Channel 4 have commissioned My Gay Dog and Other Animals (w/t) (1 x 60 min) from Arrow Pictures, the film explores something that traditional evolutionary theory cannot explain - gay behaviour in animals. With more than 1,500 animal species displaying same-sex behaviour, the programme highlights recent research from leading scientists in the field to find out more about this largely unexplained phenomenon.
Challenging many pre-conceptions about animals and procreation the documentary features a wide range of experts, who specialise in Evolutionary Anthropology, Sexuality, Sex-differences and Gender-differences, and scientists leading the pioneering study of the genetics of homosexual behaviour in animals. In addition, the documentary also hears from non-academic experts including zoologists, farmers and more.
Siobhan Sinnerton, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 News and Current Affairs, says: “This hugely enjoyable film explores the complex science and associated controversies around same sex behaviour in animals in a totally refreshing way."
Nick Metcalfe, Executive Producer, Arrow Pictures, says: “Even though it was observed by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, same-sex behaviour in the animal kingdom has since largely gone unreported and unanalysed. From domestic pets to the kings of the jungle, it was thought that the animal may just be showing its dominance or higher social status. British scientists now believe that they are close to identifying the combinations of genes that explain why there may be evolutionary advantages to an animal being gay. This documentary builds on Arrow’s reputation of presenting pioneering science in an accessible and compelling way, so we are delighted to be working with scientists to bring this ground-breaking discovery to the screen.”
My Gay Dog is Exec Produced by Nick Metcalfe for Arrow Pictures and commissioned by Siobhan Sinnerton at Channel 4. It is distributed internationally by Blue Ant Media.