Following the success of the Crufts television programmes in March, Sunset and Vine together with Channel 4 are releasing five extra Crufts programmes, the first one being shown on the 20th June.
These five, one-hour archive Crufts specials hosted by Clare Balding will be celebrating the amazing human and canine relationship that Crufts demonstrates each year, showing how incredible dogs are and all that they can do, as well as highlighting some great moments and memories from Crufts over the Channel 4 years.
The first two films will be shown on the 20th and 27th June respectively and will be the A-Z of Crufts and Happy Dogs. The A-Z of Crufts will include some of the best stories and action packed drama of the past ten years of Crufts. Happy Dogs will follow and contains a blend of show-time archives with self-shot segments from the Crufts on-screen team that will also give viewers tips on how to entertain and look after their dogs at home, especially while people aren’t getting out as often as usual.
Starting mid July, programming will begin again with three more films. These include Crufts goes Walkies, which covers the wonderful relationship dogs share with humans, and Flying dogs, a one hour special that relives Flyball at Crufts and some behind the scene features. The programmes will finish with the finale, Crufts Best of Best in Show. This one-off show will feature original archive footage and imagery of Crufts over the 20th and 21st century packed with beautiful dogs and incredible stories, a real celebration of what it means to win Crufts Best in Show and also what it means to be involved in Crufts.
David Stranks, Crufts Executive Producer from Sunset and Vine said; “Every year Channel 4 looks forward to entertaining millions of viewers with its Crufts coverage. Sunset and Vine are very excited to have been able to work with Channel 4 and Clare Balding to bring back some of the excitement viewers felt in March back into their homes and are grateful to have received the support from the Kennel Club in producing these five extra hours of programming.”
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager commented; “We were delighted to help Sunset and Vine with the new Crufts programme and have loved watching the shows. They not only reflect what makes Crufts so special, but many within the dog world will enjoy reliving some of the special moments Crufts has brought over the years. For the general viewer we also hope that these programmes will offer some handy tips and serve as a good introduction to all the fun activities to get involved in with dogs.”