Get me Whitney Houston! Seven has slated a special built around Christian the Lion, that YouTube hit clip,about a lion raised by two Aussies in the UK in the 1960s, who reunited in the African wild.
The special will air at Tuesday, May 5th at 7.30pm (bumping a planned return of The Zoo).
The two Aussie ex-pats, John Rendall and Ace Bourke, found a lion cub for sale in a London department store (as you do) and raised it until it was later released in Kenya. When the two went to look for the adult lion years later cameras captured a remarkable reunion with the lion recognising its former owners. The clip became a big drawcard on YouTube and shown in TV specials around the world, including with a schmaltzy Whitney Houston song.
Last year the two men visited Sydney and appeared on Mornings with Kerri-Anne.
This TV special also includes interviews with Virginia McKenna (star of landmark 1966 film Born Free) and controversial Kenyan-based game keeper George Adamson, who would become Christian’s saviour.
Altogether now: “and IIIIIIIIII-ye-IIIIIIIIII will always lurrrrrrrrve yooooooooou”