This is the heartwarming moment that Sir David Attenborough, arguably the most precious of Britain’s national treasures, came face-to-face with himself in virtual reality. The broadcaster has been making programmes for 75 years, starting in black-and-white, moving on to HD and now in truly immersive video.

Now the 91-year-old, who once claimed he would never retire from filming, can live on eternally through a simulation. “It’s as exciting now as it was then.

I started in 1952, which was a long time ago,” he said. “Television was just coming from Alexandra Palace and two little studios; neither of them was as big as this room we’re in now.

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