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Born in London in 1926, David Attenborough is regarded as the global godfather of natural history film and television.
He joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1952. While working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64), he gained his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.
He moved into management as Controller of BBC2 in 1965, during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, and then served as Director of Programmes for the organisation from 1969 to 1972. In 1973, he abandoned administration altogether to return his great passion – making natural history documentaries.
His stable of landmark BBC series include Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), Life of Mammals (2002), Life in the Undergrowth (2005), Life in Cold Blood (2008) and First Life (2010).
Born in India in 1957, Michael initially studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and worked as a London banker before training to become a doctor at London’s Royal Free Hospital.
He then swapped hands-on medicine for journalism, joining the BBC as an assistant trainee producer and cutting his TV teeth working behind the scenes on such popular shows as Newsnight, Tomorrow's World and Horizon. He has since produced a wide range of science-based shows, including The Human Face with John Cleese, three series with Professor Robert Winston, and Jeremy Clarkson's Inventions that Changed the World.
In front of camera, he has become a household name as a regular medic on the daily BBC topical magazine programme, The One Show.
His other presenting credits include Make Me, 10 Things You Never Knew about Losing Weight and the surgery series Blood and Guts. Michael has also fronted Medical Mavericks (looking at those behind the great developments in medicine), Inside the Human Body (examining all the workings of the body), and Frontline Medicine (highlighting the innovative and vital link between warfare and medicine).
Michael's programmes on exercise (The Truth About Exercise) and diet (Eat, Fast & Live Longer – which led to the 5:2 diet) have produced much popular and media discussion as he examined the benefits of short, high-intensity exercise and fasting for two days a week.
Born in Oldham in 1968 to banker parents, Brian’s first foray into the public spotlight was as the keyboardist of the British pop band D:Ream, who scored a number one hit with Things Can Only Get Better in the 1990s. After D:Ream disbanded, Brian turned his attention to science academia, completing his Doctor of Philosophy in high energy particle physics at the University of Manchester.
Brian now divides his time between being a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellow at Manchester University, working on the prolific ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland and as being a leading TV and radio broadcaster popularising astronomy and physics.
His most notable TV credits include fronting such award-winning BBC series as Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of Life and Human Universe.
Born in Singapore in 1970, Louis is the son of travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, brother of novelist Marcel Theroux and cousin of American actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux of Mulholland Drive and Iron Man 2 fame.
After gaining a first class degree in history at Oxford University, Louis cut his professional journalistic teeth as a writer for the alternative magazine Metro Silicon Valley in San Jose and for the satirical magazine Spy in New York. He gained his TV break as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation series, presenting such curious and contentious cultural features as Avon selling products to native woman in the Amazon and the Ku Klux Klan’s drive to market itself a civil rights movement.
Louis’ flair for investigating fascinating worlds and compelling lifestyles sparked the interest of the BBC, and he was offered a development deal in 1995. The result of which was the hit series Weird Weekends, in which he shadowed all manner of American subcultures.
He has continued to shine a light on some of the world’s most intriguing beliefs, behaviours, and institutions ever since, using his persuasive and affable character to get to know the people at the heart of them – from officers and inmates at San Quentin prison for his Behind Bars special, to extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church for his The Most Hated Family in America special.
No controversial topic is left unturned with Louis on the case, whether it be mental illness for his Extreme Love: Autism and Extreme Love: Dementia specials, or sexual predators for his LA Stories: Among the Sex Offenders special.