Pudsey set for a busy Christmas on TV

Chloe (NELL TIGER-FREE), Duchess (PUDSEY), Mr Stink (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Annabelle (ISABELLA BLAKE-THOMAS), Mum (SHERIDAN SMITH), Dad (JOHNNY VEGAS)
Chloe (NELL TIGER-FREE), Duchess (PUDSEY), Mr Stink (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Annabelle (ISABELLA BLAKE-THOMAS), Mum (SHERIDAN SMITH), Dad (JOHNNY VEGAS)

Pudsey the dancing dog will be back on our TV screens this Christmas when he tries his paw at acting and judging.

The lovable dog who captured the nation’s hearts in Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year joins Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith and Johnny Vegas in Mr Stink, adapted from David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book.

The hour-long comedy tells the story of lonely 12-year-old Chloe who invites local tramp Mr Stink and his dog Duchess (Pudsey) to hide out in her family’s garden shed. But Chloe soon discovers she is not the only one harbouring a secret and there is certainly more to Mr Stink than meets the eye, or nose.

Talking about working with Pudsey, Hugh Bonneville said: “His relationship with Ashleigh is just adorable. He’s a lovely well-behaved dog.”

Mr Stink will be shown at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 23, on BBC1.

Pudsey and his owner Ashleigh are also taking part in an ITV1 special over the Christmas period. That Dog Can Dance! will see five talented dogs and their owners vying for the title of Best in Show, and is hosted by Christine Bleakley. As well as Ashleigh and Pudsey, Sharon Osbourne and her dogs Bella and Rocky, and comedian Bill Bailey with his dog Teddi will give their verdicts on their favourite performing dog before the final winner is decided by the live studio audience.

Ashleigh and Pudsey will also perform a very special show for viewers.

That Dog Can Dance! is on ITV1 on Boxing Day at 8pm.

The famous pair are also doing their bit to make sure dogs have a happy Christmas as well this year in an advert for Vets4Pets. Ashleigh said: “We’d just like to remind everyone, while they’re having a good time during the Christmas period, to make sure their pets aren’t coming to harm.”

In a busy festive period, their story will feature in ITV1 show Super Famous Animals, on Monday, December 30, at 6.30pm, which tells the stories of the most famous animals on the planet.