David Attenborough: Zoo Quest for a Dragon | Seeking the Komodo dragon in Indonesia
12th October 1956
How very kind of you to write. It is very good to know that the programme was a
success. I am very conscious that much of its appeal, however, was due to the
magnificent way in which Charlie has settled down and for that the credit must
go to you and Mr. Wilson.
I an also extremely grateful to you for coming along to give us those little
bits of professional expert knowledge which you alone could supply.
I hope the sudden influx of Charlie's admirers into the Monkey House hasn't
caused any difficulty and that maybe Charlie himself will be down to join you
before very long. I will be dropping in to see you, if I may, as often as I can
to see how things are going on.
Once again, many thanks.
Talks Producer, Television Service
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Document Type | Audience Reaction Report
12 October 1956
David Attenborough writes to one of the keepers at the monkey house at London Zoo, which has seen a surge of visitors since Charlie the orangutan made an appearance on 'Zoo Quest'. It shows not only the celebrity status that Charlie acquired, but also the successful partnership between the television series and the zoo.
Charlie went on to father the first orangutan to be born at London Zoo, establishing its breeding colony.
The first episode of a six-part series in which David Attenborough searches for the Komodo dragon.
David Attenborough's search for rare animals in Borneo continues.
David Attenborough travels through Java on his journey towards Komodo.
David Attenborough's search for rare animals reaches Bali.
The 'Zoo Quest' team wander off the beaten track on the beautiful island of Bali.
David Attenborough arrives on the island of Komodo hoping to discover its secrets.
David Attenborough shares his memories of 'Zoo Quest'.
David Attenborough proposes that the BBC should collaborate with London Zoo to make a natural history series filmed on location.
The costs and expenses of a major TV series in 1956.
David Attenborough's clothing budget on Zoo Quest.
Attenborough shares his frustrations over bureaucratic red tape in Indonesia.
An amused Head of Department replies to Attenborough's recent correspondence.
David Attenborough recounts his experiences so far, including malaria and cracked ribs, in the quest for a dragon.
A letter of thanks from David Attenborough to an associate in Indonesia.
David Attenborough sends a personal letter of thanks.
David Attenborough provides a formal review of the expedition for his boss.
The Monkey House at London Zoo sees an influx of visitors as a result of an episode of 'Zoo Quest'.
A report showing how viewers reacted to the last episode of 'Zoo Quest for a Dragon'.
Correspondence from David Attenborough explaining why he didn't bring back a Komodo dragon.
Photographs of David Attenborough from the 'Zoo Quest' years.
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