Sir David Attenborough: Captain Scott was a 'true hero'

Captain Scott equipped for his last journey to the South Pole.
Captain Scott equipped for his last journey to the South Pole. Photo: Getty Images

Ahead of a service at St Paul's Cathedral to mark 100 years since Captain Scott's last diary entry on his doomed return from the Antarctic, Sir David Attenborough tells ITV News he was a 'true hero'.

Captain Scott's team died after reaching the South Pole, having already been pipped to the post by a Norwegian team. In the final diary entry, Captain Scott writes:

"Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman."

– Captain Ralph Falcon Scott

Sir David read those final words as part of the service, which will also be attended by Princess Anne and descendants of Captain Scott. Sir David said:

In his last years he wrote great prose, and when I was a boy at school, that last diary we read almost as literature. It's very profound stuff - simple and moving. It represents his sacrifice."

– – Sir David Attenborough

Falcon Scott, the grandson of the Captain told ITV News that his grandfather made his family "extraordinary".