The nation's favourite dog event, Crufts, is to be televised on
Channel 4 across three nights for the first time ever this year.
Both the Saturday and Sunday of the show, plus an hour and a half
of Friday's coverage, will broadcast on the channel, with Thursday
and the rest of Friday's show airing on More4.
With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast
the main action from Crufts 2014 at the following times:
Thursday 6th March
18.30 - 21.00
Friday 7th March
18.30 - 19.30
19.30 - 21.00
Saturday 8th March & Sunday 9th March
19.00 - 21.00
Clare Balding will host daily highlights of the world's biggest
dog event live from the NEC in Birmingham, whilst Liza Tarbuck will
look after presenting duties for Thursday's programme and will join
Clare for Friday's More4 show. The exciting climax of Crufts,
Best in Show, will be judged at 20.30 on Sunday and will be shown
live on Channel 4.
There will be extensive coverage on More4 and Channel 4 of the
events in the main arena, including the agility and flyball
competitions that are so popular with dog lovers, and the judging
of the Group finalists.
Coverage will feature discussion on the serious topics of how to
buy a puppy and initiatives to ensure healthy breeding. Vet, Nick
Blayney, will return to give his views on dog health, along with
other experts and dog owners. Reporter Sonali Shah will explore the
stories around the show and Kate Beavan will be joining the team as
health and welfare reporter.
The Scruffts competition will also return and coverage will
include features on all the Scruffts finalists as they prepare for
the event. Plus, there is the much loved Friends for Life
competition, which will see viewers vote via phone for one of five
hero dog finalists and owner which they feel should be crowned 2014
Friends for Life.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises
Crufts, says: "Millions of people will be able to watch the
grand finale of the world's greatest dog event on Channel 4's
Sunday night programme. Crufts is one of the most exciting
events in any dog lover's calendar and the past few years of
More4's coverage, and last year's Channel 4 coverage of Best in
Show, really captured the special relationship between humans and
our dogs, and showcased this to millions of dog-loving
"The coverage on More4 and Channel 4 means that Crufts will
continue to be essential viewing, whether people are looking for
information on choosing, caring for and enjoying life with their
dog or simply want to watch dogs of all shapes and sizes showing
off a range of special talents."
David Sayer, Commissioning and Development Editor for Channel 4,
said: "This year Channel 4 will be showing more coverage of Crufts
than ever before, reflecting both its popularity and the passions
of its loyal dog-loving audience. Coverage on More4 and Channel 4
will explore a diverse range of issues - from dog welfare and
breeding to training and buying as well as reporting on the wins
from the show ring and agility arenas. Scruffts, the competition
for crossbreed dogs, will also receive lots of coverage this
Sunday night's programme on Channel 4 will include highlights from
throughout the day and the final Arena programme, which will
include live coverage of the moving dog heroes competition, Friends
for Life, an exciting heelwork to music display and the live Best
in Show competition.
Crufts coverage for More4 and Channel 4 will be produced by Sunset