David Attenborough

12 January 2018 #553

Cover Story: David Attenborough

Keeping cool


David Attenborough is the voice that spawned a thousand imitators: wise but warm, avuncular, slightly husky, enthusiastic.

Now, at 91, Sir David is using that famous voice to turn the world’s attention to earth’s final frontier: our oceans. In his ambitious new series Blue Planet II (screening soon on Nine), the much-loved filmmaker takes us to the depths of the world’s oceans and introduces us to its extraordinary creatures.

During an interview in the new Big Issue magazine the legendary naturalist urges us to work together to protect our planet, and calls for global action to reduce plastics in our waterways.

Also in this issue

Beyond the Lycra – a special spotlight on cycling 🚴

  • How the humble bicycle changed Australian history.
  • What it's like to ride a bike when you're larger-sized person?
  • An epic bicycle journey from London to India – with bonus dogs!


  • Alan Attwood looks at the rise and rise of Serena Williams a year after she won the Aussie Grand Slam while two months pregnant.
  • Tennis legend and LGBTIQ+ advocate Billie Jean King writes a Letter to My Younger Self.
  • The empowering pregnancy that lead Liz Cahalan to perform a Beyoncé dance show at the eight-month mark.
  • An interview with Priscilla director Stephan Elliot about his new star-studded (including Kylie!) film set in 1970s Australia, Suburban Safari.
  • Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream talks about changing sounds, politics in music and whether Brexit will influence future albums.
  • A look at the lost episode of Dr Who that has been newly released on DVD.

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