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How do you pick your favourite spot on the planet? At 88, David Attenborough is fed up with that question, but he says he’ll never tire of exploring

David Attenborough peers at me with curiosity, mixed with disdain and a hint of disappointment. “I’ve had some cleverly intelligent questions in my last interview,” he remarks flatly. “Very insightful. Thoughtful. Provoking. The bar has been set high.

“And you’re immediately at a disadvantage, with a beard. My last [interviewer] was a blonde lady.”

I joke about my losing battle. But no soothing laughter follows. No release of humour. Attenborough simply stares blankly,...

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