How wonderful it was to watch Sir David Attenborough meet Barack Obama last night. I was entranced. Say what you might about television history, use all the glowing adjectives you like, just to see those men chatting like old friends, putting the world to rights, was sheer joy. Mind you, I also found it very educational: the range of Attenborough’s knowledge combined with Obama’s warmth to draw the viewer in. My only regret was that there wasn’t more of it – the interview only lasted 35 minutes and was interspersed with cut-aways, so I was left wanting more. It was clear that both men were highly intelligent and vastly knowledgable, yet there was little in the way of detail. Oh well, a great piece of tv nevertheless.
(it’s no longer on bbc iplayer. Check it out here)