UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the hour-long documentary My Gay Dog and Other Animals from high-end factual label Arrow Pictures.
The tentatively titledfilm will explore same-sex attractions in the animal kingdom which have been reported across more than 1,500 species, featuring recent research from leading scientists in the field.
With input from experts in evolutionary anthropology, sexuality, sex-differences and gender-differences, and scientists leading the pioneering study of the genetics of homosexual behavior in animals, the program challenges common assumptions surrounding evolution and “natural” sexual pairings.
Arrow previously produced Dogs: Their Secret Lives (4 x 60 minutes) for C4, which explored welfare issues that affect dogs and their owners, including obesity, neuroses and aggression.
“Even though it was observed by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, same-sex behavior in the animal kingdom has since largely gone unreported and unanalyzed,” said Metcalfe in a statement. “From domestic pets to the kings of the jungle, it was thought that the animal may just be showing its dominance or higher social status. British scientists now believe that they are close to identifying the combinations of genes that explain why there may be evolutionary advantages to an animal being gay.
“This documentary builds on Arrow’s reputation of presenting pioneering science in an accessible and compelling way, so we are delighted to be working with scientists to bring this ground-breaking discovery to the screen.”