Much like everything else in the world, the spread of coronavirus has seriously affected television production, with series halting production due to social distancing measures.But Channel 4 have been thinking outside the box – and who needs a cameraman breaking lockdown when a dog can, apparently, ruff-ly (sorry) do the same job? In what is bound to be our new favourite show, Channel 4 is crossing Cribs and Crufts with their new show, Snoop Dogs. Is there a Bafta for best series name? If not, why not?
It has been announced that a new four-part series will see the dogs of some of the UK’s best known faces giving a tour of their abodes, via Go-Pro’s attached to their backs.As explained by Channel 4’s director of programmes Ian Katz at the Edinburgh TV Controller Session, the ‘barking made new format’ from Northern Ireland-based Stellify Media will see cameras go inside the homes of two celebs each episode during lockdown, with their pooches leading the way.
A statement about the show read: ‘The four-legged friends will turn pup-arazzi on their owners and show us upstairs and downstairs, under the beds and behind the sofas of our favourite celebs – and anywhere else the canines fancy sniffing out.
Learn to read your dogs body language. Since no dog I know of is able to mosey up to the kitchen table, pour himself a cup of coffee, and confess to all of the things that annoy, frighten, and stress him out, I suggest that the next best thing is to learn to read your dog’s many signals and body language. This is how your dog will communicate with you.
‘The identities of the celebrities are kept under wraps until the end of each episode as viewers play along to guess who the paw-sible doggy-loving homeowner could be.’Sean Doyle, Deputy Head of Features and Formats at Channel 4, said: ‘I didn’t want lockdown to stifle creative conversations and Snoop Dogs is a perfect example of a reactive and outside of the box commission.
‘We’ve come up a wonderfully ridiculous spin on filming in lockdown that only Channel 4 could get away with. We hope families enjoy playing along whilst getting a healthy dose of doggy mischief and celebrities’ lush properties and home interiors.’
Any show labelled ‘wonderfully ridiculous’ is a must watch in our book.
Considering it’s hard enough to keep dogs in line when they’re on a leash, we’re expecting the pampered pets to be diving into laundry bins, raiding underwear drawers and rifling through snack cupboards.
What more could you want?Other TV shows that have been confirmed for lockdown by Channel 4 include Ramadan In Lockdown, five short films which will speak to British Muslims during their holiest month; Coronavirus Heroes: Keeping Britain Going, a documentary about frontline workers from cleaners to supermarket staff working during the pandemic; and Tom Allen: Ad Man, where the comedian will celebrate 65 years of TV adverts.
The comic said: ‘I’m delighted to be analysing the world of advertising which, in our consumer age, has really dictated how we see ourselves. I don’t even know who I am unless I’m buying something! If I buy Ski Yoghurt – does that make me a health freak? If I choose Diet Coke – does that mean I should take my top off? Would drinking Cinzano make me Joan Collins??! ‘Anyway, fingers crossed it’s just as glamourous as the programme Mad Men, but here’s hoping I don’t start smoking, drinking Scotch during the day and having an affair with my secretary.’
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