Monkey Kingdom

Monkey Kingdom

Alastair Fothergill (2015)

PG Certificate
Today 9:55am - 11:15am BBC Two


Our Score
This highly stylised documentary charts the path of toque macaque monkey Maya in her fight to provide for her infant son, Kip. Featuring a stunning score and enthusiastic narration from Tina Fey, nature gets a Disney twist that will be engrossing to young viewers as it offers a gentle, family-friendly entry to the natural world. Maya's journey is heavily edited to give it narrative heft, with each furry star becoming a character in their own right. The film-makers may take liberties with the motivations behind some actions, but humanising the story means a subject like death is handled with a gentle touch. As corny as the film's comedic flourishes may feel, they always seem to raise a smile. While nowhere near as detailed as finer films in the nature documentary genre, Monkey Kingdom is a fun introduction for youngsters not quite ready for David Attenborough.


Documentary following a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a group of simians who live in ancient ruins found deep in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Narrated by Tina Fey.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Tina Fey
Director Alastair Fothergill
Director Mark Linfield

Other Information

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