Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild

Series 1 - 3. Our Fragile Planet

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

The last film in this trilogy examines how humans have damaged the natural world more severely over the past 60 years than over the rest of history. Of course, back in the 1950s our attitudes were different and our knowledge limited. David Attenborough even admits to some wildlife faux pas: eating turtle eggs and having an orangutan for a pet, for example.

However, he also realised that it was probable some creatures would become extinct in his lifetime. He reminds us of the conservation work of Peter Scott, Dian Fossey and Greenpeace to convince us that we need to cherish not just individual species, but the whole planet.

About this programme

3/3. David Attenborough reflects on environmental changes during his film-making career, the pioneering conservationists whose footsteps he followed and the revolution in attitudes toward nature. On a tropical beach in Malaysia, David recalls how in the 1950s he dug up turtle eggs to eat and releases newly hatched turtles into the wild. Finally he asks whether changing attitudes and greater knowledge of the world will be enough to save it for future generations. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


David Attenborough


Executive Producer
Alastair Fothergill
Susie Painter
Series Producer
Miles Barton