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on 30 October 2009
'if it aint boke,dont fix it'. so the saying goes. well, for some reason, the BBC decide to fix something that isnt broke,changing a winning formula,and really coming up short.
this is a 'special', but apparently is footage from a week in the masai mara.if thats the case, why only 51 minutes?the past 'big cat weeks' are far longer.
also,there is no saba douglas-hamilton,so they have replaced her with 'jackson', a local masai guide,who comes up with thoughts such as the wilderbeast are 'praying to god' when they are vocal.please hurry back,saba!
the main irritant,however, is the inclusion of glamour-journo kate silverton as narrator.this is someone who has no knowledge or expertise in big cats. indeed,when the programme went out live,each programme ended with camp fire 'chats', and her questions she came out with were truly inane.
i gave it 3 stars as the footage,albiet not as much as usual, is fantastic.
heres hoping the BBC have realised that this change in format does not work as well, and will go back to its original winning and far better formula.