The British Animal Honours Get Ready for a new breed of Hero!
ITV is to broadcast a brand new TV event that celebrates the achievements of the world’s most extraordinary animals and the people who work with them.
Filmed in front of a live audience and hosted by Paul O’Grady, The British Animal Honours are inspired by the UK’s unwavering love and connection with animals.
They fight in our wars, keep our borders safe, allow the blind and disabled to live independently, and even give us national glory in sporting events. At a time when Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent, Uggie the terrier helped The Artist to sweep the board at the Oscars and the Team GB horses scooped no less than three gold medals at the Olympics this new award show will celebrate these unsung heroes. From the brave and heroic to the showbiz scene-stealers, these honourable and lovable creatures will get their chance to shine and be rewarded.
Made by the producers of the BAFTA Film and Television Awards, the one off special will honour animals in categories that cover Military Service and Bravery as well as Performance and Conservation – telling their stories with the help of star-studded VTs. Awards will include the Bravery Award, the Military Service Award, the Inspirational Animal Award as well as the Superstar Animal Award and the Internet Star Award. We’ll meet the animals and their proud handlers as they collect their awards and where appropriate some will even stage demonstrations of their work just for the programme.
The British Animal Honours are the people’s animal champions – decided by an expert jury but nominated by members of the public whose lives have been touched by these special creatures.
The British Animal Honours will be made by Whizz Kid Entertainment. They were commissioned for ITV by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment and Clarie Zolkwer, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. They will executive produced for Whizz Kid by Katherine Allen.
If you know an animal that you think might qualify for an award please contact email@example.com and you will be sent an official nomination form in the new year.
For further information please contact:
Ben Webster, ITV Press Office, 0207-157 3013