Born Free

Whilst living in Kenya, Joy and George Emerson become 'foster parents' to three lion cubs, the Big one, the Jolly one and Elsa.

The two stronger lions are sent to a zoo, but Elsa remains as Joy's companion.

Joy Adamson's warm and moving true story has been abridged in eight parts by Bob Sinfield and is read by Virginia Mckenna, who actually played Joy in the 1966 film version.

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Whilst living in Kenya, Joy and George Emerson become 'foster parents' to three lion cubs, the Big one, the Jolly one and Elsa.

The two stronger lions are sent to a zoo, but Elsa remains as Joy's companion.

Joy Adamson's warm and moving true story has been abridged in eight parts by Bob Sinfield and is read by Virginia Mckenna, who actually played Joy in the 1966 film version.Star of the film, Virginia Mckenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and husband George adopt three lion cubs.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's story.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story of Elsa the lion.

Virginia Mckenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and George Adamson adopt three lion cubs.

011997060620040802 (BBC7)
20040803 (BBC7)
20060705 (BBC7)
20060706 (BBC7)
20070402 (BBC7)
20071210 (BBC7)
20080818 (BBC7)
20090831 (BBC7)
20090901 (BBC7)
20100719 (BBC7)

Whilst living in Kenya, Joy and George Emerson become 'foster parents' to three lion cubs, the Big one, the Jolly one and Elsa.

The two stronger lions are sent to a zoo, but Elsa remains as Joy's companion.

Joy Adamson's warm and moving true story has been abridged in eight parts by Bob Sinfield and is read by Virginia Mckenna, who actually played Joy in the 1966 film version.Star of the film, Virginia Mckenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and husband George adopt three lion cubs.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's story.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story of Elsa the lion.

Virginia Mckenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and George Adamson adopt three lion cubs.

021997061320040803 (BBC7)
20040804 (BBC7)
20060706 (BBC7)
20060707 (BBC7)
20070403 (BBC7)
20071211 (BBC7)
20080819 (BBC7)
20090901 (BBC7)
20090902 (BBC7)
20100720 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Adjusting to life without her sisters, she's taken on safari.

Adjusting to life without her sisters, Elsa's taken on safari.

As lion Elsa adjusts to life without her sisters, she's taken on safari.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Elsa adjusts to life without her sisters and the Adamsons take her on safari.

Joy Adamson's classic is read by Virginia Mckenna.

021997061320040803 (BBC7)
20040804 (BBC7)
20060706 (BBC7)
20060707 (BBC7)
20070403 (BBC7)
20071211 (BBC7)
20080819 (BBC7)
20090901 (BBC7)
20090902 (BBC7)
20100720 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Adjusting to life without her sisters, she's taken on safari.

Adjusting to life without her sisters, Elsa's taken on safari.

As lion Elsa adjusts to life without her sisters, she's taken on safari.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Elsa adjusts to life without her sisters and the Adamsons take her on safari.

Joy Adamson's classic is read by Virginia Mckenna.

031997062020040804 (BBC7)
20040805 (BBC7)
20060707 (BBC7)
20060708 (BBC7)
20070404 (BBC7)
20071212 (BBC7)
20080820 (BBC7)
20090902 (BBC7)
20090903 (BBC7)
20100721 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion, as Joy and George decide to take her on holiday with them.

Joy and George decide to take Elsa on holiday with them.

Joy and George take Elsa the lion with them on holiday.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Virginia Mckenna continues her reading of Joy Adamson's classic story.

Joy and George take Elsa with them on holiday.

The Adamsons and their pets visit the INDIAn Ocean, where one of the party contracts malaria, while the other fails to survive the heat.

031997062020040804 (BBC7)
20040805 (BBC7)
20060707 (BBC7)
20060708 (BBC7)
20070404 (BBC7)
20071212 (BBC7)
20080820 (BBC7)
20090902 (BBC7)
20090903 (BBC7)
20100721 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion, as Joy and George decide to take her on holiday with them.

Joy and George decide to take Elsa on holiday with them.

Joy and George take Elsa the lion with them on holiday.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Virginia Mckenna continues her reading of Joy Adamson's classic story.

Joy and George take Elsa with them on holiday.

The Adamsons and their pets visit the INDIAn Ocean, where one of the party contracts malaria, while the other fails to survive the heat.

041997062720040805 (BBC7)
20040806 (BBC7)
20060710 (BBC7)
20060711 (BBC7)
20070405 (BBC7)
20071213 (BBC7)
20080821 (BBC7)
20090903 (BBC7)
20090904 (BBC7)
20100722 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and George try to disprove a local myth about man-eating lions.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's story.

Joy and George try to disprove a local myth that a group of man-eating lions is a supernatural being.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Joy and George pursue a group of man-eating lions and Elsa joins them.

Virginia Mckenna continues her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

4: George risks his own life to protect the Boran tribe from two man-eating lions.

041997062720040805 (BBC7)
20040806 (BBC7)
20060710 (BBC7)
20060711 (BBC7)
20070405 (BBC7)
20071213 (BBC7)
20080821 (BBC7)
20090903 (BBC7)
20090904 (BBC7)
20100722 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion.

Joy and George try to disprove a local myth about man-eating lions.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's story.

Joy and George try to disprove a local myth that a group of man-eating lions is a supernatural being.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Joy and George pursue a group of man-eating lions and Elsa joins them.

Virginia Mckenna continues her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

4: George risks his own life to protect the Boran tribe from two man-eating lions.

051997070420040806 (BBC7)
20040807 (BBC7)
20060711 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20070406 (BBC7)
20071214 (BBC7)
20080822 (BBC7)
20090904 (BBC7)
20090905 (BBC7)
20100723 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion, as Joy and George take her on a seven week safari.

Joy and George take Elsa on a seven week safari.

Joy and George take Elsa the lion on a seven week safari.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna continues her reading of Joy Adamson's classic story.

Joy, George and Elsa take a seven week safari.

Virginia Mckenna continues her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

5: George and Joy take Elsa on safari, where her powers of self-restraint are put to the test.

051997070420040806 (BBC7)
20040807 (BBC7)
20060711 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20070406 (BBC7)
20071214 (BBC7)
20080822 (BBC7)
20090904 (BBC7)
20090905 (BBC7)
20100723 (BBC7)

Virginia McKenna reads the classic story of Elsa the lion, as Joy and George take her on a seven week safari.

Joy and George take Elsa on a seven week safari.

Joy and George take Elsa the lion on a seven week safari.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna continues her reading of Joy Adamson's classic story.

Joy, George and Elsa take a seven week safari.

Virginia Mckenna continues her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

5: George and Joy take Elsa on safari, where her powers of self-restraint are put to the test.

061997071120040809 (BBC7)
20040810 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20060713 (BBC7)
20070409 (BBC7)
20071217 (BBC7)
20080825 (BBC7)
20090907 (BBC7)
20090908 (BBC7)

The call of the wild starts to lure Elsa the Lion towards her own kind.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

The call of the wild and a need to be with her own kind pulls Elsa away from George and Joy Adamson.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Elsa's amorous exploits provoke the wrath of a jealous rival.

The call of the wild and a need to be with her own kind is pulling Elsa away from George and Joy.

061997071120040809 (BBC7)
20040810 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20060713 (BBC7)
20070409 (BBC7)
20071217 (BBC7)
20080825 (BBC7)
20090907 (BBC7)
20090908 (BBC7)

The call of the wild starts to lure Elsa the Lion towards her own kind.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

The call of the wild and a need to be with her own kind pulls Elsa away from George and Joy Adamson.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Elsa's amorous exploits provoke the wrath of a jealous rival.

The call of the wild and a need to be with her own kind is pulling Elsa away from George and Joy.

071997071820040810 (BBC7)
20040811 (BBC7)
20060713 (BBC7)
20060714 (BBC7)
20070410 (BBC7)
20071218 (BBC7)
20080826 (BBC7)
20090908 (BBC7)
20090909 (BBC7)

George and Joy try reintroducing Elsa the Lion to the wild.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

George and Joy attempt to reintroduce Elsa to the wild.

The Adamsons begin the process of returning Elsa to the wild.

Virginia Mckenna continues to read Joy Adamson's classic story.

071997071820040810 (BBC7)
20040811 (BBC7)
20060713 (BBC7)
20060714 (BBC7)
20070410 (BBC7)
20071218 (BBC7)
20080826 (BBC7)
20090908 (BBC7)
20090909 (BBC7)

George and Joy try reintroducing Elsa the Lion to the wild.

Read by Virginia Mckenna.

Virginia Mckenna reads Joy Adamson's classic story.

George and Joy attempt to reintroduce Elsa to the wild.

The Adamsons begin the process of returning Elsa to the wild.

Virginia Mckenna continues to read Joy Adamson's classic story.

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20040812 (BBC7)
20060714 (BBC7)
20060715 (BBC7)
20070411 (BBC7)
20071219 (BBC7)
20080827 (BBC7)
20090909 (BBC7)
20090910 (BBC7)

Elsa the Lion is adapting to the wild, but it's not all plain sailing.

Virginia Mckenna concludes Joy Adamson's classic story.

Elsa appears to have adapted to the wild but it's not all plain sailing.

Virginia Mckenna concludes her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

For further information on wildlife conservation, contact the Elsa Trust at 27 Cleevemont, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL52 3JT.

Elsa appears to have adapted to the wild.

08 LAST1997072520040811 (BBC7)
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20060714 (BBC7)
20060715 (BBC7)
20070411 (BBC7)
20071219 (BBC7)
20080827 (BBC7)
20090909 (BBC7)
20090910 (BBC7)

Elsa the Lion is adapting to the wild, but it's not all plain sailing.

Virginia Mckenna concludes Joy Adamson's classic story.

Elsa appears to have adapted to the wild but it's not all plain sailing.

Virginia Mckenna concludes her eight-part reading of Joy Adamson's story of Elsa, the lion cub with human foster parents.

For further information on wildlife conservation, contact the Elsa Trust at 27 Cleevemont, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL52 3JT.

Elsa appears to have adapted to the wild.