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BBC Two’s Talking Pictures will star the late Richard Attenborough today. Shot before his death, the show will see the filmmaker share clips and images that shaped his life. This week, the nature expert shares insight into the life and work of actor and director Richard Attenborough, his brother. Richard’s younger brother, legendary nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, will also feature in the programme, with the two known to be incredibly close before Richard died aged 90 in 2014. Sir David will open in viewing vintage interviews and classic archive clips illustrating a career that made Richard one of Britain’s most popular and successful filmmakers

Sir David has spoken of his love for his brother on numerous occasions, including a throwback interview with the Mail in 2011 where he came “on the verge of tears”.

Two years before the interview, Richard had suffered a fall at home and Sir David explained in his interview how his brother’s health had affected him.

He said: “He fell downstairs and damaged his brain so he was unconscious for a long time. He’s now back, but he’s in a wheelchair.

“We all change and old age brings changes.

“You can have a chat with him. I go down to see him on weekends. We have our jokes, the ones we’ve had since we were kids.”

The reporter who conducted the interview wrote that at this point Sir David was “on the verge of tears”.

Sir David also candidly discussed his own mortality in the interview.

When asked if he thought about death, the naturist replied: “Oh all the time.

“We are all going to die. I think if I lived in the 16th century and believed there was hellfire and eternal torture waiting for me, I would be scared to death.”

When the reporter suggested the much-loved TV icon would surely be heading for heaven, Sir David replied: “Not necessarily.

“You might think you were fine in the eyes of the Almighty, but he might say, ‘Ah, no.

“I can understand why a lot of godly people are terrified of death, but if you’re thinking, ‘I have no idea what’s going to happen’, how can you be terrified?

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“I just hope I don’t have too painful or too long a death, but the thought that I’m going to die doesn’t particularly trouble me.”

Sir David was then asked if he believed in a God.

He said: “Oh no. While it’s unscientific not to acknowledge that there are areas we know nothing about, it’s equally unscientific to say, ‘So I’m going to believe that he are little green men living on an asteroid that orbits the world. or, indeed, there is an old man with a long gray beard sitting on a cloud.

“What I want to say is that I am grateful.

“I’m not complaining. Whether complaining means someone up there or someone over there, I don’t know. But I’m not complaining because I think I’m so lucky.

“I’ve been in broadcasting for 60 years. It’s unbelievable. I’ve made a living for 60 years.”


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Sir David’s love for his brother was also evident in 2014 when he said he couldn’t watch Richard in crime drama 10 Rillington Place as he played a serial killer.

BBC naturalist Sir David, who said in an interview that he wished his Oscar-winning film veteran brother Richard could show off his comedic acting skills, refused to watch the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place saying, “I couldn’t bear to watch my dear brother impersonate a sexual murderer.”

Sir David told Radio Times magazine he regretted his brother hadn’t done more comedies: “What I’m sorry about is that Dick was actually a wonderful comedic actor.”

“He was very, very funny and could be – and was – in domestic circumstances. We just spent all of our time screaming with laughter – and that didn’t have a lot of outlets in his feature films.

“I mean, Christmas time, you know, we just sat around, howling with laughter.”