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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 08:09:45 GMT
R. Forbes says:
This one's been driving me mad for weeks. I vaguely remember a UK children's TV series from the early-70's. It was set in African and I think it was about an African boy trying to find him missing parents or brother. Either the boy's name, or the name of the series, sounded something like `Yao' - as that's the only name that sticks in my mind. Any information about the series would really help my sanity!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2011 16:50:08 BDT
I thought it was called Jai or something similar but can't find anything about it either

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 20:28:28 GMT
It was called Yao, I think it was aired on BBC children's 1973 ish. Yes I have been trying to find it as well. If you type Yao into an internet search you will find it listed under TV mini series 1969. I remember is was narrated in English but apparently was a French production. I would love to watch this again

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 22:39:30 GMT
'Yao' popped into my head just yesterday. I loved the series and was gripped by all episodes until the last one, which I sadly missed. Perhaps it is available in French-speaking countries?

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 22:48:29 GMT
I found this french language site but no way of buying a copy

Posted on 3 May 2013 11:43:51 BDT
Super Cat says:
IIRC It started off with him as a young boy. I recall him meeting Po the pygmy who he calls on when he is in trouble. Later as a young man he finds Po's hut & uses medicine there to treat a wound he has picked up. Thats about all I remember.

Posted on 13 Oct 2013 12:07:38 BDT
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Posted on 13 Oct 2013 12:08:05 BDT
Justin says:
Jai was the child sidekick of Ron Ely's Tarzan

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 09:09:24 GMT
S. C. Trump says:
I watched every episode when it was shown on the BBC in the early 70s. It started off each episode with the English narrator saying "This story happened in Africa many, many years ago...." and then told of Yao and his right to be the leader and Poo the pigmy etc. etc. It all climaxed with a cracking last episode I recall. A good series once you got past the awful theme song!

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 14:00:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2014 14:04:05 BDT
I remember this series really well, watching as a small kid in the early 70's. I can still hear the music/theme tune in my head, sorta tribal pipes based.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2014 17:08:35 GMT
A DVD of this is available on French and German Amazon sites - but unfortunately in German! It was originally an Ivory Coast/ French production.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2014 17:55:52 GMT
DVD available on French/German Amazon - really ?!!
Could you post a link please Lil ? - I could probably grope my way through the French Amazon site well enough to order a copy. Thanks :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2014 18:18:47 GMT
(this from French Amazon, but it's slightly cheaper on German).
I just Googled "French Amazon" and 'German Amazon' then typed Yao in search box. I've successfully managed to order items from both even though my French & german very rusty now. Good luck!

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 10:34:34 GMT
Thanks Lil - looks like this might be a German dubbed version of the original French soundtrack.
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