Sir David Attenborough, hale and hearty, and still very very busy at age 81, was recently interviewed by The Guardian in conjunction with his new BBC/Animal Planet program, “Life in Cold Blood“, which begins February 4th. It’s the final installment in his series of programs which have included “Life On Earth”, “The Private Life Of Plants”, “The Life Of Birds”, “The Life Of Mammals”, and “Life In The Undergrowth”. And his “Planet Earth” on DVD was one of our favorite shows last year.
He talks about a child’s fascination with the natural world — “Every child born on this earth starts by being interested in the natural world. You have only got to turn over a stone and see a worm or earwig underneath and the child is fascinated.” — as well as the new program, and his next project, about Charles Darwin. More here from The Guardian on Sir David’s new projects, including the Darwin one. Also in the article is mention of the new program, “The History of Science“, which
is due to air on BBC2 in 2009 to mark the founding of the Royal Society — the first time the subject has been tackled in such a way since Bronowski’s famous “Ascent of Man” series, which is often hailed as one of the landmark shows from the “golden age” of television.
Sir David interview via Michael D. Barton’s blog, The Dispersal of Darwin, which is new to me and full of lots of interesting things