David Attenborough’s heartbreaking ‘regrets’ after BBC legend admitted future ‘concerns’

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The lifelong climate change activist will take to the screens once again tonight for the BBC’s ‘A Perfect Planet’ series. A favourite among Britons, Sir David first found fame after working in the BBC production team in the Sixties. Since then he has visited every continent – revealing the world’s hidden beauty – and Netflix’s film ‘A Life On Our Planet’ was released in September as a testament to that.

Speaking after the release, the 94-year-old admitted he had been extremely fortunate to be given such an opportunity.

He said: “I think for a naturalist, you might say that my title for my career would be: ‘A Perfect Career’.

“I’ve been fantastically lucky – it’s nothing to do with merit but being there at the right time. 

“Having spent all my life trotting around the world and getting other people to pay for it in order to see the most wonderful things you could ever wish to see – how could I not but say that was a perfect career? 

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“It was just incredibly fortunate.”

Approaching his 95th birthday, Sir David has been candid about the future, previously stating he “doesn’t have many more years around here”. 

And he was asked by the New York Times if his job has given him a healthier attitude towards death.

Sir David responded: “I have a very, very healthy attitude toward death, yeah.

“I don’t think it’s changed me. 

“If you’re a biologist, you’re always aware of death.

“And you know how long species live and what their optimum is and so on.”

Sir David added that he probably should take it more seriously, revealing he has concerns for his family.

He continued in December: “I don’t fear death, not particularly. 

“I ought to be thinking more about it because people are going to clear up after me. 

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“I’m not entirely indifferent to material objects, and I think about my poor son and daughter who are going to have to clear it all up. 

That’s my main concern really.”

Sir David and his late wife Jane had two children – Susan and Robert. 

Susan is a former primary school headmistress and Robert is a senior lecturer in biological anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Talking to the Radio Times in 2017, Sir David said he regretted not spending more time with his children when they were growing up.

He told interviewer Louis Theroux: “If you have a child of six or eight and you miss three months of his or her life, it’s irreplaceable. You miss something.

“If I do have regrets, it is that when my children were the same age as your children I was not away for three months at a time.”

Sir David’s new documentary ‘A Perfect Planet’ airs at 8pm Sunday on BBC One.

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