Attenborough’s Life Stories

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“I’ve been lucky enough to live through what well might be considered the golden age of natural history filmmaking.” – Sir David Attenborough

Now a world-famous veteran of wildlife presentation on television, Sir David Attenborough was eight years old in 1934 when he saw his first natural history film.

It featured the popular naturalist Cherry Kearton, one of the earliest pioneers of wildlife photography and filmmaking. “Kearton’s films captured my childish imagination,” says Attenborough. “It made me dream of traveling to far off places to film wild animals.”

Years later, those dreams became an illustrious reality. For over half a century, Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history filmmaking, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet’s history. His first-hand accounts offer a unique perspective on the natural world. To mark his 60th anniversary on television, Nature presents Attenborough’s Life Stories, a three-part retrospective of his life and work.

Episode one: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Life on Camera

Attenborough revisits key places and events in his career and shows how a succession of technical innovations in filmmaking led to remarkable revelations about our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.

Episode two: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World

Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career in translating these discoveries into film.

Episode three: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet

Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that we have had on the natural world during his lifetime.

Attenborough’s Life Stories premiered Wednesday, January 23-February 6 at 8/7c on PBS.

Production Credits Print

HOUR ONE: LIFE ON CAMERA

PRESENTED BY
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
MILES BARTON

PHOTOGRAPHY
GAVIN THURSTON
MIKE FOX
TIM SHEPHERD
ROD CLARKE
ADAM SCOTT
CHRIS OPENSHAW

SOUND
CHRIS WATSON
ANDREW YARME
BILL RUDOLPH
TIM HUNT

RESEARCHER
PATRICK ARYEE

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
LISA SIBBALD
KAREN LE HURAY

PRODUCTION MANAGER
ALISON BROWN-HUMES

EDITOR
ANDREW MORT

EDIT ASSISTANT
ROBBIE GARBUTT

SOUND EDITOR
TIM OWENS

DUBBING MIXER
GRAHAM WILD

COLORIST
TONY OSBORNE

ONLINE EDITOR
ADRIAN RIGBY

GRAPHIC DESIGN
MICK CONNAIRE

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
BEN SALISBURY

SERIES CONSULTANT
SHARMILA CHOUDHURY

SPECIAL THANKS
JON REES
SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
SABAH PARKS (MOUNT KINABALU)
SABAH TOURISM BOARD
SABAH FORESTRY DEPARTMENT
ARTHUR CHUNG YAW CHYANG
CH’IEN C. LEE
MARTIN DOHRN
NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM
CHERRY KEARTON
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

ARCHIVE
BFI FILM ARCHIVE
HANS HASS ARCHIVE HIST
JOHN SIBBICK

SERIES PRODUCER
MILES BARTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL

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FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

ADDITIONAL VOICEOVER
JEFF BOTTOMS

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

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HOUR TWO: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL WORLD

PRESENTED BY
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
MILES BARTON

PHOTOGRAPHY
GAVIN THURSTON
MIKE FOX
JOHN AITCHISON

SOUND
CHRIS WATSON
ANDREW YARME
MARTIN BELSHAW

RESEARCHER
PATRICK ARYEE

ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
DAVE COX

FIELD ASSISTANT
ADAM SCOTT

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
LISA SIBBALD

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
SAMANTHA DAVIS

PRODUCTION MANAGER
ALISON BROWN-HUMES

EDITOR
VINCENT WRIGHT

EDIT ASSISTANT
ROBBIE GARBUTT

SOUND EDITOR
TIM OWENS

DUBBING MIXER
GRAHAM WILD

COLORIST
TONY OSBORNE

ONLINE EDITOR
ADRIAN RIGBY

GRAPHIC DESIGN
MICK CONNAIRE

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
BEN SALISBURY

SERIES CONSULTANT
SHARMILA CHOUDHURY

SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS
STEVE JONES
TIM BIRKHEAD

SPECIAL THANKS
JON REES
ROSE & LLOYD BUCK
SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
SABAH TOURISM BOARD
SABAH FORESTRY DEPARTMENT
WELLCOME TRUST
TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

ARCHIVE
F.W. MURNAU FOUNDATION
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM VIENNA
AIVL©WHOI
T3MEDIA / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
CROSSING THE LINE
RICOCHET / SCREENOCEAN

SERIES PRODUCER
MILES BARTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL

© 2012 BBC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

ADDITIONAL VOICEOVER
JEFF BOTTOMS

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A CO-PRODUCTION OF THIRTEEN AND BBC IN ASSOCIATION WITH WNET

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR
ITS CONTENT

© 2013 THIRTEEN

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

HOUR THREE: OUR FRAGILE PLANET

PRESENTED BY
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
SUSIE PAINTER

PHOTOGRAPHY
GAVIN THURSTON
MIKE FOX

SOUND
CHRIS WATSON
ANDREW YARME
BILL RUDOLPH
ZUBIN SAROSH

RESEARCHER
PATRICK ARYEE

FIELD ASSISTANT
ADAM SCOTT

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
LISA SIBBALD

PRODUCTION MANAGER
ALISON BROWN-HUMES

EDITOR
PIP HEYWOOD

EDIT ASSISTANT
OWEN PORTER

SOUND EDITOR
KATE HOPKINS

DUBBING MIXER
GRAHAM WILD

COLORIST
TONY OSBORNE

ONLINE EDITOR

ADRIAN RIGBY

GRAPHIC DESIGN
MICK CONNAIRE

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
BEN SALISBURY

SERIES CONSULTANT
SHARMILA CHOUDHURY

SPECIAL THANKS
JON REES
SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
SABAH PARKS TRUSTEES
SABAH TOURISM BOARD
SABAH FORESTRY DEPARTMENT
ZSL LONDON ZOO
WWF
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
IAN REDMOND
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

ARCHIVE
T3MEDIA / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE
GREENPEACE
RICOCHET / SCREENOCEAN
BRITISH PATHE
MUTUAL OF OMAHA
PETER C. H. PRITCHARD
HOWARD HALL PRODUCTIONS
BFI FILM ARCHIVE
BBC MOTION GALLERY
ITN SOURCE / ITV STUDIOS
NASA
RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

SERIES PRODUCER
MILES BARTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL

© 2012 BBC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

ADDITIONAL VOICEOVER
JEFF BOTTOMS

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A CO-PRODUCTION OF THIRTEEN AND BBC IN ASSOCIATION WITH WNET

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR
ITS CONTENT

© 2013 THIRTEEN

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
KATE FULTON

INTERN
MICHAEL FEARON

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG