Dogs are back in the news again after Golden Retriever Miss Molly was given free rein in the BBC This Week studio. Miss Molly, ten months old, belongs to This Week presenter Andrew Neil and was brought over from his house in France.
Andrew Neil explained that he had mentioned her to his editor, who then suggested she should feature in the following weeks recording of This Week.
Following in the footsteps of the BBC’s most popular children’s shows, Andrew Neil said: “If Blue Peter has a dog, why can’t we?”
The show has stressed that she won’t be permanent member of the team, but after the boost in ratings she encourages it’s almost certain that we’ll see her back again.
The only dog currently gracing screens on a regular basis is Blue Peter’s Barney the cross-breed. Barney was adopted by presenter Helen Skelton from Dog’s Trust in 2009, giving great publicity to rescue dog adoption.
Perhaps it’s time we saw more dogs in television studios!