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28 Jan 2006
Life on Air - David Attenborough - BBC Books, 2003
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To me, it is firm proof of the non-existence of a benevolent all-powerful deity that David Attenborough is beginning to show his age. In any properly run universe, things would be so ordered that he could continue to make his stunningly beautiful and jaw-dropping natural history programmes for centuries to come. Yes, I know that he is only the figurehead for an outstanding production team and that a certain amount of trickery is involved in the filming, but the fact remains that they are pretty much the only good reason for owning a television set.

And he seems so nice. In interviews he is consistently good-humoured, with a nice line in witty stories about his adventures. His colleagues never have a word to say against him. But surely he has a nasty side? After all, he was controller of BBC2 and subsequently Director of Programmes at the BBC. Surely you can't get that high without a ruthless streak?
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