Did we like it?
It was on at 8.00pm on ITV1 on a Sunday night. Of course, we didn’t. You think our brains are made of marshmallow?
What was good about it?
• It doesn’t bite.
• Lucy-Jo Hudson was the best member of the cast (apart from the animals) as Rosie the rebellious teenager. With any luck, she’ll end up like her Corrie character and bash the brains out her smug father.
• Valentine – the cutest monkey we’ve seen on TV since Pete Burns’ coat was arrested
• The scenery in Africa wasn’t that stunning, but it made a change from the northern towns that normally occupy the slot
• Deon Stewardson as the South African farmer Du Plessis (rough exterior/heart of gold)
What was bad about it?
• Stephen Tompkinson as vet Danny, speaking like a camp game show host
• Amanda Holden as his wife Sarah, speaking like a very ordinary actress attempting a Bristolian accent
• The cute little kids. Sooner a lion gobbles up Evan and Olivia, the better. Although we did like it when Evan pulled a tranquiliser rifle on the school bullies.
• The resolution of all the problems came as thick and fast as an elephant’s bowel movements. The worst was the “we’re so scared by that rhino” scene (dad to the rescue). We even hoped that Valentine would fail to survive the attack by a horrible hyena just so something would have an unhappy ending.