Comedian Paul O’Grady’s talk shows have always been an opportunity for celebrities to shine in the spotlight, but beginning September 3rd shelter Spots will lap up the limelight as ITV1 unleashes Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Filmed over the course of two months at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s London headquarters, the family-friendly documentary will both tickle funny bones and tug at heartstrings as television viewers watch the talk show host roll up his sleeves to work at the rescue and hear the tales of some of its tail-wagging residents.
Carmine will be among the dogs who will be introduced to the TV audience in the first 30-minute episode. A young Boxer who still loves to give kisses even though he was left by a guardian who could no longer afford to keep him, Carmine finds himself back at Battersea after his new adopters have a change of heart. The camera will also capture the happiness that puppies bring as the organization (which has launched the campaign Staffies: Softer Than You Think) welcomes a litter of Staffordshire Terriers; and the heartache of Sparkle, a dog who had been dumped in a suitcase at a London park, and was barely able to stand upon her arrival at Battersea.
Already a devoted Dad to a bevy of barnyard animals and rescue Rovers Olga, Louie and Bullseye (two of whom were adopted after appearing on the ‘Find a Dog a Home’ segment of his own TV chat fests), O’Grady was determined to resist the urge to adopt another barking buddy during the making of the documentary, telling Radio Times “It went into my contract– under no circumstances was I allowed to go home with anything: two-legged, four-legged, three-legged– anything.” He confessed “I knew it would be fatal. It’d be like putting an ex-drug addict in a cocaine factory.” The animal-loving luminary’s resolve held fast until the final day of filming, when he met Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier Eddie– the sole Spot in a group of playful puppies who still did not have a pet parent.
Television viewers in the UK can tune in to Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs starting September 3rd at 8 p.m. on ITV1.
For more information about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home:
- visit www.battersea.org.uk
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