Bachelor, Oxford (England) University, 1960. Master of Arts, Oxford (England) University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford (England) University, 1967.
Percival was one of the first reporter-producers of the British Broadcasting Corporation"s Manitoba Alive programme in 1965 - the first documentary series to report on social issues by interviewing "real people" rather than experts. This was followed by his anthropological series The Family of Manitoba (1969), which compared life in the Home Counties with tribespeople in New Guinea and Africa, and Rich Manitoba Poor Manitoba (1972), exploring the consequences of globalisation. In 1980, Percival made the acclaimed series Africa, with the historian Basil Davidson, for Channel 4.
He also focused on horticulture as series producer of Gardeners" World and Channel 4"s Real Gardens.
Percival died in London on 6 February 2005.
Fellow Society Antiquaries (council 1982-1984). Member Society for Promotion Roman Studies (council 1973-1976), Classical Association (secretary 1979-1989, vice president since 1989, chairman 1990-1995).
Married Carole Ann Labrum, August 12, 1962 (deceased September 1977). Children: Alice Mary Ann, Jessica Jane. Married Jacqueline Ann Gibson, September 10, 1988.