Watch the trailer for David Attenborough’s Wild Isles
Sir David Attenborough has been a staple on TV screens for eight decades and he is the only person to win BAFTA awards for programmes in black and white, colour, high-definition, 3D, and 4K. His dulcet tones have been gracing some of the most stunning wildlife programming ever made since 1950 so it comes as no surprise that Sir David has been voted Britain’s favourite TV presenter of all time.
The poll, conducted by Perspectus Global, saw the national treasure win 28 percent of the vote to top the list, which features 30 household names in all.
David is the voice of several of the BBC’s most high-profile wildlife documentaries, including Dynasties, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth.
Having travelled all over the world for his work, most recently he hosted Wild Isles which was his first landmark series on the natural history of Britain and Ireland.
It was also the first time the 96-year-old was in front of the camera on location since Green Planet, which was filmed four years ago.
Four out of the top 10 presenters are no longer alive with Cilla Black and Les Dawson featuring in sixth and ninth place respectively.
Attenborough is the only living broadcaster to make the top three.
Second place in the poll was taken by the late Sir Terry Wogan, who began his broadcasting career in the 1960s.
Meanwhile Sir Bruce Forsyth’s glittering career landed him third place.
Terry Wogan’s eponymous chat show was a teatime viewing staple in the 1980s.
His BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan regularly drew an estimated eight million listeners.
Meanwhile Bruce fronted some of the most popular light entertainment shows of the past several decades including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Bruce’s Price is Right.
His final presenting role until his death in 2017 was co-host of Strictly Come Dancing.
The top five was completed by chat show host Graham Norton in fourth place and Channel 4’s longest serving newsreader Jon Snow in fifth place.
Despite winning the National Television Award for Best Presenters an astonishing 21 times, Ant and Dec only came in eighth in the poll.
One place above them was Strictly Come Dancing and The Traitors host Claudia Winkleman.
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Comedian Jimmy Carr scraped into the top 10 at number 10.
Almost half of those surveyed said being genuine is what makes a great TV host.
However, they also said they thought the calibre of hosts has fallen in recent years, something that is reflected in the nostalgic tone of the top ten.
Indeed 51 percent of the people questioned went as far as to say it is a dying art.
All episodes of Wild Isles are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
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