The Dog’s Tale

This series comprised 7 x 40minute films broadcast at 9.30pm on BBC2.

Pratap was principal director of Programme 2 Gods and Gladiators.

Review by Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian
The Dog’s Tale (BBC 2) showed three weak beams, crooks, cripples and mongrel curs, dovetailed into a triumphant triangle”. From the dog-headed gods of ancient Egypt to the sacred healing hounds of Mesopotamia, dogs have always been part of human ritual. Once a year in Italy for example, Christians extol the fidelity and obedience of dogs by awarding them their own religious festival. But, as this week’s programme in the series “The Dog’s Tale” shows, man’s best friend is also being dragged into an altogether bloodier ritual in Japan. Tosa dogs are 85lb. (38kg) of pure, in-bred muscle. Once the status symbol of Samurai warriors, they have now been adopted as fighting dogs by the Japanese yakuza – Japan’s gangster fraternity. When Nobuharu Hamano lost interest in pit bulls, he bought up a stable of 20 Tosas and 6 wolves. “We don’t fight ourselves,” he says, “our dogs fight for us instead. And we get rid of our stress by seeing the dog fight.”
The Dog’s Tale, Thursday 9.30pm BBC2.

“From God to Dog”, Pratap Rughani

‘Easing the pain’ by Pratap Rughani

The Dog’s Tale Radio Times review by Adam Sweeting