When is Serengeti on TV?

In a new dramatised six-part series, BBC One follows the animals of the Serengeti region in east Africa.

Lion cubs. © Geoff Bell/John Downer Productions/BBC

When is Serengeti on TV?

The first episode (called Destiny) of Serengeti airs on BBC One on Thursday 4 July at 8pm, followed by the second episode (called Conflict) on Thursday 11 July at 8pm.

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Who is narrating Serengeti?

John Boyega at the premiere of "Pacific Rim Uprising". © Gabriel Olsen/Film Magic/Getty
John Boyega at the premiere of Pacific Rim: Uprising. © Gabriel Olsen/Film Magic/Getty

The storyteller for Serengeti on BBC One is John Boyega, a British actor who starred as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as appearing in Attack the BlockDetroit and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Lupita Nyong'o onstage at MoMA Contenders 2018 Screening and Q&A of Black Panther at Hammer Museum. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty
Lupita Nyong’o onstage at MoMA Contenders 2018 Screening and Q&A of Black Panther at Hammer Museum. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty

From early August, the series will also air in the US on the Discovery channel, where it will be narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, who is known for her role as Nakia in Black Panther, Patsey in 12 Years A Slave, Adelaide/Red in Us, Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and as the voice of Raksha in The Jungle Book.

Are the stories in Serengeti real?

Serengeti is a dramatised series, and is based on real animal behaviours and the challenges these animals can face.

However, as John Downer explains on the BBC website, “The named characters aren’t always the same animal every time we see them … By using composite animals, united by the same name, it is possible to tell a comprehensive drama showing all the trials, disappointments and triumphs these species face.”

Who made Serengeti?

Serengeti was directed and produced by John Downer Productions, an award-winning wildlife film company that also produced Snow Bears, Snow Chick – A Penguin’s Tale, Earthflight and the Spy (such as Spy in the Wild and Spy in the Snow) programmes.

The series was created and produced by Simon Fuller, who is well-known for managing the Spice Girls and for creating Pop Idol, who decided he wanted to make a wildlife series after spending time in Tanzania on safari.

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Main image: Lion cubs. © Geoff Bell/John Downer Productions/BBC