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Sheridan Smith to host BBC One's search for the UK’s Top Dog Stylist

Brand new competitive dog styling Pooch Perfect will be the first time Sheridan has hosted a prime-time entertainment series.

The new eight-part series will feature ten pairs of professional dog stylists from around the country, taking part in a series of themed challenges to create epic transformations of beloved pets, as they compete to be crowned the UK’s Top Dog Stylist.

Each week, the teams will reveal their creations on The Dogwalk, where the judges will deliberate over the week’s canine contenders, and their owners are given the chance to see their newly transformed dogs for the first time.

From scruffy to fluffy and from ruff to regal, audiences across the country will be barking mad for this brand new show.

As well as amazing ‘transfurmations’, the show will also be packed full of useful information for dog lovers and owners, delivering top tips on responsible ownership, fun facts about dog breeds and a guide to at-home pooch pampering techniques.

Alongside breathtaking reveals, celebrity guest judges and the cutest cast of canines, the doggy stars will be in seventh heaven in the show’s specially built ‘Pooch Palace’ designed to cater for their every need.

It's reported that 26% of adults have a dog in the UK and Brits are finely tuned to the needs of their four-legged furry friends, prioritising their pet’s care, comfort and wellbeing with winter coats, car seats, doggy daycare and looking after their dietary needs.

As a result, the dog-grooming industry is booming, and man’s best friend has never been so well pampered.

Not only is she a multi award-winning actress, but Sheridan Smith OBE is also a multi dog-owner and the the subject matter for Pooch Perfect proved just too irresistible for the star to turn down.

Speaking about the new series, Sheridan said "To combine my love of dogs with a brand new job presenting for the BBC was a match made in heaven! Everyone who knows me will understand that animals, and especially dogs are very special to me. I live at home with six dogs, so presenting a show dedicated to our four-legged best friends didn’t take much consideration! I’m used to being on set with lots of actors, this time I can’t wait to hang out all day with dozens of dogs. It is literally my dream job!"

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment added "I love this show, it celebrates so much creativity culminating in unforgettable transformations, always mindful of the fact one false snip could cost someone the competition!"Damon Pattison, Creative Director of Seven Studios UK, says: "I cannot imagine anything more fun than being in a studio with Sheridan Smith and a whole load of scruffy dogs. This is going to be the happiest show and as the first original commission for Seven Studios UK, I’m utterly delighted to be bringing it to BBC One."

The format originated in Australia where the series is hosted by Rebel Wilson.

Pooch Perfect will air later this year on BBC One


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