Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings


In this follow up to Africa's Giant Killers, (winner, Best Natural History Programme, Royal Television Society West of England 2015 Awards), a pride of lions has rewritten the rule book, by learning how to take down elephants. As the large majority of elephants leave, a series of dramatic events take place. The males of the pride turn against each other, a mother places her new born cubs in mortal danger, the pride is challenged by a rival group and, when lightning strikes, fires break out. As things settle, the pride is left with only one choice for survival: to face their old foe, the elephants, or risk dying of starvation. What will be the outcome of this final showdown?

One hour wildlife documentary for BBC Natural World. Filmed and Directed by Brad Bestelink and written by Steve Gooder (for Icon Films and NHFU Botswana); Programme Editor: Sam Rogers; Production Coordinator for the BBC: Cassy Walkling; Production Manager for the BBC: Wendhy Sierra; Series Editor: Roger Webb.

First broadcast: Wednesday 19th August 2014 at 9 pm on BBC Two

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Nominated: Best Composer Award (for best composition of original music, in non-scripted),

Royal Television Society West of England 2016 Awards


The Independent

'A beautifully shot but brutal look at the circle of life.'

Sally Newall

The Telegraph

'This gruelling documentary was a roaring success.'

Michael Hogan

The Guardian

Astonishing and somewhat traumatic.' Ali Catterall

The Arts Desk

'Dramatic music by William Goodchild underlined this narrative...'

Marina Vaizey

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