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'Britain's Got Talent' Winners Jules And Matisse Land Own Children's TV Show, Despite Tightrope Controversy

30/07/2015 17:58 BST | Updated 30/07/2015 17:59 BST

Their ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ win was clouded in controversy, after it was revealed they had used a stunt dog during their final performance, but that doesn’t look to be holding back Julie O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse.

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The pair have landed their own children’s TV series, less than two months after winning the ITV talent show.

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Jules and Matisse

Speaking to Dogs Monthly magazine, Jules let slip news of her telly deal, as she revealed that it was 2010 dancing dog act Tina and Chadi, that inspired her to chase her dreams.

“Tina had loved every minute of her ‘BGT’ journey and she kept telling me that even if it did just end up with us getting on the TV once, that could be all it took for the right person to see what we could do and a TV series to get commissioned.

"I can't say anything definite about my children's TV series as I shouldn't really be talking to the press about it, but if you won't tell anyone, I won’t!”

It was revealed last month that ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is being probed by media watchdog Ofcom, after Jules used another pooch, Chase, to perform a tightrope stunt during her final performance.

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Jules with her two dogs, who both performed in the final

In the immediate aftermath of the scandal, ‘BGT’ producers issued an apology to viewers, stating that they should have made it clearer that Chase was part of the routine.

Show boss Simon Cowell went on to insist that the act would not be stripped of their £250,000 prize money.

“There's a cloud over her and I want that cloud to go. I want people to feel proud of her and that she did well and she should be happy,” he told The Mirror.

“The producers are absolutely gutted. I was so depressed for the show, for Jules and for the producers themselves, because they are not horrible people. They didn't think how it would appear.”

Jules also insisted that she had not attempted to mislead the public, telling ITV News: "I was disappointed when people said I allegedly hid Chase and I was trying to make it like Chase was Matisse. That's not so.

"I introduced Chase in the semi-final, and I said Chase is Matisse's best mate. Why put the pressure on the dog when I already have another dog who can perform it on television?"

'Britain's Got Talent' Finalists 2015

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