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The World About Us: Wild Jamaica: Part 1: Trapdoors, Tyrants, and Tadpoles

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

The story of a group of Oxford zoologists who recently spent a working vacation filming the Caribbean wildlife which is so often overlooked by tourists.

The delights of Jamaica as a holiday playground are familiar enough, but what does the island offer to the naturalist? Last year a party of Oxford zoologists and film-makers spent a long vacation there, and the results can be seen today and next Sunday.
The leader of the expedition was Gerald Thompson, well known for his films of insect behaviour, and the programme will include outstanding film both by him and by Peter Parks, who, using a special photographic method, has produced some of the most remarkable close-ups of minute animal life yet seen on television.
from the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Wild Jamaica: Part 2: Cays, Crabs, and Cucumbers

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

The story of a group of Oxford zoologists, led by Gerald Thompson, who recently spent a long working vacation filming the Caribbean wildlife which is so often overlooked by tourists.
from the South and West
(Colour)
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: The Garden of the Gods

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

Gerald Durrell returns to the Greek island of Corfu, where he lived as a boy with his "family and other animals"; and where he first met his lifelong friend and mentor, Dr. Theodore Stephanides.

"...it was here that I first learned that there was colour in the world, that one had a sense of smell, a sense of touch. And so, although I was nine years old, you could almost say I was born in Corfu..."
from the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees

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

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.
from the South and West
(Colour)

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: Letter from Thimphu

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

The first full documentary from Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom wedged in between Chinese Tibet and India. After centuries of isolation this autocratic Buddhist society is at last beginning to look beyond its frontiers. This is the story of Bhutan through the eyes of a young Bhutanese schoolboy, Tobgay.
See page 33
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Three Men on the Exe

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

A film about a year in the lives of Dido Bradford, Tom Stamp, and Dick Adams, whose work and leisure are so closely tied to the Devon estuary and its wildlife
Commentary by Alan Gibson.
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Volcano

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

Haroun Tazieff, a leading vulcanologist, risked injury and death to make this spectacular and justly celebrated film. Every notable recent volcanic eruption has been covered-frequently from the brink of the crater.
For nine years Tazieff reconnoitered and studied the Italian volcano Stromboli, and the film he brought back was his unique reward. He says: "We saw worlds being created and destroyed at the same time... one could stand at a distance of six yards from the lava flow. At four yards one's eyebrows begin to scorch which does not smell very nice. Another step and radiant heat would produce serious burns."
When Volcano was first shown Maurice Wiggin of the Sunday Times said: "This was an experience of 'the rages of the earth' which subsumed all categories-art, education, documentary, travelogue."
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Living Sea

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

Apart from fish and whales, the oceans contain billions of drifting animals, some so small that they completely escaped attention until the nineteenth century. Using remarkable close-up photography, this film by Peter Parks looks at the tiny world of plankton and reveals its surprising complexity and its strange beauty.
Commentary written and spoken by Hugh Falkus.
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Blue-Veiled Men

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

This is the story of a group of men who set off to walk 900 miles across the Tenere desert in the southern part of the Sahara. They are members of the nomadic Lazouane tribe called Tuaregs, and their haughty camels carry millet to barter for salt in the oasis of Bilma. The twentieth century has left these desert traders completely untouched. To us it is a remarkable journey, but for the Tuaregs part of their everyday life.
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Savage Paradise

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

Commentary by Derek Jones.
A film about the Spirit Land of the South Seas, New Guinea.
An island of dense tropical jungle which provides a home for exotic tropical flowers and the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise, the most beautiful birds in the world; and high up in the mountain regions, cut off from the rest of the world, live some of the most primitive tribes still in existence -Stone Age men in the twentieth century. Some are still cannibals; all of them are immersed in their strange customs and rituals - none more bizarre than their extraordinary death cult.
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Freedom of the Hills

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

The Highlands of Scotland were once considered remote and inaccessible, so were left to the golden eagle and the wild cat. Now, as the wilderness shrinks, more and more tourists are flocking to enjoy the beauty of Strathspey. How is this human invasion affecting the area and its wide variety of unique wildlife?
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Naked Sea

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

A film adventure.
A voyage with the vessel Star Kist on her expedition to Peru in search of the giant and valuable tuna fish. (Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: A Terrible Place

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

This is a film about the work and research being carried out at the South Pole - the White Continent.
Adapted from German Television, Z.D.F.
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: River Nile

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

From its source 6,500 feet up in the mountains of Uganda to its mouth in the Mediterranean the waters of the Nile pass through the entire range of ancient and modern civilisation, bringing life to more than thirty million people.
N.B.C. News Special
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Seabird Summer

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

Just off the Pembrokeshire coast lie two small islands-Skomer and Skokholm. The inhabitants number many thousands, of which a few are human. The rest include seals, the unique Skomer voles, and above all great colonies of seabirds like guillemots, kittiwakes, and comical-looking puffins. These bird cities are formed when the ocean wanderers of the winter fly in to become the cliff nesters of the summer.
Written and narrated by Tony Soper.
Adapted from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds film
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Golden Isthmus

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

A film by Robert Cundy.
Two years ago an American Commission was set up to report to President Johnson on the possibility of cutting a new Panama Canal by means of nuclear explosives. Five routes were considered: two in Panama, one each in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Colombia. The final decision will involve not just politics and economics but the social problems of the peoples who live in that area and have done for centuries.
The Golden Isthmus tells the story of 450 years of man's efforts to bridge the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in this narrow neck of land, and of the native peoples who have had to suffer them.
Written and narrated by David Howarth.
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Lonely Dorymen

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

Tradition, courage, and determination take the fishermen of Portugal to Arctic seas for six months in every year. This is their story.
A National Geographic Special
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Darwin

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

In 1835 a young divinity student called Charles Darwin voyaged round the world, calling at the remote and weirdly beautiful island archipelago of Galapagos. What he saw sparked off a theory of evolution through natural selection which was to shake the foundations of contemporary religion and natural science.
Written and narrated by Lister Sinclair.
A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation film
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Walk Into the Parlour

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

Spiders are not very popular, but their amazing courtship and feeding behaviour make fascinating viewing when filmed by those masters of macrophotography,
Gerald Thompson and Eric Skinner.
Commentary by Alan Gibson.
from the South and West

This film, first shown on BBC-1 on April 23, 1966, can now be seen in colour. Gerald Thompson and Eric Skinner, whose award-winning film The Life of the Alder Wood-wasp was a masterpiece of close-up photography, here turn their cameras and remarkable techniques on the spider, which under their lenses and bright lights becomes a fearsome creature with fascinating habits. (Colour)






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