ITV commissions The World’s Ugliest Pets

Picture perfect pugs, cutesy kittens and beautiful baby rabbits - the world is awash with adorable pets. But what about the ugly ones? ITV celebrates the pets who haven't been blessed with beauty in a brand new, one off programme: The World’s Ugliest Pets.  

Produced by Spungold TV, host and animal lover Caroline Quentin shares her love for ‘fugly’ – fabulously-ugly - furry friends. The 1x60 minute show will feature everything from hairless guinea pigs to one-eyed dogs and will follow Caroline as she journeys to the mecca of mutt-ugly animals: The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.   

Starting her journey in the UK, Caroline will meet some of the country’s ugliest pets and explores why Brits love an underdog.  She’ll learn about their unique personalities and meeting each pet’s devoted and quirky owners, who’ll share how their unconventional animals have opened their hearts and changed their lives.  

Along the way Caroline will search for Britain’s ugliest pooch to take to America and represent the UK.  After Caroline has selected her favourite and ‘fugliest’ canine, she crosses the Atlantic to California, along with the dog and its owner, to fly the flag for the UK and enter the fugly hound into the contest. But can the British underdog fetch the title away from the Americans to be crowned The World’s Ugliest Dog? 

Caroline Quentin said “I believe that beauty is only skin deep and I want to find out if it’s as true of pets as it is of people. As the proud owner of five dogs and six cats, mostly mutts and moggies, I reckon I’m the woman to find out”. 

The series has been commissioned for ITV by Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. Daniela Neumann will executive produce, with Jaimi West as Producer Director.    

June 17, 2017 12:25pm ET by ITV Press Centre  

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