Friday, 3 April 2015
First watched : Summer 1973
Daktari was a US made drama series derived from the 1965 film Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion about a vet and his daughter working in East Africa. Both the ( human ) stars of the film Marshall Thompson and the leggy Cheryl Miller were on board for the duration of the series. It was made between 1966 and 1969 , largely on a safari ranch in California although stock footage was inserted to make it look more authentically African with occasional mistakes like tigers and Indian elephants creeping in.
BBC1 brought it back to fill out the Friday teatime schedule in 1973 after more than three year's absence. I must apologise to fans of the series that I have little recollection other than disinterest and boredom with it although my wife remembers it more fondly.
Short runs of episodes were used on holiday mornings for the next four years but it hasn't been seen since 1977. Both Thompson and Miller continued to act on TV in the seventies without achieving similar fame. Thompson died in 1992. Miller is still alive and her son is the magician Eric Seidenglanz.