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Sir David Attenborough

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 January 2012

Kirsty Young's castaway for the 70th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs is Sir David Attenborough.

He has seen more of the world than anyone else who has ever lived - he's visited the north and south poles and witnessed most of the life in-between - from the birds in the canopies of tropical rainforests to giant earthworms in Australia.

But despite his extraordinary travels, there is one part of the globe that's eluded him. As a young man and a keen rock-climber, he yearned to conquer the highest peak in the world. "I won't make it now - I won't make it to base camp now - but as a teenager, I thought that the only thing a red-blooded Englishman really should do was to climb Everest."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Francisco Yglesia

    Francisco Yglesia Pajaro Campana or The Bell Bird

    This is Francisco Yglesia, Analogue Rock

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Impromptu No.1 in F minor

    Piano Sonata/Impromptus, Ottavo

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel And the Glory of the Lord

    Handel: Messiah (excerpts), Decca

  • Image for Lyre Bird

    Lyre Bird Lyre Bird

    from the Life of Birds, BBC Sound Archive.

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach 3rd of Bach’s Goldberg Variations

    Performer: Murray Perahia.

    Goldberg Variations, Sony Classical

  • Image for The  Gamelan Orchestra

    The Gamelan Orchestra Legong,

    Music from Bali, Argo

  • Image for Carl Michael Ziehrer

    Carl Michael Ziehrer Wiener Burger Waltz

    Vienna Soiree, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Soave sia il vento – Gentle be the breeze

    Cosi Fan Tutte, Philips

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
David Attenborough

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