The Prince of Wales is to guest-edit an episode of Countryfile later this year as part of the BBC rural affairs programme’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
A special edition of Countryfile filmed at Prince Charles’s organic farm in Gloucestershire will air on BBC1 in March and follow the Prince as he examines rural initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people who work in the countryside.
During the programme, the Prince will visit a family of sheep farmers on the fells of Upper Teeside in County Durham, discuss the importance of the countryside in interviews with presenters Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker, and take a trip to a South London school which has seen exam results improve as a result of its pupils being encouraged to grow their own vegetables.
Discussing the Prince’s involvement with the show, Countryfile’s executive editor Bill Lyons said: “Through the work of his many rural initiatives and his Prince’s Countryside Fund, The Prince of Wales deals at first hand with many of the issues on Countryfile’s agenda.
“As we celebrate our 25th year, we look forward to this special edition of Countryfile, which will bring the Prince’s passion and perspective to this hugely popular programme.”
Prince Charles has long been a fan of Countryfile and highlighted the popularity and relevance of the programme at the Oxford Farming Conference in January. Speaking at the event, the Prince said: “Is it not quite revealing that the BBC’s Countryfile programme has become so tremendously popular?
“Ever since they moved it to its prime-time slot on a Sunday night, it has become one of their most successful television programmes, with over seven million viewers a week. There is evidently a thirst for the countryside and for the culture it represents.”
The Prince made his last guest appearance for the BBC in May 2012, when he presented a light-hearted weather forecast on BBC Scotland: