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A Letter to David Attenborough from his boss

An amused Head of Department replies to Attenborough's recent correspondence.

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25th May 1956

My dear David,

Many thanks for your albeit melancholy letter which we read aloud at Talks
Meeting to the schadenfreude of your colleagues. I do hope that things are
improving now and that you are able to get on with the job. Don’t hesitate to
move on somewhere else, possibly under the protection of the British flag, if
you are not getting anywhere fast.

I had a gay time in Moscow, where the Television Service is perfectly
appalling but the people were kind to us, and in an Imlay Watts' like way, I
touched down in London for a day or two before setting off again for Italy.

You are quite balmy to go off in search of sun-kissed isles. Here the sunshines
every day, there is no rain at all, and we are even facing a drought, the
temperature is in the 70s and the television programmes are splendid. Moreover,
we have had only one Party Political since you left, and that was all on film -
which is just another way of saying we don’t miss you at all.

Yours ever,

(Leonard Miall)


D. Attenborough, Esq.,
c/o The British Consulate,
Surabaya,
Java,
Indonesia.

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Document Type | Letter

25 May 1956

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1956

Synopsis

In his reply to David Attenborough's letter detailing the bureaucratic obstacles in Indonesia, Head of Department Leonard Miall sends a light-hearted response in which he ironically contrasts the 'idyllic' situation back in London with Attenborough's increasing travails.

Did you know?

Leonard Miall had been to Russia as part of a seven-man BBC delegation, partly to try to stop Soviet blocking of the Corporation's external broadcasts there. Imlay Watts was a production manager at the BBC and in 1955 was the organisation's representative on the European Broadcasting Union's Programme Committee, a role that presumably meant a lot of time out of the office.

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