LORD OF THE RINGS star Dominic Monaghan harbours dreams of becoming the new SIR David Attenborough and is negotiating a new nature show with bosses at American cable network Discovery.

The British actor, who played Hobbit MERRY in the Rings trilogy, has big plans to emulate his nature-loving hero and tie up his interests in environmental matters and animals.

Monaghan says, "I want to work for the Discovery Channel at some point this year (04) making natural history programmes.

"My idea is a third nature programme, a third tourism programme and a third kind of environmental consciousness kind of thing.

"My biggest influence growing up was Sir David Attenborough so I wanna be in that medium. I want to do something for my generation and I love animals."

04/02/2004 13:39