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Take The Lead: Cowell's new show for performing dogs

Simon Cowell's production firm Syco is working on a programme featuring talented dogs which is to be called Take The Lead.

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is considered favourite to host the programme which is expected to be screened over the festive period.

Simon Cowell with Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey. Credit: @OfficialPudsey/Twitter

Ashleigh and Pudsey, who won this year's Britain's Got Talent, are likely to be on the judging panel.

A source confirmed they are working on the one-off programme for ITV and said it was likely to take the form more of a variety show than a talent contest.

Ashleigh and Pudsey win Britain's Got Talent 2012

Ashleigh and her dog Pudsey wowed judges and audiences Credit: ITV

Paw-some duo Ashleigh and Pudsey have been crowned winners of Britain's Got Talent, in the first ever dog trick act to win the talent show.

The 17-year-old and her pet beat favourites Jonathan and Charlotte to be crowned winners of the ITV reality show.

They charmed viewers with their fast-footed routine to the Mission Impossible theme.