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David Attenborough's long-time producer making own BBC series

Veteran presenter and Alastair Fothergill working on separate BBC projects, with latter making predators and prey programme

The fruitful creative partnership between Sir David Attenborough and his long-serving producer, Alastair Fothergill, who have worked together for more than 20 years on landmark natural history series including The Trials of Life and Frozen Planet, appears to have come to an end.

Fothergill said his next landmark natural history project for the corporation, which will be filmed on location around the world and explore the relationship between predators and prey with a budget predicted to be more than £10m, "will not be presented by David". "It will not have a presenter. I will choose a narrator later," he added.

The seven-part series, which has a working title The Hunt and is due to be broadcast on BBC1 in 2015, will have camera crews travelling far and wide to capture footage of a range of species and their hunting tactics.
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David Attenborough: force of nature

David Attenborough may have lived the perfect life, travelling the world and seeing its wonders before tourism ravaged them. He talks to Robin McKie about his early regrets, battles with climate change deniers, and his favourite place on Earth

It is hard to believe that Sir David Attenborough has ever mistreated a single animal in his life. This is a man for whom the natural world is sacred, after all. Yet midway through our interview, organised to promote his new television series Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild, a crestfallen look crosses the great naturalist's features when I ask if he has any regrets about his career.

"Jumping on animals. I regret that," he states. I blink in disbelief. It is as if Judi Dench had admitted to glue-sniffing. Attenborough explains. "Fifty years ago, I used to go along, chase a giant anteater and pull it by the tail so we could film it.
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David Attenborough's 60-year career celebrated in BBC series

Wildlife presenter will review advances in science and return to the Borneo jungle in the three-part documentary

The BBC is to broadcast a documentary series looking back over Sir David Attenborough's remarkable 60-year broadcasting career, including a return to the Borneo jungle, where he first encountered an orangutan in the wild in the 1950s.

In the three-part BBC2 documentary, Attenborough will review advances in programme-making technology, science, and the study of natural history and the environment over the past 60 years, and revisit award-winning shows including Life on Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

Along the way Attenborough, who celebrates his 86th birthday on 8 May, will recount anecdotes – including being rejected early in his career by BBC Radio because his teeth were judged to be too big – an alleged defect fortunately overlooked by the BBC's nascent television service.

"It is in the can, all done. It really covers the three areas which fascinate me,
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The weird wave of Greek cinema

Are the brilliantly strange films of Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari a product of Greece's economic turmoil? And will they continue to make films in the troubled country?

It must be the worst kiss in screen history. Two young women face each other in front of a white wall. They crane their necks, lock lips and awkwardly flex their jaws. There's no hint of passion. They look more like two birds trying to feed each other. After an excruciating minute of this, they pause. One of them says she feels like throwing up. They clumsily rub their tongues together a little more, only to end up spitting at each other, then blowing raspberries, before hissing at each other like cats.

Attenberg, by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, doesn't get much more normal from there on in. Its heroine, Marina, is a 23-year-old outsider who's largely disgusted by the idea of human contact.
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Is there life on earth after Attenborough?

Sir David brought the natural world to the TV generation. But now that every corner of the planet has been captured on screen, Andrew Anthony asks how do his heirs build on his legacy?

In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with Attenborough, and the word was Attenborough. As an evolutionary scientist, Sir David Attenborough may laugh at the biblical allusion, but he has certainly had an instrumental role in creating our modern perception of the world. For not only did Life on Earth, his landmark 13-part 1979 natural history series, change our relationship with television, it also transformed our understanding of nature and the planet at large.

Tim Scoones, who is executive producer of populist wildlife show Springwatch, is in no doubt of the legacy of Life on Earth and its countless imitators. "It has been significant in reconnecting an increasingly disconnected human population with the
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Q&A: David Attenborough

My most treasured possession? My front door key

David Attenborough was born in London in 1926. He went to Wyggeston grammar school in Leicester and won a scholarship to Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences. In 1952 he joined the BBC and, two years later, he launched his Zoo Quest series, which, over the following 10 years, took him all over the world. He also worked on political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, gardening and religious programmes, and as a senior manager at the BBC. His films and series – such as Life On Earth, The Living Planet and The Trials Of Life – have won nearly every major award in television. His new film, Flying Monsters 3D, is at the BFI Imax in London and cinemas nationwide. He has two children and was widowed in 1997.

What is your greatest fear?

A long, protracted illness preceding death.

What is your earliest memory?

A staircase in a house
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