Sunday 24 September 2017

David Attenborough admits his memory is failing as he films Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough is to feature in an interactive app for under-six-year-olds
Sir David Attenborough is to feature in an interactive app for under-six-year-olds
David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

Sasha Brady

David Attenborough has admitted his memory is failing as he films Blue Planet II.

As the legendary naturalist approaches 91, he admits he's struggling with his memory.

Attenborough is currently travelling the globe as he films the second series of his BBC marine documentary series, Blue Planet.

Speaking with The Telegraph, the presenter revealed how he was "coming to terms" with taking longer to recall right words to use during filming.

A scene from Blue Planet. Pic: BBC
A scene from Blue Planet. Pic: BBC

He said that during a trip to the Jura Mountains in Switzerland he struggled to remember the name of a particular flower.

“There were these searing yellow fields and I can’t think of the damn name.

“I wanted to say something about it but I couldn’t. It wasn’t until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape.”

The presenter - who lost his brother Richard Attenborough in 2015 just days before his 91st birthday -  has admitted he can't help but think about his own mortality on a daily basis but, despite his fears, he is determined to continue with his work to promote conservation

David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "Not in a morbid kind of way but I suppose in an observational kind of way.

"I have no intention of retiring, as long as I can do the job and anybody wants me to. Who wouldn't go on? It is a joy and a huge privilege."

Attenborough will make two appearances in the seven-part Blue Planet II series and he said viewers will be blown away by the footage they've managed to obtain from the shores in Florida.

He said: "I've just come back from Florida where we have been filming spinner sharks. There are 20,000 of them and people don't even know they're there.

"From a helicopter you can see this great column of fish and sharks, and just over there, there are people exercising their dogs on the beach."

The BBC announced they were commissioning a second series of Blue Planet after Planet Earth II was such a success last year.

The upcoming series, which was filmed over four years using new technology, was last on screen 16 years ago but will return later this year.

Blue Planet II will be scored by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

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