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Attenborough's five-star confession

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough may have travelled to remote jungles, glaciers and even deserts - but he has 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, 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, adding of the show: "It was simply showing the evidence of what is happening, I don't even describe it to anybody, I don't go into the question whether it is global warming.

"That's not because I'm at all reluctant to say what I think about man's part in this - of which I have no doubt - but that's a different programme. We did six programmes about what the polar region is looking like now, and to some extent if we had not shown what was happening, and shown pretty pictures of penguins, people would say you're being irresponsible."


From Belfast Telegraph