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Eight famous faces find themselves in the unlikeliest of TV double acts as they pair up with eight rescued canine companions to compete in The Underdog Show, BBC Two from Tuesday 20th March. Presenter Julian Clary, accompanied by his own loveable four-legged friend Valerie, follows every step of the celebrities' journeys as they enroll on a six-week crash course in doggy discipline, aided by their own individual trainers. As the pressure piles on and eliminations loom, which of our celebrities' underdogs will be transformed into the nation's wonder dog?
Anton du Beke, Clive Anderson, Huey Morgan, Julia Sawalha, Kirsty Gallacher, Mishal Husain, Selina Scott and Theo Paphitis will set about mastering a series of highly-charged obedience and agility tests, with the added burden of a weekly elimination thrown in to up the ante. Viewers' votes count for 50 per cent of the overall result, revealed in a tense and unpredictable 30 minute live follow-up show later in the evening.
The eventual winner must train intensively, connect with their dog, have a comprehensive understanding of dog psychology, and most importantly, remember all the rules, and survive under the scrutiny of three professional judges and an endlessly ticking clock!
All of the dogs have been selected from the UK's largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, to represent the wide range of rescue dogs available across the UK. At the end of each episode, there will be an opportunity for viewers to re-home a rescue dog.
Meanwhile, over on CBBC and CBBC Two, eight children will be crafting their skills in canine control on their own series also fronted by Julian Clary. Julian will be keeping track of their progress in weekly half-hour shows starting on Friday 23rd March on CBBC Two, followed swiftly by another update on CBBC.
The Underdog Show has now finished.