Countryfile The show was first broadcast on 24 July 1988. While farming remained a core ingredient, Countryfile held a much broader brief – to investigate rural issues and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the British countryside. Anne Brown fronted Countryfile for its first year under its original producer Mike Fitzgerald. Broadcaster John Craven started fronting the Sunday morning programme in 1989. The programme was originally 30 minutes in length, now each episode lasts for 60 minutes. In April 2009, Countryfile moved to an early Sunday evening slot, with Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury joining John Craven as co-presenters. Tom Heap and Ellie Harrison also joined in 2009. In 2014, Helen Skelton became a presenter and in 2015, Anita Rani joined the programme. The programme currently airs 52 weeks of the year and includes a five-day weather forecast live from the BBC's weather studio in London. The wellington boots and straw bale suggest farming with the birds and insects in amongst the flowers to remind us of the wild life which thrives in the countryside.
‘What shall we watch tonight?’
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