Humans have always had a relationship with animals, but never before has it been so fraught or so complicated. Until recently it was all very simple, dead animals filled our bellies, living ones ploughed our fields. Man and beast stood for an unchallenged, ancient natural order.
After countless millennia of guilt-free dominance, our relationship with our fellow creatures now stands at a fascinating crossroads. Every day we discover more about their minds and their extraordinary abilities and every day another one of our 7.8 million species disappears forever. As a result, Martin Clunes will travel the world to unravel these cultural changes and to understand their extraordinary impact. From a snake festival in Italy and the cormorant fishermen of Japan, to yoga classes for dogs and the smartest goldfish in the world; everywhere he goes, Martin will discover just how far the phrase “man and beast” has changed in the 21st century.