SUCCEEDING SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH will be one of telly’s toughest gigs
But the nature show host-with-the-most says there is only one man for the job — GORDON BUCHANAN, whose parents are from Dumbarton and Loch Lomondside.
In an exclusive interview with the Scottish Sun, Sir David said: “It’s up to the television organisation. There are plenty of people but Gordon Buchanan is a terrific chap.”
Giant ratings-winners such as Blue Planet and Planet Earth are likely to continue without Sir David at the helm. The telly legend added modestly: “I don’t want to suggest I’m irrelevant to Blue Planet but there was a lot of effort put behind it in terms of cameramen.”Sir David says Gordon can step in once he retires. Gordon has been seen on BBC’s Springwatch, Natural World and Big Cat Diary.“People worked on Blue Planet for three years and they were the best underwater cameramen in the world,” said Sir David.
Blue Planet’s second run — coming 16 years after Sir David’s 2001 original — was the most watched TV of 2017, with 14.1million viewers. Sir David reckons being scheduled after Strictly Come Dancing gave it a boost. He said: “They put it on a Sunday evening after the results for the dancing. You inherit the lot so have everything going for you. If they’d put it on BBC4 at 6.30pm, it would not have got 14 million.”
Thankfully Sir David, 91, is determined to keep filming — and this Easter he is back with a show about eggs. Easter is just around the corner.