Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs

Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Martin Clune

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Follow actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) on a quest to discover the origins of man’s best friend.  Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs, airing on WXXI-TV on Wednesday, March 31, 2016 at 9 p.m., takes an evolutionary journey around the world to visit a variety of breeds, including a pack of wolves in the Rocky Mountains, dingoes in the Australian Outback, and Jack Russell terriers in the English countryside.

As he interacts with these animals ̶ still 99 percent genetically identical ̶ Clunes explains how most dog breeds have come into existence only recently due to human interference. Over the course of this enjoyable two-part program, he examines the pack mentality and behavioral similarities still shared by domestic dogs, wild dogs and wolves, unearthing the traits that allowed for the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and dogs to develop.

Featuring wolves tucking into a stag dinner, designer dogs strutting around a show ring, and terriers displaying their prowess as rat catchers, Martin Clune: A Man and His Dogs celebrates the diversity of our canine companions.

The heartwarming program follows actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) as he embarks upon a quest to discover the origins of man’s best friend. Traveling from the U.K. to America, Australia, and Africa, he meets many of the 400 recognized dog breeds from around the world, including designer breeds, working dogs, wild dingoes, African painted dogs, and a pack of wolves.