The ap­peal is plain

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AC­TOR Richard E. Grant’s The His­tory of Sa­fari is a new two-parter about the East African sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence. Grant learns the his­tory of sa­fari is the story of the trou­bled eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of east Africa. The dra­matic land­scape is home to a rich va­ri­ety of wild crea­tures and for 100 years, the re­gion drew big-game hunters look­ing for ad­ven­ture and riches. Iron­i­cally, as ivory traders and tro­phy hunters dec­i­mated Africa’s wildlife, they also in­tro­duced the first con­ser­va­tion rules to pro­tect the sport. Such larger-than-life char­ac­ters in­spired nov­els and films, en­cour­ag­ing fig­ures like Theodore Roo­sevelt, Ernest Hem­ing­way, Win­ston Churchill and the Bri­tish royal fam­ily to travel to Africa to bag the big five – lion, ele­phant, buf­falo, rhino and leop­ard.

The His­tory of Sa­fari With Richard E. Grant: Mon­day, 8.30pm, ABC1

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