Review: Attenborough: 60 years in the wild

(David Attenborough: Photo from

(David Attenborough: Photo from

Sir David Attenborough seems to never stop, who through television and film-making has inspired generations of conservationists and nature-lovers with spectacular images of nature and wildlife. The most renown, respected, and loved television presenter of our time, Attenborough’s 60 years in the wild saw a 3-part series about his television career. Blossoming over time amongst the growing environmentalist movement, Attenborough shows us how his love of the planet evolved through his filmmaking.

The first episode, Life on Camera, shows an attractive Attenborough in his 20s, sent to far corners of the world on Zoo Quest in search of Komodo dragons. Attenborough also presents some of the BBC’s most ancient cameras, providing a retrospective view into the advances of the modern age of filming technology. Looking back on his scientific career, Attenborough’s second episode ‘Looking back on the Natural World’ reviews scientific discoveries over the decades, recalling a trip across a tribal border where the team is confronted by a seemingly raging tribe, who in fact are simply showing their ‘strength and ability’ like an animal would, but meant no harm. Attenborough, out of fear and confusion, simply approaches the lead tribesmen and offers his hand as a greeting; the response is somewhat politely reciprocated. In the final episode, ‘Our Fragile Planet’, Attenborough discusses conservation and the value of the natural world, showing fascinating footage of intimate encounters with mountain Gorillas. He proceeds to describe how the endangered population is severely threatened by restless civil war and poaching, and sadly describes some significantly moments that inspired his path into conservation.

Much of the footage is not new to Attenborough fans, sourced from many of his series including The Secret Life of Plants, Planet Earth, and Zoo Quest. Showing the world his breadth of experiences with the world’s wildlife stimulates awe, jealousy, and utmost respect for a man, now 86, is seemingly coming towards the end of his career.

However, January 2nd sees the release of ‘Africa’, a 6 part series based on the world’’s second largest continent. Keep them coming BBC!