Travellers' Tales: Armand and Michaela On Safari: Search for Gertie
Also known as: Programme 1, Series 3
Travellers' Tales follows the dynamic and charming Belgian Armand Denis, a pioneering documentary filmmaker of the 1930s, as he and his glamorous wife Michaela return to Africa's vast bushland.
Hot on the trail of Gertie the rhino, this first episode highlights the stunning African grasslands as the pair attempt to locate this elusive, horned herbivore. Immensely popular, Search for Gertie was the first in a series of twelve episodes detailing the intrepid couple's travels. Described by founder of the BBC's Natural History Unit, Chris Parsons, as "a real professional", Armand Denis included a wealth of creatures and excellent footage of animal behaviour in each of his fifteen minute installments.
Bringing the beauty and variety of this wild land to life, On Safari was an enchanting combination of style, substance, and adventure. First broadcast in 1958, the huge success of the production saw On Safari running until the mid 1960s.