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, alongside Jules Hudson and farmers Rob and Dave Nicholson. The small-screen star, who also fronts Countryfile, has shared how Prime Minister Boris Johnson contacted the farming siblings following the success of the Channel 5 show.
It comes as On The Farm has continued to film during the coronavirus pandemic, keeping families up and down the country entertained.
The 37-year-old has explained how Rob and Dave received a letter from the Conservative Party leader, as she recalled how they all took the “p***”.
Helen admitted she was unaware of how much the show had meant to the public, until witnessing candid moments with her co-stars.
She said: “I’ve been at the farm in the summer when we’re not filming with my kids in the playground.
“And you hear people, grown-ups going, ‘Let’s go and see Emma.’ I didn’t get it until I heard it.”
She continued: “When the Prime Minister sent Rob and Dave a letter to say ‘thank you’ for helping keep the nation’s spirits up, we all took the p*** a bit, but I get it.
“People this year have really struggled. Our generation has been through the unimaginable.”
Helen added: “The loss, the challenges. I’m not exaggerating when I say these animals have helped some people through some dark times. Rob and Dave are unbelievable.”
The TV star also spoke candidly about the sad reality the show presenters face when animals suddenly die.
Helen admitted that sometimes it can be a “massive issue” on the programme.
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.
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“[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.”
Helen has also addressed her future on the Channel 5 show, saying she loves working on the programme.
The mum-of-two feels “lucky” to be a part of the farming series and discussed the “intense” moments on the programme.
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.’ 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.
This Week on the Farm in available to watch online at My5.
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