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Colin Willock (1919–2005)

A pioneer of Anglia Television's flagship wildlife documentary series Survival (1961), Colin Willock was born in Finchley, north London, where a science teacher at Tonbridge School inspired his love of natural history. Leaving school at 16, he became a cadet journalist on the Courier, before serving in the Second World War as a captain in the ... See full bio »


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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1956-1961 This Week (TV Series) (deputy editor - 74 episodes)
- Kennedy v. Kruschev (1961) ... (deputy editor)
- Rhodesia (1961) ... (deputy editor)
- Project Mercury (1960) ... (deputy editor)
- Diary of the Summit (1960) ... (deputy editor)
- Al Capp on Ike (1960) ... (deputy editor)
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 1988 Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers (TV Movie documentary)
  Survival (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes, 1963 - 1974) (writer - 21 episodes, 1961 - 1972)
- Flight of the Snow Geese (1972) ... (writer)
- Death of a Zebra (1970) ... (writer)
- All for Their Own Good (1969) ... (writer)
 1972 The World of Survival (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
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 1990 Survival (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- The Wonderful Kangaroo (1990) ... (producer)
 1988 Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1987 Wildlife Chronicles (TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- White Water, Blue Duck (1987) ... (producer)
 1984 The Lions of Etosha: King of the Beasts (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1983 King Penguin: Stranded Beyond the Falklands (TV Movie) (producer)
 1980 Survival: Small Is Beautiful (TV Series documentary) (producer)
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 2004 The Way We Went Wild (TV Movie documentary)
 1961 Looking About (TV Series)
- Episode dated 10 November 1961 (1961) ... Himself

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He has written 36 books, generally about wildlife and the countryside, and wrote a regular column for "Shooting Times" for over 40 years. See more »

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The series title, Survival (1961), was arrived at almost by default. In his book The World of Survival (Andre Deutsch, 1978), Willock revealed it was nearly called Tooth and Claw. "Both Aubrey Buxton and I objected to it on the grounds that nature was not really like that. In the end we came up with Survival. It was adopted for the reason that most titles are eventually adopted. No one could ... See more »

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