Episode 3

First transmitted in 1961, David Attenborough looks at how the people of Madagascar worship their ancestors.

Some open their tombs each year and entertain the dead with feasting and dancing; some worship on the shores of a sacred lake where they believe their forebears live on in the shape of crocodiles.

David also catches a boa constrictor and brings it back to London Zoo.

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Wed 24 Jan 1962 17:25
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Sir David Attenborough - The Early Years

Sir David Attenborough - The Early Years

This programme is part of a BBC Four Collection showcasing the early work of Sir David Attenborough.

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Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Attenborough
Camera OperatorGeoffrey Mulligan
ProducerDavid Attenborough

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