Not only is the photography on his shows amazing, the lecture along with them is not dumbed-down very much – a grown-up can find things to appreciate in it. He’s also unafraid to take on nature as “red in tooth and claw” – unfortunate things happen; that’s life. I think it’s important to leave that in, too, and not edit our reality too much.
My favorite Attenborough moment has to be the one where he is on the giant cone of bat poop and cockroaches. What an amazing character!
Here, he observes queen Elizabeth, “the life-cycle of this creature is … extraordinary. Unlike a termite queen or an ant queen, the queen of England manages her hive using intermediaries known as members of parliament. It is a beautifully complex relationship…”
Fortunately, there hasn’t been the slightest inkling of skeletons poking out of Attenborough’s closet.