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Helen Skelton opens up on ‘stressful’ changes to Channel 5 series: ‘Very different world’

Summer on the Farm: Helen Skelton tells guest to ‘calm yourself’

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Wildlife expert Helen Skelton recently presented Summer on the Farm Live for Channel 5. She hosted the show live from Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, alongside her so-presenter Jules Hudson. In a recent interview, Helen’s spoke about how different the show felt this year in comparison to 2020. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Helen explained the “stressful” experience of filming the show under strict coronavirus restrictions.

Helen has been working in television for almost 20 years and has recently been a familiar face on Channel 5 farming shows.

Channel 5 has a number of farm based shows, including: Springtime on the Farm, This Week on the Farm and Summer on the Farm.

Last year, Helen faced a new challenge when she had to host This Week on the Farm under coronavirus restrictions.

Chatting to Express.co.uk Helen explained filming for Channel 5’s Summer on the Farm had a “really fun dynamic” this year, but things were very different in 2020.

“Last year was very different because this time last year we were operating in a very different world.

“You know, things were all quite stressful and there was a different kind of focus for everybody,” she added.

However, the wildlife presenter explained she’d felt much more positive while working on TV projects in 2021.

Speaking about her time presenting for Summer on the Farm Live, Helen revealed she felt they could be “a lot more celebratory with a bit more mischief”.

Despite the stress of working with coronavirus restrictions Helen explained there are good things that have come from the world locking down.

The presenter noted she’d spotted a lot of farming and wildlife shows growing in popularity recently and believes lockdown may be the cause.

The Channel 5 star explained: “Obviously over the last year we’ve really reconnected in nature because we couldn’t go to places, all we could do was go outside.

“I think people started to discover what was on their doorstep and people maybe had the time to discover what was on their doorstep.”

She went on to add lockdown has helped people gain an appreciation for how varied nature in the UK is.

“The wildlife and the nature and the variety of landscapes that we have on this little island is phenomenal.

“I think it is just a really nice chance to shout about that and celebrate that.

“You know, Natural England or the Wildlife Trust, all of those organisations do an amazing job at protecting what we have,” Helen remarked.

The presenter continued giving high praise to Channel 5’s many farming shows.

She commented: “The farming shows and the Yorkshire Shepherdess and This Week on the Farm, they’re a chance to kind of take people from their living rooms into the great outdoors and I think people really want that at the minute.

“You know, there’s a massive interest in where food comes from and sustainability.

“It’s massive and growing, and I think farming taps into all of that. People want to know where the food on their plate comes from,” Helen concluded.

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