Surprise in store for viewers when ‘lucky dog’ show airs next week

TV presenter Dawn Porter with Gemma Rowbottom , Sally Darlington and Kendall Rowbottom pat the head of the "lucky" dog in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.
TV presenter Dawn Porter with Gemma Rowbottom , Sally Darlington and Kendall Rowbottom pat the head of the "lucky" dog in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

VIEWERS are in for a surprise when a TV show filmed in Todmorden is screened next week.

Psychological illusionist Derren Brown came to town in September to investigate stories of the lucky dog statue in Centre Vale Park and organised a massive luck experiment to test if it really can lead to good fortune.

But Derren has now revealed that he and presenter Dawn Porter planted a rumour about the lucky powers of the statue and then watched to see how it affected the lives of residents.

Many people were filmed by the TV crew for the programme.

Sally Darlington, from Incredible Edible Todmorden, said she had suspicions about what was happening.

She said: “I kind of felt that the filming he had done was not true and somehow he was setting us up.”

Sue Landale, landlady at Jack’s House pub on Burnley Road, said: “I had heard about a lucky dog from our customers.

“Once Derren Brown revealed it, I thought it was hilarious. I think it’s such a good twist.

“I think it’s so funny that something can get round so quickly.

“If anybody thought it was a lucky talisman, it was purely coincidental.”

The show titled “The secret of luck” will be aired on Channel Four on Friday November 11 at 9pm.

It will be shown on a big screen at Todmorden Unitarian Church. Doors open at 8pm. Free admission.