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Elsa: The Lioness that Changed the World

Episode 10 of 14

Wildlife drama documentary revealing the true story of Elsa, the orphaned lioness featured in the 1960s book and film Born Free.

In the 1960s, Born Free captured the world's imagination with the story of Elsa, an orphaned lioness who was taken in by George and Joy Adamson and returned to a life in the wild. The book and film sparked a new love of nature that has blossomed ever since, but the true story of what happened afterwards was far more tragic as both George and Joy were murdered.

Fifty years on, this emotional and revealing drama documentary relives those events - with intimate contributions from Virginia McKenna and David Attenborough.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Series Editor Tim Martin
Executive Producer Brian Leith
Producer Clare Brook
Producer Sacha Mirzoeff
Participant David Attenborough
Participant Virginia McKenna