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Channel 4 opens “Puppy School” with Red Sky Productions

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Glasgow indie Red Sky Productions to produce a series that will help newly minted puppy parents contend with the challenge of bringing a puppy ...
July 13, 2018

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Glasgow indie Red Sky Productions to produce a series that will help newly minted puppy parents contend with the challenge of bringing a puppy into their lives.

The tentatively titled Puppy School (4 x 60 minutes) will chart the progress of each young canine over its first six months at a bespoke obedience school, and also explores the stories of their owners as they navigate through the challenges of becoming dog parent. The series will also capture the various heartwarming and sometimes tumultuous events in the owner’s lives as they face a challenging or exciting new chapter.

The docuseries also follows the school’s expert team of pup trainer Oli Juste, canine behavioural therapist Hannah Molloy and ex-social worker Katie Patmore as they work on the behavior of the owners and their pets.

Puppy School is executive produced by Red Sky’s Jane Rogerson¬†and Ross Harper, and was commissioned by Lee McMurray, formats commissioning editor, and Dominic Bird, head of formats.

“This is a hugely exciting commission for Red Sky, born out of my own experience of puppy parenthood,” said Red Sky’s Rogerson in a statement. “Dogs aren’t just man’s best friend; they’re often brought into our homes for a reason. Puppy School will be an entertaining and informative format but, at its heart, it’s a view into the lives of a diverse mix of people from across the country, at a challenging or defining moment for them.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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