Sheridan Smith is the host of new BBC competition show Pooch Perfect (Picture: BBC)
Sheridan Smith has revealed she was banned from bringing any more pets home during the filming of her new BBC One competition show Pooch Perfect.
The upcoming series sees the actress and her fluffy co-host Stanley (a dog) embark on a mission to find the nation’s Top Dog Groomer, with 16 professionals from across the country put through their paces in a number of challenges.
‘I have six dogs already and I was warned not to bring any dogs home from filming before we started!’ Sheridan revealed, ahead of the Pooch Perfect launch.
‘There was many a time where I wanted to, but I promised my mum, no more livestock, because I also have donkeys.
‘The donkeys live at the field at the end of my garden, they are gorgeous, they are similar to dogs in that they are loving and loyal, and they know their owner.’
She added: ‘Donkeys are always in pairs, you rarely see a donkey on their own, so we have two sisters and a couple, they always stay together, I think it’s so sweet and romantic!’
Pooch Perfect takes place over eight weeks and is broken down into four heats, two quarter finals, one semi-final and the final.
Each week, the groomers will reveal their creations on The Dogwalk, where the judges will deliberate over the week’s canine contenders, and their owners are given the chance to see their newly transformed dogs for the first time.
The talent will be judged by professional dog groomers Colin Taylor, Verity Hardcastle and vet Bolu Eso.
‘The professional dog groomers take this really seriously, it’s their livelihoods at stake, they’ve trained their whole lives to do this and I had no idea how much skill goes into it,’ Sheridan said of the competition.
‘They really love dogs and you see how compassionate they are with them on the show, they are doing a job they love, and they are brilliant at it!
‘They really are the best in the country, a lot of them know each other from the circuit, it’s a tough old game.’
Pooch Perfect starts on Thursday 7th January at 8pm on BBC One and will also be available on BBC iPlayer