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Attenborough is Oldie of the Year
David Attenborough
Sir David's wildlife programmes include Life on Earth
Natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough has been named Oldie of the Year at a ceremony in London.

The 78-year-old has been recognised by the Oldie magazine for his popular wildlife programmes, which have been seen by 500 million people worldwide.

Actress Patricia Routledge was named Trouper of the Year at the event.

The 76-year-old performer, who was made a CBE last October, is best known for playing snooty Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

Sir David's career began in 1952 when he joined the BBC's television talks department at Alexandra Palace.

In 1965 he became controller of BBC Two and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain.

Appointed director of programmes in 1969, he resigned four years later to return to programme-making.

Since then his acclaimed series include Life on Earth, The Living Planet and The Life of Mammals. In 2002 he published his autobiography, Life on Air.

Patricia Routledge
Routledge was named Trouper of the Year at the ceremony
"I don't know what the criteria is to select the Oldie of the Year, but whatever it is I'm glad to have got it," said Sir David on Tuesday.

Previous recipients of the Oldie of the Year award include DJ Tony Blackburn, comedian Eric Sykes and actor Peter O'Toole.

Patricia Routledge began her acting career began in the 1950s and went on to receive both acclaim and awards in the West End and Broadway.

Her other successes include playing Queen Victoria in Victoria Regina, appearing in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads and taking the title role in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.

She recently appeared opposite Roy Hudd in The Solid Gold Cadillac at London's Garrick Theatre.

"This is a wonderful award," she said on Tuesday. "It lets people know we're still out there and alive."

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