This premiered in the UK in January and will launch here Saturday February 16 at 6.30pm. Africa consists of 5 episodes, to be followed by The Making of Africa and The Future of Africa.
Call me crazy but I can’t help but wonder if it would yield TEN bigger numbers on another night?
In this blockbuster series, the BBC’s Natural History Unit reveals Africa as you’ve never seen it before. This is a journey through five extraordinarily diverse regions of an amazing continent, packed with new stories, new species, new places and a new style of storytelling.
Taking you seamlessly from the wild terrain of extraordinary landscapes to intimate encounters with its mesmerising creatures, this is a unique expedition to the most extreme parts of a vast continent.
From the beauty and serenity of the soaring Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, from the brooding jungles of the Congo to the raging Atlantic Ocean, experience unexplored rainforests, never before filmed mountain ranges and even snow-covered desert. Get eye-to-eye with unknown species and become re-acquainted with some of the planet’s best loved animals, behaving in ways that very few have ever seen.
As the dynamic tension between wilderness and wildlife plays out, the drama, beauty and power of this majestic land is revealed: prehistoric-looking shoebills fight for ascendancy, plucky lizards playfully hunt for food on the backs of their formidable feline companions and giraffes engage in ferocious battles.
The series trades on ‘newness’, the filming style takes you ‘out of the 4 x 4’ offering truly intimate, eye-to-eye encounters with extraordinary wildlife. Along the way we explore five diverse regions of wild Africa packed with a fresh sense of personality and venture into genuinely unexplored places to capture never seen before behaviour, even of the most familiar wildlife.
Africa recently premiered in the UK to 8.5 million viewers to rank as the highest rated Natural History documentary in the UK since February 2011
Saturday February 16 at 6.30pm