Treading in Adamson’s footsteps


Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie (Friday, 4 April, ITV, 9pm)

What’s It All About? For two years Martin Clunes has been trying to make a film about Tony Fitzjohn, who used to live and work with George Adamson. The latter was an acclaimed conservationist who found worldwide fame thanks to the movie Born Free.

Adamson was murdered by Somali bandits in 1989, but Fitzjohn continues to work in wildlife conservation at Adamson’s rebuilt camp Kampi Ya Simba, in the Kora National Reserve.

Clunes has had a close friendship with Fitzjohn since they met two decades ago when they released Nina, a zoo elephant, back into the wild.

Here Clunes visits Fitz-john in Kenya, and meets Mugie, the first lion cub to be brought to the Kora camp for a quarter of a century.

The orphaned lion cub was found when he was three-weeks-old, washed up on a river bank after a flash flood.

Look Out For: Clunes and Fitzjohn’s epic 140-mile journey from Kora to Ol Jogi (a 60,000-acre private game sanctuary) to collect Mugie.

Hoping this will lead to a follow-up film, Clunes says: “I think it would be nice to see how the little fella gets on, wouldn’t it?”