UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 29 January 1984
Writer: Anthony Read / Production Design: John Coleman / Director: Christopher Baker
Series: One By One / Season 1 Episode 1
In the first episode of One By One, We Called In The Experts, young Donald Turner, newly qualified as a vet and looking for a suitable practice returns to his home town and begins working for the somewhat cantankerous Maurice Webb. Maurice has a contract with Bellington Zoo (mainly because his brother-in-law runs it) and Donald is surprised to find himself dealing with elephants and a chimpanzee who bites a finger off of his mate over a fight for some Asperagus. Meanwhile Shirley Harblaster whom Donald knew as a kid is keen to get to know Donald better.
Good opening episode with Donald heading home and moving in with his gran when he starts working for Webb. Paddy, the head zoo keeper at Bellington makes his first appearance too, although he is quick to take the mickey out of Donald it is clear he does actually like him. Peter Jeffrey’s Maurice Webb is all brusque effeciency, take no nonsense and at this stage sees Donald as very wet behind the ears.
GARFIELD MORGAN as Howard Rundle
PETER WATTS as Harry
PETER LORENZELLI as Ted
PETER MARTIN as Fred Harblaster
ERYL MAYNARD as Shirley Harblaster
KEVIN DONAGHY as Brian
SARAH MOORE as Marion