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Superstar Dogs
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Rosanna Davison, Diarmuid Gavin, Ray D'Arcy and Louise Lennox

Superstar Dogs RT? One Rosanna Davison, Diarmuid Gavin, Ray D'Arcy and Louise Lennox

Superstar Dogs
RT? One
Rosanna Davison, Ray D'Arcy and Ted

Superstar Dogs RT? One Rosanna Davison, Ray D'Arcy and Ted

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Superstar Dogs RT? One Rosanna Davison, Diarmuid Gavin, Ray D'Arcy and Louise Lennox

Ray D'Arcy will make his return to RTE in the company of some celebrities' canines.

In his first appearance on screen since his shock announcement that he was leaving Today FM, he returns to his broadcasting "home" tomorrow night with his show Superstar Dogs.

D'Arcy, undaunted by that old Hollywood warning against working with animals and children, will front the new programme which sees dog owners Rosanna Davison, Diarmuid Gavin and Louise Lennox and their pets make their way through a challenging "dogstacle course".

The programme format was devised by Channel 4 and aired during the run up to annual dog show Crufts.

The British series was hosted by musical theatre actor and dedicated dog lover John Barrowman.

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During the course of the hour-long RTE programme the dogs will take part in a series of games including a penalty shoot-out and that perennial favourite - fetch.

Speaking about the show, model Rosanna Davison said both she and her Pomeranian Ted had found it a remarkably enjoyable experience.

"Ted really enjoyed the training and the filming," said the former Miss World. "It was brilliant fun."

It will not be the first canine-inspired television appearance for Diarmuid Gavin.

The gardening guru appeared with his dog Roxie on BBC Two's Sport Relief Top Dog last March.

Diarmuid competed with other celebrities in battling it out in a series of challenges for the title of Top Dog 2014.

Top baker and food writer Louise Lennox will be appearing with her dog Fagan.

The self-employed pastry chef is renowned for her tasty breads, cakes and biscuits.

According to RTE, the show promises to be "supremely challenging and totally entertaining".

The game plan consists of getting the dogs to do tasks, but their owners must also prove adept at the same challenges.

Apparently, whatever the dogs do, the celebrities must do too.

The challenges range from swimming and fetching to a game of sprintball.

"Hilarious, heart-warming and packed with badly behaved dogs," was the promise of the broadcasters.

Ray D'Arcy (50) sensationally decided to return to his old employers earlier this month.

The popular broadcaster made his name at RTE with TV shows including The Den, Jo Maxi and Blackboard Jungle.

RTE has declined to divulge what D'Arcy will earn. In fact his salary won't be revealed until 2017 when the figures for 2015 are released.

He is expected to enter the radio studios at RTE on February 2 when he will take over Derek Mooney's old 3pm afternoon slot on Radio One. Superstar Dogs will air on Sunday night on RTE One at 8pm.

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