David Attenborough Says He Will ‘Keep Presenting Past 100’
Presenting legend Sir David Attenborough said he will keep on working past the age of 100 adding he has ‘no plans to retire’.
Sir David is now 91 and is keeping busy, currently working on four projects and Blue Planet II is to air this weekend.
The veteran presenter told Daily Mail he has absolutely no plans to slow down and is feeling pretty confident he’ll become a centenarian in nine years.
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When Sir David was asked if he would consider more series, he said:
Earth has enough wonders to make more than three Planet Earth series.
Best. News. Ever.
As he gets older, he is regularly asked whether retirement is in the picture but has always said he will ‘keep going until the BBC decide his time is up’. Which is hopefully never.
Asked about his current projects, he told Daily Mail:
I have a film about ants behaving in a rather odd way, about ichthyosaurs, which are extinct fossil sea dragons, I have got a programme about eggs and how remarkable eggs are, and I have a story about a Victorian captive elephant.
So those are occupying me at the moment.
Attenborough also recently opened up on the dangers of plastic after witnessing the damage it causes to the environment while filming the hotly-anticipated Blue Planet II.
We’ve seen albatrosses come back with their belly full of food for their young and nothing in it. The albatross parent has been away for three weeks gathering stuff for her young and what comes out?
What does she give her chick? You think it’s going to be squid, but it’s plastic. The chick is going to starve and die.
Speaking earlier this year about retirement, or lack of, Sir David told the Radio Times:
If people ask, well, it’s perfectly simple, if I wanted to put my feet up and sit in the corner and slobber, then I could.
But I mean, who wouldn’t be grateful for people coming up and saying, ‘Would you like to go to Trinidad?’ I say, ‘Yes, what will it cost?’ ‘No, no,’ they reply, ‘we’ll pay you!’ Really? Lucky old me.’
Sir David was also asked at the Blue Planet II press conference if he might consider a series called Red Planet, focusing on going to space, but he said he has ‘no desire to travel to the moon as there is no nature out there’. Fair enough, I say.
There is no life in space. I mean seriously, people say ‘do you want to go to the Moon?’ and the Moon is the only place you can go to in the space of human life, unless you are going to be put to sleep or something, but we know what the Moon is covered in. It is covered in dust.
There is no life on the Moon. And here we have got this wonderful kaleidoscope, we can never finish filming details of this wonderful, beautiful life.
Why do we want to go to the Moon? I don’t and going to Mars, how long would it take you of the human life to get there, and when you get there you find nothing. I am not besotted by the idea of space travel.
Blue Planet II, airs on BBC One on Sunday (October 29) at 8pm.