Episode 1143



David Hockney grants Countryfile an exclusive, the first broadcast of a film that’s at the core of his forthcoming Royal Academy exhibition. These are exciting times for Hockney lovers as the show features new work – paintings, films and even iPad drawings inspired by the lovely East Yorkshire landscape near his Bridlington home. Ellie Harrison visits Bradford-born Hockney’s studio by the sea to meet him.

Meanwhile, John Craven talks to Prime Minister David Cameron about the issues facing the countryside, and the people who live and work in it.


Matt Baker unveils a new land art installation on the Wolds Way in East Yorkshire, while Ellie Harrison visits David Hockney at his home for a preview of a film that forms the centrepiece of his next exhibition at the Royal Academy. John Craven talks to Prime Minister David Cameron about issues facing the countryside in 2012, and Adam Henson puts a new sheepdog through its paces on his Cotswold farm.