Channel 5 has commissioned Underdog to Super Dog (w.t) a new four-part series from MGM Alternative and GroupM Motion Entertainment for TX in 2024.

The series, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh follows the journeys of three underdogs – ranging from “homeless dogs to mischievous ones, rescue dogs to plain daft ones” – as they undergo transformative training to take on extraordinary challenges, such as modelling and mountain rescue.

Underdog to Super Dog (w.t) features the expertise of dedicated trainers and each episode will highlight the impact that training and purposeful tasks have on dogs, “improving their mental health, stimulating their minds, and enhancing their fitness.”

Alan Titchmarsh said: “’Dogs have played such an important part in my life, both as a child in Yorkshire with a corgi/cairn and border terrier cross at my heels, to bringing up my family with three yellow Labradors. Their companionship and their resourcefulness are matchless, and I am looking forward hugely to watching the development of the dogs in this series as they prove their worth when given the chance to shine.”

Denise Seneviratne, Channel 5 and Paramount+ Commissioning Editor said: “The amazing, transformative stories we will show in the series are true testament to the incredible work of the dedicated trainers and experts, and the dogs themselves who work so hard towards becoming real canine heroes. Heart-warming and funny, the dogs will go on a journey of discovery – and not always the ones they had planned on! Alan Titchmarsh will bring inimitable heart to this – he is a huge dog lover, and I am delighted he is part of it.”

MGM Alternative’s Dom Bird said: “We are extremely proud to be working with both Channel 5 and Alan Titchmarsh on this brand new series. If your dog is mischievous, destructive or downright naughty, they probably just need a goal in life. But can a modern-day mutt pass muster doing the job they were once bred to do? We’re about to find out, as we take some of the nation’s least likely dogs and give them a crash course and whole new lease of life along the way.”

Underdog to Super Dog (w.t) is executive produced by Dom Bird for MGM Alternative and Melanie Darlaston for GroupM Motion Entertainment; and commissioned by Denise Seneviratne for Channel 5.

Pic copyright: Neil Hepworth

Jon Creamer

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