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Jo Brand's Kitten Rescue Thursday, C5, 7pm



Jo Brand's Kitten Rescue

Jo Brand's Kitten Rescue

Jo Brand's Kitten Rescue

Jo Brand doesn't suffer fools gladly and her deadpan wit, which made her name, has terrified wary critics in the past. However, those who work with her regard Brand as one of the warmest, kindest people they know.

In recent years, Brand has gained a new following thanks to The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. (She was reportedly in the running to take over from Sandi Toksvig on the main show.)

She's also revealed her softer side as the presenter of Jo Brand's Kitten Rescue, which she claims is perfect for her, because she's a bona fide cat-lover who once shared her home with five members of the species.

These days, that's down to a more manageable number, although Brand has admitted to almost taking some of the moggies home after filming.

Here, cameras follow her to RSPCA Harmsworth in Holloway, north London, which was founded using a bequest from Sir Harold Harmsworth in 1968.

Each episode follows its dedicated staff's efforts to provide the best care possible for felines in trouble, as well as the RSPCA inspectors on the frontline.

The opening edition begins in dramatic fashion as more than 20 firefighters face a race against time to save tiny kitten Ezri, who has been stuck in a storm drain for 20 hours.

There's also a chance to hear about one of the most unusual cases dealt with by inspector Paul, who is called to an emergency involving a cat tied to a fence with a chain.

Brand herself mucks in by helping the nurses with Marta, a puss who somehow survived falling four floors from a balcony, before becoming a surrogate mum to three tiny furry felines.

Belfast Telegraph