Sir David Attenborough says he’s “fantastically lucky” to be working aged 85!

by Lynn Connolly

TV legend Sir David Attenborough has revealed to The Sun that he feels “fantastically lucky” to be still doing a job he loves at the age of 85.

Sir David, who returns to our screens soon with a new nature series entitled, Frozen Planet, said, “I’m always thinking about my mortality, about how fantastically lucky I am.

“More so at my age, as you will discover! You just can’t believe that at 85 you are lucky enough to do these things.”

And when – rather morbidly – Sir David was asked if he would be “happy dying doing what he loves”, he replied, “Yes. I used to be an obsessive rock climber when I was in my late teens. I once fell about 75ft…

“And it’s true what they say. Time does seem suspended. I seemed to be falling for ever.

“What I primarily thought was how ungrateful for my life I was to be doing this, and how my parents would be upset.

“I was awfully sorry that they’d given me all this help and this is what I’d done with it. But I survived and I carried on climbing.”

And of being dubbed “a national treasure”, Sir David said, “There’s an Alan Bennett quote that always makes me laugh — ‘If you live to 90 and can still eat a boiled egg, they give you the Nobel Prize’.

“Honestly, anybody who is a public figure who’s been at it a long time, they say, ‘Isn’t it wonderful? He’s in his 80s’.”

And finally, of the new series, Sir David said, “It’s not a job, is it? It’s just great fun. What else would I rather be doing? Nothing!”

Frozen Planet debuts on BBC1 on Wednesday, October 26th at 9pm.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.