Bali - Part One

First transmitted in 1956, David Attenborough's search for the legendary Komodo dragon reaches Bali, where he witnesses a procession in honour of an 'invisible god' and explores a temple that provides shelter to a colony of bats believed by the locals to be sacred.

Back in the studio, Attenborough meets a fruit bat that is a resident of London Zoo.

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Fri 26 Oct 1956 20:15
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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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In 1969, David Attenborough returned to Bali to film a new series about the region. The Miracle of Bali looked at the religion, art, music and dance of the people of Peliatan village. One particular fan of the programme was composer Benjamin Britten, who had used sections of Balinese music in his score for the ballet 'The Prince of the Pagodas'.

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Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Attenborough
Camera OperatorCharles Lagus
DirectorNancy Thomas

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