Sky 1 Commissions 'Cats'

Patrick Aryee Cats

Sky 1 HD has commissioned a 2x60 documentary series following biologist Patrick Aryee as he tells the story of the greatest of all animal families – Cats (w/t). This epic journey will chart the cat family’s astonishing rise to power over the last 11 million years to become the most successful family of predators on Earth. From mighty lions and tigers to agile tree dwelling ocelots – it’s an extraordinary tale.  The series will be produced by Offspring Films Ltd and internationally distributed by Sky Vision.

Today, there are 37 different species of cat, they can jump higher, run faster, hear sharper and climb better than almost any other group of creatures but it hasn’t always been that way.  Cats (w/t) sees Patrick retell the story of their global migrations across Asia, America and Africa as he comes face-to-face with some of the planet’s most beautiful felines.

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring the global story of one of the planet’s most spectacular families to our Sky 1 customers. A pioneering talent, Patrick’s knowledge and passion for natural history is infectious. He’s an exciting new face on British TV and we can’t wait for his Sky 1 debut.”

Partrick Aryee added: “I'm very excited to be working with Sky 1 on Cats. I've been fascinated by these incredible creatures since childhood. I can’t wait to use my background in wildlife filmmaking to take viewers on a mysterious journey and share with them the evolutionary history of one of the most successful group of predators on earth!”

The series will use a combination of superb wildlife photography, studio shoots, field demos and CGI to show how different key members of this family have evolved superpowers and adaptations to thrive in some of the planet’s wildest landscapes.  The journey will start in Asia, home to the oldest of all cat groups before taking viewers right through their surprising history to the taming of the domestic cat in episode two.

Celia Taylor, Sky’s Head of Features and Factual added:  “This series will offer a fresh, modern and exciting look into the lives of one of the planet’s most magnificent creatures. They really do have the most remarkable story and one which we are very excited to tell.”

Alex Williamson, Offspring Films said: “We are excited to be working with Sky.  We’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in natural history film-making, by delighting the audience with unfamiliar stories and spectacular imagery."

The 2 x 60’ series will air on Sky 1 HD in 2015. Cats (w/t) has been commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Celia Taylor and will be executive produced by Alex Williamson and Martin Williams for Offspring Films Ltd and Lorraine Charker-Phillips for Sky.

This year Sky will invest £600 million in original British content and productions across its portfolio of channels.  This commitment includes entertainment shows GOT TO DANCE and DUCK QUACKS DON’T ECHO; dramas such as STRIKE BACK and MOONFLEET; comedies including STELLA, DOLL & EM andMOONE BOY and factual shows as diverse as 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MAMMY, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW and ROSS KEMP EXTREME WORLD.

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Written by: TomSouthwell
Aug 4th, 2014, 7:48 am

Press Release courtesy of sky. Image courtesy of Twitter.

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