Matt Baker details frustrating setback with new farming series

Matt Baker details frustrating setback with new farming series

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Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales is back for a third series as the documentary following the Countryfile presenter and his family returns to More4 on Wednesday. The former The One Show host appeared on the BBC magazine show to open up on the “setbacks” he faced while filming the latest series. 

Host Ronan Keating began: “The series kicks off with a major setback, the huge storms that we saw last year that must have been so frustrating for you after all the hard work.

Matt replied: “Well, it actually all started because my mum [Janice] had this nasty accident getting the sheep ready for sheering.

“She ended up breaking her leg, needed a knee replacement and basically we re-versioned the farm so that it would be sustainable going forward so that they could continue the life that they love so much because they never wanted to move away.”

“It’s absolutely idyllic, it’s the place that I grew up and there comes that point in life where you start looking after your parents in the same way that they’ve looked after you,” he continued.

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“There were tough decisions that we had to make and we made so many changes to make it sustainable.

“We went off around the country and got different breeds of sheep that will be able to cope well 1000 feet up and did a lot of work. 

“We finished it all and it was all brilliant and done superbly well and then these storms hit last year.

“It was epic storms and when you’re up on a hill like that, we got smashed by the storms.”

Looking to the future host Lauren Laverne questioned: “Some parts of the UK this week are going to be hit by your winds up to 80 miles an hour. 

“Have you had to make changes to prepare for the winter ahead?”

“Absolutely and that’s the heartbeat of the series going forward,” the former One Show host said.

“We put lightning rods up on the house just to make it as safe as it can be. I mean, who knows what’s going to be happening with our weather going forward, but you know, you’ve got to take it seriously. 

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Matt explained an incident where his mum was standing by a stable five minutes before a storm hit.

“She was checking the sheep and then she went up to the house and looked out the window and that stable flipped up and landed exactly where she was standing,” he shared.

The More Four series follows Matt and his wife and kids making vital changes to secure the future of his parent’s farm in the Durham countryside. 

Reflecting on the new series, he added: “It’s all about community and there’s so many things happening and all my friends come round to help.”

“It’s funny, really, because although it’s a television show, it’s actually not a television show we’re just filming what we’re doing and people love it,” Matt said.

“I was amazed at how people took it to their hearts and we’re really looking forward to all of the episodes that we’ve done.

“We just enjoy other people spending time with us as a family in a place I love so much.”

The One Show airs on BBC One on weekdays at 7pm. Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales returns to More4 on Wednesday at 9pm.

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