Joanna Lumley: Cat Woman

LIVING – Sundays from 1 January, 8.30pm

From lions and tigers to cougars and kittens, people the world over simply love cats. Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) sets out to unlock the secrets of this 5,000 year-old fascination with felines. Examining their god-like status in Ancient Egypt, their persecution in the Middle Ages, and their proliferation in the Twentieth Century, Joanna charts the evolution of the species from one common ancestor. Travelling the globe to get a thorough understanding of the 38-strong cat family, she also meets the dedicated owners of some exotic domestic breeds, including the longhaired Maine Coon, the Peterbald and the Sphynx.