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Could Attenborough be Britain's Greatest Living Icon?

04 December 2006

The top three contenders for Britain's Greatest Living Icon have been announced on the BBC's Culture Show.

Viewers are voting for their favourite cultural icon, someone who is recognised by the young and old, who has made a cultural impact beyond their field of work and who will be remembered in 10 years time.

So far, the top three nominees are two pop stars, Sir Paul McCartney and Morrissey, and Sir David Attenborough.
Zina, reporter for the show, visited the Natural History Museum for her campaign for David Attenborough to take the title. 'The man is amazing,' Zina says.

'His programmes about the natural world have radically changed the way we feel about our planet. They have been watched by 500 million people worldwide . His work for conservation has brought awareness to important issues and saved countless animals and habitats.'

Zina talks about Sir David's other talents. 'He's also written 20 books, been well-decorated winning over 13 major awards including a knighthood and is well-loved by the British public and audiences worldwide.'

'In his role as controller of BBC1 and BBC2 he commissioned Monty Python and Porridge among other programmes and he oversaw the introduction of colour television in 1965.'

Zina argues the point that Sir David is not just a two-dimensional image, but a multi-dimensional icon. 'It's Attenborough's voice, writing and world view that are iconic. This kind of legacy lives and breathes and will continue to inspire a whole cross-section of people for a long time to come. He's a national treasure.'

Voting finishes at midday on Monday 11 December and the winner will be announced after 7.30pm on Saturday 16 December.

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