Crufts 2013 finale on Channel 4

The final night of the nation’s favourite dog event, Crufts, is to be broadcast for the first time on Channel 4 next year. More4 will continue its coverage across the remainder of the annual four-day show.

With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 will cover the grand finale of Crufts 2013 for two and half hours, from 5.30pm – 8pm, on Sunday 10th March. More4 will be covering the first three days for two and half hours each night, from 6.30pm – 9pm, from 7th to 9th March.

As the final piece of Crufts content, Channel 4 Documentaries Commissioning Editor, Anna Miralis has also commissioned a documentary entitled Best in Show: Taking the Lead [working title], to be broadcast in the lead up to Crufts.

Anna Miralis says: “Channel 4 is known for its coverage of great sporting events and our Crufts coverage will capture all of the excitement of the different competitions, from showing to agility, in a live sporting format. The move of the Sunday night show to Channel 4 reflects the continuing popularity of Crufts and demand for coverage. More4 will look forward to continuing its coverage of the event for the other three days, delivering an exciting show for its loyal dog-loving audience. Crufts coverage will include interviews about buying and caring for dogs, as well as exploring issues surrounding dog health, welfare and general wellbeing.”

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises Crufts, says: “The Sunday night programme on Channel 4 will enable millions of people to watch the grand finale of the world’s greatest dog event. Crufts is a key date in any dog lover’s calendar and More4’s coverage for the last three years has captured the special relationship between man and dog. The coverage on More4 and Channel 4 means that it 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.”

The Sunday night programme on Channel 4 will include highlights from throughout the day and the final Arena programme, which will include the moving dog heroes competition Friends for Life, an exciting heelwork to music display and the Best in Show competition.

More4’s Crufts coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

6th November 2012

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Notes to Editors
•    Crufts is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. It recognises the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines and activities in which dogs are involved.
•    Watch Crufts on More4 from 6.30pm - 9pm from 7th – 9th March, and on Channel 4from 6pm-8pm on Sunday 10th March . This will include all of the highlights from the Arena programme, including the presentation to the Friends for Life winner. Also watch Crufts live on the Crufts YouTube Channel:
•    About Take the Lead w/t - Britain is a nation of dog-lovers, with nearly 25% of all households owning at least one dog. For some though, man’s best friend is more than just a saying, it’s a way of life. This hour-long documentary has exclusive access to the Kennel pedigree dogs and their owners, and will uncover just what it takes to breed, train, and show a Crufts-worthy canine. Made by Minnow Films and executive produced by Morgan Matthews, Best in Show: Taking the Lead w/t will follow quirky, passionate and often competitive characters to explore the world of dog-owners in the run up to 2013’s biggest dog show. The dog may take centre stage, but the nerves, hopes and ambitions of breeders and owners provide compelling personal stories, sacrifice and dedication. With a humorous, warm approach, this film seeks to understand the physical and emotional journeys these hounds and their handlers go on to fulfil their dreams of winning Best in Show. From discovering what corners of the world do these canine competitors come from, to how people get Crufts-ready, the cameras will be there through the practice, pampering and politics, of a diverse range of would-be contenders. On the road to Crufts, who will emerge as the front-runners and which underdogs will the nation fall in love with?
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.