Animal Magic (TV series)
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Animal Magic was a BBC children's television series which ran from 1962 to
1983 from BBC Bristol. It began fortnightly and was transmitted weekly from 1964. Animal Magic
Presented by Johnny Morris
The presenter was the avuncular Johnny Morris. His charismatic style and
genuine fondness for animals made the show an instant hit with children and Country of United Kingdom
adults alike. The show combined jovial voiceovers applied to various animals from
Bristol Zoo with some basic educational features. Production
Morris' co-presenters over the years were: Gerald Durrell, Tony Soper, Keith Running time various
Shackleton, Sheila Young, David Taylor and Terry Nutkins. When Nutkins joined Broadcast
the show in the early 1980s, the producers tried to update it, using new video Original BBC One
effects technology. This allowed them to do such things as "shrink" the presenters channel
to allow them to see life from an ant's viewpoint, or to swim in a riverbed for Original run 13 April 1962 – 8 March
example. Dottie the ring-tailed lemur appeared as a regular guest for eight years 1983
in the 1970s. Much to Morris' anger, the show was discontinued in 1983 when the
programme's anthropomorphic treatment of animals fell out of fashion.
The 100th edition was transmitted on 4 January 1967.
Many editions of the show were junked by the BBC in the early 1990s when they were assumed to be of no further use.
Recent documentaries such as The Way We Went Wild have had to resort to using clips from off-air recordings of some
The signature tune, "Las Vegas", a bossa nova performed by Group Forty Orchestra, was written by Laurie Johnson in 1962.
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