David Attenborough - The Early Years

A collection of programmes, letters and photographs from 1955-1969, showcasing the early work of Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough Introduction by Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough takes a personal journey through the archive, reflecting on his early work from 1955 through to 1969. He traces the evolution of natural history programming and filming practices, and reminisces about highlights in his broadcasting career. Read more

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Collection items

1 - 16 of 31 items available to watch online

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Bush Walkabout Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Bush Walkabout

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

David Attenborough visits Australia's Northern Territory. (1963)

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: The First Australians Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: The First Australians

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

Australia's Aborigines are the subject of this report by David Attenborough. (1963)

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Desert Gods Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Desert Gods

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

David Attenborough visits the Northern Territory of Australia. (1963)

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Hermits of Borroloola Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Hermits of Borroloola

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

David Attenborough reaches the middle of the Northern Territory of Australia. (1963)

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Buffalo, Geese and Men Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: Buffalo, Geese and Men

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

A journey through Northern Australia with David Attenborough. (1963)

Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: The Artists of Arnhem Land Adventure: Quest under Capricorn: The Artists of Arnhem Land

First Broadcast: 1963 30 mins

David Attenborough looks at the artists of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. (1963)

Adventure: Zambezi: Lord of the Land Adventure: Zambezi: Lord of the Land

First Broadcast: 1965 40 mins

David Attenborough follows the Zambezi from its source to the Indian Ocean. (1965)

Adventure: Zambezi: The Ancient Highway Adventure: Zambezi: The Ancient Highway

First Broadcast: 1965 40 mins

David Attenborough comes across a stone fortress in an African village. (1965)

Adventure: Zambezi: Livingstone's River Adventure: Zambezi: Livingstone's River

First Broadcast: 1965 40 mins

David Attenborough retraces the steps of the Scottish explorer Dr Livingstone. (1965)

David Attenborough - The Early Years David Attenborough - The Early Years

First Broadcast: 2013 29 mins

David Attenborough recalls key moments from his early career. (2013)

Elsa the Lioness Elsa the Lioness

First Broadcast: 1961 30 mins

David Attenborough meets Elsa the lioness in Kenya, shortly before Elsa's death. (1961)

The Miracle of Bali: The Midday Sun The Miracle of Bali: The Midday Sun

First Broadcast: 1969 50 mins

A general introduction to Bali, its people and their varied arts. (1969)

The Miracle of Bali: Night The Miracle of Bali: Night

First Broadcast: 1969 50 mins

The religious rituals and festivals of Bali. (1969)

The Miracle of Bali: Recital of Music The Miracle of Bali: Recital of Music

First Broadcast: 1969 37 mins

A recital of music and dancing from the Balinese village of Peliatan. (1969)

The People of Paradise: The Land Divers of Pentecost The People of Paradise: The Land Divers of Pentecost

First Broadcast: 1960 31 mins

David Attenborough sets off on his tour around the South West Pacific Islands. (1960)

The People of Paradise: The Firewalkers of Fiji The People of Paradise: The Firewalkers of Fiji

First Broadcast: 1960 31 mins

The impressive Fijian firewalks captivate David Attenborough. (1960)

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