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THE WORLD ABOUT US

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it
MISS GOODALL AND THE WILD CHIMPANZEES
Narrated by Desmond Morris
For four years an English girl, Jane Goodall , studied chimpanzees in the wild forests of tropical Africa. This remarkable film tells the story of her unique experiences with man's closest living relatives
A National Geographic Society film produced in association with Wolper Productions Inc.
Presented for television by Richard Brock from the South and West

THE WORLD ABOUT US at 7.25
'ONE of the happiest days of my life,' says Jane Goodall about the day she pitched camp in the Gombe Stream Reserve in equatorial Tanzania. From Childhood days in Bournemouth she had dreamed of studying wild animals in Africa; then the dream came true, and for five years she lived among chimpanzees.
But It took months to overcome their suspicions-months spent in learning about their general behaviour, observing their nomadic movements and social groupings, their nesting and feeding habits. When they allowed her to approach closely and themselves visited her camp site, sometimes stealing her clothing or taking food from her hand, she was able to observe their behaviour more intimately. The result is a remarkable film.
BBC Two England

THE WORLD ABOUT US

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it
THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF
JACQUES COUSTEAU
The leading figure in sea exploration is on a five-year voyage which is the culmination of his life's work. On board his ship Calypso he has a team of scientists equipped with some of the most advanced oceanographic apparatus yet devised, including miniature submarines and underwater film and television cameras.
In this the first of several film reports Cousteau turns his attention to the most feared of all the inhabitants of the sea ...
Sharks
Narrated by Jacques Cousteau and Hugh Falkus
Produced by Les Requins Associes and Wolper Productions Inc.
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Forgotten Peninsula

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it.

Joseph Wood Krutch, author and naturalist, is narrator and guide on a visit to the unspoiled natural wonders of Mexico's Baja California region.
Produced and directed by Gerald Green for N.B.C.
(Colour)
BBC Two England

THE WORLD ABOUT US

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it
THE SECRET BOWERS
Filmed by Heinz Sielmann
Narrated by Peter Scott
The birds of Australasia include some whose plumage is among the most beautiful in the world, some with unique methods of incubation, and others whose ways of courtship are incredibly complex. The behaviour of a few even suggests that birds have an aesthetic sense.
Script by Richard Wade
Presented by Christopher Parsons from the South and West
Produced by the BBC in association with Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Institut fur Film und Bild
BBC Two England

The World About Us

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it.

The Empty Quarter
The prize-winning film (Trento International Film Festival 1967, Melbourne Film Festival 1968, International Addis Ababa Film Festival 1968) of one man's love for the desert and its people
Narrated by Wilfred Thesiger

In 1946 the explorer Wilfred Thesiger crossed the desert known as 'The Empty Quarter' - an incredible journey through lands where no European had travelled before.
Quotations from Arabian Sands spoken by John Nettleton

'A beautiful film'
Maurice Wiggin, Sunday Times

'A truly marvellous colour film'
Stanley Reynolds, The Guardian

A classic of desert exploration at 8.15
'A Cloud gathers, the rain falls, men live; the cloud disperses without rain, and men and animals die. In the deserts of southern Arabia there is no rhythm of the seasons, no rise and fall of sap, but empty wastes where only the changing temperature marks the passage of the years.'

So begins Arabian Sands, one of the classics of desert literature. The author is Wilfred Thesiger, who follows in that peculiarly British tradition of desert explorers established by Burton, Doughty, Lawrence, Bertram Thomas, and St. John Philby.
For five years Thesiger shared the life of the Bedu in southern Arabia, living and travelling in the most desolate and arid deserts in the world —the Rub al Khali, or ' The Empty Quarter.'

Tonight's award-winning World About Us film is a reconstruction of Thesiger's wanderings.

The film sets out to capture the spirit of the desert and its people. But many lovers of desolate places are saddened that the deserts of Arabia are changing fast. Today the silence of the sands is broken by the drilling rig, and the Bedu has lost his livelihood, for no one needs his camels.

As Thesiger himself says: 'Other people will go to Arabia, but they will move about in cars and keep in touch with the outside world by wireless. They will bring back, I am sure, results that are far more interesting than mine, but they will, I believe, never know the spirit of the land or the greatness of its people.' j
BBC Two England

The World About Us

African Masque
The huge African talent for music, dance and story telling is no longer confined to the traditional village setting. It is moving out on to the stage.
Peggy Harper has been studying African dance for many years. She works with a theatre group of dancers, actors and musicians attached to a Nigerian university. She has had international success with dance dramas based on traditional Nigerian dances and rituals. This film follows her from the university campus to a small Yoruba town where she participates in the great festival of the year - the festival of Ogun, God of Iron.
Working with her theatre group back on the university campus, PEGGY gradually evolves, rehearses and performs a theatrical version of the festival and the myth that lies behind it.
Film cameraman ALAN stxveni Film editor jim Latham
Producer ANTHONY ISAACS
Series editors Christopher parsons and ANTHONY ISAACS
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it.

The incredible world of the famous French underwater explorer and inventor-55 fathoms beneath the Mediterranean.
Produced by the National Geographic Society and David L. Wolper
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Discoverers

The 400th edition of The World About Us
Compiled by David Attenborough
In 400 programmes the producers, film teams and explorers of The World About Us have brought to the screen unique, frequently spectacular film of places, people, animals and events. No polar region, no jungle, no desert, no ocean, no mountain has seemed too remote or too inaccessible. No tribe, no animal, no bird, no exotic plant has escaped their attention - or so it seems.
Wild Dogs of Africa, The People of the Seal, The Bay of Whales, Jacques Cousteau's The Night of the Squid, The Romance of Indian Railways, were all programmes - and journeys - to remember.
A compilation which recalls moments of achievement and risk; excitement and danger; discovery and despair.
Presented by JENNY CROPPER
Editors MICHAEL ANDREWS, ANTHONY ISAACS
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

A Prospect of Kew with Richard Mabey
Bananas in the Palm House, magnolias in spring, or a rare orchid - each one of us has our own vision of Kew.
But plants are more than just beautiful, they're essential to our survival. And in a world where every day one plant species may face extinction, the Royal Botanic Gardens has a vital role to play.
Richard Mabey takes us beyond this showpiece of loveliness and reveals, in Kew's two centuries of history and in its scientific development, how it has become the international centre for plant conservation.
Film cameraman BERNARD HEDGES Film editor JOHN TRUMPER Producer CAROLINE WEAVER Series editors
PETER JONES and ANTHONY ISAACS BBC Bristol
The World About . Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar, £1.99 (rec price), from retailers
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Ileksen

Two weeks ago on The World About Us 'Yumi Yet' showed how Papua New Guinea leapt in one bound from an almost stone-age tribal culture to political independence and a seat at the UN. Now Ileksen takes the story one stage further: only two years after independence Papua New Guinea held its first General Election to elect a British-style parliamentary Government.
Although some candidates still wear tribal paint and feathers, they soon show they have nothing to learn about the hustings - they took to the platform and the loudhailer with the skill of old campaigners and gave us a lesson in well-mannered 'Ileksen-eering.'
Film cameramen DENNIS O'ROURKE , GARY KILDSA Film editor PETER BERRY
Producer DENNIS O'ROURKE
Presented by DAWN A. SWERLING Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and MICHAEL ANDREWS
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Year of the Ladybirds
The long, hot summer-the driest for two centuries-was seen by most of us as a year of disaster for the countryside. But was it really?
Why were there so many ladybirds? Are the trees really dying? How is Britain's wildlife coping with a crisis that is changing the world about us?
Narrated and produced by BARRY PAINE
Production assistant ROBIN HULlER
Editors MICHAEL ANDREWS , ANTHONY ISAACS BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Yuml Yet- Independence for Papua New Guinea
This award-winning film celebrates Independence Day in Papua New Guinea - attended by Prince
Charles as The Queen's representative.
In a mere 100 years Papua New Guinea has changed from a widely diverse collection of warring tribes into an embryo nation ready to apply for membership of the UN. This film shows, with humour and understanding, how some of the most primitive people in the world face up to becoming the world's 142nd nation state.
Film cameraman RICHARD MARKS Film editor TOM FOLEY
Producer DENNIS O'ROURKE
Presented by DAWN A. SWERLlNG Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and MICHAEL ANDREWS
(On 22 October The World About Us shows Papua New Guinea's first election)
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Jaws - The True Story
The great white shark is one of the world's most feared beasts. Now, star of three Hollywood movies, victim of considerable persecution and bane of beach resorts the world over, it remains to the public and scientists alike, a fascinating and terrifying enigma.
The World About Us looks at the great white shark with Dr John McCosker , director Steinhart Aquar ium, San Francisco, and in particular the film examines its often gruesome relationship with man.
Film cameraman KEITH BURTON
Underwater photography AL GIDDINGS Film editor phil ELLIOTT Producer TONY SALMON
Series editor ANTHONY ISAACS 0 FEATURE: page 4
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Romance of Indian Railways Written and narrated by James Cameron
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of railways, The World About Us explores the highways and byways of one of the greatest railway networks in the world. With Michael Satow , retired managing director of ICI in India, we travel around some of the most spectacular locations in the subcontinent, in search of steam locomotives great apd small for the first railway museum in Asia. For steam enthusiasts India is a paradise, but for ordinary mortals the railways provide a fascinating insight into daily Indian life.
' The Railway,' says JAMES CAMERON , ' is the supreme example of India resolving all her natural disorder and fallibility into a wholly acceptable success.'
Film cameramen DAVID FEIG , DAVID SOUTH Sound DAVID BRINICOMBE
Film editor SIMON HAMMOND Producer colin LUKE
Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and CHRISTOPHER PARSONS
BBC Two England

The World About Us

On the Edge of Paradise
The Caribbean is one of the world's great tropical paradises. Its lush greenery, coral reefs, sparkling seas and sands attract a growing number of tourists - particularly to the tiny islands of the West Indies, like Barbados and St Lucia. But behind the idyll the islands are struggling to survive. A complex web of life is becoming unstable: this paradise is balanced on a knife-edge.
Narrated by HUGH SYKES
Film editor BETTY BLOCK
Film cameraman KROV MENUHIN
Written and produced by TONY EDWARDS Series editors PETER JONES , ANTHONY ISAACS BBC Bristol
The World About Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar, £1.99 (rec price) from retailers
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Underwater World of Al Giddings
Most people are content to watch sharks from the safety of the cinema or television - Al Giddings, underwater photographer extraordinary, prefers to film them live. The programme looks at some of Al's most astonishing work, from diving under the North Pole to swimming with whales in Hawaii; from hand-feeding sharks in the Maldives to filming the skeletons of sailors in the wrecks of the Japanese fleet in Truk Lagoon. The World About Us team followed Al from San Francisco to South Australia where he was filming the great white shark for a seven million dollar Disney Circle vision project. The great white shark was the star for Jaws - this time it was for real. Narrator Robert Powell
Underwater photography AL GIDDINGS
Film editor PHILIP elliott Producer TONY salmon Series editors
ANTHONY ISAACS , PETER JONES
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Hugo van Lawick and Jane Goodall present
The Wild Dogs of Africa Narrator
David Attenborough
Havoc is boss of the Genghis Pack. She browbeats and bites Angel, and even kills her pups. It is all part of the social structure of a group of wild hunting dogs that JANE GOODALL and her husband, cameraman BARON HUGO VAN LAWICK , have been studying and filming for over two years.
Jane is best known for her study of chimpanzees in the wild that led to a best-selling book, and a very memorable BBC film. This is their second major study, and an even more memorable film.
Directed and co-produced by BARON HUGO VAN LAWICK A Swan production
Producers BILL travers and JAMES HILL The World About Us editors
CHRISTOPHER PARSONS , ANTHONY ISAACS (from Bristol)
(... kept her son in a cage: page 11)
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Manwatcher
In this film Desmond Morris , author of The Naked Ape, takes a zoologist's eye-view of our gestures, postures and movement - devices used within the family of Man as the silent language of day-to-day encounters.
The human animal is a creature of action and many of these actions reflect our changing moods. The manwatcher reveals some of the meanings of the many signals we each unwittingly but effectively flash to the world about us.
Film cameraman BERNARD HEDGES Film editor jim CRYAN Producer BARRY PAINE
Editors MICHAEL ANDREWS and ANTHONY ISAACS BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Mattanza
Death of the Giant Tuna
From the Mattanza, the 900-year-old Sicilian fishing festival, to Tokyo, where tuna is more expensive than caviar, The World About Us follows the international slaughter of the magnificent giant bluefin tuna. This ruthless annihilation could mean that next year's Mattanza could be the last. Narrator'ANDREW FAULDS
Producer CLEM VALLANCE
Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and MICHAEL ANDREWS
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Roots
A Musical Journey
Narrated by BOB EVERHART
An American phenomenon of recent years is the explosion of interest in folk music. In Bicentennial year Americans celebrated their 200 years of independence through the folk music and dance of their forebears. They began to rediscover their roots in the origins of that music.
In 1980 there were 1,600 events around the country. The World About Us visited major folk festivals in three contrasting regions of the country and met some of the performers on their home ground.
Photography NIGEL MEAKIN Film editor JANE VAL BAKER
Written and produced by BOB SAUNDERS Series editors
ANTHONY ISAACS and PETER JONES






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