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The World About Us: The Rare Ones

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

Orang-utans, Indian rhinos, Asiatic lions, Komodo dragons... These are just a few of the rare and extraordinary animals featured in this film. They were photographed by Eugen Schuhmacher during his seven-year odyssey through the world's last wildernesses in search of vanishing animals.
Commentary by Anthony Smith
From the South and West
See page 33
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Forest and Firebird

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

The wildlife of Trinidad is as colourful and exciting as the calypso island itself. The Swedish film-maker Jan Lindblad spent over a year there filming quaint, gorgeous, and sinister creatures.

As well as the exotically plum-aged birds of the dense rain forest of the north, there are such attractive arboreal creatures as the tree porcupine and the silky ant eater. Danger threatens from the monsters in the marshes, the giant anacondas that lurk in the pools waiting to grab a victim and pull it-or him-underwater to drown. For light relief there are the fiddler crabs, dementedly waving their huge claws.

A great variety of birds breed in enormous colonies in the mangrove swamps. All are beautiful but none is as spectacular as the scarlet ibis, which, with its flame-coloured plumage, must rank as one of the seven wonders of the bird world.
Poachers after their feathers drove them out of haunts on the coasts of South America, and even in this refuge, the Trinidad Caroni swamp, they are not safe from the hunters' guns.
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC One London

Reason to Believe

Does life point to the reality of God? Does Christ point to the meaning of life?

Robert Robinson introduces Marghanita Laski, Baroness Stocks, Shivaji Lal, Hugh Mellor, Lord Ritchie-Calder who are joined tonight by Dewi Z. Phillips to take part in a discussion on the world about us.
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Golden State

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it
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Oranges, sunshine, surfing, Hollywood-that's modern California. But it's also smog, garbage, overcrowded roads, and sprawling cities. A thousand people a day pour in to add to the twenty million already there. From the highest snowy mountains to the lowest hottest deserts man's impact has been felt... by sea elephants, snow geese, Californian condors, sea otters, and the grey whales that spend half their life on an amazing migration.
from the South and West
See page 41
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Dogon

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

Two hundred miles south of Timbuctu lies a vast plateau of sandstone. After rising gently for 150 miles it suddenly drops sheer for over 900 feet, the result of a gigantic disturbance in the earth's crust. At the foot of this vast cliff live the Dogon-one of the most mysterious tribes in the continent of Africa.
One of the complex ideas which the Dogon hold on life is that each human being is mirrored by a twin in the animal kingdom. As a result, a man is forbidden to kill the animal with whom he shares a part of his soul, but if by accident or design he does so, then he kills part of himself.
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Unexpected Voyage of Pepito and Cristobal

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

As they leave South Africa, Cousteau and the crew of the research vessel Calypso take aboard two young Cape Fur Seals. Given the names Pepito and Cristobal, the seals gradually form attachments to members of the team and even act as messengers for the divers. Then one day, off South America, Cristobal swims away...
Produced by Les Requins Associes and Metromedia Producers Corporation
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Last Great Journey on Earth: From Amazon to Orinoco by Hovercraft

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

The award-winning film of the 2,000-mile Geographical Magazine hovercraft journey through some of the remotest waterways of the Brazilian and Venezuelan forests.

Real drama, a glimpse of hardship and bravery in our armchairs, a share of the unique experience of the few (James Thomas: Daily Express)
Fantastic... drama and excitement beautifully conveyed (Ann Lawrence: Morning Star)
A BBC-tv-Bavarian Television Service co-production
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: River of Death

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

A second chance to see a hazardous dugout canoe journey through Venezuelan jungles towards the source of the Orinoco.
The Guaiffa Indians live short and violent lives wife-stealing and feuding. But for centuries they have at least been protected from 'civilisation' by the remoteness of their jungle home. Six members of the Hovercraft Expedition brave dangerous rapids to seek out the secrets of some of the most primitive people still left on earth.

Written and produced by Brian Branston
A BBC Television/Bavarian Television Service co-production

(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Written in the Water

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 1,000-mile kayak voyage up the coast of Japan made by ten students: four British, six American. They experienced both the stifling calms of the Inland Sea and the storms of the Pacific, the frenzied excitement of the great Tinjin Festival, and the peace of tiny isolated islands whose inhabitants had never before seen a foreigner of any nationality. They visited the atomic dome at Hiroshima and watched the intense religious ritual of a modern Samurai swords-man. By the end they felt that, though their voyage had only been fleetingly written in the water, what they had learned would not be so soon forgotten.

(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Distant Warriors of New Guinea

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

War is a ritual thread woven into the pattern of life of the mountain people, the Dani. Although few lives are lost, great displays of measured violence dominate their existence and shape a culture that in many ways resembles that of our own distant stone-age ancestors.
An edited version of the film Dead Birds made by Robert Gardner of the Harvard Peabody Expedition to New Guinea
From the South and West
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: International Balloon Race

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

Film, shown for the first time in colour, of the uproarious balloon race organised in 1965 by the BBC's Travel and Exploration Unit in which ten passenger-carrying balloons took to the air from a field near the Oxfordshire village of Stanton Harcourt and landed in various parts of the Cotswolds.

"(Television's) craziest piece of reportage... a wonderful spectacular feature bringing something excitingly different to the home screen... the compilation of the story, from a mass of mad or funny incidents as the nine competitors tried to follow a fox balloon was a masterpiece" (Daily Telegraph)
Written and produced by Brian Branston
(First shown on BBC-1)
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Voyage to the Sea of Ice

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

The sturdy individualism of Newfoundland's men of the sea takes them on a hazardous journey along the Labrador coast in search of the fish on which their livelihood depends.
A film directed by Gerry Richardson for CBC Television
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Ghosts at the End of the Earth


A New Quest for Lemurs
A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it

Lemurs are animals unique to Madagascar. They have been isolated on this vast island off the south-east coast of Africa for twenty million years. Shy, gentle, and in some cases beautiful creatures, they have in time been hunted by the Malagasy people as food and feared as reincarnations of the dead. An Oxford University Expedition has completed a two-month field study and for the first time a great deal of lemur behaviour has been recorded on film.
from the South and West
See colour feature on page 25
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Annanacks

Tonight's film in the series from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it tells the story of a family of Canadian Eskimos, the Annanacks. It traces their history from the great famine of nearly a century ago, when the family only survived by resorting to cannibalism, right up to their comparative prosperity today, leading one of the first Eskimo working co-operatives. As well as giving a picture of Eskimo life in Ungava Bay, it also looks at a modern city, Ottawa, through fresh eyes - the eyes of the Annanack family
Produced by Crawley Films of Canada for the CBC
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Perfect Traveller: Alexander von Humboldt in Mexico

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of this famous scientist and writer, best-known for his prodigious four-year journey across South America and for the Pacific current which bears his name. Foremost among the many Latin-American nations to celebrate this event will be Mexico, visited by Humboldt in 1803-4 and where he is revered as one of the founders of the country's independence from Spain.
In this birthday tribute Robert Cundy follows Humboldt's route across Mexico from ocean to ocean, Acapulco to Vera Cruz. He descends silver mines and climbs recently erupted volcanoes to present a portrait of a country whose diverse landscape and mysterious past presented an irresistible challenge to a scientist and humanist fascinated by everyone and everything
(from BBC South and West)
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

When Cousteau and his team go whaling, their aim is to tag not to kill. This can be dangerous when your targets are the 20-ton Finback or the bigger, and reputedly savage, Sperm Whales.
When they decide to tag a baby Sperm it is a dangerous and exciting exercise
Give Whales a Chance: page 6
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Noble Savage

"I am as free as nature first made man
'Ere the base laws of servitude began,
When wild in woods the Noble Savage ran"

Since the great European discoveries began 500 years ago, the Primitive peoples of the world have found themselves in collision with the white man. Tonight's documentary tells the romantic and then tragic tale of this collision in South America and Australia, with the camera penetrating deep into the jungles of the Amazon and Arnhemland
with Claude Levi-Strauss, Francis Huxley, David Attenborough and Jean Liedloff
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Signals for Survival

The BBC's award-winning entry for the Italia Prize (Documentary Category)

The familiar cries of the gulls along our coastline are only a small part of the language of these birds. During the breeding season especially, they use a number of other sounds as well as postures to communicate with each other. The meaning and use of all these are examined in this remarkable study of life in a colony of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Introduced and photographed by Professor Niko Tinbergen
(from BBC South and West)
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Left-Over Raj

When the British left India in 1947 it is said that they left behind them 'some of their customs, a little of their culture, and very occasionally a few of their kind.' Left-Over Raj is the story of a few of the kind who remained behind in the city of Calcutta - half a dozen individuals who chose to stay behind feeling that they could accept their new role in an independent India, and perhaps contribute something. They are people like Captain 'Dinkie' Fownes, a race-horse trainer; John Crossley, who makes tea-chests and distributes milk to 1,000 slum children every day. Tony Lucey runs his own little factory; Desmond Doig works for the Calcutta Statesman...
Written and produced by Eric Davidson
(Colour)
BBC Two England

The World About Us: A Home for the Wanderer

This week's programme in the series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it features a tiny island in the sub-Antarctic, the home of the world's largest sea-birds - wandering albatrosses. They share Bird Island with vast numbers of fur, leopard, and elephant seals; with penguins and a wide variety of other birds.
For 18 months three scientists worked through storm, sunshine, and blizzard, studying the wandering albatrosses and filming this unique record of the wildlife of Bird Island.
Filmed and directed by Lancelot Tickell (US Antarctic Research Program)
(From BBC South and West)
(Colour)






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