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2004 - John Downer Productions, BBC Worldwide.

Director - John Downer.

Rupert Graves - Linus (Voice).
Review / Synopsis.

A real pride of lions, filmed on the plains of Africa, become the characters in a magical and dramatic tale of love and survival in Pride, an ambitious new family film.

Kate Winslet (Titanic, Iris) will voice the rebellious Suki, alongside a host of international talent, including Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Golden Eye) as Dark, Rupert Graves (Forsyte Saga, Take A Girl Like You) as Linus, and Helen Mirren (Gosford Park, The Clearing, Prime Suspect) as Suki's mother Macheeba, the wise matriarch of the pride.

John Downer (who made the acclaimed documentary Lions: Spy in the Den), is one of the world's most prominent natural history film makers.He has teamed up with leading television writer Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, How Do You Want Me, Beast) to create the captivating live action tale.

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "Pride, like The Canterbury Tales, is part of a growing slate of original, ambitious pieces for BBC ONE that work alongside our new and established popular dramas. "It fuses the BBC's core strengths with our desire to extend drama into new areas."With the aid of computer manipulated images as well as some habituated lions, Pride depicts the almost human traits of real lions in a close community.

Family, love and loyalty are tested in a conflict with another pride of marauding wanderers over ultimate control of the Pride lands. Simon Nye, best known for penning sharp comedies but also responsible for bringing the cherished childrens series The Railway Children and Pollyanna to television, understands the need for engaging family programmes: "I've got four children so I wanted to write something we could all sit down and enjoy together. Pride is a rip-roaring tale, a fusion of comedy, drama and natural history."

"This genre is a completely new thing for television, in the manner of Babe, using real animals and animation techniques," says John Downer. "The main story focuses on a pride of lions, fantastic unique animals, who live in human type set-ups. They defend each other and form allegiances. It's more biologically accurate than The Lion King, and the starting point is natural history."

The world-renowned Jim Henson's Creature Shop is responsible for the animation.

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