Zoo Quest in Colour

BBC Natural History Unit   |   UK

First broadcast in 1954, Zoo Quest was one of the most popular television series of its time and launched the career of the young David Attenborough as a wildlife presenter. Broadcast ten years before colour television was seen in the UK, Zoo Quest was thought to have been filmed in black and white. Until now! Thanks to a recent remarkable discovery in the BBC's Film Vaults, the best of David Attenborough's early Zoo Quest adventures can now be seen as never before " in stunning HD colour " and with it the fascinating story of how this pioneering television series was made. This new-found footage shows animals filmed for the very first time, as well as being a unique cultural record of a bygone era. The 60 year old Kodachrome colour reversal originals were transferred to HD on a Philips Spirit telecine. The quality of the images and colour were both extremely impressive on viewing that first transfer. This was a tribute to the quality of the film stock and filming equipment (camera and lenses) of the 1950's. Further restoration, grading and stills work was completed using DaVinci Resolve and Adobe CC.