Prince Charles to guest edit Countryfile

Prince Charles with Countryfile team Prince Charles on the job for Countryfile

Prince Charles will guest edit a special edition of Countryfile as part of the programme's 25th anniversary celebrations.

For the special edition of the rural-affairs show, the Countryfile team will visit the Prince's organic farm in Gloucestershire and hear from the people who benefit from his rural initiatives, including the Prince's Countryside Fund.

The magazine show will also follow him as he visits a school in south London, where pupils grow their own vegetables.

The royal appears to be a fan of the show. Speaking at a farming conference in Oxford last month, Prince Charles said: 'Is it not quite revealing that the BBC's Countryfile programme has become so tremendously popular?

'Ever since they moved it to its primetime slot on a Sunday night, it has become one of their most successful television programmes, with over seven million viewers a week. There is evidently a thirst for the countryside and for the culture it represents.'

His passion for the countryside will also be discussed in an interview with presenters Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker.

Bill Lyons, the programme's executive editor, said the Prince dealt 'first hand with many of the issues on Countryfile's agenda'.

'As we celebrate our 25th year, we look forward to this special edition of Countryfile, which will bring the Prince's passion and perspective to this hugely popular programme,' he added.

In 2012, artist David Hockney appeared on the programme and granted it a world exclusive: a preview of a film that formed the centrepiece of his Royal Academy show last year.

The special edition will air in March on BBC One and BBC One HD.


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