David Attenborough to make Twitter debut with #AskAttenborough

Veteran natural history presenter will join the social network for one night only to answer viewer’s questions about his latest BBC series, Africa

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86-year-old naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough is to make his Twitter debut on Wednesday (6 February) to answer viewer’s questions on his latest BBC natural history series, Africa. 

Attenborough, who has spent the last 60 years in nature broadcasting, will answer questions submitted through Twitter and Facebook for an hour from 1pm. 

Africa has proven to be both a television and social media hit, attracting more than 8 million viewers for the opening broadcast on 2 January this year, and garnering in excess of 79,000 related tweets during transmission.  Such was the show’s popularity online that the hashtag #Africa began trending worldwide on Twitter during broadcast. 

On Tuesday night Sir David attended the Radio Times Covers Party at Claridge's London where he was honoured for his services to natural history broadcasting.  After a speech by Professor Brian Cox, Attenborough told the crowd “if I had a torch I would hand it to Brian.”  

Questions for the live social media chat can be submitted through Twitter via @bbcnature or @bbcone using the hashtag #AskAttenborough.

Sir David goes live on Wednesday 6 February for an hour from 1pm.

Further details and highlights of the Q&A will appear at www.bbc.co.uk/africanature

The final episode of Africa will transmit on BBC1 this Wednesday evening and deals with the future of the continent and the threats its wildlife face from deforestation and poachers.