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Animal Olympians  (1980)

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Animal Olympians examines the extraordinary athletic prowess of the animal kingdom, comparing and contrasting the beauty, endurance and sheer power of a variety of creatures with that of human sportsmen.

Widely acclaimed for its entertaining and fun format, human Olympic events are inter-cut with vibrant footage of parallel feats in the animal world. Action replays intensify the action, with cheetahs outstripping the fastest human sprinters, and even the speediest swimmers proving no match for seals. The most graceful gymnasts, the finest boxers, the highest jumpers, all manner of athletes previously unsurpassed in their sport are evaluated against, and pale alongside, their animal equivalents.

Examining numerous sporting analogies, this diverting and enjoyable special from renowned producer Jeffery Boswall also explores animal behaviours that have no comparison in the world of sport. Aptly named Jesus Christ lizards walk on water while sperm whales hold their breath for an astonishing 82 minutes.

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

Additional Photography: Des Bartlett
Additional Photography: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Additional Photography: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Additional Photography: National Geographic Television & Film
Assistant Producer: Mike Salisbury
Film Editor: Andrew Naylor
Film Editor: Peter Sylvester
Graphic Design: Bob Cummins
Music: Sky (music band)
Narrator: Jeffery Hugh Richard Boswall
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Eric Ashby
Photography: Robert G. Dickson
Photography: Charles Doucet
Photography: Ronald Eastman
Photography: Ray Henman
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Eric Lucey
Photography: Hugh Miles
Photography: London Scientific Films
Photography: Oxford Scientific (OSF)
Pictures: Maurice Wilson
Producer: Jeffery Hugh Richard Boswall
Production Assistant: Liz Whitmore
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Research: Pamela Jackson
Research: Robin Prytherch
Research: Charles Dickson
Writer: Jeffery Hugh Richard Boswall
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