BBC Two are offering UK viewers another opportunity to enjoy an enchanting exploration of the inner worlds of the animals that share our homes and our lives. Pets - Wild At Heart by John Downer Productions is a close up look at our animal friends that uses innovative filming techniques to reveal how much of their behaviour is still governed by their wild instincts.
The first episode, narrated by David Tennant, airs on BBC Two today at 9am GMT.
Pets- Wild At Heart
Part 1: Playful Creatures
Though household pets have been trained over thousands of years, they were wild for millions more, and despite the fact that many have taken well to domestic life and provide valuable companionship, their natural instincts remain latent, but are able to be rekindled. David Tennant narrates the first of two programmes revealing the nation's favourite pets in a new light. From playful puppies to hamsters running on the wheel, via chirping budgerigars and scratching cats, the documentary illustrates how these apparently innocuous behavioural traits often conceal a more primitive significance. Cameras visit two islands in Japan, one crowded by rabbits and the other cats, while in Peru dogs leave their home comforts behind on a daily basis to meet up, fight and attempt to attract the interest of a bitch on heat.
Episode 2 can be seen next Thursday at 9.05am