Matt Baker blasts people who call farming ‘idyllic’ as he praises Jeremy Clarkson

Matt Baker took a swipe at people who view farming as “idyllic” and simple when he appeared on ITV’sLorraine.

The former One Show host discussed the Christmas edition of his Channel 4 farming show, Our Farm in the Dales, on Monday’s edition of ITV’s Lorraine (December 13).

During his chat with Scottish host Lorraine, Matt praised Jeremy Clarkson’s Prime Video series – Clarkson’s Farm for showing the tough conditions of rural life.

Matt admitted that it “winds me up” when others think that farming is an idyllic lifestyle, and how shows like Jeremy’s give viewers a realistic portrayal of the lifestyle.



Matt Baker blasted people who brand farming as “idyllic” and easy

The presenter moved from London to his family’s farm in Durham last year with his wife and kids after Matt’s mum had a horrific accident with her sheep, leaving her unable to run her farm.

Baker’s life on the farm has been documented in their Channel 4 series, Our Farm in the Dales, and after two series of the show the family cohort have now unveiled their Christmas special.

Matt spoke to Lorraine Kelly on Monday’s edition of her ITV daytime show (December 13) ahead of the premiere of a special festive episode of the show which airs tonight at 9pm on More4 and All 4.

Lorraine told Matt: “It’s actually an eye-opener”.



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Lorraine told Matt how “blinking difficult” his farming work must be

She went on: “It’s a very different show, but Jeremy Clarkson does a show about farming.

“What it’s done for all of us who don’t know that community is to realise how blinking difficult it is.

Matt replied: “Well, what it’s done so brilliantly is – a lot of people say, ‘oh I’d love that life, I’d love to be a farmer, I’d love that way of life’, so for Jeremy to come in and do what he’s done and show the realities-“

Lorraine chimed in: “It’s hard isn’t it?



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Matt praised Clarkson’s Farm for portraying the harsh realities of rural life

“Everybody’s got this image of, ‘oh, I’ll cuddle a lamb and look at the view’, you work your a*** off!”

Matt said: “It’s taken a lot of people by surprise”

“It’s idyllic sometimes – a couple of afternoons in the summer.

He continued: “Because yes, I mean, what winds me up is when people say ‘oh, such an idyllic life’, well you know what?

“The rest – it’s a lifestyle, and it is not a job. You don’t just decide to do this.”



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Matt’s Christmas special of Our Farm in the Dales airs tonight on More 4

Chatting to Lorraine about the Christmas special, Matt said that it was his wife’s dream to make a festive special for the show.

He said: “We’ve basically done two series of these programmes, and then they asked us if we would make a Christmas special. Well it was my wife’s dream to make a Christmas special.”

Lorraine chimed in: “Which is fantastic,” before Matt went on: “We actually filmed it back in October so…”

Lorraine grinned as she asked: “Did you keep all the decorations up?”, to which Matt replied: “My mum wouldn’t take them down!”

Kelly declared: “I love it!”

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