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Sir David Attenborough admits that he’s losing his memory

The broadcaster and naturalist is nearing 91

Sir David Attenborough has opened up about how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to film now that he’s struggling with his memory.

The 90-year-old legendary nature enthusiast is currently working on Blue Planet II, but has a few problems remembering certain words.

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Revealing the news to The Telegraph, he said that he was “coming to terms” with how it takes him a little longer to film now, and that it’s easy to “run into problems”.

“There were these searing yellow fields and I can’t think of the damn name”, he said.

“I wanted to say something about it but I couldn’t and it wasn’t until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape.”

He also revealed that he doesn’t use the internet or emails.

“I’m not a big fan of electronic communication. When it comes to making television programmes, I like to think that I know what the latest gear is and what tomorrow’s latest gear is, but maybe I’m deceiving myself.”

His brand new documentary is set to hit screens later this year, and Sir David has two appearances in the series. Showing no signs of slowing down, he said he is set to appear in Florida and Dominica.

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Giving viewers a glimpse into what they can expect, he said: “I’ve just come back from Florida where we have been filming spinner sharks. There are 20,000 of them and people don’t even know they’re there. From a helicopter you can see this great column of fish and sharks, and just over there, there are people exercising their dogs on the beach.”

Previously opening up about the exciting new doc, he said: “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”

Sir David is also an avid campaigner for conservation and has experienced a huge change in the state of the world over the years.

“Fifty years ago we thought the natural world was invulnerable so never mentioned any problems. The criticism today is you are showing a false impression of the world, ‘You never show any disaster, illnesses, you don’t show poaching; you ought to be ashamed of yourself’.

“If we only showed the Garden of Eden aspect of the natural world and never any of humanity’s effect on it then we would be culpable, but we do.”

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