Springtime On The Farm: Helen Skelton says she ‘nearly cried’
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Helen Skelton has been a regular presenter on This Week On The Farm since the show’s debut last year. The small-screen star, who is also a presenter on Countryfile, has addressed her future on the popular farming programme.
The 37-year-old spoke candidly about her time working with her co-stars Jules Hudson and farmers Rob and Dave Nicholson.
The mum-of-two confessed she feels “lucky” to be a part of the farming series as she discussed the “intense” moments on the programme.
Speaking about her future on the show, Helen explained: “There are times when you’re in the barn at 4am and your ankles are deep in cows*** and there like, ‘Do a 78th take because an alpaca turned the wrong way.’
“There are times where it’s like, ‘Wow this is intense.'”
The Channel 5 presenter admitted despite the early mornings and busy schedule, she wouldn’t want to be doing any other show.
“But actually there’s no gig that I’d rather be doing. It’s just a laugh,” Helen commented.
“Rob and Dave had the exact same childhood as I’ve had. I’ve known Jules for years working on BBC projects. The team are all my friends socially anyway.”
She added: “I think we all feel a bit lucky that we’ve had no social life this year but we’ve actually gone to work and it’s been good fun.”
The Countryfile host added that she would continue to be a part of This Week On The Farm as long as viewers want to see the show.
Helen said: “As long as viewers want it. It’s one of those gigs where if you work in my industry you feel very, very lucky to land on a gig where you genuinely would want to do it.
“The people are good, the team is great, it’s a laugh.”
The TV star also addressed the sad reality the show presenters face when animals suddenly die.
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The On the Farm host shared the loss of an alpaca who was like a “pet” for the show staff.
Helen explained: “Sometimes the animals die so that is a massive issue. It’s difficult but that is the reality of farming. When you’re dealing with life it’s raw and it’s real.
“[The show] doesn’t always go to plan. Lambs die, animals die. But because of the way they farm they are more like pets.”
She went on: “We lost an alpaca last year and we’re all carrying on like it’s one of our family.
“But it’s rare. We’ve had 30 episodes and we’ve only had to film that situation twice.”
The small-screen star often captures moments on the farm from mischievous goats to being heckled by cows – and even a near-miss disaster with a reindeer.
The mum-of-two explained that it is a “challenge” filming with animals and has shared the outtakes on Instagram.
Helen remarked: “I got in trouble one day because I’m always saying let me share the outtakes because people find it funny.”
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