Rolf's Animal Clinic
Channel 5 announced today a new series, Rolf's Animal Clinic, with exclusive access to The University of Liverpool’s Vet School, one of the world’s leading veterinary institutions.
Presented by renowned broadcaster and animal lover Rolf Harris, the series follows teams of highly-skilled professionals and students whose daily work involves dealing with medical emergencies and treating the injuries and ailments of a wide variety of animals – from domestic pets and farm livestock to exotic zoo creatures.
Giving a unique insight into the School’s specialist units, the series shows the treatment of sick animals that have been entrusted by their owners into the care of a passionate and dedicated staff. Vets at the School’s Equine Clinic and Farm Animal practice are on-call 24 hours a day, while the state-of-the-art Small Animal Hospital treats over 5,000 patients a year.
Throughout the series we follow the personal journeys of Vets, students and owners alike, as they face difficult decisions that affect the lives and futures of the animals under their care.
Presenter, Rolf Harris said: "The welfare of animals is something that has always been close to my heart and it's wonderful to be presenting this series which covers the fascinating and skilled work of the vets dealing with such an amazing range of animals."
Commissioning Editor, Ian Dunkley said: “The series gets to the emotional heart of what it is to be a Vet - from the drama of life-saving equine surgery, to how best to deal with an overweight pet. Having Rolf as the presenter is a fantastic addition to the series.”
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About Rolf Harris:
Rolf Harris, TV presenter, artist, musician, singer, and entertainer was born in Western Australia. He is a CBE and is an Officer of the Order of Australia and he has received many entertainment industry awards. In May this year he was awarded BAFTA’s highest accolade – the BAFTA Fellowship. He has had chart-topping hits, written best-selling books and his TV career includes the hugely successful Animal Hospital series which was five times winner of The National TV Awards Most Popular Factual Entertainment Show and the series Rolf on Art which gained the highest TV ratings ever for an arts programme. Rolf’s paintings have been exhibited in the Walker Gallery Liverpool, National Gallery London, Buckingham Palace and the new Australian National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. His portrait of The Queen to celebrate her 80th birthday was the subject of a BBC world-wide TV documentary. Recently, in Australia, he played a record-breaking, sell-out season at The Sydney Opera House and in the UK he made his sixth appearance at the Glastonbury Festival where he has been voted Glastonbury’s most popular entertainer. During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year Rolf appeared in the ITV1 extravaganza “All The Queen’s Horses”; he was part of the spectacular Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace screened live on BBC 1 and, with a team of sixty artistes, Rolf captured sixty years of Royal history on canvas in the BBC1 programme “Rolf Paints … The Diamond Jubilee.”
About Channel 5:
The channel launched as Britain's fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 50 million viewers a month. It is the only family of channels, and only terrestrial channel to have grown year on year.
Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, kids, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, The Bachelor, Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, When Paddy Met Sally, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children's strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. In addition to 5’s highly successful crime drama franchises such as CSI, The Mentalist and Justified, 2012 also saw the arrival of two big new US acquisitions - J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan's Person of Interest and the highly anticipated return of 21st Century Dallas.