1 9 5 7 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
The producers of Jungle Boy were searching for some time for a youngster to play the title role in the planned series who could handle the animals he would have to co-star with.
It was whilst searching locations in East Africa that one of the producers came across Michael Carr Hartley, the fourteen-year-old son of a famous naturalist and wild animal handler.
Young Michael, who had lived in Kenya all his life, was riding on the back of a rare white rhinoceros when first noticed.
The understanding that Michael had with the animals made him a natural for the role of the boy who grows up in the wilds as an orphan when the rest of his family is killed in a plane crash.
Filmed entirely on location in Kenya, East Africa, the regular cast featured Ronald Adam as Dr Lawrence and Jungle Boy’s pet cheetah.
Michael Carr Hartley