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Sunday 24 May 2015

Attenborough's five-star confession

Sir David Attenborough has confessed he prefers five-star luxury to tents in remote places
Sir David Attenborough has confessed he prefers five-star luxury to tents in remote places

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough may have travelled to remote jungles, glaciers and even deserts but he has now confessed how he prefers "five-star" surroundings to a tent.

The natural history filmmaker described himself as no "explorer" as he joined some of Britain's greatest adventurers at a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Sir David, 85, whose popular BBC series have fascinated audiences for a generation, revealed how he prefers his creature comforts.

"I'm not an explorer, I'm a filmmaker. I don't rate as an explorer, I don't really rate as a traveller... my view is any bloody fool can be uncomfortable," said the veteran broadcaster.

He added joking: "If I see a five-star hotel I'm not going to keep on living in a tent.

"All these other guys (here) - these very hairy breasted chaps - who love this stuff, it's not really me."

The list of guests invited to the Palace read like a Who's Who of adventurers from Sir Chris Bonington and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Michael Palin.

Younger explorers who have pushed themselves to the limit were represented by Dame Ellen MacArthur, Bear Grylls and Edward Stafford, European Explorer of the Year 2011.

Sir David also defended the last episode of his newest series, Frozen Planet, which ended last night, against criticisms voiced in America that it was pro-climate change.

He said he was pleased by reports the show will now be screened in the US.

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