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Viewing Entry - Life on air (S13569)
by Attenborough, David

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TitleLife on air : memoirs of a broadcaster
Author / Responsible partyAttenborough, David
TopicsAutobiography. Attenborough, David, 1926- Television journalists -- Great Britain -- Biography. Naturalists -- Great Britain -- Biography. Zoologists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


Life on Air begins when, at twenty-four, Attenborough throws over what looks to be a staid future as a "gentleman publisher" for an uncertain position in the BBC's fledgling television service. An adventure in itself (with primitive equipment and unpredictable personalities), broadcasting work involves the Cambridge-educated naturalist in hilarious attempts to improve the upstart Talks Department. Then the discovery of a coelacanth fish off the Comoro Islands offers him his first chance as a producer, and his career introducing wildlife to the public takes off in earnest.

Additional Information

System control numberS13569
Original Print PublisherLondon, UK : BBC Books, 2002.
NarratorDavid Attenborough.
Narrator NameDavid Attenborough.
Participant or performer noteDavid Attenborough.
Narrators GenderMale narrator