Winner 1983

The Making of a Continent

WTTW-TV, Chicago, Illinois, BBC, London, UK

This production of WTTW/Chicago and the BBC combines the best elements of both outstanding broadcasting organizations. The stamp of the BBC is evident in the stellar work of its natural history unit. The location photography and animated graphics are of the highest calibre. The program derives its American flavor from narrator Marty Robinson. Through writer Ron Redfern’s words, the narrative stresses how the geologic forces that shaped the West have altered and continue to affect American history. In the view of the Peabody Board, The Making Of A Continent represents the highest level of instructional television programming. Its vivid imagery recounts geologic and ecological history in a way that could not be matched by textbook or lecture. To WTTW/Chicago and the BBC, a Peabody Award.