Longest career as a television naturalist
Who
David Attenborough
What
66:97 year(s):day(s)
Where
United Kingdom ()
When

Sir David Attenborough (UK) is the longest-serving naturalist on television (and indeed the most enduring TV presenter overall), with a career spanning more than six decades back to the formative years of television. His on-screen debut was on Animal Disguises (UK) on BBC Children's Television on 2 September 1953 and, most recently, he narrated and hosted the seven-part BBC documentary series Seven Worlds, One Planet (UK), the last episode of which ("Africa") aired on 8 December 2019 – giving him a total career duration of 66 years 97 days.


Animal Disguises was a spin-off of another 1953 series on BBC's Children's Television called Animal Patterns (UK), on which Attenborough worked behind the camera as a producer and director.

Seven Worlds, One Planet, produced by the makers of popular BBC nature series such as Planet Earth and Blue Planet, took 1,794 days to shoot in 41 different countries, with a crew of more than 1,500 people. The first episode ("Antarctica") aired on 27 October 2019; the series proceeded to look at the varied fauna native to each continent as well as the rising challenges that wildlife faces around the world.

Attenborough is the only person to have won BAFTA awards for series in black and white, colour, HD and 3D formats.

Sir Patrick Moore (UK, 1923–2012) holds the record for the longest career hosting the same TV programme (55 years) for The Sky at Night (UK, BBC).