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TV50: Television and Natural History  (1986)

50 years of BBC TV - wildlife programmes

Tracing the development of wildlife films on television, renowned zoologist Desmond Morris presents the programmes and personalities that have shaped our view of the natural world. Broadcast in 1986, as part the BBC's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, this hour long special interweaves footage from a variety of past productions with commentary from an assortment of high-profile interviewees.

Renowned wildlife cinematographer Alan Root is seen at work, while Oxford Scientific Film (OSF) employees busy themselves filming, and the cameramen for The Flight of the Snow Geese reveal the secrets behind this award-winning Survival programme.

An enjoyable account of how the industry has evolved, a "Who's Who" of the natural history filmmaking discuss the shift away from anthropomorphism, the attitude of the viewing public and the difficulties involved in filming creatures in their natural habitat.

With everyone from David Attenborough to Partridge Films' founder Mike Rosenburg relating their experiences and sharing their extensive knowledge, Television and Natural History is a fascinating insight into this highly popular, yet specialised field.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Imogen Sutton
Camera: John Goodyer
Camera: Mike Spooner
Dubbing Mixer: Alan Dykes
Executive Producer: Tim Slessor
Film Editor: David B. Thomson
Film Editor: Steve Ronay
Film Recordist: Jack Curtis
Film Recordist: George Cassedy
Presenter: Desmond Morris
Producer: Sue Bourne
Production Assistant: Marie Scanlan
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Programme Consultant: Michael Kendall
Video Editor: Sam Seal
Writer: Desmond Morris

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Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety (1979)
Look: Foxes (1955)
Animal Magic (1962-1984): Programme 56 (1964)
Zoo Quest : Zoo Quest to Guiana (1955)
Woodpecker (1954)
S.O.S. Rhino (1961)
Two in the Bush  (1978)
Diving to Adventure: In the Aegean (1956)
The Flight of the Snow Geese (1972)
Namib... Strange Creatures of the Skeleton Coast (1976)
Etosha: The Place of Dry Water (1980)
The Living Planet: New Worlds (1984)
Fragile Earth: Siarau - The Tidal Forest (1983)
The Flight of the Condor: Ice, Wind and Fire (1982)
Fragile Earth: Selve Verde - Central American Rainforest (1983)
Travellers' Tales: Armand and Michaela On Safari: Search for Gertie (1958)
The Living Planet: The Building of the Earth (1984)
Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees (1965)
Bellamy's Backyard Safari : Down the Garden Path (1981)
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Faraway Look: The Virgin Islands (1959)
Animal Magic (1962-1984): Programme 407 (1979)
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David Attenborough
Peter Markham Scott
Johnny Morris
Hans Hass
Lotte Hass
Armand Denis
Michaela Denis
Cherry Kearton
Osa Johnson nee Leighty
Martin E. Johnson
Desmond Hawkins
George Cansdale
Eric Ashby
Heinz Sielmann
Gerald Thompson
Eric R. Skinner
Christopher Parsons
Colin Willock
Aubrey Buxton
Peter Parks
David Hughes
David Bellamy
David MacDonald
John Sparks
Tony Soper
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Michael Rosenberg
David Seth-Smith
Jane Goodall
Alan Root
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