Sarah Cox reveals why she's playing matchmaker as we meet all the busy rural workers looking for love in her new BBC2 series, Love in the Countryside
Sara Cox is wearing her heart on her sleeve and wellies on her feet in new BBC2 series Love in the Countryside.
Half-dating show, half fly-on-the-wall documentary, it sees Sara help eight British farmers take time out from their demanding lives and make some room for romance.
In the opening episode, Sara persuades everyone to leave their farms and swiftly sets up some speed dates and the amorous agriculturists must decide who they’d like to get to know better – and, naturally, this involves invites to the farms and some mucking in!
“I’m quite soppy and the thought of helping farming people find love is really appealing. Also the countryside dynamic to the show is so interesting. It’s a completely new angle. It’s fascinating to explore the roles of farmers,” says Sara, explaining why she wanted to take part in Love in the Countryside.
She added: “It would be fantastic to help the singletons on the show find ‘The One’. I envisage future children being called Sara! I’m joking, but it would be lovely to get nice stories out of this. I’m emotionally involved with everyone on the show. They’re all different but genuinely lovely people.”
Without further ado, let’s meet the busy rural workers looking for their perfect partner on Love in the Countryside…
The sheep and cattle farmer from Dumfries and Galloway is searching for Mr Right but that’s not easy while working full-time on a farm in rural Scotland! His hobbies include showing cattle and event organising.
Richard says “I’m quite picky! The man for me has to be outgoing, fun, like a drink and a party!”
The charming dairy, cattle and arable farmer is a Yorkshireman to his boots. Single for seven years with two grown-up children, he’d love to find someone who has space in her heart for both him and his livestock.
Peter says ‘Whoever wants to be with me will have to come to the farm. I get up to milk cows six days a week – that’s part of country life.’
The fun-loving dairy and arable farmer from Lancashire has been ‘single for a couple of years’ and would love to meet someone who shares his sense of adventure.
Ed says ‘I’ve never been on a blind date before or done online dating. It will be intriguing!’
The sheep and cattle farmer from Dumfries and Galloway gave up her career as an embryologist when her father became ill, and since he passed away, she’s single-handedly run the farm. A keen baker, she’d love to meet a romantic chap.
Christine says ‘I’m actually quite shy even though I’m going on a TV show! I wouldn’t approach someone in a pub.’
The farm contractor from Worcestershire is finding it difficult to meet someone in his small farming community who he’s not related to! He doesn’t want to count his chickens but he hopes that by taking a chance on this show he might meet a nice lady…
Paul says ‘I’m quite traditional. On a first date I love to pay rather than go half and half.’
The equine vet from North Yorkshire, who has been single for ‘six to seven years’, is hoping to find a cheeky chappie who shares her unbridled passion for horses and rugby.
Heather says ‘Until this year, I have never been in one place. I would like to meet someone now I have decided to stop running around like a headless chicken.’
The Norfolk farrier is hoping to meet someone who shares his love of 1980s pop music. But more than anything, Mark wants to meet that one special lady to settle down with.
Mark says ‘I’ve been single now for 15 months and I just want to meet someone who will put up with me!’
The sophisticated, self-sufficient pig farmer from Herefordshire, who has four grown-up children, loves her life but wouldn’t mind meeting that special someone to complete the picture.
Wendy says ‘I used to believe in love at first sight when I was 18 but when you get
to my age, it is hard to fall in love with someone at first sight.’
Love in the Countryside starts on BBC2 on Wednesday 2nd May at 9pm.