08/01/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison explore the Wolds of East Yorkshire. Matt takes to the Wolds Way national trail to unveil a new land art installation, while Ellie gets an insight into the workings of one of the UK's greatest living artists. For the last few years, David Hockney has painted the Wolds near his East Yorkshire home. Now, ahead of a major new exhibition, he invites Countryfile into his home and his studio for a sneak preview. And he has granted the programme a world exclusive: the first broadcast of a brand new film that forms the centrepiece of his Royal Academy show.

Elsewhere, John Craven talks to the prime minister, David Cameron, about some of the biggest issues facing the countryside and the environment in the year ahead. Down his Cotswold farm, Adam has got his work cut out trying out a new sheepdog.

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Mon 16 Jan 2012 00:10 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • David Hockney’s Yorkshire

    David Hockney’s Yorkshire

    From the low chalk hills of the Wolds to the dramatic Holderness coastline, the East Yorkshire landscape has inspired one of our country’s best-known artists – David Hockney. Ellie Harrison meets the man himself at his studio in Bridlington where many of these works are created. She also gets a guided tour of the stunning landscapes that he has made world famous. Ellie finds out how he’s embracing new technologies and asks David what he loves most about living and working here.

    IMAGE: Ellie, and director Dean Jones, talk through filming with David Hockney.

    TAKE A LOOK AT DAVID HOCKNEY’S ART
  • John Craven Interviews the Prime Minister

    John Craven Interviews the Prime Minister

    In the first of two interviews with David Cameron, John speaks to the Prime Minister about his plans to create the “greenest government ever” and asks whether, in the current economic climate, that is an achievable goal. He also talks about the controversial plans to simplify and relax the planning laws and hears that Mr Cameron would no more put the countryside at risk, than he would his own family. John asks about the Prime Minister’s views on renewable energy and questions how well the current policies are working.

  • The Wolds Way

    The Wolds Way

    This year marks the 30th birthday of the Wolds Way, one of our country’s quietest National Trails. Matt Baker visits the 79 mile route, which starts on the northern bank of the River Humber and finishes at the dramatic Filey Brigg headland. Along the way, he finds out about a new sculpture that is being installed in the landscape as part of an artwork trail to encourage more people to walk in the area.

    WALK THE WOLDS WAY
  • One Of The Last Working Windmills

    One Of The Last Working Windmills

    There used to be windmills dotted all across the East Yorkshire landscape, providing flour to make bread for local communities. They’ve mostly gone now – but there is still one in the area that works. Ellie visits the four sailed Skidby Mill, which was built 1821, and finds out how its modern day miller, Neil Johnson, uses traditional techniques to produce local flour. Ellie then takes some of the flour away to make an authentic Yorkshire Pudding.

    TAKE A WALK PAST THE MILL
  • Yorkshire Pudding Bake Off

    Yorkshire Pudding Bake Off

    A trip to Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete without sampling some authentic Yorkshire Pudding. Ellie meets award-winning pudding creator Ben Cox who makes her a pudding in the traditional way, using flour from Skidby Mill. She then joins Matt for a Yorkshire Pudding bake-off. They meet a Jon Edwards from London who uses science to create the perfect pudding. He goes head to head with, Mary Rook, a Yorkshire grandma who thinks her more relaxed and traditional technique will win the taste test. But whose pudding is best?

    A SELECTION OF YORKSHIRE PUDDING RECIPES

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
John Craven
Presenter
John Craven
Presenter
Adam Henson
Presenter
Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Participant
David Hockney
Participant
David Hockney
Interviewed Guest
David Cameron
Interviewed Guest
David Cameron

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