The tattoo that took Britain by storm this morning could be only the first of many…
When Radio Times revealed today that – at the ripe young age of 75 – David Dimbleby had had a scorpion etched on his shoulder, the reaction in the press and across social media ranged from surprise to delight, amusement to admiration.
"He's always harboured a desire to have one," Leith told RadioTimes.com. "When we first filmed the sequence in Plymouth, I think he wasn't completely convinced that he was going to do it there and then but he had a bit of time to think about it and decided that he'd go ahead. As soon as he made his mind up he went and did it. It was great."
Leith added that Dimbleby "was very stoic" about the procedure. "There was no passing out and no unhappiness," he said. "This may be the first of a number."
"I'm very fond of the sequence in programme one about Captain Cook and his voyages of exploration," added Leith. "Cook brought tattoos to Britain, and David got a tattoo himself. He was very up for it."
Britain and the Sea begins on 18 November at 9pm on BBC1