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

  • Jean-Baptiste GouyonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture book series (PSSPC)


In the early 1960s, wildlife broadcasters in Bristol engaged in distancing themselves from amateur naturalist cameramen and creating a professional culture of wildlife film-making. This involved developing the use of film and other pre-recorded material at the expense of live studio sequences, and publicly presenting film-making as a valid form of production of natural historical knowledge. A key moment in this part of the story is the 1963 film Unarmed Hunters, the first wildlife MOD made for television in Britain. This chapter considers the context of its production and what it reveals about how wildlife broadcasters chose to present themselves to their audiences.


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  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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