2 - 5 August 2018 - Blenheim Palace | BBC Countryfile Live

John Craven

Whatever your age, it's unlikely that you'll require an introduction. John enjoys an equally high profile in his role as presenter of the long-running Countryfile, which he joined in 1989. In July 2014, John celebrated his 25th anniversary of the show by becoming guest editor for a week, deciding on the programme's content and setting missions for his fellow presenters.

He has distilled his knowledge, wisdom and love of the countryside into his book John Craven's Countryfile Handbook, published by BBC Books, and he also co-presents the seasonal Countryfile Diaries series for BBC1. 

When not broadcasting, John is busy with corporate work, writing, speaking engagements and personal appearances. During his career John and his programmes have won many awards, including two BAFTAs and the TV Times Awards. He is married with two daughters and lives in North Oxfordshire.

Do you have a favourite spot in the countryside? 

In all the years I’ve been presenting Countryfile I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the beauty and variety of our countryside.  I have never filmed in anywhere that wasn’t lovely but I have two favourites – the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland coast.

What’s been your most memorable moment while making Countryfile? (On or off camera.) 

There have been so many but one that’s hard to beat was being presented with the OBE by The Queen in the Millennium Honours for  services to rural and children’s broadcasting. 

What are you most looking forward to at BBC Countryfile Live 2017?

I’m really looking forward to stopping and chatting to our viewers as I wander round the showground enjoying all the fun and the spectacle.  It was a new experience for all of us last year but everyone said they’d really enjoyed it and I’m sure it will be even better this summer –if that’s possible!

John Craven



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