The Love of Dogs return date is set as Alison Hammond steps up to replace Paul O’Grady

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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ITV has set the stage for the return of everyone’s favourite canine-centric series, “For the Love of Dogs,” revealing that the much-anticipated Season 12 will hit screens on April 16 at 8 pm on ITV1 and ITVX. But this time, viewers will be greeted by a new face as Alison Hammond steps into the shoes of the late Paul O’Grady, who passed away last year.

Alison Hammond was unveiled as the new host in January, following the departure of the beloved O’Grady. The decision stirred a mix of emotions among fans, with some expressing anticipation for the change while others voiced scepticism.

One viewer tweeted, “I can’t watch without Paul. She’s not bad at what she does, but she’s not the right choice for this show. She just screams ITV using one of their own instead of being a bit more creative.” Another echoed similar sentiments, lamenting, “Shame and a shame to Battersea as many won’t watch now. Great show with a great host, who had dogs, rescued dogs, loved dogs and was for the love of dogs.”

Paul O’Grady sadly passed away in March last year at the age of 67.

Despite criticism, Hammond has received a lot of well-wishers for the role

However, amidst the scepticism, there were those who expressed support for Alison Hammond, with one fan commending her, “Well done @AlisonHammond – Have told all our friends in Barking to tune in. x.”

Alison acknowledged the task’s enormity, stating, “I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series.” She emphasized her commitment to shedding light on Battersea’s commendable work and sharing the heartwarming stories of the dogs in need.

Satmohan Panesar, Commissioning Editor for ITV, reinforced the network’s decision, highlighting the legacy left by O’Grady while expressing excitement for the new chapter with Hammond. “As Paul O’Grady always said himself, the stars of the show were the dogs themselves, but the impact that he had and the legacy he leaves will never be forgotten by any of us,” Panesar remarked.

Paul O’Grady, who presented the show for 11 seasons and was a devoted ambassador for the Battersea charity, passed away in March last year, leaving behind a void many feared would be irreplaceable. However, with Alison Hammond’s appointment and the imminent return of the series, fans will soon witness a new era in the heartwarming journey of “For the Love of Dogs.”

Exposing the heroes of Battersea Dogs Home

As the show prepares to make its highly-anticipated comeback, viewers are gearing up to witness Alison Hammond’s debut as she steps into the world of dog rescue and rehabilitation, bringing her own charm and warmth to the screen. With Battersea Dogs & Cats Home once again opening its doors to cameras, audiences can expect a blend of emotion, compassion, and the unwavering spirit of hope as these furry friends embark on their quest for forever homes.

Alison Hammond is looking for a new role, which will be filmed at Battersea Dogs Home.

Tune in on April 16 to witness the beginning of this new chapter in the beloved series. Alison Hammond will take the lead in championing the cause of our four-legged companions, ensuring that Paul O’Grady’s legacy of love and compassion continues to thrive.

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