Tribe (UK TV series)

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Tribe DVD
Also known as 'Going Tribal'
Genre Reality
Presented by Bruce Parry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 15 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 mins
Original network BBC Two
Original release 3 January 2005 – 25 September 2007
Related shows Amazon
External links

Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States) is a documentary television series co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and hosted by former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry.

In each series, Parry visits a number of remote tribes in such locales as the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon and Mongolia, spending a month living and interacting with each society. While there, Parry adopts the methods and practices of his hosts, participating in their rituals and exploring their cultural norms. This often enables him to form personal bonds with the members of each tribe.

Parry tries to learn the basics of the tribe's language but is also accompanied by a translator.

The series is co-produced by BBC Wales and the Discovery Channel. A second series aired in July 2006 and the third began on 21 August 2007 on BBC Two, and ended on 25 September 2007. No further series have been made, though Parry's 2008 series, Amazon has a similar synopsis.

Parry was awarded the BAFTA Cymru "Best On-Screen Presenter" award in 2008 for his work on the 'Penan' Episode. A BAFTA Cymru "Best Camera: Not Drama" award was also awarded for Gavin Searle's work in the same episode.[1]


Original episode titles in the UK are only given as the name of the tribe. When aired in the US, episodes were given different titles; both sets of titles are shown here.

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

# UK title US title Plot
1 Adi Lost Tribe: The Adis Travelling to north eastern India. The episode involves the sacrifice of a bull.
2 Suri Dangerous Game: The Suri Parry travelled to Ethiopia.
3 Kombai Living with Cannibals Parry travelled to West Papua.
4 Babongo African Vision Quest Parry travelled to Gabon.
5 Darhad Horse Masters of Mongolia Parry travelled to Mongolia. He witnessed a shamanic ritual.
6 Sanema Waking the Spirits Parry travelled to Venezuela. He took part in a ritual involving hallucinogenic drugs.

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

All three episodes were in Ethiopia within the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region

# UK title US title Plot
7 Nyangatom Return to Africa Parry returned to Ethiopia, to stay with the tribe who are sworn enemies of the Suri, whom Parry had met in the previous series.
8 Hamar Rites of Passage: The Hamar Parry with a different tribe.
9 Dassanech Crocodile Hunting

Series 3 (2007)[edit]

# UK title US title Plot
10 Matis Hunting with the Jaguar Tribe Parry visited Brazil in South America.
11 Nenets Nomads of the Siberian Tundra Parry travelled to Russia.
12 Anuta Lost Island of Anuta Parry travelled to the Solomon Islands.
13 Akie Life in the African Bush: The Akie Parry travelled to Tanzania in Africa.
14 Layap Journey to the Clouds: Bhutan Parry travelled to Bhutan in Asia.
15 Penan Ghosts of the Forest Parry travelled to Sarawak, Borneo.

Songs for Survival[edit]

Alongside the Tribe (and Parry's next Amazon) series a 2-CD album, Songs for Survival, has been released by Kensaltown Records which features a variety of artists such as Mike Oldfield, Johnny Borrell, Hot Chip, The Go! Team, Mystery Jets and Yusuf Islam. Every track on the album is exclusive, and has been written especially for the project.[2]


  1. ^ "BAFTA Cymru Film, Television & New Media Awards, 2008 – WINNERS" (PDF). BAFTA Cymru. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Coldplay and A-ha team up". Teletext. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 

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