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Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture

BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough

Authors: Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

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  • Offers a unique look at ‘making of’ wildlife documentaries
  • Based on first-hand interviews conducted with David Attenborough 
  • Tells the full story of BBC wildlife and David Attenborough
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This book explores the history of wildlife television in post-war Britain. It revolves around the role of David Attenborough, whose career as a broadcaster and natural history filmmaker has shaped British wildlife television. The book discusses aspects of Attenborough’s professional biography and also explores elements of the institutional history of the BBC—from the early 1960s, when it was at its most powerful, to the 2000s, when its future is uncertain. It focuses primarily on the wildlife ‘making-of’ documentary genre, which is used to trace how television progressively became a participant in the production of knowledge about nature. With the inclusion of analysis of television programmes, first-hand accounts, BBC archival material and, most notably, interviews with David Attenborough, this volume follows the development of the professional culture of wildlife broadcasting as it has been portrayed in public. It will be of interest to wildlife television amateurs, historians of British television and students in science communication. 

About the authors

Jean-Baptiste Gouyon is Associate Professor in Science Communication at UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, UK, and Research Associate of the Science Museum, in London, UK. A historian of science in visual media, his research is on science in films, on television, and in museums. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Public Understanding of Science, where he edits the rubric “historical moments in public understanding of science”.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-14

    Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

  • Live from Alexandra Palace, Wildlife Comes to Television

    Pages 15-42

    Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

  • David Attenborough: The Early Years—Fashioning Zoological Expertise On-Screen

    Pages 43-68

    Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

  • Wildlife Television, Empathy and the End of the British Empire

    Pages 69-95

    Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

  • Wildlife Television and Progressivism in 1960s Britain: Rise of the Professional Broadcaster and Downfall of the Amateur Naturalist Film-Maker

    Pages 97-123

    Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19982-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19981-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19982-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19982-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-19981-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 261
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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