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He's arguably one of the greatest British TV documentary broadcasters of all time and a true national treasure. With his homely and instantly recognisable tones and his deep passion for all things weird and wonderful. As one fan tweeted: "I want David Attenborough to read me a story, that is all I ask for in life." Hear hear!
Have you ever wished you could fly? Well the latest awe-inspiring offering from our favourite scientist, which will be landing on our screens this Christmas, might just be the next best thing. This festive period the 88-year-old biologist returns to Sky 1 HD and Sky 3D and this time round his new series concentrates on the story of nature's aeronauts and how they took control of the skies. With the BAFTA award-winning team taking the helm, you know this will be good!
During his time the broadcaster has travelled the length and breadth of globe, exploring the deepest oceans and highest peaks. Attenborough has been lucky enough to visit some of the world's most remote places and everywhere he goes he brings his unbridled enthusiasm and heartwarming affection for all the plants and animals he comes across. Here he his meeting Suka the orangutan at London Zoo in 1982. Picture: PA
You could certainly never accuse Dave of being an animal snob! The national treasure loves all God's creatures from the minute to the macro and even champions the humble frog as his favourite creepy crawly of all. The series 'Micro Monsters 3D' which is currently showing on Sky 3D, explores the amazing lives of these little beasts and allows you to get up close and personal with all things bizarre. Picture: Sky
During his time David has worked both in front and behind the camera. He joined the BBC in 1952 and since then has occupied positions as senior manager, as well as director of programming of the company. Attenborough has also been awarded multiple honorary degrees from British universities, including the famous British institutions of the Universities of both Cambridge and Oxford. Wow! Picture: PA
Did you know that butterfly's taste through their feet? Or that male seahorses give birth rather than females? Yes, our eyes have been opened time and time again by Sir David's never ending knowledge!
Sir David's won countless awards including a BAFTA Academy Award "for outstanding achievement in art forms of the moving image" and the prestigious Founder's Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society for "the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery". Here the great man poses with his Specialist Factual Award for Sky's 'Natural History Museum Alive 3D', at the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in London. Picture: PA
As well as his career as a broadcaster, Attenborough has had several published works, including books on birds of paradise titled 'Quest for the Paradise Birds' and accompanying works to his famous 'Life' documentaries. We know what's going on our Christmas list! Picture: Sky
It's not only wildlife that keeps Sir David on his toes. Did you know he's also a keen musician too? So much so in fact, that in 2009 he took to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall…playing a hoover! He was joined in the performance of A Grand, Grand Overture by Sir Malcolm Arnold by the comedian Rory Bremner and pianist Stephen Hough. Sir David played his floor-cleaning instrument alongside two other vacuum cleaners, four rifles and an orchestra. We love it! Picture: PA
David Attenborough is so great he's even been immortalised (rather fittingly) in flower form. Picture: Sky
In September last year, Attenborough put pay to any rumours that he may stop working any time soon: "If I was earning my money by hewing coal I would be very glad indeed to stop. But I'm not. I'm swanning round the world looking at the most fabulously interesting things. Such good fortune." Yes Dave! Picture: Sky