Countryfile (1988– )
Next week it’s Two Dances, which means approximately half the rehearsal time/dance quality. So that’s something to look forward to, no?
Kick off is at 6.45pm, so join me here then – in the meantime you can find me @heidistephens on Twitter If you want to come and give me a wave. Thank you all for joining in and being entirely splendid – have a fab week, and I’ll see you next week! Hx
Davood and Nadiya dance their final dance to So Long, Farewell from The Sound Of Musical. Quite hard to bum lift to, but Davood gives it a go anyway, and promptly drops Nadiya to gasps from the audience. Well that’s one way to go.
Well on that bombshell, that’s It for another Strictly week – it’s been an emotional rollercoaster, thank you all for propping me up. I’m off to check out the outrage levels in the comment box, for all I know it’s just me and you’re all totally chilled about this absolute travesty.
See you next week for more dance-based larks; kick off is at 6.45pm, and don’t forget to wear your poppy as I’ll be checking each and every one of you*. I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you want to share some love/air your grievances in the meantime. Have a great week! Hx
This has all got quite tearful. I’m still in the denial stage of grief right now.
Simon and Karen dance their final dance to Eric Carmen/Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’, and another Strictly week is over. I’ve had all my blog holidays for this year, so I’ll now be at the Strictly helm all the way through until Christmas - thank you all for joining in and being brilliant, have a great week and I’ll see you next Saturday! Hx
All the judges save Mollie and Aj (obvs), so Simon And Karen are going home. Simon thanks Karen for being amazing, and Karen thanks Simon for all the food. Lols.
Mollie and Aj give their devilish Cha-Cha another turn. I had really high hopes for Mollie, but she needs to up her game if she’s going to make it beyond Blackpool,
So that’s it for another Strictly! Thank you all for joining in – you are entirely marvellous and I love you all.
I’m having my annual Saturday off next week, but I’m leaving you in the very safe hands of the lovely Alex Needham for Saturday, then I’ll be back on Sunday as usual. Have a brilliant week! Hx
Brian and Amy dance their final turn to ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House. The Strictly house is getting less crowded now, which is good news for all of us.
Craig can’t decide which one made less mistakes in the dance-off, but goes with Simon. He so badly wants to kick both out.
Darcey also saves Simon, so Brian And Amy are leaving this evening.
The organisers of Countryfile Live knew they were channeling strong forces when they opened their festival in Woodstock. Admittedly it’s Woodstock, Oxfordshire, not New York. And the extravaganza in the grounds of Blenheim Palace is celebrating rural life, not counterculture. But there’s a vibe at Countryfile Live alright, and it can’t be entirely down to the cider.
For four days last week, tens of thousands of punters rocked up to the event and I was one of them. I watched children stroke piglets and pensioners get a workout with Nordic walking poles. I ate an artisanal piece of bread pudding,
The first series of Eden saw 23 strangers, all disillusioned or dissatisfied with the modern world in some way, bundled off to the remote Highlands with basic rations and misplaced optimism, where they would be cut off for a year and tasked with building their own society. It would be the kind of social study that had not been seen since the BBC aired its millennium-era community experiment, Castaway 2000. Castaway 2000 pre-empted reality TV as we know it now – that is, the attention-seeking, drama-thirsty form that was shaped by Big Brother – so it was more Countryfile than cage fight. It is now best remembered for its services to knitwear and making Ben Fogle famous.
But that was then, and Eden is very much a product of now.
So that’s It for a highly entertaining Halloween weekend, thank you all for joining in and being brilliant as always.
It’s my annual jaunt to Strictly next week, so someone else will be in the hotseat for next Saturday night’s show (not sure who, sorry). I’ll be back for the Results Show on Sunday (no spoilers, obv), so I’ll see you then – in the meantime you can find me on Twitter/Insta @heidistephens and I’ll try to post a few pics. Have a brilliant week! Hx
Tess asks Anastacia what her favourite moment of Strictly was, and she misses the opportunity to say “dancing with Gorka”. It’s a tearful goodbye (including some random guff about “finding her female”), and then
So that’s It for another Strictly week! Thank you as ever for your brilliant comments, they make my week. I’ll be back next week for the Halloween Special, so join me at 6.45pm next Saturday and we’ll get our freak on. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so come and say hi. Have a brilliant week! Hx
Lesley and Anton say lovely things about each other, and dance their final dance like your drunk aunt and uncle at a wedding. Just as it should be.
Craig saves Daisy and Aljaz, as does Darcey. Bruno does likewise, and Len would have done the same. So Lesley And Anton are going home.
Ah, I’m sorry to see Lesley go,
They dance their final dance to ‘Yesterday’, which is a song about when this was actually filmed. They give it their own personal spin with some Running Man and disco moves, which probably would have kept them out of the dance-off. Oh the irony.
So that’s it for Strictly Week 2! Next week it’s Movie Week, so let’s endure it together from 6.45pm next Saturday. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so feel free to swing by and give me a wave. Thanks for joining in, and have a brilliant week! Hx
Ooh, Twist! Anastacia and Brendan aren’t going to dance again, so the dance-off has been cancelled. So instead the public vote is deciding who is going home, and it’s…
Countryfile presenter Anita Rani says she fears the west is becoming increasingly intolerant of refugees.
Shortly after taking part in Strictly Come Dancing last year, the TV presenter visited the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on the border with Syria, which is now home to 80,000 people after opening four years ago.
When Adam Henson landed a coveted but daunting presenting job on the BBC’s rural affairs show Countryfile, he turned to his father, Joe, for advice. His father was a farmer too, but he was also a seasoned television veteran. Thirty years before, Joe Henson had blazed a trail on shows such as Animal Magic and In the Country, discussing animal behaviour and farming traditions with passion and eloquence. “Dad was a TV natural,” says Adam. “He was a fantastic storyteller and his timing was impeccable, so when we briefly worked together on Countryfile years later, the producers and directors loved him. He was also my biggest supporter and always rang after the programme to congratulate me or offer gentle pointers.”
Eight months have passed since his father’s death and
Countryfile would be unrecognisable and unsuccessful if it was made by a commercial broadcaster, according to the show’s executive producer.
Bill Lyons said the magazine-style programme’s appeal to audiences was down to its place on the BBC and the resulting public service ethos behind its coverage of the UK’s countryside.
Related: John Craven to host daily Countryfile as record viewers flock to Sunday show
Countryfile is the unexpected TV success story of its generation, a rural affairs show that went from fewer than 2 million viewers to become the most watched factual programme on British television.
At its peak, the Sunday night show fronted by Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven was watched by more than 9 million viewers, eclipsing BBC1’s EastEnders, Saturday night talent show The Voice and briefly topping Simon Cowell’s The X Factor on ITV.
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Countryfile is my guilty secret. On a Sunday evening, when I want to sit back and not think too much, BBC1 offers me an hour of alternative reality. It offers a Britain that is beautiful yet real, hard-working yet leisured, a place without streets, housing estates or crowds, yet unmistakably British. Its star presenter, Adam Henson, does not lie in the grass contemplating the view with a piece of straw in his mouth. He works. But round him people are allowed to play.
This year, Countryfile broke through 8 million viewers, putting it in the same league as Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing. The appeal of the programme to Britain’s overwhelmingly urban population is undeniable. But is it what Henson claimed this weekend, that Countryfile offers not only space,
Simon Cowell has praised the “staggering” success of BBC1’s Countryfile, but insisted that ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent is “the biggest show on the planet”.
Cowell, who returns with Bgt on Saturday, said you “can’t argue” with the popularity of the Sunday night rural affairs show, fronted by John Craven, which last year beat the music mogul’s other ITV show, The X Factor.
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Alex Jones swapped places with co-host Matt Baker on The One Show sofa on Wednesday evening in a nod to the ongoing row over the positioning of BBC Breakfast presenters Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.
Walker’s position to the left of Minchin after replacing Bill Turnbull on BBC Breakfast sparked a sexism row. Former Countryfile host Miriam O’Reilly blamed “deep-rooted misogyny” for the decision to hand Walker, who is far less experienced than his co-host a position seen by some in the industry as the more prestigious spot.
Related: BBC Breakfast seating bias due to 'misogyny', says ex-Countryfile host
Can't deal with @MissAlexjones and Matt Baker sitting the other way around on The One Show @BBCOne
On the one show tonight they've swapped side!
It has conquered Sunday nights and now BBC1’s Countryfile will look to do the same on weekday TV after John Craven was confirmed as presenter of its new daily spin-off, Countryfile Diaries.
Craven will be joined by Countryfile regular Jules Hudson, Flog It!’s Paul Martin and Keeley Donovan, a weather presenter on BBC regional news show, Look North.
Related: BBC launches Countryfile weekday series after record ratings
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