Former BBC Natural History exec Alex Williamson has set up an indie, Offspring Films, and picked up a first commission – a two-part documentary about cats for Sky 1.

Cats (working title) is a 2 x 60-minute series about some of the 37 different species of feline. Due to air in 2015, the doc is fronted by biologist Patrick Aryee who will chart the evolution of the cat from lions and tigers to tree-dwelling ocelots.

The series, due to be feature cats from all over the world, will combine wildlife photography, studio shoots, field demos and CGI.       

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Williamson established Offspring earlier this year with Kingdom of Plants director Martin Williams.

Cats was commissioned by Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald and head of features and factual Celia Taylor. It is exec produced by Offspring’s Williamson and Williams and Sky’s Lorraine Charker-Phillips.

MacDonald said that presenter Aryee was a “pioneering” new talent.

Taylor added: “This series will offer a fresh, modern and exciting look into the lives of one of the planet’s most magnificent creatures. They really do have the most remarkable story and one which we are very excited to tell.”

The doc will be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.