Sir David Attenborough is committed to 3D television

30/12/13

Sir David Attenborough has said he is "committed" to producing more of his documentaries in 3D in the future.

The presenter, 87, said he believed developments in the technology would revolutionise the way people watch television and encourage more them to engage with the format.

"At the moment I think people find it a bit off-putting," he said.

"They turn on the television, but in order to see 3D you have to put on glasses and slightly dark glasses too."

Sir David Attenborough wearing 3D glasses

He predicted that by June 2014 people would be more likely to embrace 3D television as sets come on to the market which don't require special glasses to view them.

"That's going to make a huge difference to 3D," he said.

Until I did the research I didn't know that there were snakes that existed that were 30 or 40 feet long
Sir David Attenborough

"It's a problem [at the moment] because you can't see your friends or your family and you can't talk to them [because you can't make eye contact]."

The naturalist also said he had plans to make more of his programmes in the format.

"I'm absolutely committed to doing so," he said.

"In January or February I shall be in Borneo filming for a new series about flight in animals, how animals fly.

"How beetles fly, bats fly, how birds fly."

Sir David Attenborough and the Duchess of Cambridge
Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge attended the screening of the documentary

Sir David has been the face and voice of natural history programmes for more than 60 years and reiterated recent comments that he has no plans to retire at the moment.

In January or February I shall be in Borneo filming for a new series about flight in animals
Sir David Attenborough

"It's fun you know, that's the main thing," he said. "It's fun. If it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it."

The 87-year-old was interviewed ahead of his new Sky 3D programme Natural History Museum Alive.

The series was shot in the Natural History Museum and features an array of incredible animals from the past.

Even he was surprised by some of the facts included in the series.

Sir David Attenborough and a CGI dodo
Image caption Sir David Attenborough encountered a CGI dodo in his new series

"Until I did the research I didn't know that there were snakes that existed that were 30 or 40 feet long," he said.

"I won't say it gives me a nightmare but actually it is quite a thought.

"When you see it brought to life with a very strict attention paid to make sure that we don't exaggerate it, that the size of the snake is exactly the right sort of dimensions it would be within the museum, you realise how big that is."

The programme goes out on New Year's Day and like many people, Sir David Attenborough will have been celebrating the night before.

"I shall be having dinner with friends," he said.

Sir David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive is at 6.30pm on 1 January on Sky 3D and in 2D on Sky1 HD.

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