One by One (TV series)

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One by One
Genre Drama
Created by Anthony Read
Starring Rob Heyland
James Ellis
Sonia Graham
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 32
Production
Producer(s) Bill Sellars
Production company(s) BBC
Release
Original network BBC1
Original release 29 January 1984 – 2 May 1987


One by One is a British television series made by the BBC between 1984 and 1987.

The series, created by Anthony Read, followed the career of international veterinary surgeon David Taylor (called Donald Turner in the series) and his work caring for exotic animals at zoos in Britain, from the 1950s to the 1970s. Each series was set during a different decade, with exteriors filmed at Dudley Zoo, Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park.

Thirty-two episodes were made over three series, transmitted on BBC1 in the early parts of 1984, 1985 & 1987. BBC1 repeated series 2 during the early months of 1986, as no new series had been made that year. The third series was also repeated on BBC1 over the Spring & Summer of 1988.

Cast[edit]

Series Overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Series 1 10 29 January 1984 1 April 1984
Series 2 12 5 January 1985 23 March 1985
Series 3 10 28 February 1987 2 May 1987

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "We Called in the Experts" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 29 January 1984 (1984-01-29)
2 "Nature's Great Masterpiece" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 5 February 1984 (1984-02-05)
3 "They Shoot Tigers in India" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 12 February 1984 (1984-02-12)
4 "Silver Linings" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 19 February 1984 (1984-02-19)
5 "Pastures New" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 26 February 1984 (1984-02-26)
6 "Time and Motion" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 4 March 1984 (1984-03-04)
7 "A Long Weekend" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 11 March 1984 (1984-03-11)
8 "Doctor's Orders" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 18 March 1984 (1984-03-18)
9 "The Woman's Touch" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 25 March 1984 (1984-03-25)
10 "Ends and Beginnings" Christopher Baker Anthony Read 1 April 1984 (1984-04-01)

Series 2[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
11 "Blood, Toil, Tears and Spit" Michael E. Briant Anthony Read 5 January 1985 (1985-01-05)
12 "Parting of the Ways" Michael E. Briant Anthony Read 12 January 1985 (1985-01-12)
13 "Of Babes and Sucklings" Richard Bramall Johnny Byrne 19 January 1985 (1985-01-19)
14 "To Hear the Sea Maid's Music" Richard Bramall Johnny Byrne 26 January 1985 (1985-01-26)
15 "End of an Era" Michael E. Briant Johnny Byrne 2 February 1985 (1985-02-02)
16 "You and Whose Army?" Michael E. Briant Johnny Byrne 9 February 1985 (1985-02-09)
17 "Pride of Place" Richard Bramall Johnny Byrne 16 February 1985 (1985-02-16)
18 "It's All Done with Mirrors" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 23 February 1985 (1985-02-23)
19 "Dangerous Practice" Michael E. Briant Johnny Byrne 2 March 1985 (1985-03-02)
20 "A Killer Called Cuddles" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 9 February 1985 (1985-02-09)
21 "Thank You, Mr. D.H. Lawrence" Richard Bramall Anthony Read 16 March 1985 (1985-03-16)
22 "A Close Run Thing..." Michael E. Briant Johnny Byrne 23 March 1985 (1985-03-23)

Series 3[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
23 "Changing Places" Andrew Morgan Johnny Byrne 28 February 1987 (1987-02-28)
24 "Remember the Humble Guinea-Pig" Andrew Morgan Johnny Byrne 7 March 1987 (1987-03-07)
25 "First Things First" Roderick Graham Johnny Byrne 14 March 1987 (1987-03-14)
26 "Tiger, Tiger" Roderick Graham Johnny Byrne 21 March 1987 (1987-03-21)
27 "The Monkey in Between" Andrew Morgan Terry Hodgkinson 28 March 1987 (1987-03-28)
28 "Dangerous Games" Andrew Morgan Johnny Byrne 4 April 1987 (1987-04-04)
29 "The Elephant and the Kangaroo" Roderick Graham Terry Hodgkinson 11 April 1987 (1987-04-11)
30 "A Dying Breed" Andrew Morgan Freda Kelsall 18 April 1987 (1987-04-18)
31 "Down Below" Roderick Graham Terry Hodgkinson 25 April 1987 (1987-04-25)
32 "Coming to Terms" Andrew Morgan Johnny Byrne 2 May 1987 (1987-05-02)

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