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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.
1. Experts in the Wild. Nature comes to television
2. Attenborough, Zoo Quest, collaboration BBC London Zoo
3. Empathy, wildlife television and the end of the British Empire
4. Wildlife television in 1960s Britain: the rise of the professional and the downfall of the amateur
5. Showcasing science, showcasing nature on BBC2
6. The Making of a Natural History Film
7. Oxford Scientific Films. From fieldcraft to filmcraft
8. Enters the Telenaturalist
Jean-Baptiste Gouyon is Lecturer 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".