Unscripted

True North secures CBBC animal obs-doc “The Pets Factor”

British indie producer True North has been commissioned by the BBC’s children’s network CBBC for a new animal obs-doc. The Pets Factor (20 x 20 minutes) provides audiences with a behind-the-scenes ...
June 2, 2017

British indie producer True North has been commissioned by the BBC’s children’s network CBBC for a new animal obs-doc.

The Pets Factor (20 x 20 minutes) provides audiences with a behind-the-scenes look into some of the best and most animal-friendly vet practices within the UK.

Each episode of the series will be hosted by television presenter Stacey Dooley, and showcases veterinarians treating a host of animal ailments – from a constipated snake and a balding chicken to an operation on a goldfish and a dog that’s swallowed a sock.

Sima Ray serves as producer on The Pets Factor alongside exec producers Jessica Fowle (True North) and Hugh Lawton (CBBC). The series was commissioned by CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor.

“We scoured the country to find the UK’s most caring, funny, talented and animal-crackers vets and they’ve really delivered for us with amazing animal drama and high-stakes story-lines plus loads of behind-the-scenes banter and antics,” said True North’s Fowle in a statement.

Elsewhere, True North has also been recommissioned to produce Walks with My Dog (pictured) for Channel 4′s digital TV platform More 4.

The 6 x 60-minute series features three celebrities taking a stroll with their faithful hounds to some of Britain’s most breathtaking locales.

The series, which is expected to return later this year, was commissioned by Alex Menzies, deputy head of features at Channel 4.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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