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This summer the BBC will be broadcasting a three part series about dogs that celebrates the extraordinary diversity of breeds and looks at the history of how so many emerged from a single species. This series will be centred on a typical English village and its dog owners… And that village will be Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell.

Among those who have already come forward is Derek Nightingale, the St Agatha's organist, pictured with his rescue dog in attendance.

The series will be filming in the second half of June and will be presented by Kate Humble of SpringWatch. It’s expected to be broadcast in August/September on BBC 2 at 8pm.

The producers will be inviting lots of dogs to take part in a number of carefully designed tests. And they will be filming dog activities around the village. They would also like to take a giant group portrait (possibly on Wittenham Clumps) featuring every Brightwell dog with their owners.

Some dog owners have already been approached by Helen Baines (aka Sheppard) who is working with the production team from Windfall Films.

The idea is to carry out a dog census of Brightwell to give a typical snapshot of dog ownership and diversity in Britain. There are roughly 1100 people, but how many dogs are there?

If you own a dog (even if you don’t want to take part in the programmes) please contact Helen on or by phone on 01491 837047.

The Windfall team would like to know the following information about your dog:

• Breed
• Name
• Age
• Sex

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