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Meet the farmers (and vet) looking for love in new BBC show 'Love In The Countryside'

A new BBC show will help singletons living and working in the countryside find love with someone who has a dramatically different lifestyle.



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Host Sara Cox will head back to her farming roots with ’Love In The Countryside’ to help a group of men and women who are struggling to find a partner with whom to share their rural lives.

 

A reliance on the land for their livelihoods, and being based within small rural communities, has limited their chance of finding someone to love.

 

From farmers to rural vets, the singletons are ready to not only see if they can meet their match but also to introduce a potential partner to the true realities of life in the countryside.


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Sara will join the couples along their way as they negotiate getting to know each other, whilst the urban love seekers are grappling with wellies, the wild outdoors and dodgy Wi-Fi.

 

She said: “As a farmer's daughter living in the capital I'm really excited about uniting rural folks with people from the city.

 

"I can't wait to journey over hill and dale, through Britain's glorious countryside on my mission to hopefully help love blossom for the people who work the land, lovingly tend their animals but may have neglected their own hearts."

 

Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, said: “More than a dating show, Love In The Countryside shines a light on the realities of life where the land and farming is still at the heart of the daily routine.

 

"With both rural and urban singletons embarking on new experiences across this series I look forward to seeing how contributors from town and country can come together to learn from each other’s lives.”

 

  • The show will air on BBC2 next year.

MEET THE SINGLETONS!

Ed

Ed

Young farmer Ed has just taken over the family farm but his hefty workload has left little time for love.

 

Age
25
Occupation
Dairy Farmer
Hobbies and interests
Rugby, travel
Lives
Lancashire
Looking for
Female

 

“I’d love to have family and kids. I’d be a super dad.”

 

“I’m excited about transforming the family farm for the future of British farming.”

 

Mark

Mark

Mark’s a fit and fun farrier with a fulfilling life to share.

 

Age
52
Occupation
Farrier
Hobbies and Interests
Horse and carriage racing, historical re-enactment, golf
Lives
Norfolk
Looking for
Female

 

“It would be nice to settle down. For me love is being there to share, to do stuff together, to hold, to cuddle, to kiss.”

 

“I love living in the countryside. I haven’t got the hustle and bustle of living in the city. After working hard all day I love to sit in the garden, have a beer and listen to nothing apart from the countryside.”

Paul

Paul

A fun time farmhand with a raucous sense of humour and soft-centred charm.

 

Age
33
Occupation
Farmhand
Hobbies and interests
Clay pigeon shooting, playing and watching rugby
Lives
Worcestershire
Looking for
Female

 

“I bought this pipe and wear this flat cap as I thought I’d look novel and attract the ladies. But the only comments I get are from old men.”

 

“I like to treat a girl with flowers, chocolates, romantic gestures."

Peter

Peter

Well-travelled farmer but there’s no place like home.

 

Age
52
Occupation
Dairy cattle and arable farmer
Hobbies and interests
Snooker, travel, dancing
Lives
North Yorkshire
Looking for
Female

 

“I’ve travelled all round the world and you always want to come home. I don’t think there’s anywhere any more beautiful than round here really anywhere in the world.

 

“I suppose it’s what we all want isn’t it. To be in love with someone and for them to love you. You get butterflies in your stomach and you’re always thinking about them all day long.”

Christine

Christine

Christine has recently taken over her family’s picturesque 250 acre farm and would love someone to share it with.

 

Age
32
Occupation
Sheep & Cattle Farmer
Hobbies and interests
Keen baker
Lives
Dumfries & Galloway
Looking for
Male

 

“Basically I want a best friend, someone who's there by your side, who wants to be with you all the time and is willing to listen to all your nonsense!”

 

“A good day would be when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, your calves are running races up and down the fences with their tails in the air and it’s just beautiful.”

Heather

Heather

Heather’s love of horses and love of her job has so far stopped her finding the love of a good man.

 

Age
28
Occupation
Equine Vet
Hobbies and Interests
Riding, eventing, socialising
Lives
North Yorkshire
Looking for
Male

 

“Love is just having someone to share things with and someone who understands you, I think that’s real love.”

 

“I love horses, I’ve been riding since I was 4 years old. So it was a no brainer to become a vet. It was 9 years of hard work but worth it now … but I’m now ready to fit a man into my busy life.”

Wendy

Wendy

Smart, sophisticated and self-sufficient pig farmer looking for a man whose glass is very much half full.

 

Age
59
Occupation
Pig farmer
Hobbies and interests
Travelling, running
Lives
Herefordshire
Looking for
Male

 

“I’m very much a country girl at heart. My needs and pleasures are very simple now and that is satisfying … but I’d like someone to share this with.”

 

“The man I’m looking for has got to be upbeat and have that physical something, that je ne sais quoi.”

Richard

Richard

Richard is a gay man living in rural Scotland, who’s grown up with farming in his blood and is looking for a man’s man.

 

Age
39
Occupation
Sheep and cattle farmer
Hobbies and interests
Showing cattle, event organising, public speaking
Lives
Dumfries & Galloway
Looking for
Male

 

“For a relationship to work I think you’ve got to be committed to each other and be open and honest.”

 

“Living in an isolated community it’s really difficult to meet people, so it would be wonderful to find someone that I can share a connection and special bond.”

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