It was good to see the dramatisation was actually filmed in Botswana although it is not clear how much of the £20m found its way into the pockets of local residents. The show may be helpful in public relations terms for the country at least.
Ironically, all the recent celebrity and public charity activities of the BBC championed Sports Relief raised around £20m, some of which is used to help people in Africa.
I’m not sure if either portrayal of Africa can be said to present the reality of living there – but maybe the dramatisation, despite its cheesiness, will challenge opinions, whereas, charity marathons seem to continue to present Africans as two-dimensional victims.
Money earned by those involved in the production in Botswana (presuming some was), is also trade rather than aid, so has to convey a better message in itself.