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Animal People: Gerald Durrell  (1967)

A day in the life ...

Familiar to millions as a maker and presenter of zoological television programmes and the author of a whole host of entertaining best-sellers, this Animal People episode concentrates on a day in the life of the boisterous Gerald Durrell.

Inextricably linked with his Jersey Zoo, the twenty five minute special follows Durrell as he consults his keepers, visits his ‘guests’, and attempts to perfect the smooth running of his chaotic establishment.

A unique insight into the contrasting personality of the Corfu raised conservationist, the production uses virtually no narration, allowing the natural flow of conversation to move the action along. Engaging and deeply entertaining, the piece covers Durell’s entire menagerie, his wife, his staff and most amusingly, Timothy - a scene-stealing hyperactive squirrel.

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

Cameraman: George Shears
Film Editor: Betty Block
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Production Assistant: John Merritt
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound Mixer: Ann Goodliffe
Sound Recordist: Howard Smith

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