Once upon a time, this was 'darkest Africa', an endless tangle of jungle littered with venomous snakes, marauding spiders, deadly insects and cannibalistic natives. To the Victorians, this was hell on earth, the original 'white man's grave.' This forbidding reputation has stayed with the Congo for a century, and still persists. Perhaps this is why the entire region has been neglected for so long by film-makers and naturalists. There is no doubt that parts of the Congo are inhospitable and virtually inaccessible, where it can truthfully be said that no human has stepped before. And it is precisely because we have interfered so little that there are new creatures waiting to be discovered, unfamiliar natural events to be witnessed and fresh insights into animal behavior to be observed.
Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.
The River That Swallows All Rivers
The very name Congo conjures up visions of horror and mystery - the white man's grave, the heart of darkness. This is a land the 20th Century forgot, shunned for its awful secrets, a shameful history of ivory and slavery, brutal wars, famines and terrifying diseases in days gone by.