One off documentary Desmond Morris: The Secret Surrealist, which premieres on Tuesday 4 April at 10.00pm on BBC Four examines a little known area of the life of Desmond Morris.
Since the 1960s, Desmond Morris has been known as a zoologist and expert on human behaviour – but the bestselling author of The Naked Ape and Manwatching has led a double life. By day, a rational scientist, writer and broadcaster with a mission to explain; by night, a painter of dreamlike images, which mystify even Morris himself.
Desmond Morris first began painting in the surrealist style while at school, and still does so today, at the age of 89. In his long career he has been friends with great surrealists such as Joan Miro and Henry Moore.
Every night, between 10pm and four in the morning, while the rest of us are dreaming in our beds, Desmond Morris dreams on canvas…
Desmond Morris: The Secret Surrealist airs on Tuesday 4 April 2017 from 10.00pm-10.30pm on BBC Four.