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The Rumble in the Jungle


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Twenty years ago, Muhammad Ali, overweight and out of condition, regained the world heavyweight boxing title.
Using extensive highlights of the fight, this film celebrates Ali's greatest triumph, with friends and critics revealing the extraordinary events surrounding the record $10-million fight in Zaire in the heart of Africa.
Narrated by Michael Parkinson.
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(Michael Parkinson's interview with Muhammed Ali is at 11.45pm tonight, followed by boxing drama in The Set-Up at 12.30am)
Producer Tony Moss; Director Danny Fenton

The Rumble in the Jungle; Parkinson Meets Ali
9.00pm, 11.45pm BBC2
On 30 October 1974 in Zaire, Muhammad Ali sensationally regained his world heavyweight champion title from George Foreman; boxing has probably never been as exciting since. The Rumble in the Jungle recalls the outrageous hype that nearly eclipsed Ali's performance, and features interviews with commentator Harry Carpenter, promoter Don King (this was his first fight) and Foreman, so crushed by the defeat that he stayed out of the ring for more than a decade.
A few weeks later, Ali was in Britain to appear on the Parkinson show. His encounter with Michael Parkinson was almost as exciting as the fight itself; Ali was sharp, witty and contentious, alternately goading and coaxing Parkinson, occasionally threatening him ("You call me a nigger?" he shouts at one point) before delivering an extraordinary rant about the position of women and the sexual ethics of Islam. "Muhammad Ali was the most remarkable person I ever interviewed," recalls Parkinson. "The next time I met him, he had become what he believed he would never be, a casualty of the fight game."


Subject: Muhammad Ali
Narrator: Michael Parkinson
Producer: Tony Moss
Director: Danny Fenton

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The Rumble in the Jungle

BBC Two England, 23 December 1994 21.00

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