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Season 1

  • S01E01 We Called in the Experts

    • January 29, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald Turner arrives home in Rochdale fresh from graduating as a fully qualified Veterinary Surgeon, and takes up a position with grumpy older vet Maurice Webb. He is horrified to learn that the Great Northern Zoo is a part of the practice, especially when he is called out on Maurice's day off to treat a chimpanzee who has had a thumb bitten off. The vet is needed so that they can say they 'Called In The Experts'.

  • S01E02 Nature's Great Masterpiece

    • February 5, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald and Maurice are called to the zoo when a female elephant is in extreme pain in her jaw, and is getting more and more debilitated and dangerous. Donald and Maurice discover that the elephant has severe arthritis and there just aren't the drugs to deal with it, and are forced to euthanase her. Donald is left in a black mood as he doesn't consider that he can help any of the animals at the zoo, with his limited knowledge.

  • S01E03 They Shoot Tigers In India

    • February 12, 1984
    • BBC One

    Mr. Webb is very displeased when the newspapers learn about the elephant's death, but Donald decides to dig in and learn all he can when Rajah the tiger is poisoned by a disgruntled ex-keeper.

  • S01E04 Silver Linings

    • February 19, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald goes on an interview for another job, and watches as Jenny mounts a newspaper campaign to keep the zoo open.

  • S01E05 Pasture's New

    • February 26, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald decides to take the new job, but has some misgivings about leaving the zoo animals in Webb's care and Jenny is offered a position with a London newspaper.

  • S01E06 Time And Motion

    • March 4, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald is called in to inspect the animals at a local circus and teaches an old seal trainer some new tricks, and he helps Paddy Reilly find some missing monkeys at the zoo.

  • S01E07 A Long Weekend

    • March 11, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald and a local physician team up for a house call on an eccentric old woman who needs medical attention as much as her pet monkey, and he travels with Maggie to the Continent to bring back an elephant for the zoo.

  • S01E08 Doctor's Orders

    • March 18, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald treats an obstreperous macaw in the surgery, enlists Maggie as a nurse for a convalescing lion cub, and investigates suspected hoof and mouth disease at the circus.

  • S01E09 A Woman's Touch

    • March 25, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald tries out his new anesthesia gun on a pack of wolves and on an orangutan who has miscarried but refuses to give up the corpse of her baby.

  • S01E10 Ends And Beginnings

    • April 1, 1984
    • BBC One

    Donald joins Paddy and the police in a search for a wild cat reported to be running loose on the moor, and faces some dramatic changes in his personal life.

Season 2

  • S02E01 Blood, Toil, Tears and Spit

    • January 5, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald is now well-known as a zoo vet, and is travelling the country dealing with circus animals, but still finds time to deal with the Great Northern Zoo's animals. The Northern Zoo itself is having a rough patch with Paddy acting as senior keeper and manager, and doesn'thold any illusions as to what is going to happen to the zoo. Maurice is annoyed about the amount of time Donald is away from the practice, and is even more annoyed when Donald informs him of a proposed safari park he will be involved with. Things finally come to a head when an elephant escapes from Ben Bishop's circus and injures a man, and forces Donald to split up the partnership.

  • S02E02 Parting of the Ways

    • January 12, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald encounters a hostile lion trainer at the proposed safari park and is called in to treat three tiny alligators at a local night club.

  • S02E03 Of Babes and Sucklings

    • January 19, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald investigates the strange behavior and requests of an Italian couple with a trained dog act who are waiting out their quarantine at the zoo, and Ethel formally joins Donald at the safari park.

  • S02E04 To Hear the Sea-Maid's Music

    • January 26, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald helps prepare a dog for burial and meets an American dolphin expert.

  • S02E05 End of an Era

    • February 2, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald and Paddy battle a callous administrator as they struggle without much success to place all the zoo animals before the closing day.

  • S02E06 You and Whose Army?

    • February 9, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald solves the riddle of vandalism in the village and an attack on a local vagrant, and provides a home for a laboratory baboon due to be put down.

  • S02E07 Pride of Place

    • February 16, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald has trouble with the big cats:a lioness escapes, a tiger cub needs hand rearing, and a self-appointed expert insists on one to one contact with the pride.

  • S02E08 It's All Done With Mirrors

    • February 23, 1985
    • BBC One

    Paddy and Donald settle the dolphins into a temporary home in France while Maggie tries to deal with practical problems at the park.

  • S02E09 Dangerous Practice

    • March 2, 1985
    • BBC One

    Maggie's a little prickly over the dolphin trainer Sindy but helps Donald cope with a mysterious epidemic running through the park's new lions.

  • S02E10 A Killer Called Cuddles

    • March 9, 1985
    • BBC One

    Sindy and Donald journey to America to escort home the park's newest attraction-a killer whale named Cuddles.

  • S02E11 Thank You, Mr. D.H. Lawrence

    • March 16, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald must learn quickly about the medical needs of killer whales when Cuddles begins losing blood, and he accepts some unusual help from the spirit world to treat a tortoise with inflamed eyes.

  • S02E12 A Close Run Thing...

    • March 23, 1985
    • BBC One

    Donald has to find a suitable home for two baby elephants donated at the last moment by an old friend of Lady Anne, deal with all the confusion of the grand opening ceremonies for the safari park, and react to Maggie's intention to take a nursing job in the Middle East.

Season 3

  • S03E01 Changing Places

    • February 28, 1987
    • BBC One

    Donald and Paddy escort an orang-utan to a zoo, which later turns into a raging menace. Meanwhile a young eland with a tooth abscess attacks and kills it's keeper, and Donald comes under pressure from the press to put it down. Elsewhere a blind lady donates a mynah bird to the Bellington Zoo, where it is stolen by an underpriviledged boy from a nearby school.

  • S03E02 Remember the Humble Guinea-Pig

    • March 7, 1987
    • BBC One

    A number of animals are killed at the Bellington Zoo and suspicions point to a keeper being responsible, it later transpires to be the work of a suspended prison officer who once worked at the zoo. Paddy is offered the post of head keeper at the Bellington and Liz masterminds an education centre at the zoo. Meanwhile Donald fights tooth and nail to prevent Challon using dubious methods to make money using the dolphins at Manford Safari Park.

  • S03E03 First Things First

    • March 14, 1987
    • BBC One

  • S03E04 Tiger, Tiger

    • March 21, 1987
    • BBC One

    Teddy Haslam accidentally shoots one of his hawks, while it is being stolen and takes it to Donald to save it, unfortunately Donald is not there and Ethel lends a hand, until Donald arrives. The education centre opens. A thief in the zoo turns out to be a young boy stealing money from the zoo pools and a pair of squirrels! Donald is called to see a miniature horse which has become the companion of a Llama, which unfortunately dies. Meanwhile at Manford Safari Park the tigers come down with a mysterious ailment which 'drowns' them. and needs all Donald's ingenuity to sort out. Which result in Donald and Challon being hunted through the enclosure by the big cats.

  • S03E05 The Monkey in Between

    • March 28, 1987
    • BBC One

    Whilst walking her dog across some wasteland, a young girl finds an abandoned orang-utan, which later is diagnosed as having hepatitis. Elsewhere there is an egg bound emu, escaped onagers and a heated exchange between a disreputable pet shop owner who sold the orang, and an angry Donald.

  • S03E06 Dangerous Games

    • April 4, 1987
    • BBC One

  • S03E07 The Elephant and the Kangaroo

    • April 11, 1987
    • BBC One

  • S03E08 A Dying Breed

    • April 18, 1987
    • BBC One

    Donald is offered a job with animal entrepreneur Ben Friedhoffer. Meanwhile the Bellington Zoo is offered 3 black Panthers for a very low amount which makes Donald suspicious.

  • S03E09 Down Below

    • April 25, 1987
    • BBC One

    Liz is inadvertently poisoned by a number of poison arrow tree frogs that have been sent to the zoo instead of normal tree frogs. Paddy is devastated that he didn't check them first. Donald is called out what appears to be a Coypu at some local caves but instead turns out to be an Alligator.

  • S03E10 Coming to Terms

    • May 2, 1987
    • BBC One

    On the eve of Ethe's wedding to Teddy, Donald is called to Madrid Zoo, where Shao-Shao the Giant Panda is showing signs of going into labour. A tearful Ethel asks Paddy to take his place in giving her away. After the baby panda is born he flies home to witness the marriage, to the delight of Ethel.