|Tue 11 Jun 2013, 8:00pm|
Due to unprecedented demand, Sir David Attenborough is revisiting Australia to again appear live on stage in his not-to-be-missed tour of Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Earth. Following sell out shows in 2012, this living legend will this time be visiting Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne throughout June.
Sir David Attenborough is arguably the world’s best-known natural history film-maker, a much loved naturalist and broadcaster whose career has spanned nearly six decades. He is the quintessential intrepid traveller, sometimes changing continents mid-sentence.
Sir David’s distinguished career in broadcasting began in 1952 when he joined BBC Television Talks Department. In 1954 he launched the first of his famous Zoo Quest series which over the next 10 years took him to the wilder parts of the world. In 1965, Sir David became Controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain. In 1969 he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both of the BBC's television networks. Then in 1973, he resigned to return to programme making, claiming “I haven't even seen the Galapagos Islands.” First came Eastwards with Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, then The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art.
An estimated 500 million people worldwide watched the 13-part series Life on Earth, written and present by Sir David. At the time it was the most ambitious series ever produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. It’s sequel, The Living Planet, cam five years later in 1984 and in 1990 the final part of the trilogy, The Trials of Life was broadcast. He also wrote and presented two shorter series, The First Eden, on the long history on mankind’s relationship with the natural world in the lands around the Mediterranean, and Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives, about fossils.
In 1993, Sir David presented the spectacular Life in the Freezer, a celebration of Antarctica and in 1995, he wrote and presented the epic The Private Life of Plants. In 1996, Attenborough in Paradise fulfilled a lifelong ambition to make a special film about the elusive but beautiful birds of paradise. In 1997, he narrated the award-winning Wildlife Specials, marking 40 years of the BBC Natural History Unit. In 1998, he completed an epic 10-part series for the BBC, The Life of Birds. In 2000 he presented State of the Planet and in 2001 narrated The Blue Planet. In 2002 he worked on the innovative new BBC1 series, The Life of Mammals and in 2005 he fronted Life In The Undergrowth.
One of Sir David’s most popular productions Frozen Planet was broadcast in the UK in 2011 and quickly became a ratings success, with the second episode becoming the highest rating Natural History programme in the UK since 2001. Frozen Planet was also a ratings winner for the Nine Network in Australia. In 2013, Sir David’s latest project Africa, which has already achieved great acclaim the UK, will begin airing this week in Australia on the Ten Network.
Knighted in 1985, Sir David was awarded the Order of Merit by the Queen in 2005, which recognises exceptional distinction in the arts, sciences and other areas.
Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Earth will again take audiences on an incredible journey through his extraordinary life, his untold stories, the evolution of filming techniques and his passion for bringing us closer to nature. Audiences are urged to book for friends and family early so not to miss out on this final opportunity to share Sir David’s experiences in person with the great man himself.
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