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‘One man and his dog’ star leaves fortune

PHIL DRABBLE the presenter of cult TV programme One Man And His Dog has left the bulk of his £1million estate to his personal assistant. The TV presenter and newspaper columnist died at his home in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire last July.

He became a Sunday evening institution as the presenter of the BBC2 cult sheepdog trial programme from 1976 to 1993. Now his personal assistant, Ruth Froggatt, has inherited the bulk of his £1,013,523 estate.

She has moved into his former home, a Victorian folly called Goat Lodge, and is running the 90-acre woodland nature reserve he created there and carrying on his conservation work.

Ninety-three-year-old Mr Drabble and his wife Jessie, who died 18 months before him, had no children but grew fond of Mrs Froggatt, their personal assistant for 25 years. It is believed Mr Drabble regarded her as the ‘daughter he never had’. Married mother-of-two Mrs Froggatt, aged 41, said she knew the Drabbles from when she was a young girl as they were friends of her parents.