TV company wants to raise £197,000 to save axed Monkey World TV show

TV company wants to raise £197,000 to save axed Monkey World TV show

TV company wants to raise £197,000 to save axed Monkey World TV show

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THE team behind long-running television wildlife documentary, Monkey Life, have launched a £200,000 fundraising drive to help save their show.

Primate Planet Productions bosses were reeling earlier this month, following the announcement by TV channel Animal Planet not to broadcast series eight of the series.

Monkey Life highlights the lives of the primates and the work carried out at Wool's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.

Now the production company has decided to reach out to the shows' fans, in a bid to bankroll enough funds to complete the first six episodes of the next series.

The 40 day campaign, with a target of £197,000, will include a number of special events at Monkey World.

Recently appointed PPP managing director Susan Tunstall said: “This is a really exciting time to be joining PPP. The team have already filmed hundreds of hours of footage and we have some amazing stories to tell.

“We understand it is a large amount of money to raise this way but believe viewers want to see these magnificent primates cared for at Monkey World.”

The wildlife reality show has been filmed at Monkey World for the last eight years, spanning 134 episodes and broadcast on channels Five and Animal Planet.

Production bosses are currently working to secure a new channel for series eight.

If the £197,000 target is not reached within 40 days of the campaign's June 12 start, the production company will not take any of the money pledged.

To back the project visit kickstarter.com and search for Monkey Life.

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6:46pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Not while there are hungry kids and overpaid film makers wondering why there pet project as gone down the plug hole hole of creativity
Can't believe this got.print
Not while there are hungry kids and overpaid film makers wondering why there pet project as gone down the plug hole hole of creativity Can't believe this got.print kalebmoledirt
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7:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

'Monkey Life highlights the lives of the primates and the work carried out at Wool's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre'.
What it doesn't tell is the good living enjoyed by past and present proprietors due to the income from the business.
'Monkey Life highlights the lives of the primates and the work carried out at Wool's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre'. What it doesn't tell is the good living enjoyed by past and present proprietors due to the income from the business. Isosceles
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10:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Isosceles wrote:
'Monkey Life highlights the lives of the primates and the work carried out at Wool's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre'.
What it doesn't tell is the good living enjoyed by past and present proprietors due to the income from the business.
Glad you said it,i have heard a lot from former staff,about the high living of the owners,but they have good contacts who make sure it never comes out in public.
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: 'Monkey Life highlights the lives of the primates and the work carried out at Wool's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre'. What it doesn't tell is the good living enjoyed by past and present proprietors due to the income from the business.[/p][/quote]Glad you said it,i have heard a lot from former staff,about the high living of the owners,but they have good contacts who make sure it never comes out in public. pete woodley
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12:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

What is the point of Kickstarting the episodes if no one will broadcast them?

The public is fickle; perhaps the show needs a new angle: why not a gay monkey couple trying to raise kids in a hostile MonkeyWorld enclosure?
What is the point of Kickstarting the episodes if no one will broadcast them? The public is fickle; perhaps the show needs a new angle: why not a gay monkey couple trying to raise kids in a hostile MonkeyWorld enclosure? Yankee1
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4:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

we-shall-see says...

Perhaps the prog has run it's course and no one wants to watch it anymore?

Have to say I used to watch it, but after several series, it just becomes a roundabout with very little different from series to series.

I admire the work being done for the apes and since it is far too expensive to visit in person, I loved to tune in to see the apes in action, but there is only so much that can go on in a captive situation and frankly it has now started to become boring.

Perhaps if they charged more reasonable prices to visit MW, they could raise more money that way and it would certainly be far more interesting to visit, than watch on tv. Just sayin' ........
Perhaps the prog has run it's course and no one wants to watch it anymore? Have to say I used to watch it, but after several series, it just becomes a roundabout with very little different from series to series. I admire the work being done for the apes and since it is far too expensive to visit in person, I loved to tune in to see the apes in action, but there is only so much that can go on in a captive situation and frankly it has now started to become boring. Perhaps if they charged more reasonable prices to visit MW, they could raise more money that way and it would certainly be far more interesting to visit, than watch on tv. Just sayin' ........ we-shall-see
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10:53pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Its the same type of free advertising that was done with Animal Park on BBC2 featuring Longleat and hosted by Ben Fogle and Kate not so Humble.

It wears very thin as a viewing spectacle after a while.
Its the same type of free advertising that was done with Animal Park on BBC2 featuring Longleat and hosted by Ben Fogle and Kate not so Humble. It wears very thin as a viewing spectacle after a while. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

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