Matt Baker grew up on a sheep farm in the Durham Dales. He began his TV career as a Blue Peter presenter travelling the world but has always been passionate about our countryside. Fans of Blue Peter will remember his sheep dog Meg and the regular films they did on the family farm. Countryfile moved to its evening slot in 2010, which is when he joined the show, and he has been presenting the One Show since 2011.
Whenever he's not busy filming he's always back on the family farm or tending to his flock in the Chilterns where he now lives with his wife and 2 children (and countless other animals!)
Do you have a favourite spot in the countryside?
My favourite spot would be back on the farm just closing the farm gate and getting back to the pace of the Dales is essential for me. You often don't know how important something is to you until it's not there and as soon as I leave I'm always desperate to return. It's 100ft up and our farm is on the valley side so we have views for miles of the patch work landscape, a mixture of arable, grassland meadows and woodland both newly planted and some of the oldest in County Durham. I like to watch as the weather approaches down through the valley, it always seems to set the work rate.
What’s been your most memorable moment while making Countryfile? (On or off camera).
Gosh there have been so many from sailing trips and animal encounters to climbing and caving, summer days on the beaches of Cornwall to the extremes of winter in the Highlands. Our days filming are always frantic but my overriding memories are always of the fun we have with those we meet. We as a crew are so fortunate to see how diverse our landscape is and enjoy it through the people who make our countryside what it is. It happens week in week out and I could never pick a best or favourite moment as every week brings something that I will always carry with me.
What are you most looking forward to at BBC Countyfile Live 2017?
Last year I was genuinely surprised at what was on offer at Countryfile Live for families to experience but my visit was a short one as I headed out to cover the Olympics. This year I'm there for the whole lot so I'm looking forward to enjoying it at a much more leisurely pace. I know my children can't wait to try out the fishing and tree climbing again and see all the animals, demonstrations and sample a lot more of the food on offer!