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The Unforgettable: Shaka Zulu

The Unforgettable: Shaka Zulu

The Last Great Warrior is the true story of the legendary African warrior and his struggle to unite his people against the largest empire in the world.

Shaka Zulu is a 1986 South African television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), based on his 1985 novel of the same name.

It focuses on the rise of the Zulu, and their leader, Shaka, his wars, and the British administration. The series consists of 10 episodes of approximately 55 minutes each. It was aired in South Africa from October, and in the United States in syndication from November.

Plot

The series is based on the story of the king of the Zulu, Shaka (reigned 1816 to 1828), and the writings of the British traders with whom he interacted. It also covers the broader Mfecane period alongside the rapid expansion of the Zulu state. The story is described primarily via flashbacks by Dr Henry Fynn, an Irish doctor.

GenreHistorical Novel
Created byEd Harper
Directed byWilliam C Faure
StarringHenry Cele
Edward Fox
Robert Powell
Trevor Howard
Fiona Fullerton
Christopher Lee
Dudu Mkhize
Roy Dotrice
Gordon Jackson
Kenneth Griffith
Conrad Magwaza
Patrick Ndlovu
Roland Mqwebu
Gugu Nxumalo
Tu Nokwe
Daphney Hlomuka
ComposerDave Pollecutt
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languagesEnglish
Zulu
No. of series1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producerLeon Rautenbach
Production locationsNatalSouth Africa
EditorsBill Lenny A.C.E
Ettie Feldman
Running time50 minutes
Production companySouth African Broadcasting Corporation
Release
Original networkSouth African Broadcasting Corporation
Original release24 October –
19 December 1986

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