BBC One “Big Cats” series starts tomorrow

For those lucky of you to live in the UK, you’ll be able to see BBC One’s “Big Cats” series (so far two parts are scheduled) starting tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Torygraph summary makes it sound pretty cool:

Filmed over two years in 14 countries, the crew from the BBC’s Natural History Unit managed to capture an unprecedented 33 out of the 40 species of the cat family: from man-eating swamp tigers in the mangroves of the Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal to the ghostly Canadian Lynx.

Through using the expertise of scientists in the field, the crew secured numerous world exclusives including filming the Pallas’s cat (also called the Manul) for the first time in the wild – picture the flat-eared children’s character Bagpuss, and you are not far off.

A similarly rare image of the swamp tiger was captured after spending some 600 hours in a boat, cruising between the mangroves to look for paw prints in the mud.

. . .For Mike Gunton though, it is the smaller, lesser known cats that prove the objects of greatest fascination in the series. In particular, he cites the Pallas’s cat – which lives in the grasslands of Mongolia and hunts by freezing stock still and pretending to be a rock as it sneaks up on prey.

The crew also filmed another little known member of the feline family and the smallest – the rusty-spotted cat. Eventually, they managed to film a young male in a remote rainforest reserve in Sri Lanka.

“I had no idea that cat even existed and it is just so gorgeous,” Gunton says. “Even being the size of a guinea pig he still has that cat personality which marks every cat out.”

Here’s the rusty-spotted cat in a preview:

A cat the size of a guinea pig! Now you know you want to see that, and the whole show. Please report back here after you watch it.

h/t: Michael


  1. Frank Bath
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to BBC1 tomorrow evening. Going by the trails not just Big Cats but the more lovable small cats too.

  2. Paul S
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Wonder when that’ll make it to BBC America.

  3. Ted Burk
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Is this the same as the 2-episode The Story of Cats that has just shown on the PBS Nature series? It appears to be. If so,it is available for live streaming from the PBS Nature web site.

  4. Ted Burk
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Follow-up. A little investigation shows that the PBS series was by ITV, not the BBC. So this is probably a new one, but there seems to be a lot of overlap in what is covered.

  5. Alan Clark
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    There are actually three episodes in this series, not two.

  6. Posted January 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Why do the British always get the good stuff?

    • nurnord
      Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:40 am | Permalink

      Because we _produce_ the good stuff ! The BBC Natural History Unit is by far the most prestigious production unit of its kind in the world. And of course, David Attenborough is a crown jewel part of that.

      • nurnord
        Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:42 am | Permalink

        Damn, this “_produce_” bit was my attempt at italics, having watched a video on YouTube on how to do it ! How do you do italics, Jerry ?

  7. Posted January 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    The face on the Rusty Spotted Cat reminds me of Puss-In-Boots in Shrek! The eyes are so cartoonishly HUGE. How adorable. I just saw a show on small wild cats on AP but they didn’t show this variety.

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