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BBC Documentaries

Season 1961 1961

  • 1961-01-03T21:00:00Z on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins (3 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

3 episodes

1961x01 Lords of Little Egypt: Mai Zetterling Among the Gypsies

  • Season Premiere

    1961-01-03T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Every year in May several thousand 'Lords of Little Egypt' meet for festivities in the Camargue. Mai Zetterling stays with the gypsies and reports on how they live their lives.

1961x02 Elsa the Lioness

  • 1961-02-03T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

David Attenborough travels to Meru National Park in Kenya to meet Elsa the lioness and her cubs shortly before Elsa's death.

In the late 1950s, game warden George Adamson and his wife Joy became the carers of three orphaned cubs - Elsa, Big One and Lustica - after George had been forced to kill their mother.

Big One and Lustica were eventually sent to Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands, but Elsa remained with the Adamsons. Joy's quest to train Elsa to survive in the wild and Elsa's subsequent independence became the basis for the book and film Born Free.

1961x03 Barbara Hepworth

  • 1961-09-17T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A contemporary of Henry Moore, Yorkshire-born Barbara Hepworth has made Cornwall her home. This film by John Read examines how the Cornish landscapes have influenced Hepworth's work, and the artist takes us through the planning stages in the creation of her sculptures. (1961)