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.