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Faraway Look: The Land of the Magpie Goose  (1957)

Peter Scott holding koala

A friendly and informative glimpse at a distant land, the first Faraway Look series follows Peter Scott and his wife Philippa as they journey to the Antipodean isle of Australia. Taking advantage of Peter Scott’s engagement to preside over the International Jury at the yachting portion of the 1956 Olympic Games, the BBC promptly furnished the pair with recording equipment and cameraman Charles Lagus, a veteran of three Zoo Quest series with David Attenborough.

This episode, the first of the popular series, was entitled The Land of the Magpie Goose and focuses on the abundant Australasian species. With Scott recording footage for his lectures as well as Lagus filming for the BBC, their detailed photography offers a remarkable insight into the great crowds of noisy waterfowl.

An important series, Faraway Look took Peter Scott out of his studio and, when broadcast in the summer of 1957, became the first television series to air from the newly formed BBC Natural History Unit.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Peter Markham Scott
Email: Lady.Scott@wwt.org.uk

Film credits

Photography: Peter Markham Scott
Photography: Charles Lagus BSC.

Related links

Faraway Look: The Virgin Islands (1959)
Peter Markham Scott
Philippa Scott
Charles Lagus BSC.
David Attenborough
Clips
Touring a lake
Touring a lake
In-flight with the magpie geese
In-flight with the magpie geese
Getting close to Australia's wildlife
Getting close to Australia's wildlife
Stills
Peter Scott holding koala
Peter Scott holding koala
Charles Lagus filming at tern colony for Faraway Look
Charles Lagus filming at tern colony for...