C4 moves “Animal Hospital” to prime time

UK indie Tern TV's daytime series John Barrowman's Small Animal Hospital (pictured) will be rebranded to coincide with its jump to primetime this autumn on UK pubcaster Channel 4.
September 1, 2015

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is to move the Tern TV-produced daytime series John Barrowman’s Small Animal Hospital into a prime time slot this autumn.

The move will see the series adapted into three hour-long episodes and re-branded as Pet Hospital (working title).

The program follows Scottish TV presenter John Barrowman and veterinarians at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine who are responsible for handling life-threatening scenarios while treating animals with afflictions too complex to be treated by local vets.

Andrew Snowball, Gavin Barker and Harry Bell serve as executive producers for Tern TV, with Mat Marsters serving as producer, and Alison Pinkney and Malcolm McKissock listed as directors. David Sayer, head of daytime at Channel 4, ordered the 3 x 60-minute series.

“It’s always exciting to see a successful daytime series make the jump to prime time and introduce it to a whole new audience,” said Snowball, Tern TV’s director of features and popular factual, in a statement.

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