Series in which actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley explores the history of the relationship between humans and cats. Travelling to Egypt, Belize, North America, Japan, Namibia and Mexico, she sets out to examine the significance cats have in certain cultures and how they are treated. From the most popular pets in the Western world to the wild big cats, Joanna explores the diverse relationships that people have with felines and the various superstitions that have historically been associated with them. Highlights include her visit to a cat festival in Belgium, a cat circus in Chicago, an ancient Egyptian tomb that has 3,500 year old drawings of cats on the walls, and her search for a jaguar in the Mayan jungle in Mexico.
Actress and animal lover Joanna Lumley is turning cat detective, to explore the unique relationship we have with our feline friends in a brand new, two-part series. Joanna embarks on a unique journey around the world to uncover the history of the cat. Her travels include Egypt, Japan, Namibia, North America, Belize, Mexico, Belgium and the UK as she seeks to find out why cats stir such different responses in different cultures. Along the way she meets many people who have unique relationships with cats, both domestic and wild. From encounters with actress and sanctuary owner Tippi Hedren and ex-model and cat rescuer Celia Hammond, to a Munchkin cat breeder and the London woman who keeps 21 cats, Joanna is on a mission to find out exactly what bewitches us about the cat. She explores how such an unlikely partnership first began, why cats stir such conflicting emotions in us and how one of nature’s most efficient killers ended up as our favourite fireside companion.