hill"60 minThe archaeological excavations of the Silbury Hill MoundGuest interviewee
BBC's "Favourite Attenborough Moments"67 min
BBC's "Demob Happy: How TV Conquered Britain "67 minThe development of broadcasting in Great Britain after WWII.
2008BBC's "Fossil Detectives"8x29 minEpisode 1 – "Central England"; Episode 2 – "London"
NOVA's "Lord of the Ants"53 minDocumentary on the work of naturalist E.O. Wilson
BBC2 – "The Great British Parakeet Invasion"9 minA short BBC documentary about the introduced parakeet population in southeastern England
BBC's "Art of Arts TV"3x60 min
BBC's "The Duke: A Portrait of Prince Philip"2x60 min
2009BBC Horizon, "How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?"59 minPresenter
Carnyx Wild, "The Great Bustard"8 minThe reintroduction of the Great Bustard into Great Britain.Narrator
"The Funny Side of Animals"-Guest Interviewee
"Personal Histories in Archaeological Theory & Methods"10 min2009 Panel – "Archaeology and TV".Co-presenter
BBC's Timeshift – "Archaeology: Digging the Past59minGuest Interviewee
BBC's "The Story of the Open University"49min


Year Title Duration Subject Credit(s)
2010BBC's Horizon "Death of Oceans"59 minPresenter
Lophelia's "Cold Water Corals"5 minsShort documentary about cold water corals.Narrator
"The Symphony of Science"20x4 mins Participant
BBC's "Genius of Britain"5x60 minFamous 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
BBC's "Attenborough's Journey"60 minAttenborough presents anecdotes from his work on various documentaries.Presenter
BBC's "Delia through the Decades"-Documentary series on cooking.Interviewee
BBC's "The Born Free Legacy"60 minThe 50th anniversary of Joy Adamson's book Born Free.Guest Interviewee
BBC's "Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV"90minThe various science programs on TV in the UK.
BBC's Museum of Life5x60 minAttenborough contributes in episodes "A Museum in a Modern World" and "A collection for the Future".
BBC's Timeshift – "When Britain Went Wild"1x59minTimeshift episode on how wildlife gained importance with British public during the 1960s.
BBC's "Birds Britannia"4x60minWild birds in Great Britain.Interviewee
BBC's "Jane Goodall: Beauty and the Beast"60 minThe work of Jane Goodall with chimps at Gombe. Guest interviewee
Beyond the Brink20 minA short documentary made by Ross Harrison based on his investigations on climate change.[7]
BBC's Culture Show Special – "A History of the World"-The story of human development through a list of 100 objects held at the British Museum. Attenborough presents small segment.Presenter
2011PBS Nature, "Elsa's Legacy – The Born Free Story"53 minThe life of lioness Elsa and the impact of her story on wildlife conservation.Guest interviewee
BBC's Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words3x59 minAttenborough contributes in the episodes "The Culture Wars" and "Human All Too Human".[8]Guest comentator
"Ocean Drifters – A Secret World beneath the Waves"16x30 minA short documentary about plankton written, produced and directed by Dr Richard Kirby from Plymouth University.Narrator
BBC's "Brave New World"5x49 minEpisodes: 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
BBC's "Ceramics: A Fragile History"3x60 minAttenborough is in "The Art of the Potter" and "The Story of Clay".Guest interviewee
Animal Planet's "A City of Wild Cats"11 minShort documentary on the cats living on Rome streets.Narrator
BBC's "The Secrets of Scott's Hut"90 minThe Antarctic expedition of Robert Falcon ScottGuest interviewee
Atlantic Productions "The Bachelor King"75 minA 3D documentary about King Penguins.Writer and presenter
"Break the Science Barrier"-Richard Dawkins talks about the value of scientific endeavour.Guest Interviewee
2012BBC's "The Grammar School: a Secret History"3x90 minThe work of Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s.
BBC's Culture Show – John Craxton-Attenborough comments the work of British painter John Craxton
BBC's "Tales of Television Centre"90 minThe history of the BBC's Television Centre building.
2013When Björk Met Attenborough1x30minCo-presenter
BBC's "Goodbye Television Centre"130 minBBC production facility, the "Television Centre".Guest
BBC's "The Early Years"29 min Guest interviewee
BBC's "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero"2x60minBill Bailey introduces naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, contemporary of Charles Darwin and independent discoverer of the mechanics of natural selection and biological evolution. Attenborough appears in episodes: "In Borneo" and "In the Spice Islands".[9]
BBC's "Benjamin Britten on Camera"60minDocumentary about the cooperation of Benjamin Britten and BBC
"The Forgotten Story of Alfred Russel Wallace"5 minOn the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death, Attenborough tells the story of the explorer.Writer & narrator
BBC's "Edwardian Insects on Film"60minBritish naturalist Percy Smith, who in 1908 filmed The Acrobatic Fly.Guest Interviewee
2014The Folio Society's "For the Love of Books"15minAttenborough talks about his love of books.Presenter
Craghoppers "Hope"15 minThe work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to protect mountain gorillas.Narrator
BBC's "All About Two"-The development of BBC2Guest Interviewee
BBC's "Richard Attenborough: A Life"60 minThe life and work of Sir Richard Attenborough.
Sir Joseph Banks Society's "Sir Joseph Banks – Endeavour"12minAttenborough talks about the life and work of Joseph Banks and his travels with Captain Cook.Presenter
BBC's "50 Golden Years of Sports on BBC Two"-Sue Barker presents 50 years of sport coverage on BBC Two. Guest Interviewee
NHK's"Legends of the Deep:Deep Sea Sharks"50 minJapanese scientists studying deep sea sharks of the coast of Japan.Narrator
A Culture Show Special "Sir Kenneth Clark: Portrait of a Civilised Man"-This Culture Show looks at the life of Sir Kenneth Clark, one of the most influential persons in 20th century British art.Guest Interviewee
University of Illinois film "Windows on a Lost World"6x30 minDocumentary about a major collection of amber from the Dominican Republic located at the Illinois State University. A grasshopper fossil found in this amber was named after Attenborough.Narrator
Lincoln School of Media "Sir Joseph Banks – Endeavour"1x12minShort documentary about Sir Joseph Banks.Guest Presenter
BBC's "Pop Goes BBC Two"90 minDocumentary that reviews 50 years of popular music on BBC Two. Attenborough introduces the film.Narrator
2015Society of Biology "Biology – Changing the World"14 minAttenborough 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
BBC's "When President Barack Obama met Sir David Attenborough"35 minThe meeting that took place between President Obama and Attenborough.
RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture: Public Service Broadcasting – A House of Cards?45 minBaron 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.
Eden TV's "Wild Canada"4x42 minThe wildlife of Canada. Episodes: "The Wild West"; "Ice Edge"; "The Heartland"; "The Eternal Frontier" Narrator
BBC's "VE Day: Remembering Victory"100 minCommemorating the 70th anniversary of VE day with contribution from leading British personalities, including Attenborough.Guest Interviewee
WLT's "Orchids of Baños"5 minAttenborough 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
2016"A Plastic Ocean"104 minDocumentary on the effects of pollution by plastic waste on World oceans.Guest Interviewee
BBC's "Cue the Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech"58 minDocumentary on the Royal Christmas Broadcasts.
Sky's "Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens"45 minDocumentary for Attenborough's 90th birthday. Shot over the period of 7 years, shows what it is like to be on the road with Attenborough during filming.
ECO2's "Grindahvalur"29 minDocumentary on the changing relation of Faroe Islanders towards whaling of the "Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas)" or Grindahvalur. Attenborough makes the introductory remarks.On-screen participant
NHK's "Deep Ocean" series56x2 minEpisodes: "The Lost World of the Pacific" and "Lights in the Abyss"Narrator
UNEnvironment.org's "The Hole"5 minShort documentary on the Montreal Protocol.
"The Hole: How Ronnie and Maggie Saved the World"7 minHow Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had key roles in environmental protection.
BBC's "Attenborough at 90"58 min Guest Interviewee
BBC's "Zoo Quest in Colour"89 minDocumentary based on original Zoo Quest films in colour that were re-discovered in BBC archive in 2016.
2017"Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve"21 minLondon's Richmond Park. Presenter
"In Search of Arcadia"59 minGuest Interviewee
"South Africa – Eastern Great Escarpment"21 minThe protection of the Eastern Great Escarpment. Narrator
BBC Horizon's "Dippy and the Whale"59 minReplacement of Dippy the Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum.
ABC's "Into Hot Water"25 minThe effect of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef. Guest Interviewee
2018"Living Thames"60 minIntroduces this documentary on the river Thames.On screen participant
2019Wild Karnataka60 minIntroduces the state of Karnataka.Narrator
Pace Brothers "Year of the Salmon"3 minThe plight of the salmon.
WWF International "How to Save Our Planet"8x30 minThe state of Earth.
WWF International "Our Planet Our Business"38x30 minShort documentary.On screen participant



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