27 Ways Sir David Attenborough Is Better Than Your Granddad

Isn’t he just the cutest?

1. Everyone loves Sir David Attenborough.

2. He’s been the face of the BBC’s natural history programmes for 60 years.

3. But he hasn’t always worked in television. His first job was for the Navy, which he signed up to because he wanted to travel.

Um, SO good-looking.

4. Then he landed a radio producer job at the BBC.

He was offered a three-month training course off the back of it, but was warned that he’d never make it in front of the camera because his teeth were too big.

5. Followed by a series of producing jobs.

His early projects included a quiz show called Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? and Song Hunter, a series about folk music.

6. Which turned into a 60-year career.

7. In the early days, he presented series about animal courtship in zoos. Sometimes he took his shirt off.

 

8. And sometimes he held a very small kitten and his very small son at the same time as looking very sexy.

This is Sir David Attenborough showing his son, Robert, a coati-mundi from London Zoo.

10. And we’ve watched him meet every single one of them.

11. As Sir David slowly discovered more about the world, so did we.

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His first BBC2 commissions sent him to Tanzania, Bali and New Guinea.

12. He’s probably most well-known for Life, a nine-part BBC series which comprehensively surveyed all life on the planet.

13. After the millenium, he turned his focus to global warming and population growth.

15. And he’s never afraid to speak the truth.

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16. He’ll always say it as it is.

17. Sometimes he takes a break from work in order to stand next to floral replicas of himself.

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This picture was taken at the Chelsea Flower Show.

18. But mostly he fills his time saying awe-inspiring things about the world.

19. Writing adorable letters to his fans.

20. Beating jet lag.

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21. And winning BAFTAS.

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Getty / Tim Whitby

Getty / Tim Whitby

 

He’s the only person in the world to have won them in black and white, colour, HD and 3D.

22. Sometimes he hangs out with Bjork.

23. Sometimes he narrates hilarious videos of shoe-mounting tortoises.

 

This was for The Graham Norton Show.

24. And sometimes he gets teeny tiny spiders named after him.

This is the Prethopalpus attenboroughi, and it is found only on Horn Island off northern Queensland, Australia.

25. You know what he never does? Adverts.

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26. Probably because he’s just too busy being really inspiring.

27. And that’s why we love David Attenborough almost as much as he loves a good leaf.

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