Monkey Life (TV series)

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Monkey Life is a TV series based on the work of the largest monkey and ape rescue centre in the world. The series documents the work of Dr. Alison Cronin, Jeremy Keeling and their team at Monkey World. Monkey Life follows on from ITV Meridian's Monkey Business.

Monkey Life
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Genre Documentary Series
Directed by Claudia Riccio / Natalie Wilkinson
Narrated by Ralf Little
Andy Serkis
Composer(s) Joseph Metcalfe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 174
Production
Location(s) Dorset, United Kingdom
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Primate Planet Productions Ltd / Athena Films
Release
Original network Channel Five
Animal Planet
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2007 – present
Chronology
Preceded by Monkey Business
Related shows Monkey Business
10 Years of Monkey Business

The Monkey Life Series[edit]

Monkey World is a 65 acres (26 ha) sanctuary based in Dorset, United Kingdom. Monkey World has rescued primates (from 18 countries) that were being mistreated in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographer's props. The sanctuary, which was originally a small, derelict pig farm, is now home to over 250 primates from 21 different species.[1]

The TV series is now in its eighth year.[2] Primate Planet Productions Ltd. is based on site, and accompanies Dr. Alison Cronin and her staff on all international and UK rescues, documenting the team's work in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild. The crew from Primate Planet Productions documents the rescue and re-homing of primates at Monkey World,[3] and continues to follow their stories as the primates integrate into family groups, settling into their new home with other animals of their own kind.[4]

Monkey Life – Series 1-9 (174 half-hour episodes) so far[edit]

  • Series 9 (2016): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes for Sky. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Sky Pick.
  • Series 8 (2015): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes for Sky. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Sky Pick.
  • Series 7 (2013): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes for Discovery Networks. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Animal Planet and other channels worldwide.
  • Series 6 (2012): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes for Discovery Networks. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Animal Planet and other channels worldwide.
  • Series 5 (2011): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes for Discovery Networks. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Animal Planet and other channels worldwide, as well as Channel 5 in Ireland and the UK.
  • Series 4 (2010): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Nat Geo WILD[5] worldwide, as well as on Channel 5 in Ireland and the UK.
  • Series 3 (2009): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes in Association with Athena Films. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series was shown on Channel 5 in Ireland and the UK, as well as on Animal Planet worldwide.
  • Series 2 (2008): Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half-hour episodes in Association with Athena Films. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series was shown on Channel 5 in Ireland and the UK, as well as on Animal Planet worldwide. This series was also made available on Hulu in the USA.[6]
  • Series 1 (2007): Primate Planet Productions produced 14 half-hour episodes in association with Athena Films. Narrated by Andy Serkis, (the voice of Gollum in Lord of the Rings), this series was shown on Channel 5 in the UK, as well as on Animal Planet worldwide. This was the only series to feature Jim Cronin, a co-founder of Monkey World, as he died on 17 March 2007 from cancer.[7]

Merchandise[edit]

DVDs[edit]

Monkey Life series 1-8 were released on DVD[8] and are available worldwide. Series 1 was released in 2007 as a 2 disc box set, and series 2-5 were released as 4 disc box sets in subsequent years. They are all presented in stereo sound, widescreen video and are region-free.

Monkey Life On Demand[edit]

In 2014, Primate Planet Productions launched the series on Vimeo VOD. Monkey Life series 1-7 are available on VIMEO VOD in many countries around the world.[9]

Social Media[edit]

The official Monkey Life Facebook page[10] and Twitter[11] feed keep fans up to date with information on the series. Primate Planet's YouTube Channel[12] showcases clips from Monkey Life.

Monkey Business[edit]

Monkey Business, the series that preceded Monkey Life was produced by Tigress and then Meridian Broadcasting. Nine series of Monkey Business were produced and broadcast on the local ITV Meridian TV channel, and Animal Planet worldwide. A final 3-part TV series, 10 Years of Monkey Business, summarised the work of Monkey World over the previous 10 years. Monkey Business was narrated by Chris Serle.[13]

Jim Cronin[edit]

Jim Cronin and Animal Director Jeremy Keeling founded "Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre" in 1987. Cronin established himself as an international expert in the rescue and rehabilitation of abused primates as well as the enforcement of international treaties aimed at protecting primates from illegal trade, exploitation, and abuse.

Cronin died on 17 March 2007.[14] In his memory, the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund[15] has been established to continue Cronin’s legacy, supporting primate conservation and welfare around the world. Alison Cronin, Jeremy Keeling and the team at Monkey World continue Jim’s legacy at Monkey World, and set up the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund – a charity dedicated to primate conservation and welfare.

Monkey World set up a sister sanctuary in Vietnam. Dao Tien is run by the charity Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST), who rescue and rehabilitate endangered Vietnamese primates.[16] The work of Dr. Marina Kenyon and her team has also been documented in the Monkey Life' TV series since Series 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre". Monkeyworld.org. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Campaign Launched To Finish 8th Series Of Monkey World TV Show". Wessex FM. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  3. ^ Angela Balakrishnan and agencies. "Dorset sanctuary completes world's biggest monkey rescue | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Monkeys: Facts, Types & Pictures". Live Science. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ July 19, 2011 by Adam Benzine (2011-07-19). ""Hell's Kitchen" and "Monkey Life" head for Hulu". Realscreen. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "At a Glance: Primate Planet Productions Ltd". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Primate Planet Productions Ltd.'s On Demand Pages on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  10. ^ "Monkey Life - The Official Facebook Page". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  11. ^ "Primate Planet (@Primate_Planet)". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  12. ^ Planet, Primate. "Primate Planet Productions Ltd.". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  13. ^ Nick Churchill. "Back in Business... (From Bournemouth Echo)". Bournemouthecho.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "Monkey World's founder Jim dies". Monkeyworld.org. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Jim Cronin Memorial Fund". Jim Cronin Memorial Fund. 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  16. ^ "Endangered Asian Species Trust". Go-east.org. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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