The UK’s most talented canine – Wellingborough’s very own Pudsey – is to have a movie made about his exploits.
Pudsey: The Movie is due to be filmed later this year and is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2013.
The Telegraph spoke to Pudsey’s owner Ashleigh Butler just hours before she was due to perform on stage with Pudsey at last night’s National Television Awards.
Ashleigh admitted she did not know a great deal about the film as it had only been confirmed a few hours earlier.
She added: “To be honest, I don’t know a lot about it at the moment.
“My management had been talking about it for some time and I thought it would be a good idea, but it has only just been confirmed so there’s not a lot I can say.”
The forthcoming film is being co-produced by pop mogul Simon Cowell’s entertainment firm Syco and Vertigo Films.
Rupert Preston of Vertigo said: “We’re delighted to be developing this idea with Syco and we can’t wait to bring Pudsey to the big screen.
“It will be great, feel-good, fun entertainment for all the family.”
Mark Brittain, global commercial director for Syco, added: “This is a really exciting initiative for us – and we look forward to working with Vertigo as it develops.”
Ashleigh said the last year had been amazing for her and Pudsey. The 17-year-old added: “It has been a bit mad but it has also been really exciting.
“I have done some incredible things like appearing on the National Television Awards.”
Ashleigh said the stardom has not gone to Pudsey’s head and he takes it all in his stride.
“I have always said that he really likes performing,” she added.
“He’s definitely a bit of a show-off and he really likes going to all the different places and performing in front of people.”
Ashleigh and Pudsey – who is a border collie, bichon frise, Chinese crested cross – still live in Wellingborough but have spent most of the year travelling up and down the UK, as well as abroad, to various engagements.
Apart from meeting the Queen, seeing the release of his own autobi-dog-raphy and being invited to 10 Downing Street, Pudsey has appeared in a number of television programmes since he and Ashleigh won last May’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Among them are US shows Jay Leno and America’s Got Talent and last night he performed a version of pop hit Gangnam Style at the National Television Awards.