Lucy The Human Chimp
Channel 4, Monday 19 April, 9pm
This documentary tells the stories of a female chimpanzee called Lucy, who was raised as a human, and young student Janis Carter, who helped give her freedom. In 1960s suburban America, Lucy was raised as a human from two days old, as part of an experiment run by psychologists from the University of Oklahoma. By the age of 11, though, Lucy was too strong to be kept by her human family. Several wrecked kitchens later (we imagine), a plan was made to take her to Africa, where she would be taught to be a wild chimp. Janis, who had befriended Lucy, went along and ended up living with Lucy on a remote island for over six years.