On Safari (TVS TV series)

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On Safari
Genre Children's television
Created by
  • Tony McLaren
  • Tim Edmunds
Presented by Kim Taylforth
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 55
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s) TVS
Original channel ITV
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original release 16 February 1982 (1982-02-16) – 1 December 1984 (1984-12-01)

On Safari was a children's game show series set in the jungle that was produced by TVS, and aired on the ITV network for four series from 1982 until 1984. The show was hosted by Christopher Biggins and for the first season, was co-hosted by future EastEnders actress Gillian Taylforth. Her sister Kim Taylforth also appeared in the early episodes of season 1.

All four series were recorded at the TVS studios in Southampton; although the first series was recorded in 1981, when the studios were still owned by Southern Television. TVS rented the studio space from Southern for the first series and in several editions cameras are seen bearing a generic On Safari nameplate rather than that of the production company.


Each week three teams (two teams in later series) consisting of a celebrity guest and a child played in a series of games in different jungle settings (i.e. swamps, venus fly traps etc.) and the team with the most points at the end of the show were the winners. The child from the winning team won a major prize, while the losing children went away with consolation prizes.

Series guide[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
16 February 1982
16 May 1982
10 September 1982
22 December 1982
3 January 1984
3 April 1984
18 September 1984
11 December 1984