Sheridan Smith’s Pooch Perfect axed after just one series by BBC

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Sheridan Smith standing with a dog in Pooch Perfect

Sheridan Smith presented the show with her co-host, dog Stanley (Picture: BBC/Beyond Productions)

Pooch Perfect, a dog grooming competition which aired on the BBC, has been axed after just one series.

Earlier this year, Pooch Perfect hit our screeners, with star of the stage and screen Sheridan Smith taking on hosting duties as accomplished dog groomers went head-to-head.

While some viewers absolutely loved the show, others expressed concern for the welfare of the dogs involved, with the BBC stating that ‘the producers consulted with both the RSPCA and British Veterinary Association (BVA) to ensure best practise as regards animal welfare, adding that any dye used on the dogs was animal safe and temporary.

Despite the show going on to branch out into the US, with Rebel Wilson as the host, the UK version has now drawn to a close.

In a statement sent to Metro.co.uk, a spokesperson praised the ‘light relief’ that the programme brought to members of the public during the pandemic.

‘Pooch Perfect brought plenty of light relief to viewers during lockdown,’ they said.

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Sheridan Smooth on Pooch Perfect

Sheridan offered a helping hand to the contestants on the show (Picture: BBC)

‘Whilst the show won’t be returning, we’d like to thank Sheridan, the judges, animal experts, groomers and pet owners plus Beyond Productions for bringing such joy when we needed it most.’

Pooch Perfect was judged by Verity Hardcastle and Colin Taylor, with dog groomer Kelly Davis winning the first season of the show.

When it was announced that Sheridan would be hosting Pooch Perfect, she shared how excited she was for the role.

‘This is my first prime-time hosting gig, I can’t believe I got asked to be honest!’ she said at the time.

‘But I am a huge dog lover and the time just seemed right, I had just had my son, Billy, so it was an absolute honour to be asked.’

Sheridan explained that as the host, she ‘got to know each contestant really well’, describing herself as a ‘people person’.

‘I became really attached and I wanted them all to win! I hated even just announcing who was going home each week, so I was thankful it wasn’t my job to judge them,’ she added.

Sheridan, who has six dogs at home, co-hosted Pooch Perfect alongside a canine companion called Stanley.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

Pooch Perfect is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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