memories of the ’80s – Nature

In the early 1980s, education channel PBS launched a show that would become a mainstay of its offerings: Nature.

This weekly one-hour series reveals the intimate details of wildlife and environment from all over the planet, showing viewers the wonders of our natural world.

Debuting in October 1982 on PBS channel WNET New York, the first season was hosted by David Johanson with voice-overs by George Page. In 1983, George Page took over both hosting and narration.

The series success came from the dedication to find filmmakers who were revealing animals, insects, mountains, rivers, oceans and the change of eco-systems with an eye to educate, amuse and inform. PBS syndicated the series to other stations within the US and was soon selling them to education channels in several different countries.

Some of the most popular documentaries include Flight of the Condor, Galapagos, Okavango and Nature of Australia. Many of the subjects were multi-part series, giving in-depth views of each subject.

For me, this series ignited my fascination for the world and why I wanted to see it for myself.

From the 1980s to the 21st century, the series has succeeded in becoming one of the most watched documentary television series and with a few awards too – like 12 Daytime Emmy Awards, three Peabody awards and the first television series to be honoured by the Sierra Club.