I have an American friend who is absolutely insistent that this is all the proof that anyone could need to prove that the English are entirely mad:
It was the sound of wholesome 1980s Sunday-night TV: a plaintive \”baaaa!\”, a piercing whistle, and \”Come Bye!\” ringing out across the lush hillside. At home, eight million people perched on their sofas and held their collective breath at the moment of high drama: would the sheep enter the pen?
And now the high-stakes cliffhangers return as sheepdog trialing is restored to its rightful place in the TV schedules. From Thursday, More 4 will be screening the traditional-sounding World Sheepdog Trials.
I\’ll admit that I find it difficult to disagree with him on this particular point.