Matt Baker gives verdict on Jeremy Clarksons ‘challenging and difficult’ venture into far

Matt Baker announces two new series of 'Our Farm in the Dales'

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Former The One Show presenter and Our Farm on the Dales star Matt Baker has opened up on the challenges farmers face as he touched on Jeremy Clarkson’s recent career change. The Grand Tour star broadcast the first series of Clarkson’s Farm earlier this year and Matt said the community is “welcoming” of newcomers like the motoring expert.

Talking about the appetite surrounding farming focussed TV programmes, Matt gave his verdict on Jeremy’s venture.

“Any telly is good telly when it’s on about our world,” Matt began.

“It’s all about welcoming people in and offering them an insight.

“Jeremy Clarkson’s show really highlighted a lot of the struggles farmers have, and to take that approach of questioning things and constantly being surprised is actually really helpful for the farming industry.

“It just shows how challenging and difficult it can really be, so hats off to Clarkson for doing that,” he applauded.

Matt continued: “Our Yorkshire Farm Amanda Owen is great too, it’s interesting as Countryfile was a trailblazing programme.

“There was no rural TV on a primetime slot back then, and suddenly there was a raft of it being commissioned left, right and centre off the back of the success of Countryfile.

“I’m very proud of having been involved since the early days, I never questioned whether it would be a success, I knew it would be.

“This is my world, I’m very passionate about it, and if people want to get involved and it too, then I’ll support them every step of the way,” the presenter explained.

Matt also discussed whether farming shows were a positive thing for the UK farming industry in terms of encouraging young people to think about careers in agriculture.

He explained: “It’s difficult to be a landowner as the price of land is incredibly high, and it’s very challenging, but if people are engaged with it and turn up at farms wanting to be part of it wanting to learn, it’s great!

“To be fired up and excited at a young age, to find a career path and find ways of getting involved and helping out can only be a good thing.

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“It’s a tough industry, it’s hard work, it’s not the idyllic life that’s sometimes portrayed,” Matt described.

After charming the nation with his family’s County Durham farm back in April, Matt returned to viewers screens last night with another series of Our Farm in the Dales.

The show kicked off with the Bakers getting stuck into lambing season while Matt continues to make the farm more accessible place for his parents.

Matt said in a statement after news broke of series two: “We were overwhelmed with the response to the first series, and my whole family are delighted to welcome viewers back to witness the next chapter of our farm.

“I’m so grateful to Deborah Dunnett and Channel 4 for their continued support and confidence in my growing production company and team, to have a festive special too is the icing on the Christmas cake.”

Speaking on Christmas with the Bakers, Matt said: “Christmas is all about food, togetherness, games, fun and all very traditional.

“There’s a lot of feeding up, roaring fires, highlighting Radio Times, fairy lights everywhere and a lot of decorations!

“Wherever we go, we try and buy a Christmas decoration, even when it’s not Christmas, so our tree tells our story, so to speak.

“Christmas isn’t a day for us, I love having Christmas Day around different relatives’ houses, there always was a lot of to-in and fro-ing, but I loved it.”

Our Farm on the Dales airs Monday at 8pm on More4. 
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