Decades before Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin even decided to pull on their khaki shorts, a visionary British naturalist and BBC broadcast pioneer had already paved the way for what would become modern wildlife television.

The level of excellence of his groundbreaking documentaries remains the standard against which all others must be measured.

And, as far as I’m concerned, not even Morgan Freeman’s lordly timbre can hold a candle to the endearingly engaging inflections of the singular Sir David Attenborough.