Countryfile 30th Anniversary - BBC1

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Countryfile celebrates its 30th anniversary in Cumbria, and John Craven introduces a countdown of the most memorable moments from the past three decades

A 30th anniversary edition of the popular show, from the stunning Blea Tarn in the Lake District.

Matt Baker, Tom Heap, Ellie Harrison and Steve Brown look back at their personal highlights, while veteran John Craven (pictured), who’s been part of the Countryfile team for 29 years, gets to see the ‘favourite John Craven moment’ as voted for by the viewers.

TV Times caught up with John to ask him what's been his most memorable moment on the show.


The Prince of Wales joins the Countryfile team for their 25th Anniversary edition

‘For just one week, the programme had a guest editor when the Prince of Wales reigned over us for Countryfile’s 25th anniversary in 2013.

'A true countryman, he set the agenda for the show and met the team on his Highgrove estate for a string of informative, convivial conversations.

'He told us he was at his happiest in the countryside, which was “an essential link with the magic of nature”,' says John.

‘I’ve successfully delivered a calf when the farmer was elsewhere,' John continues, 'but I’ve also been at the wrong end of a cow when she evacuated over me and a vet.

'The low point for me was when foot-and-mouth disease spread across the countryside in 2001. I’ll never forget the sight of those burning pyres of animals and the despair of farming families, who saw their life’s work go up in flames.’

TV Times rating: ****


Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.