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One man and his dog star leaves fortune to PA

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.

Mr Drabble, known for his Black Country brogue, presented the BBC2 show for 18 years until 1993, becoming a Sunday evening institution in his trademark tweeds and flat cap.

In the programme’s heyday, his famously understated commentary would hold rapt an audience of eight million. His forthright opinions included describing ramblers as ‘the woolly-hat brigade’ and Ministry of Agriculture officials as ‘monumental incompetents’.

Mr Drabble claimed the surprise success of One Man And His Dog was because it made ‘a refreshing change from the incessant sex, violence and politics spewed over our television screens’.