Countryfile gives home to One Man and His Dog

'One Man and His Dog' will move from BBC Two to BBC One and be shown as part of rural affairs show 'Countryfile'

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Matt Baker

'One Man and His Dog' is to become part of 'Countryfile'.

The long-running TV series - which has been on air for 37 years - will make the move from BBC Two to BBC One to become part of the rural affairs show in its new tea-time show, and Matt Baker, who presenters both programmes, can't wait for the switch.

He said: "I am delighted that 'One Man and His Dog' is coming to 'Countryfile', showcasing a lifelong love of mine to a much wider audience than in the past.

"I have no doubt these skilful dogs and their characterful handlers will captivate viewers and this unique part of British rural life will be an added joy to Sunday night television."

The show features traditional sheepdog trials - which sees a shepherd instruct their dog to herd sheep around field and into a pen - and attracted more than eight million viewers in the 1980s.

The last regular series aired in 1999 and since then there have been a number of Christmas specials, which continued annually until 2011.

Last year, the show was broadcast in two parts, the first of which was shown live.

Bill Lyons, Executive Editor of Countryfile, said: "One Man and his Dog has been a much-loved part of the BBC's schedule since 1976 and this move to a prime-time slot on Sunday evenings on BBC One reinforces the special place that the programme has in the BBC's coverage of country life."

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