An­i­mal crack­ers

Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV -

IF THERE’S one thing we all love even more than Christ­mas, it is clips on the in­ter­net of an­i­mals do­ing weird and won­der­ful things – be they guilty dogs, karate cats, sing­ing par­rots, sneez­ing pan­das, what­ever.

So, combine a whole load of play­ful pets and ev­ery­one’s favourite hol­i­day sea­son and you’re onto a win­ner. How­ever, as this is watch­ing telly and not surf­ing the web, the Chan­nel 5 bods clearly thought there has to be a hook to bring it all to­gether, some­thing a bit more celeby and in­ter­ac­tive than just show­ing us a load of short clips from t’in­ter­net.

They’ve re­cruited an­i­mallov­ing fa­mous faces to add some fes­tive fun and in­ject a bit of hol­i­day hi­lar­ity into the pro­ceed­ings as they give their own take on things – AKA some peo­ple off the telly wear­ing Christ­mas jumpers watch­ing all these clips, and telling us what hap­pens in them.

It’s an eclec­tic bunch, most of whom frankly you’d think could do bet­ter than this – Jo Brand, Michelle Vis­age, Su­san Cal­man, Nina Wa­dia and Shane Richie. And while their siz­zling dis­course might not add much to the pro­ceed­ings, the clips them­selves are very cute and highly en­ter­tain­ing.

And the pro­gramme mak­ers also take the op­por­tu­nity to hand out awards to their favourite ‘Pet Stars’ fea­tured in the show, in­clud­ing a talk­a­tive and tal­ented par­rot, a trac­tor driv­ing dog, and a daschund that can bal­ance things on his head.

Noth­ing says Christ­mas like a bunch of celebs nar­rat­ing clips of an­i­mals be­hav­ing bizarrely. Jo Brand, right, and, from top left, Nina Wa­dia, Shane Richie and Michelle Vis­age join in the fun

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