We live in what seems like an increasingly polarised world, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with a bad word to say about Sir David Attenborough.
As the second series of Planet Earth drew to a close, viewers became reflective, not just about our planet but about the wonderful man whose voice many of us have grown up with.
Sir David Attenborough please take a bow, another incredible series #PlanetEarth This is true reality television— Ian 🏴 (@Quietbiglad) December 11, 2016
He and his crew of 22 cameramen and more than 40 production staff spent 2,089 days shooting to bring us one of the most viewed series of the year, and a truly important one at that.
But obviously it’s nothing new for Sir David, who’s been doing the extraordinary for too many years to count.
— BBC iWonder (@BBCiWonder) December 11, 2016
Sir David, now 90, delivered an epic monologue at the end of the series.
He has said a lot of words and narrated a lot of things over his career, but this really was special.
He touched a lot of people, and Twitter became a bit of a love-in.
Sir David Attenborough's words at the end of #PlanetEarth were just lovely. One of very few on our screens who deserves the word legend.— Andy Halls (@AndyBizarre) December 11, 2016
That was the most poignant bit of tv I've seen in a long while. The piece Sir David delivered to camera made me weep.— fearne cotton (@Fearnecotton) December 11, 2016
Perhaps a TV fairwell message from Sir David Attenborough to end the epic #PlanetEarth2 and one mankind must take responsibility to act upon— Andy Rush (@AndyRush5) December 11, 2016
By educating us over decades of work, with wildlife and in other ways, Sir David has brought a lot of positivity into the world.
May the message Sir David Attenborough said in the last episode of #PlanetEarth be loud and clear to everybody. We are but one planet.— Daniel Winward (@DanielWinward) December 11, 2016
And has inspired countless people.
Sir David Attenborough really is one of my biggest heroes, such an incredible human— kellie (@kell_barker) December 11, 2016
So sad #planetearth2 is over. Very emotional ending. Sir David Attenborough is a hero & legend. He's been BIGGEST inspiration to me in life.— July_Child (@July_Child) December 11, 2016
It begs the question: do we need to create a new ranking for someone so incredible?
Because Sir David Attenborough is already a Knight, should we just make him King?
Greatest living Briton?#PlanetEarth— Stu Rowson (@StuartRowson) December 11, 2016
Seriously though, just look at the respect he commands.
Monkey: “Okay Dave. Where do you want me?”
Sir David: “On that wall. Stare meaningfully into the distance.”December 11, 2016
And if you’re wondering how the great man does it, here’s some insight.
Script Writer. Presenter. Legend.December 11, 2016
Thanks for being so wonderful.