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David Attenborough Doesn't Get Why David Attenborough is Popular

By Gary Cutlack on at

Naturalist and TV stalwart Sir David Attenborough seems to spend quite a bit of time pondering his neverending TV success story, and has said he finds it "a bit odd" that for three entire generations of the UK population he is the most consistent and omnipresent voice in their lives, and even the kids are still bang up for listening to him going on about killer whales and how insects do it and how many types of iguana there are and all that.

Attenborough has been addressing the press to help promote this autumn's BBC wildlife bonkbuster Seven Worlds, One Planet, and explained that he understands a proportion of the audience may be willing him to get out of the way and let someone else take over the penguin-hazardous-winter-survival narration duties – Liz Bonnin, maybe, she's nice – but he's also overwhelmed by his own longevity and influence on the nation's knowledge and awareness of life around the planet.

"...in a sense you've been part of the family for quite a long time, which is an extraordinary obligation really and a privilege," he said, by way of explaining his Grade I National Treasure status, and added: "You can say nobody under the age of 75 can have been without my voice coming from the corner of the room at various times and that must have an effect." [Metro]