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One by One

ROB “WHO?” HEYLAND starred as stupidly named “zoo vet” practicing in 1960s backwater of Britain where no-one had seen an elephant before. Initially hyped as latest Sunday-night ratings beater, series succeeded in clearing the stage for grim HEARTBEAT and PEAK PRACTICE domination a decade down the line. Later episodes rubbished Noah-sentiments of the title still further by moving to, erk, a safari park.

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  1. THX 1139

    January 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    The only episode that sticks in my mind was the one where they moved the animals out of the zoo but the elephant didn’t want to go so it died. Really set the Saturday night off to a swinging start, that.

  2. Richard Davies

    January 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I remember my Mum really liking this.

    One episode I remember was when someone tryed sabotaging a zoo but ended up bring trampled to death by an elephant.

    In another a chimp when totally ape (no pun intended) & had to be shot.

  3. THX 1139

    January 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    For a “cute animals” programme it really was depressing. You wouldn’t have Animal Magic ending half the episodes with Johnny Morris informing us at home that the animals featured had been humanely destroyed, would you? Maybe One By One would have been improved by Johnny Morris voices. Or maybe that would have made it even more tragic.

  4. Applemask

    January 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    What’s so stupid about the name Donald Turner?

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