Sir David Attenborough is said to have raked in big money for his latest TV projects.
The much-loved broadcaster, 96, appeared in four critically-acclaimed nature series over the past year: Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard, Dinosaurs: The Final Day, and Attenborough’s Wonder of Song for the BBC, plus Global Adventure for Sky.
And according to reports, he earned over £3,000 a minute for his work.
According to new accounts, the legendary biologist and wildlife expert pocketed more than £1.3million last year up to September alone.
Obtained by The Sun, the documents add that he paid over £261,000 tax.
The publication also calculates his appearances as 389 minutes of TV, but it’s thought he could’ve actually earned more than the published figures after also narrating Apple TV and Netflix shows.
A source said: ‘Sir David is very switched on when it comes to how he works.
‘He’d spent over 60 years loyal to the Beeb before he looked to streaming channels.
‘It means sharing his fervent environmental message further, and reaching younger generations, but also makes great business sense.’
Sir David’s most recent work came in BBC’s Wild Isles.
The series followed him and a talented crew, striving to capture incredible creatures, fascinating plantlife, and beautiful environments that are extremely close to home.
TV legend Sir David was able to go on location during the shoot, although at one point there were concerns for his wellbeing due to the spread of avian flu and his close proximity to birds.
Nonetheless, everything worked out and the series was completed, without a so-called additional episode, which the BBC denied existed despite reports.
And while there are inevitable challenges that come with filming in the wild, a producer from the programme insisted this won’t be the last of Sir David’s shows.
Lorraine Ranvir Singh recently questioned: ‘This is a very special moment because we think this is the last time he is going to do an in-person camera documentary?’
He replied: ‘Well I don’t know! David will keep going as long as he can.’
‘He’s not retiring, that’s for sure,’ he added.
It seems Sir David has stuck to his word, as the beloved national treasure is set to unearth the skull of a ferocious Jurassic predator in a new BBC film.
Attenborough And The Giant Sea Monster, a working title, is an hour-long programme that will see the aturalist explore the history of prehistoric marine reptile the pliosaur.
The film’s release date is yet to be confirmed, but it’s said to be coming soon.
Reps for Sir David Attenborough declined to comment.
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