Nature - 1986
Taking a different angle to news and current affairs, Tony Soper presents Nature. A weekly magazine programme designed to take a look at the happenings in the natural world, which began in 1983.
Birds for all Seasons - 1986
Birds for all Seasons was a three part series of documentaries focused on the avian world, aired in September 1986 on BBC Two. Featuring narration by Magnus Magnusson and some ghastly music for the opening titles. With apologies for some minor tape distortion at the start.
Survival - 1990
Survival used to be ITV's flagship wildlife programme and, at one time ran regularly in an evening slot. Originally produced by Anglia Television, as years went on it was downgraded to running in 'Specials', which means not very often to you and me, before in the mid 2000s then parent owners Granada finally disbanded the remaining production department. An opening from it's heyday in the 80s that was in use for many years. With simple animation and an almost ghostly soundtrack, it was certainly memorable.
Survival - 1994
Survival - 1995
The 1995 opening sequence for Survival, looking similar to the previous look. It was no contest for the old one, in my opinion. Oddly, the sequence is in a sort of fake widescreen (as is the entire programme from this time). Given the lack of widescreen TVs around then, it does seem a strange decision.
Trials Of Life - 1990
The Trials Of Life was a special series produced by the BBC in 1990, and the third of 9 'Life' series produced by the BBC between 1979 and 2008. Although you may not recognise the programme itself, you'll certainly recognise the presenter; David Attenborough. The veteran broadcaster became synonymous with natural history presentation for the BBC for around 30 years.
Wildlife on One - 1989
Wildlife on One - 1993
Wildlife on One - 2000
Wildlife on Two - 2001
Top 10 Wildlife Destinations in the World - 2001
On Easter Monday 2001, during the peak of the foot and mouth crisis, the BBC decided to clear BBC2 for the evening, and scheduled this three hour extravaganza. Presented by Bill Oddie and revisiting the Top Ten Destinations in the World. Some of these places were just touched on briefly, whilst others had repeats of the programmes to go with them.
Walking With Beasts - 2001
Walking with Beasts was the BBC's follow on series to their hugely successful 'Walking With Dinosaurs'. It shows computer graphics being put to good use (ie, not being used on an advert for something!!). Its not really all that clear whether it should be classed as a wildlife programme, but never mind!!
The Natural World - 1986
The Natural World is a long running BBC Two wildlife series, and one generally *not* narrated by David Attenborough for a change, although it was a spin off from a show originally commissioned by him during his stint as BBC Two controller. The show in its current form began in 1983, and continues to present day making it the longest running nature programme on UK Television. Titles from 1986 here.