One to watch

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - WEEKEND TV - Tues­day, Chan­nel 5, 8pm

There are 8.5 mil­lion cats in Bri­tain, with one in five UK house­holds own­ing a pet moggy. Late last year, Jo Brand pre­sented one-off doc­u­men­tary Kit­ten Res­cuers and now the self-con­fessed fe­line fa­natic re­turns with a full six-part se­ries fol­low­ing the vets, RSPCA in­spec­tors and vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly to save the na­tion’s cats from harm. From car ac­ci­dents to can­cer and aban­don­ments to abuse, the na­tion’s pets face a whole heap of prob­lems.

Last year the char­ity res­cued and col­lected nearly 130,000 an­i­mals and found new homes for 46,000.

Jo, who has just fin­ished her fourth stint as host of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice, be­gins the se­ries re­port­ing for surgery du­ties at one of the UK’s busiest an­i­mal hos­pi­tals.

The 60-year-old for­mer psy­chi­atric nurse rolls up her sleeves to help the team save the life of a young kit­ten whose cu­rios­ity nearly ended in tragedy.

Hav­ing fallen four floors from a bal­cony, the out­look doesn’t look good for Saba and vet Kamilla is the first to as­sess her in­juries.

Then, when an­i­mal wel­fare of­fi­cer Matt re­ceives a call about a young cat called Lola, he has no idea he is about to face the most chal­leng­ing res­cue of his ca­reer.

Lola has darted up the chim­ney in search of a safe place to hide af­ter mov­ing to her new home. Her owner, Francine, is grow­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned for her pet’s safety ... and it’s up to Matt to save her.

There may be mil­lions of pets around Bri­tain, but as this se­ries shows, each one is very spe­cial.

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