Celebrating the life of Sir David Attenborough

BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) with will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Sir David Attenborough with a series of programmes, including Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, this weekend.

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur will be screened on Sunday, May 8 at 4 pm. In 2014, news broke that a giant fossil bone had been discovered in the Argentine desert. It was thought to belong to the biggest dinosaur to walk the Earth, and the story piqued the interest of people around the world, including legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

This documentary follows Sir David as he goes out to Patagonia to meet the scientists who made the discovery. The film follows their work over a two-year period as they work to piece together a 37-metre long skeleton from over 220 bones.

With the help of state of the art graphics, the film reveals how the life of such a giant was possible and questions how and why the species died.

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Sir David Attenborough returns to his life-long passion in Attenborough’s Paradise Birds. Photos: BBC

Other programmes include:
  • Attenborough’s Big Birds in which Sir David showcases weird and wonderful flightless birds including Kiwis, Emus and the enormous and extinct elephant bird of Madagascar. The programme can be seen at 6.20 am and 9.15 am.
  • In Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs, Sir David takes viewers on a journey through the weird, wonderful and often bizarre world of frogs and toads. The programme can be seen at 7.20 am.
  • In Attenborough’s Birds of Paradise, Sir David travels to the desert of Qatar to a facility that houses the largest breeding group of Birds of Paradise in the world. The programme can be seen at 8.15 am.
  • In David Attenborough Meets President Obama, the President of the United States talks to Sir David about his career, his record-breaking dive on the Great Barrier Reef and issues facing the natural world today. The programme is screened at 3 pm.

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Fans of Sir David can also watch back-to-back screenings of the magnificent series, Blue Planet, in which the naturalist dives deep into the marine environment on Planet Earth, on Saturday, May 7 from 1 pm. Other programmes include:
  • Life in the Undergrowth, a study of the evolution and habits of invertebrates, which will be screened from 6 am on Saturday, May 7;
  • Galapagos, in which Sir David reveals how the Galapagos Islands are adapting to a human revolution. The back-to-back episodes can be seen from 10.24 am on Saturday, May 7;
  • Frozen Planet in which Sir David travels to the end of the earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions. The programme will be screened from 8.30 pm on Saturday, May 7.
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