Cats' Eyes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cats' Eyes

Rowland Rivron

Georgina Field
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original channel BBC
Picture format 4:3
Original airing 1994-1996

Cats Eyes is an educational television programme which was part of the BBC Schools programming airing in the daytime.

The show, which aimed at teaching primary science to children, is widely considered to be one of the best and most successful of its kind. The series began in 1994 and has continued to be broadcast each year up to and including 2003, producing over forty episodes .Whilst now off air, the show was often shown on BBC Two during schools programmes, and was often a favourite for teachers to show to a class in schools amongst other BBC Schools shows.


Set in a back street alley called Moggy Mews, two cats, Jimmy (Steve Nallon) and Jook (William Todd-Jones), observe the goings on of pizza shop owner, Alf (Rowland Rivron) and his enthusiastic friend, Katie (Georgina Field). Some episodes also included a secondary character- an older woman who fancied herself as a detective; she was called Dora in earlier series, and Janet in later episodes, but this character was soon dropped altogether. In each show the two cats devise new and inventive schemes to keep themselves occupied, mainly ways to steal food from Alf's fridge. The plan is always linked to some sort of scientific principle, though most of the educational aspect of the programme comes from the filmed inserts where presenters illustrate the science in detail. Each episode also included a song linked to the episode's theme, sung by Alf, Katie and the cats.

Jimmy and Jook are immensely popular with children. Their antics, combined with the brilliantly illustrated film inserts, have made the series a favourite with both pupils and teachers. The series is aimed at the 5 to 7 age group.