First transmitted in 1960, David Attenborough encounters a peculiar cult group, while surveying the New Hebrides as part of his expedition to the South West Pacific.

In Tanna, David interviews members of the John Frum cargo cult. The group's members take an unusual interest in radio signalling equipment, and they build intricate scarlet gates and crosses throughout the island and across the hazardous volcanic plains.

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Thu 28 Apr 1960 20:30
BBC Television Service

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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Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Attenborough
ProducerDavid Attenborough
Camera OperatorGeoffrey Mulligan

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