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What was on Saturday 13th September

I Think I'm an Animal

Discovery Home & Health - 9pm

Who's in it?

Think you have a wild side? You've got nothing on the people featured in this programme, who've decided they're part-animal. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them spend a lot of time on the Internet.

In a nutshell

This show opened with a couple of choice statements. "Internally I am a leopard", was one. "On all levels except physical, I am a wolf", was another. Somehow, it only became more peculiar after that – until now, few of us would have realised there was a radio show in the US aimed at the growing population of people who think of themselves as wild animals (example caller to the show: "I am an orange, blue and white male German Shepherd, I am also bisexual, and I'm having some huge issues with my parents").

Staggeringly, the programme didn't play all this for laughs. Even the sight of two awkward teens wearing tails and howling in some woods was more touching than anything else: a display of adolescent awakening and mutual misfit solace. Although they'd think this was incredibly patronising. Being actual… you know… wolves.

What's the verdict?

Roll your eyes if you like (and it was hard not to when one jittery, skinny, nerdy wolf-lad compared himself to X-Men hero Wolverine), but there was something oddly admirable, even beautiful about the young dreamers on this programme, and the wild worlds they've created for themselves. Star rating: 3/5

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07-07-2011