Adam Henson talks co-star Matt Baker’s future on Countryfile after launching farm series

This Morning: Adam Henson admits to 'emotions' in farming

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Adam Henson, 54, has shared exclusively with that he “doesn’t know” whether his Countryfile co-star Matt Baker, 43, will continue to film for the BBC programme long-term. The former One Show host has recently set up his own production company and is now appearing in Our Farm In The Dales for Channel 4, which features his parent’s own holding.

I don’t know whether he will stay on Countryfile

Adam Henson

Matt has been a longstanding host on Countryfile after landing the role in 2009, while Cotswolds farmer, Adam, has appeared in the programme since its inception in 2000.

Opening up on Matt’s future on Countryfile, Adam divulged: “I don’t know really, but I know he has his own production company, and is producing a programme all about his family farm and the countryside.

“So I don’t know if he’s going to start concentrating on that or whether he will stay on Countryfile.”

Matt’s production, Our Farm On The Dales, follows him on an ambitious mission to make crucial changes to his parents’ organic sheep farm in the Durham hills.

The Countryfile host was spurred into action after his mother Janice Baker, 65, was injured when some of their pedigree flock of Hampshire down sheep knocked her over, as she was preparing to shear them.

However, despite having a broken leg and injuries that led to a knee replacement, Janice was determined to continue farming.

Matt and his wife Nicola Mooney headed up north to help run the farm, which dates back to the 17th century.

His plan was to restock the remote business and introduce more suitable breeds to reduce the burden of upkeep on his parents.

The popular TV presenter shared: “My mum has always been a shepherdess. I’ve grown up with her doing that. 

“We could never have persuaded her to do otherwise – it was always going to be the sheep!”

The star shared his main concern was for his mother to be able to cope during the colder months at the remote farm.

He continued: “Really we are securing the future of the breeding stock on the farm, in a way that mum will be able to cope in the wintertime on the hill. 

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“That really is the whole premise of the show,” he added to

Matt was keen to repay his parents for all the time and effort they put in to raising him as a child.

The star shared: “It comes to a point where you start looking after your parents like they looked after you.

“Farming is such a generational thing anyway and the changes we were making to help mum and dad will be there for my children in the future.”

It comes as Matt stepped down from The One Show back in 2020 after co-hosting the programme for nine years.

When his departure was announced, Matt said he was “excited about other opportunities” and “looking forward to having dinner with my family and being able to put my kids to bed”.

He continued: “I’ve loved that The One Show has been such a big part of my life for the last nine years.”

However, as of yet, he is yet to address any plans to step down from Countryfile and continues to appear.

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