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Discovery's 'Africa': An 'Argo'-esque arrest!

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Discovery’s Africa concludes with what is arguably the most fascinating hour — the making of. Cameras are turned on the crew as they hunt, capture, and react to memorable shots, including a gathering of elusive black rhino (pictured), the death of an elephant calf in the drought-stricken Amboseli National Park, and great whites feeding on a whale carcass according to size. We see a team that spent weeks in the forest searching for a teenage chimpanzee who uses four tools to steal honey, a duo that goes a little mad trying to calculate how fast silver ants move in the Sahara, and a cameraman who was left in complete darkness after a forest elephant chewed through a power cable and spent four hours trying to knock him loose from the tree in which he positioned himself overnight. Watch two sneak peeks below.

There, are, however other great stories you won’t hear, which Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit, shared with EW. For instance, there was that night that director Felicity Egerton phoned to say, “Hi, Mike, I’ve been arrested” after she and another camouflage-adorned crew member were mistaken for rebels in Sierra Leone. “They had all their permissions, but they got arrested by the local police, and they were pretty scared. It was tense for a while, but it all worked out very nicely. They were able to show they were wildlife cameramen, and in the end, I think the police commissioner was fascinated by it all, and they had a photograph taken of him and Felicity together, and he’s got it on his wall.”  READ FULL STORY

Discovery's 'Africa': The fun of filming chimps, elephants, and kickboxing frogs in the Congo

Tonight, Discovery premieres the “Congo” hour of Africa (10 p.m. ET), its seven-part collaboration with the BBC. In the Feb. 11 behind-the-scenes episode, we’ll see just how difficult it was to capture the first footage of a teenage chimp who uses four different tools to hunt for honey, and what happened when a cameraman decided to spend a night in a tree trying to film unpredictable forest elephants.

It took a crew a three weeks to track the honey-hunter chimp. “Trying to film primates, monkey and apes, in forests, is one of the hardest things on the planet to do as filmmaker, because you’re on the ground, and they think, ‘Gosh, I feel like going over there,’ and they jump through the trees. But by the time you get there, they think, ‘Actually, I don’t want to be here, I want to go back to where I was,'” Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit, tells EW. “It’s 100 percent humidity, God knows what temperature. You’re tripping. And the bugs. A lot of it’s in the head: If something happens that gives you a good shot early on, it can take you a long way and you can put up with it. But if you spend two and a half weeks without getting any shots at all, that’s the hardest. I don’t want to get the little violins out. But I didn’t go on that shoot, so I can say it.” Watch a sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY

Discovery's 'Africa' will make you laugh, and absolutely sob, tonight -- VIDEO

Tonight, Discovery airs the second installment of Africa (10 p.m. ET), its seven-part collaboration with the BBC. The cameras turn to the Savannah, and like the region itself, the hour runs the extremes. Let’s start on a happy note, with a clip in which narrator Forest Whitaker truly outdoes himself. For the first time, cameras caught daredevil agama lizards in the Serengeti hunting for flies on sleeping lions. Watch it below. “The wildebeests arrive, they eat and poop out tons and tons and tons of dung, and all these dung flies live off the dung. Lions eat the wildebeests and live on these rock outcrops called kopjes, and on these kopjes also live these agama lizards,” Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit, explains to EW. “The lizards are quite rubbish at catching flies, so one way of doing it is to actually climb up onto the backs of the lions and steal the flies off their faces. Of course, it takes real nerve.” You need to see this. READ FULL STORY

Discovery's 'Africa': Four can't-miss moments in tonight's 'Kalahari' premiere


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Tonight, Discovery debuts
Africa (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET), a seven-part collaboration with the BBC four years in the making, in which the team behind Life captures never-before-filmed species, animal behaviors, and natural wonders. The first hour, "Kalahari," features the giraffe battle that has already gone viral thanks to the preview clip below. "That fight only lasts a minute, but when we shoot it at 1,000 frames a second, it's like watching a boxing match in slow motion. They're not just slugging it out, they're almost working out their moves," says Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit. "The young guy's just going for the traditional hammering of the other guy on his rump, and the old guy's going for the legs. I loved the fact that he knows he's going to get hit, so he waits and ducks at the last-minute, and he actually goes for the solar plexus, like a boxer, and that's what makes the young guy [fall]

. We all thought, Ohmygod, he’s dead. He was out cold for three or four minutes before he finally got up. You’ll never look at giraffes the same way again. That’s one of the things that’s key about the series: Africa is a well-known place. A lot of people have filmed in Africa, so it was very important for us to try to say to people, ‘Actually, there’s a whole side to Africa that you just don’t know, and actually, all the things that you think you know about Africa — giraffes behave differently, rhinos behave differently, there’s a places in the desert with the biggest underground lakes.”



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