This dog show has been running since Victorian times, and was initially set up by a fella called Charles Cruft, after he landed a job with James Spratt, the inventor of dog biscuits. There's a good pub quiz question, if you ever need one. These days the show is one of the largest dog events in the world, and celebrates every role that dogs play in our lives.

Live from the NEC in Birmingham, Clare Balding hosts the Channel 4 event, which this year reaches its 125th anniversary. This edition features a lively debate on canine health and welfare, with Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Kate Bevan and Nick Blayney, and a look at the benefits of microchipping before it becomes compulsory under UK law next month.

Continues on More4 after.