A new 'programme' in the form of a 60-minute documentary has been produced, and will be readied for airing this year, presumably within the next several weeks. The programme is currently titled, 'Searching For Michael Jackson's Zoo'.
The documentary has been produced by Rare TV Ltd and produced for ITV.
PROJECT/PROGRAMME TITLE: Searching For Michael Jackson's Zoo
COMPANY: Rare TV Ltd
LINE MANAGER: Alexander Gardiner
PROGRAMME LENGTH: 60 minutes
GENRE: Factual Documentary Current Affairs Investigative
SECTOR: Broadcast Television
It remains to be seen whether this will be a fair and balanced programme - or another piece of 'trash' to throw in the pile. Updates to come as they become available.
The programme was commissioned by Tom Giles of ITV
Michael Jackson vs Crocodile
Wiesner recalled how Jackson suddenly jumped over the fence and sat on a boundary wall with his feet hanging above the crocodiles’ heads. He noted one of them was close to the wall near Jackson.
“I have to admit, the crocodile’s proximity to Michael’s dangling feet made me very uncomfortable,” Wiesner wrote. “On the other hand, I didn’t know if this was something Michael regularly did, and the crocodiles were used to it; therefore, I anxiously observed, with hopes Michael knew what he was doing,” he said.
The reptiles were Wiesner’s least favourite attraction at the zoo, but Jackson was very carefree and took things a step further.
Wiesner continued to watch Jackson, who had grown adventurous and decided to launch small pebbles at the 6-foot long beasts. Worried, he told Jackson to be careful. “I asked jokingly, ‘You want to be able to continue to do the moonwalk in the future? Don’t you’ Of course, he didn’t listen,” Wiesner recalled.
And then bubbles formed in the water. Jackson had already stopped tossing gravel, but he caught the animals’ attention.
“And in the twinkling of an eye, the animal popped out of the water with its mouth open at a 90- degree angle and ferociously snapped at Michael’s feet. Just in time, Michael snatched his legs up before the croc’s mouth closed,” Wiesner wrote.
He said the sound was reminiscent of a chest slamming shut. As the croc bared its teeth and hissed, Jackson stood atop the wall, laughing it up. Though Wiesner felt stunned, he said that was Michael being Michael.
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