One Man and His Dog

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One Man and His Dog
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Running time30–60 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC Two (1976–2012)
BBC One (2013–)
Picture format4:3 (1976–98)
16:9 (1999–)
Original release17 February 1976 (1976-02-17) –
present
Chronology
Related showsA Dog's Show
Flockstars

One Man and His Dog is a BBC television series in the United Kingdom featuring sheepdog trials, originally presented by Phil Drabble, with commentary by Eric Halsall and, later, by Ray Ollerenshaw. It was first aired on 17 February 1976 and continues today (since 2013) as a special annual edition of Countryfile. In 1994, Robin Page replaced Drabble as the main presenter. Gus Dermody took over as commentator until 2012.

At its peak, in the early 1980s, it attracted audiences in excess of eight million.[1]

History[edit]

The last regular series aired in 1999 on BBC Two; however, the same year also saw the first of a series of Christmas specials, which continued annually until 2011 and were contested by teams of shepherds from the four nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, in the three categories of Singles, Brace and Young Handlers. The main hosts have been Clarissa Dickson Wright, followed by Ben Fogle (initially with co-host Shauna Lowry), and Kate Humble.

Matt Baker joined the programme as a co-commentator (alongside Dermody) in 2006, and additionally became the main host in 2011. In 2012, the show was broadcast in two parts (the first of which was shown live) in September, and Baker was joined as a main presenter by Michaela Strachan. Dermody remained as a commentator until 2012.

Cancellation and merger with Countryfile[edit]

In July 2013, it was announced that One Man and His Dog was to cease being a programme in its own right, but the competition would become part of the rural affairs show Countryfile[2] on BBC One.

The first broadcast within Countryfile was on 27 October 2013, presented by Baker (who also continued as co-commentator) and Julia Bradbury. The Brace round was discontinued. Dermody was credited in 2013 as a consultant to the programme, but was no longer one of the commentators (replaced by Andy Jackman). For the 2014 competition, broadcast within the 28 September edition of Countryfile,[3] Baker co-presented with Helen Skelton. The 2015 competition was broadcast on 27 September 2015 and presented by Baker and Ellie Harrison. The 2017 competition, presented by Baker and Charlotte Smith, was broadcast on 24 September 2017, and saw the reinstatement of the Brace round.[4]

Presenters and commentators[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

Main series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 17 February 1976 6 April 1976 8
2 1 October 1976 19 November 1976 8
3 12 January 1977 2 March 1977 8
4 29 December 1977 16 February 1978 8
5 16 October 1978 27 October 1978 8
6 13 January 1979 24 February 1979 7
7 17 April 1980 29 May 1980 7
8 3 March 1981 21 April 1981 8
9 2 February 1982 23 March 1982 8
10 19 January 1983 9 March 1983 8
11 8 May 1984 3 July 1984 8
12 10 May 1985 5 July 1985 8
13 21 February 1986 18 April 1986 8
14 10 February 1987 31 March 1987 8
15 1 March 1988 19 April 1988 8
16 25 June 1989 20 August 1989 8
17 15 July 1990 2 September 1990 8
18 14 July 1991 1 September 1991 8
19 16 August 1992 4 October 1992 8
20 31 October 1993 12 December 1993 7
21 25 September 1994 13 November 1994 8
22 11 November 1995 13 January 1996 8
23 27 September 1996 15 November 1996 8
24 3 January 1998 21 February 1998 8
25 2 January 1999 13 March 1999 11

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
27 December 1999[20]
29 December 2000[21]
29 December 2001[22]
28 December 2002[23]
27 December 2003[24]
18 December 2004[25] The Heats
19 December 2004[26] The Final
17 December 2005[27][28] The Heats
The Final
16 December 2006[29] The Heats
17 December 2006[30] The Final
22 December 2007[31]
7 December 2008[32]
14 December 2008[33]

Seasonal series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 15 December 2009 18 December 2009 4
2 18 December 2010 19 December 2010 2
3 10 December 2011 17 December 2011 2
4 15 September 2012 22 September 2012 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The game's over for One Man and His Dog". BBC News. 17 February 1999. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Countryfile gives new home to One Man and His Dog". BBC News. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ "One Man and His Dog on Countryfile this Sunday". BBC Countryfile. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Countryfile - One Man and His Dog 2017". BBC iPlayer. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "All you need to know about... One Man and His Dog". Countryfile Magazine. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  6. ^ "How Eric became top dog on TV show". Lancashire Telegraph. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Ray Ollerenshaw". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Columnist arrested over 'race' speech". BBC News. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  9. ^ Hayward, Anthony (18 March 2014). "Obituary - Clarissa Dickson Wright: Broadcaster, cook and former barrister who found worldwide fame as one of television's 'Two Fat Ladies'". The Independent.
  10. ^ a b "One Man and His Dog Comes to Holker Hall". BBC News. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ "One Man and His Dog 2008". BBC iPlayer. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  12. ^ "One Man and His Dog 2009". BBC iPlayer. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  13. ^ "One Man and His Dog 2010". BBC iPlayer. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  14. ^ "One Man and His Dog 2011". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  15. ^ "One Man and His Dog Live! 2012". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  16. ^ "On Countryfile this Sunday: a One Man and His Dog special". Radio Times. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Countryfile 2014". BBC iPlayer. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Countryfile 2015". BBC iPlayer. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Countryfile 2016". BBC iPlayer. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  20. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 27 December 1999 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  21. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 29 December 2000 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  22. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 29 December 2001 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  23. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 28 December 2002 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  24. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 27 December 2003 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  25. ^ "One Man and His Dog: the Heats - BBC Two England - 18 December 2004 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  26. ^ "One Man and His Dog: the Final - BBC Two England - 19 December 2004 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  27. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 17 December 2005 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  28. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 17 December 2005 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  29. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 16 December 2006 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  30. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 17 December 2006 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  31. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 22 December 2007 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  32. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 7 December 2008 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  33. ^ "One Man and His Dog - BBC Two England - 14 December 2008 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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