PBS will air two documentaries from UK indie Blink Films set to reveal the history of cats and dogs as part of ‘Nova,’ the American pubcaster’s science strand.
Dog Tales and Cat Tales (2 x 60 minutes) include interviews with geneticists, animal behavior experts, archaeologists, vets and scientists to explore the species’ transition from wild animals tens of thousands of years ago to today’s domesticated pets. In particular, each film will explore how the animals’ relationship with humans has shaped their evolution.
The films unravel “science secrets” such as: what makes a cat a cat and a dog a dog; why the gap between a pet and its wild ancestor is thin; what drew cats, dogs and humans together, and who benefits most from the emotional bond; how the presence of humans has transformed the biology, behavior and appearance of cats and dogs over time; and how the species’ behavior and bodies have changed the way human brains work.
“Despite humans looking after cats and dogs as pets and close companions for thousands of years, there is still a huge amount most of us don’t know about them, and about how we have both shaped our lives with each other during that time. These programs will be a fascinating and revealing look at the closest relationships we have with animals,” Dan Chambers, co-founder and creative director at Blink Films, said in a statement.
Dog Tales and Cat Tales are produced by Tin Roof Media-owned Blink Films in association with BBC for WGBH Boston. Pete Chinn is writer and director; Chambers serves as executive producer with Dan Gold for Blink Films.