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Animal Magic (1962-1984): Programme 407  (1979)

Johnny Morris with a ring-tailed lemur named Dotty, filming for Animal Magic

An instant hit, Animal Magic was a fun-filled show, using an entertaining format to teach children about animals and their care. Covering infant gorillas, the origins of the elephant's trunk and challenges police horses face, Animal Magic: 407 is a lively, action-packed animal spectacular, typical of the hugely popular show.

A runaway success, much of its longevity is attributed to its charming host Johnny Morris, his appealing manner making a star not only out of himself but many of his creature companions. Discovered by renowned BBC producer Desmond Hawkins telling jokes in a local pub, 'Zookeeper Morris' combined knockabout clowning with a gentle knack for storytelling. Adopting an anthropomorphic approach, he creates various voices for his animal friends.

Beginning wildlife enthusiast Terry Nutkins' stint as co-presenter, Animal Magic 407 was the first to include his hand-reared sea lion, Gemini, who featured heavily in the show and even had a song recorded about her. A light-hearted and engaging children's show, Animal Magic ran for twenty one years providing a whole generation with a keener understanding of animals, their needs and personalities.

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

Designer: Stephen Brownsey
Film Cameraman: Alan Jonas
Film Editor: Charles Aldridge
Presenter: Johnny Morris
Presenter: Terry Nutkins
Producer: Mike Beynon
Producer's Assistant: Jennifer Loram
Production: Adrian Neil Warren
Production: Ian Hamilton
Production: Ron Martin
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Research: Richard Matthews
Research: Jane Trethowan
Studio Director: Sandra Wainwright
Studio Lighting: Teddy Williams

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