David Attenborough has revealed exactly when he'll go into retirement 4 years ago

David Attenborough has revealed exactly when he'll go into retirement

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Sir David Attenborough has revealed that retirement will only ever be considered if the standard of his work begins to dramatically slip.


The broadcasting icon, who turns 92 this year, discussed the idea of retirement in a recent interview with the Radio Times. He spoke candidly about his work, his age and how 2018 will see him gearing up to front a new series of Natural World.

“I would like to think I would be able to detect when I couldn’t find the right words any more,” Attenborough said about the prospect of disappearing from television together.

“If I think I’m not producing commentary with any freshness, or which is apposite or to the point, I hope I would be able to recognise it before someone else told me.”

Attenborough added: “I spend a lot of time fiddling with the words. I write a commentary, and feel it’s finished, then go back over it the next day and find it full of infelicities, clumsiness and redundancies.


“If I thought I was turning in substandard work, that would stop me.”


Attenborough joined the BBC full-time in 1952.  Initially discouraged from appearing on camera because Adams thought his teeth were too big, he became a producer for the Talks department, which handled all non-fiction broadcasts.

Sir David is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D.