Call it an unfair advantage. In the U.K. they have BBC 1 and BBC 2 and BBC 3 and BBC 4 and we’ve got PBS.
They get shows like The Lost Kingdoms of Africa which will soon start its second season. Meanwhile we get Les Miserables in Concert and John Tesh Live at Red Rocks for the 1.256 time during those annoying damn pledge breaks which seemingly take place every other week
But the first series of The Lost Kingdoms of Africa which aired on BBC 4 in January 2010 became one of the channel’s highest rated programs ever. So now a second series, further continuing on the subject, will begin on Monday January 30th on BBC4.
The program hosted by Gus Casely-Hayford, is who a curator and cultural historian and a Research Associate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies will begin with “an exploration of the Asante Kingdom (located in modern day Ghana) and its unlikely beginnings in dense tropical forest to become one of Africa’s complex and sophisticated civilisations. From there Casely-Hayford will explores South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom focusing on its 17th century leader King Shaka and brutal encounters he and his people would have with the Boers and the British. Next, he turns his spotlight on Berber Kingdom of Morocco, which over centuries would cover an area from Spain to West Africa. It was rulers would commission fabulous architecture and promote sophisticated ideas. Finally ending with a look at Uganda’s two great kingdoms – Bunyoro and Buganda. The show from then continues in the search of reasons behind there dramatic reversal of fortunes, and how one kingdom used the arrival of Europeans to its own advantage.”
Maybe if we’ve really lucky the show might come to the U.S., but in the meanwhile we’ll just have to settle for this brief clip from the first series:
h/t to EC Forde