July 12, 2006

Big Cat Week

bigcatsOn Monday I watched the “Big Cat Week” programme on BBC1 and was saddened and a little bit annoyed at the dumbing-down of documentaries. Admittedly, it was directed at a younger audience, but I remember watching proper “grown-up” documentaries when I was a kid and I can still clearly remember some of the information provided, whereas I don’t imagine any of the children remembering what they hear on this programme. Albeit, that can only be good as some of the statements made during the programme were utterly ridiculous and hardly any useful information was presented.

Some examples:

She’s slinking along.

When she (Bella the leopard) was clearly bounding along some rocks in plain sight. This is not only misleading, it is wrong! If the kids don’t know what slinking means, they will link the wrong action to it and if they do, they’ll just be confused.

It’s going to take the whole leopard team to keep track of her.

Isn’t that why they have an entire team and not just you, lady in your jeep, who only turns up to inanely fill the silence? At this point would it not have been appropriate to tell us why it’s so hard to keep track of her, giving an insight into leopard behaviour?

Toto is sooo tiny. (Repeated at least three times. We get the point!) I can fit that little cub into my two hands.

Apparently size is all that matters, not the dangers that face him and the measures provided by Nature to counteract these. At one point, he even gives the impression that the mother Cheetah won’t be able to find Toto (her cub) despite his repeated cries because of the tall grass!!! And, he never went on to explain that the cub is well camouflaged and has a specific cry for the mother to find him.

These are high-octane cats, by anyone’s standards.

Does anyone set standards for cats? And, if you did, wouldn’t it be that they are high-octane?

Well, if you can’t eat it, play with it!

Great advice to give children.


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  1. Lisa

    Toto is the cutest thing ever. I hope he doesn't get eaten :/

    12 Jul 2006, 21:07

  2. Well, there was some mention of being attacked by baboons, but I never got round to watching that episode.

    13 Jul 2006, 10:59

  3. ah!
    Another who enjoys documentaries on animals and resents the dumbing down.
    Is Big Cat Week a repeat? Think i remember something like that from a while ago and flipped it on, then quickly off. Not hearing Attenborough's voice in tandem with good camera work makes me very upset.

    22 Jul 2006, 02:26

  4. I believe it's a follow–up to last year's programme, where they go back and look at what's new with the same animals. Fortunately, I had no television and missed it last year.

    What does it take to realise that the animals deserve more screen time than the 'presenters'?

    22 Jul 2006, 20:15

  5. Cara-Lee

    This programme is great and I think the presenters do a wonderful job.

    Lisa, little Toto didn't survive. They found his mum after some searching but she was alone. They don't know what happened to him unfortunately

    24 Jul 2006, 10:32

  6. Well, each to their own.

    Cara–Lee, have you seen documentaries from about 10 years back though, or even the "Planet Earth" series? How would you compare "Big Cat Week" to those?

    24 Jul 2006, 11:51

  7. Cara-Lee

    Planet Earth is fantastic. But, it's a completely different thing based on new ideas of filming.

    I still think Big Cat is great. I've not seen the documentaries from 10 years back though.

    I'm now watching Big Bear Week, it's great too. Give it a try ;–)

    24 Jul 2006, 19:20

  8. Sarah

    This show has a great insight and if people don’t like what the presenters have to say (even though they are experts) then don’t watch it. The show is for a wide range of people not just for children, I was thirteen when i started to watch the program and I fully understood what the presenters where saying about the Big Cats and i was hooked on the program from the start and I still am. The Cats are absolutely gorgeous. Especially little Toto. I was gutted when i found out that he died… :(

    17 Aug 2006, 19:54

  9. Thanks for the comment, Sarah. I appreciate that there will be people who do like it, hence why I said “each to their own”. And, after the first programme I did stop watching it. :0)

    I love the cats too, that’s why it annoys me that they (in my opinion) dumb it down. There is so much more you can learn about them that the presenters don’t tell you.

    And, I found the method of filming rather invasive too. You are hardly likely to see the animals behaving naturally when you drive up in a jeep write up close to them. At one point, one of them actually drove the jeep into the shrub area where the leopard was hiding out and in effect blocking it in, such that when a lioness arrived on the scene the leopard had no choice but to hide in a hole!!! Then she remarked on what an odd move it was! Sigh…

    18 Aug 2006, 11:28

  10. naz

    i luv toto. can we have more pics of him? i hope he dont get eaten.

    01 Dec 2006, 23:52

  11. Matt

    Soooooooooooo sad that Toto died. Why Lord Why?! I hope he actually survived and is out there somewhere….

    25 Feb 2007, 18:25

  12. Jah_lu

    I love Toto as well, Fucking baboons, WHY !!

    Rest In Peace, Toto….

    Do you have more pics ??

    Cheers

    03 May 2007, 19:08

  13. Adam

    I missed the 2006 series as I was on holiday in Libya. Luckily, I’ve got it on DVD. The series was the best so far. It is such a shame he did’nt survive, I was getting rather attached to him. I loved Bella’s hunt, I’m glad chui has stopped stealing her meals.Toto’s mum is soooooooo brave. When the Marsh cubs went close to the hippo, I thought one of them was going to get hurt. Notch probably made the marsh females jealous by getting that new girlfriend of his. I’m waiting for the next series and I have read that it will be aired in June, this month!
    I’m so exited about the next series(I have to say, I am a Big Cat addict) I am still waiting, I think it will be on the 25th. I just can’t hide my exitement

    18 Jun 2007, 18:17

  14. Adam

    My favourit bits of Big Cat Week are:for the lions; when they found the Marsh pride contented and when Notch got a new girlfriend. For the leopards; When Bella launched herself into the water after a gazelle and when the found Chui with Bella. And for the cheetahs; when Toto survives the baboon encounter and whenToto climbs the tree…......
    For viewers eager to know about Big Cat Week 2007, heres a sneak peak into the charactes! Theres Tamu the young lioness with her 4 cubs, Honey the cheetah with her 4 cubs, and Bella the leopard, who now, is without chui or a new litter of cubs, but I’m not giving away any more, na a

    19 Jun 2007, 16:43

  15. Adam

    .......................................... Still waiting for the next series and hoping it will be next week. In the meantime, any more pics???

    22 Jun 2007, 17:08

  16. Lahari

    Hey all, I just took the photos off the Big Cat week website. Try it for more pics. Thanks for your comments.

    22 Jun 2007, 17:18

  17. Adam

    your welcome, and do u know any thing about when the next Big Cat Week is on???

    24 Jun 2007, 18:20

  18. Lahari

    Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/bcd/programmes/

    Sounds like the filming is done, so it should be soon.

    27 Jun 2007, 01:05

  19. Adam

    I don’t want soon, I want to know EXACTLY when the next Big Cat Diary is here, I am REALLY REALLY DESPERATE. too bad it wasn’t last month (boo-hoo-hoo)

    12 Jul 2007, 17:22

  20. Adam

    After missing the Big Cat Diary series in 1996-2002 then in 2006, I don’t want to miss this one.

    12 Jul 2007, 17:24

  21. Adam

    I am still waiting for the next Big Cat Week, I can’t just watch my DVDs of the last 3 BCWs. Go to the Simon King website, click on ’ Gallery’ then Big Cat Pictures and there’s a picture of Tamu the young lioness, the star of big cat week 2007 ande 2 of her cubs playing with her. I have it for my desktop background.

    15 Jul 2007, 12:28

  22. Adam

    I heard that this year’s BCW’s name MIGHT be changed back to Big Cat Diary and that it will probably be transmitted in September. I also have some sad news, a few months after filming one of Honey’s cubs was killed by a lion and, a few months ago Honey herself died (don’t ask me how ‘cause I DON’T know)... very sad, but let’s face it, this is life.

    15 Jul 2007, 19:36

  23. Adam

    Toto, his mum Honey, and Honey’s other cub are dead, is there a death curse in their family? Well anyway, It’s better to die on youre feet than to live on youre knees, that’s what I always say.

    15 Jul 2007, 19:41

  24. Adam

    If anyone else has news on the next Big Cat Week then send it straight away, as I am DESPERATE to know as much as there is on ’’Big Cat Week:2007’’.

    16 Jul 2007, 16:17


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