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11th May 2021

Five of the best David Attenborough documentaries you can watch at home right now

Rory Cashin

The legendary nature documentarian turned 95 years old this week!

Born in 1926, there may be no documentary-maker in the world more famous than David Attenborough.

After he finished in the UK Navy, he took part in three-month training course with the BBC, and pretty much never looked back!

This week, to celebrate his landmark birthday, we figured we’d list some of his very best documentaries through the years, and where you can watch them right now, should you want to!

David Attenborough’s Galapagos

We’ll let David’s opening narration tell you why you should watch this one: “In a lifetime spent making natural history films, I’ve been to many wonderful places, but none more extraordinary than here, the Galapagos Islands. These have been called nature’s greatest experiment, for here life has evolved in isolation, and produced some extraordinary results.”

You can watch this one right now on NOW.

David Attenborough’s Global Adventure

Released around Christmas 2020, this shows David Attenborough, while in his mid-eighties, embarking on a seven-year journey. From the depths of the Great Barrier Reef to the ancient rainforests of Borneo, his travel adventures take him across the globe.

You can watch this one right now on NOW.

The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor?

Heading in a slightly different direction than modern day nature documenting, this focusses on the story behind what could be one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st century. The film, written and narrated by David Attenborough, is set to change our understanding of evolution.

You can watch this one right now on Prime Video.

Our Planet

This eight-episode series covers practically every corner of the globe, with a greater focus on the issues of conservation while featuring these desperate animals in their respective home regions, and has been noted for its greater focus on humans’ impact on the environment than traditional nature documentaries, revolving around how climate change impacts all living creatures.

You can watch this one right now on Netflix.

David Attenborough – A Life On Our Planet

Focusing more on  Attenborough himself and his 95 years on the planet, he has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of the planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. On top of taking in his substantial career, it is also a call to arms to help slow down and stop the issues around climate change.

You can watch this one right now on Netflix.

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