The Story of Cats

About

The two-part mini-series “The Story of Cats” premieres  November 2 & 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet.  Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries.  They’ve dominated human culture since the dawn of civilization.  Go from the rainforests, to the savannah, to the mountain peaks all the way into the comfort of our homes.  Get an in-depth look at this unique species and the evolutionary tricks and adaptations that truly make a cat, a cat.

Part 1: Asia to Africa

In the first episode, we discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent, and later came to conquer Africa.  We reveal how they evolved flexible limbs to climb, giant bodies to survive in the cold, and super senses to catch prey.  Ultimately we discover how becoming social made the lion, king of the savannah.  Also featured in this episode are other larger cats such as the clouded, snow and African leopards, the Bengal and Siberian tigers, and the cheetah.  However, the introductions of smaller and lesser-known species like the serval, the caracal, and the fishing, Pallas’s and sand cats are just as fascinating.

Part 2: Into the Americas

In this conclusion, we discover how cats first crossed from Asia into North America and how they went on to become the top predators of the continent.  Today there are 13 feline species in the Americas – from the mighty jaguar, to the urban mountain lion, to the curious ocelot and from the Canada lynx to the nimble margay.  The story of how all these cats came to be is an epic tapestry of pioneering spirit, powerful natural forces, and a battle for supremacy with their age-old rivals, the Canids.  Then a few brave wildcats moved into our villages in pursuit of the hungry mice that followed the farmers’ grain.  There are now more than 40 different breeds of domestic cat – from the exotic Siamese cat to the hairless Sphynx – who are still evolving.  “The Story of Cats” continues.

Production Credits - Episode 1 Print

THE STORY OF CATS
Part 1: Asia to Africa

NARRATED BY
NORA YOUNG

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
ANWAR MAMON

CAMERA OPERATORS
JOHNNY ROGERS
PETE HAYNS
MAT THOMPSON
MATT NORMAN
LUKE BARNETT

SOUND RECORDISTS
SEBASTIAN DUNN
NICK ALLINSON

GRAPHICS
SHOP

COLORIST & ONLINE EDITOR
SIMON BLAND

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
BETHAN DOOR

SOUND MIXER
GRAHAM WILD

SOUND EDITOR
IAN BOWN

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
LYNN SINCLAIR

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
TESSA KIERNAN

PRODUCTION MANAGER
SALLY CORFIELD

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
NICOLA GORING

POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
LENA ORDYK

EDITOR
ROB DAVIES

ASSISTANT PRODUCER
JOANNA HALEY

RESEARCHER
RUTH CAMPBELL

ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
CATE DONNEGOOLD

LOCATIONS
CLOUDED LEOPARD CONSORTIUM
HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE
NAANKUSE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
URBAN FISHING CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT
THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND

SPECIAL THANKS
MARK FLETCHER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
MARTHA HOLMES
ANDREW JACKSON

SERIES PRODUCER
SAM HODGSON

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
SUSAN R. MALLOY, JENNIFER M. COMBS, TIMON J. MALLOY and the SUN HILL FOUNDATION
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A PRODUCTION OF PLIMSOLL PRODUCTIONS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Production Credits - Episode 2 Print

THE STORY OF CATS
Part 2: Into the Americas

NARRATED BY
NORA YOUNG

DIRECTED BY
ANWAR MAMON

CAMERA OPERATORS
JOHNNY ROGERS
PETE HAYNS
MAT THOMPSON
NEIL ANDERSON

SOUND RECORDISTS
ANDY HAWLEY
PARKER BROWN

GRAPHICS
SHOP

COLORIST & ONLINE EDITOR
SIMON BLAND

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
BETHAN DOOR

SOUND MIXER
GRAHAM WILD

SOUND EDITOR
IAN BOWN

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
LYNN SINCLAIR

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
TESSA KIERNAN

PRODUCTION MANAGER
SALLY CORFIELD

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
NICOLA GORING

POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
LENA ORDYK

EDITOR
GLENN RAINTON

ASSISTANT PRODUCERS
JOANNA HALEY
RUTH CAMPBELL

ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
CATE DONNEGOOLD

LOCATIONS
LE PARC DES FÉLINS
JAGUAR RESCUE CENTRE
LAS PUMAS
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESEARCH STATION
ZOOLOGICAL PARK COMPLEX SALIYAPURA
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
MARTHA HOLMES
ANDREW JACKSON

SERIES PRODUCER
SAM HODGSON

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
SUSAN R. MALLOY, JENNIFER M. COMBS, TIMON J. MALLOY and the SUN HILL FOUNDATION
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A PRODUCTION OF PLIMSOLL PRODUCTIONS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

© 2016 PLIMSOLL PRODUCTIONS LTD AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED