This year, coinciding with the 90th birthday of Sir David Attenborough, the BBC will release a free app that will host 60 years’ worth of work from the renowned naturalist and broadcaster.
The joint project between the BBC and its commercial arm BBC Worldwide has been called The Story of Life. The BBC is working with AKQA on the app which will host over 1000 of his most memorable TV moments - including clips taken from his earliest work such as Zoo Quest through to his landmark series including Planet Earth; Life; Africa; Frozen Planet and from the forthcoming series Planet Earth II.
“Knowing and understanding the natural world is one of the greatest gifts that humans can possess, if we lose our connection with nature then we lose ourselves. I’ve had the great privilege of being allowed to travel and discover the infinite variety of life on our planet and to share these stories with audiences all over the world,” said Sir David.
“To keep sharing those stories in a digital age means taking them online and I hope The Story of Life will reach and inspire a whole new generation."
Julian Hector, acting head of the BBC Natural History Unit, added: “Sir David’s pioneering work has given audiences unrivalled access to the world around them for over 60 years and now for the first time they will be able to discover and explore his amazing body of work for themselves with The Story of Life app. We’re building an unrivalled digital collection of his most remarkable wildlife encounters, new discoveries and filming firsts and can’t wait to bring this to fans and families everywhere this autumn.”
It will be available this autumn for both Apple and Android devices.