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Pictures: BBC’s famous ‘One Man And His Dog’ contest filmed on Hampstead Heath

Shepherds swap remote hillsides for London

04 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Country File presenter Matt Baker with contestant Angie Driscoll and her sheepdog Pippi and Paul Maskell, the events manager on Hampstead Heath. Tilt phone sideways if viewing on mobile.

SHEEP returned – temporarily – to Hampstead Heath on Saturday as the BBC’s famous One Man And His Dog contest came to London.

There were one or two few double takes from passers-by who had been unaware that producers from Countryfile were bringing the show to be filmed Parliament Hill fields. Sheep used to graze on Hampstead Heath but were removed in 1956.

A sheepdog, left, herds a flock, while fans of the show, below, watch

One Man and His Dog was first aired in 1976 and drew audiences of more than eight million during its 1980s heyday, turning one of its first presenters, Phil Drabble, into a household name. It stopped being a standalone programme in 2013 but later became a segment within Countryfile.

Jimmy Menzies with his Baledmund, Shaw

One of the contestants, shepherd, Jimmy Menzies, from Perthshire in Scotland, told the New Journal: “It’s lovely coming to London for One Man And His Dog, but the dog isn’t used to seeing so many people. Normally, it’s just him and me up a hill, so maybe he’s a little distracted.”

 

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