He is the greatest ever TV naturalist. He is now 81 years old and throughout his life, he has captured his audience with cunning and craft, matched only by one of the weird spiders in some tropical jungle that has been spotted by his lens. He also continues to be just about the most articulate champion of public service broadcasting on the planet. Andrew Pierce has written up an interview with the great man in today's Telegraph. I will recite one extract of what he has to say about the BBC.
"It is all about celebrity, which is a disaster; its ghastly. The celebrity cult means you are famous without talent. The BBC is as guilty as the other channels. Popularism has pervaded our society. It is a distorted form of democracy and egalitarianism. Celebrity is a legacy from the time when the BBC was seen to be patrician and condescending and knowing what was best for the rest."
Brilliant. I hope the BBC employee who persuaded the normally very good Jeremy Vine to make such an idiot of himself during Thursday night's election coverage, will be required to write out this extract 1000 times, as hanging his or her head in shame.