BBC Television

Book ID 329

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BBC Television,
Extract Author: Alan Root
Extract Date: 1996

Ol Doinyo Lengai has been active

on Safari with Jonathan Scott Over the Serengeti, BBC TV

[Ol Doinyo Lengai] has been active in the last few months [1996]

Extract ID: 769

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BBC Television,
Extract Author: Alan Root
Extract Date: 1996 Aug

Kirawira . . . . named after a poacher

on Safari with Jonathan Scott Over the Serengeti, BBC TV

Kirawira . . . . named after a poacher, chased by a ranger, and caught by crocodiles. Next year in the dry season, only his buckle on his boy-scout belt was found

Extract ID: 414

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BBC Television,
Extract Author: Billy Connolly
Extract Date: 1998

There are no mirrors in the Serengeti

TV broadcast in Glasgow.

There are no mirrors in the Serengeti; you can be anything you like.

After telling the story of how three lionesses (Hilda, Betty and Alice) attacked the wilderbeest. After all the rest had fled, one was left behind, watching its brother being eaten, not realising that it was also a wildebeest - after all, how could it, there are no mirrors in the Serengeti.

Extract ID: 171

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BBC Television,
Extract Author: Roger Dean
Extract Date: 2000?

More than 400 people have fled their homes in Morogoro

Dar es Salaam

More than 400 people have fled their homes in Morogoro region, Tanzania, after clashes between farmers and pastoralists at the weekend left 31 people dead.

Arrests have been made and weapons confiscated, as police and government ministers scramble to head off further violence.

The clashes were sparked off when Luguru farmers confiscated cows belonging to Masaai herdsmen.

The cattle, they said, were damaging crops on their farms in Kilosa district near the central Tanzanian town of Morogoro.

Of the 31 deaths in the ensuing two days of violence, most were reported to be women and children.

Twenty-seven people have also been injured, and more than 60 houses burned.

Arrests

The Field Force Unit, Tanzania's elite paramilitary police, are now deployed in the region and are maintaining order.

Twenty-nine people have been arrested and eight firearms and a quantity of ammunition confiscated.

Tanzania's Prime Minister, the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister for Regional Administration all visited the area at the weekend.

Tanzania is very proud of its record of national unity.

Home Affairs Minister Mohamed Khatibu said on Monday that he 'wouldn't describe it as a fight between Masaai and Waluguru. That would be tribalism. This is a land issue.'

The government, he said, would establish which areas would be set aside for farming and which for cattle grazing, and the herdsmen are to be encouraged to settle and provided with agricultutal facilities.

The root cause of the violence is pressure on agricultural land, and after a year of very low rainfall clashes become more likely as cattle move from area to area.

Similar clashes involving nomadic Masaai herdsmen were reported in 1997, also a very dry year.

Extract ID: 1540

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BBC Television,
Extract Date: 9 Dec 2005

The Lions of Njombe

9:00 pm - 9:50 pm 50mins

In the Tanzanian bush a pride of man-eating lions have terrorised the people for 13 bloody years, already 1500 victims have been killed and nothing has been done about it. In this true story from post-war Africa, George Rushby, legendary hunter, vows to rid the land of these man-eaters, but he soon discovers they are unlike any lions he has ever encountered. He gets no help in his fight from the villagers who believe the killings to be the work of the local witchdoctor, a man they fear to cross - when a child Rushby loves is killed, the battle becomes personal.

From the Mirror

THE MAN-EATING LIONS OF NJOMBE

BBC2, 9PM

SLIGHTLY more action-packed than last week's story about a man-eating leopard, this features an entire pride of lions who scoffed 1,500 villagers in Tanzania (or Tanganyika as it was then).

Based on the memoirs on game-keeper George Rushby, it stars Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter's dad) as the lion-killing hero, with Tamzin Malleson, from Teachers and Bodies, as his wife.

When they arrive in Njombe after the war they discover the lions' killing spree has gone unchecked for 13 years because the villagers believe the animals are actually men in lion form and are under the control of the local witch-doctor.

Produced by the Beeb's Natural History Unit, it's a plodding affair with maddening camera work and not really the kind of thing they do best.

Blood, guts and a hint of envy

Sam Wollaston

Saturday December 10, 2005

The Guardian

The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1)

The lions of Njombe look like any other lions. During the day they sit around scratching and yawning lionishly amid the usual African cliches - huge skies, punishing midday sun, all that stuff. Sir David, where are you? He'll be around here somewhere, gasping in his safari outfit, talking us through the hardships of the dry season.

These are Jekyll and Hyde lions though, and at night they turn into something quite different and far less cute. They go hunting - but not for zebras, antelopes or whatever it is lions have for dinner. Because these are The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1). They hunt in a pack, or a pride, sneaking up on some poor village until they're within striking distance. Then bam, in they go. It's a nightmare - screaming children, limbs being ripped off, chests being torn open, blood and bits flying everywhere. I'm beginning to think quite differently about Aslan.

This is drama, thank Christ, which explains Sir David's absence. But it did really happen, back in the 1930s when Sir David was still a young man. Some 1,500 people were eaten by the maneaters of Njombe.

Luckily though there was a plucky Brit in a safari suit in the Njombe area at the time. He could explain to the locals that it wasn't all magic mumbo jumbo. They were just lions, he said, and he proved it by shooting all the lions of Njombe dead. Jolly good show, old chap. And that was the end of the man-eating lions of Njombe.

It's interesting that this Manhunters series is on the BBC. Sure, it's done very nicely - a half-decent script, reasonable actors, all done on location. But the whole thing has just a whiff of Five about it. Has the BBC been looking over enviously at all those sharks they've got? Maybe Africa's Death Lions would have been a better title, or Killers in the Bush. Or even When Big Cats Attack! Next thing we know they'll be dumping Sir David - or using him for their Celebrity Lion Bait show. Then, in the middle of the night, they'll sneak over there, just like the Lions of Njombe, and poach ... Donal MacIntyre.

Extract ID: 5114
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