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    Tonight we introduced our children (2 & 6) to the delights of David Attenborough.

    Is he well known in the US? He is a household name in Australia and the UK. He's one of my heros. I am old enough to remember watching the Life on Earth series when it first came on TV. It was light years ahead of any similar shows, absolutely ground breaking. I even remember my school principal saying to us that he did not wish to encourage us to watch TV but highly recommended we watch this series.


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    David Attenborough is a national treasure - no...an international treasure.

    (On a side note, is it me or is Bill Bailey being set up as David Attenborough's replacement for when he retires?)


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    Love him and want to be him....he's a giant of a man.
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    No, he isn't a household name in the US. I think most people interested in nature and such know who he is, but we don't really get a lot of programming with him. BBC America familiarizes us more with Jeremy Clarkson than David Attenborough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    No, he isn't a household name in the US. I think most people interested in nature and such know who he is, but we don't really get a lot of programming with him. BBC America familiarizes us more with Jeremy Clarkson than David Attenborough.
    Oh dear. What about on one of the discovery channels? Isn't there a nature discovery channel?

    (Given this is a science forum I was kind of expecting someone to point out to me some technical reasons why I used the term "light years" incorrectly and what I should have said.)
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    Our Discovery Channel is 90% garbage now. It went the way of the History Channel. It's all reality TV about people who shoot crocodiles and hillbillies who catch fish with their hands.
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    Blegh!

    I haven't been to the US for about 20 years but isn't there a National Geographic channel? Is there any hope!!!
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    Yeah, Nat Geo has some decent stuff. Honestly, American television is painfully bad. I'd rather have a broken glass an tabasco sauce enema than sit through anything on TLC. It used to show surgeries and things like that. Now, it's fat mentally handicapped rednecks playing in mud and making millions of dollars for being societal rejects.
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    I sadly must ask... who is David Attenborough? Sadly, or perhaps thankfully, I don't watch much television anymore. The last time I watched any television show would be when some channel "science channel?" hosted a few reruns of Cosmos. I'm a bit sickened at how history/discovery/travel/military/science channels have all lost focused. History is filled with Pawn Stars "while there are at times some mild amounts of historic trivia the show is largely drama", and reality shows about illiterate swamp people and the monotonous workdays of loggers. On Discovery channel you can expect non-educational shows on survival "although Survivorman could theoretically be considered educational in both fields of psychology/ environmental science", as well as other reality shows on less educational things. Science channel offers reruns of How it's made, while I found it interesting at times, wasn't terribly educational. I believe the Science channel now consistently airs survival shows. The military channel has more to do with war movies than anything else now. To sum it up, educational television is now %90 reality garbage, %5 entertainment with a few facts, and MAYBE %5 educational. You can probably learn more watching movies now. The only things worth watching can only be found on youtube I'm afraid, though I do like some BBC programs "albeit Top Gear takes up %99 of their air time, I like Top Gear."
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    David Attenborough is a British natural history/science television presenter. His career has spanned something like 60 years but his profile rose when he made the "Life on Earth" series in the late 70s. The cinematography and whole presentation was just so far advanced than anything that had ever been produced before. The series was designed to try and explain the diversity of life on earth and how it came to be that way, ie, evolution. People who had no interest in the natural world would watch this series because it was just so good. He has done many series since then, most notably the "Life" series. He has also narrated many nature documentaries. Basically, if it's got his name on it, you know it's going to be good. He has arguably done more than any person alive or dead in educating people and inspiring awe about the natural world. His name is synonymous with quality documentaries about the natural sciences.

    David Attenborough ~ The Life Series

    He's so revered I wouldn't be surprised if he was buried in Westminster Abbey when he dies!!! He has been knighted and has a TON of awards for his contributions to natural sciences.

    This is part one of the Life on Earth Series
    Life on Earth - 01 - The Infinite Variety - YouTube
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    Hmm. I think he is a household name in the US, certainly as well known as any scientist, which is admittedly not saying much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    No, he isn't a household name in the US. I think most people interested in nature and such know who he is, but we don't really get a lot of programming with him. BBC America familiarizes us more with Jeremy Clarkson than David Attenborough.
    I am so sorry. Please accept my sincere apologies on behalf of the entire nation. It's just that since we introduced "Care in the Community" for the irrevocably insane it's been difficult to control that sort of abberation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    No, he isn't a household name in the US. I think most people interested in nature and such know who he is, but we don't really get a lot of programming with him. BBC America familiarizes us more with Jeremy Clarkson than David Attenborough.
    Please dont hold Jeremy Clarkson against us or think he is in any way representative of the British.......what is BBC America thinking......
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    In Canada he's not a household name, although my 11-year-old would recognize him. Here we're overwhelmed by the biologist/environmentalist David Suzuki, who taught generations of little girls that it's OK to play with dragonfly larva.
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