Love in the Countryside – BBC2

Sara Cox is back hosting a second series of BBC2’s rural dating show Love in the Countryside – and this time she’s hoping for a wedding

BBC2’s warm-hearted dating show Love in the Countryside is back by popular demand, hoping to partner more rural singletons with their perfect match.

Because, as one of them tells host Sara Cox (pictured above), ‘Cows are great, but you can’t exactly take them to Nando’s.’

First up, it’s young farmer Grace, who wants to meet a man ready to muck in, and dairy farmer Martin, who’d love nothing more than to start a family

Both will sift through love letters before attending speed dates and picking three potential partners to take back to the farm.

But how will the lads cope with Grace’s protective dad?

And will the ladies be able to see past the state of Martin’s farmhouse?

Martin in Love in the Countryside

Can dairy farmer Martin find his dream date in BBC2’s Love in the Countryside?

Here, Sara, 44, who grew up on her dad’s farm near Bolton, reveals what we can expect from the new series…

Tell us about this year’s singletons on Love in the Countryside…

We’ve got a really lovely bunch of people on the show this series.

There’s George, a gorgeous vet from Wales, who has moved to a new area where everyone is married off.

Then there’s Victoria, an equine dentist who often spends time with her entire head in a horse’s mouth, and Martin the dairy farmer – now that his new milk parlour has been built, he’s ready to look for love!

We’ve also got Katie, who is a formidable sheepdog trainer.

She hasn’t had a date in 10 years and her daughter’s about to go to uni – she wants her mum to find someone nice to share her life with because she’s worried she will become that eccentric woman on the hill with 40 dogs!

Are you a romantic?

Well, I can’t help hoping there will be a wedding and I’ll be invited, then maybe they’ll name their children after me…

I get a little overexcited!

It genuinely can be quite lonely in rural areas and it’s hard to find the right person to be with, especially if you’re stuck on a farm milking every morning and evening – it’s a big commitment.

They need someone to share their life with – the fun times and the tough times when there’s sideways rain.

They’re looking for a proper partner.

TV Times rating: *****