Seven rural romantics are looking for love in the new series of the dating show
Monday, 16th September 2019, 14:44 pm
Dating shows are always perfect fodder for a bit of light entertainment, whether they’re food focused (Dinner Date) or nude bodies focused (Naked Attraction).
And this week Sara Cox returns to the great outdoors to play Cupid as she’s back on the BBC with a second series of her farm-based dating show, Love In The Countryside.
But what’s the big idea behind it all and how does it work?
Here’s your need to know on the new love-match series:
When is it on?
Love In The Countryside starts on BBC Two on Tuesday 17 September at 9pm. There are six episodes in the series.
What’s the big idea?
Sara Cox grew up on her family’s pedigree beef farm in Lancashire and understands just how difficult it is to find love when you’re wedded to the land.
Living in remote, rural locations and working long hours are just two of the hurdles our seven lonely hearts face in their search for a romantic partner. To give them a step up the love-ladder they each made online dating profiles, inviting people from across the UK to write them old-fashioned love letters.
They choose their favourites to meet face to face at a speed dating event before inviting their top three back home to spend a weekend with them trying out country life. Our lonely hearts hope for everlasting love, but can they navigate the bumpy road to romance?
Who is on the show?
In the first episode, we meet 23 year-old, Grace, a dairy and sheep farmer from Wales. Grace lives with her parents on their 380-acre farm on the Welsh Shropshire borders. Working alongside her father Ivor seven days a week, she has little time to find love. Her dating pool is limited to fellow members of the Young Farmers’ Club, but now she wants to widen her net to see if she can find love from further afield.
Forty four-year-old Martin is a dairy farmer from Yorkshire. Martin’s farm near Doncaster has been in the family for three generations, and preserving that legacy is important to him. He wants to have children and continue the farming dynasty, but he’s recently taken over the running of the family business, which means there’s been little time for romance. He’s not had a relationship for over a decade.
Sheep farmer Ioan, 25, dreams of buying his own farm and is looking for someone to share it with who doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty.
Ioan says: “I’d say I’d make a good boyfriend. I know I’m a busy guy and I’ve got a lot of work at home, but when it does come to finding that right person I do put 100 per cent into it.”
Katy, 57, is a sheep-dog trainer from Cumbria. She says she’s looking for “a big man with a big heart, somebody who’s strong”.
George is a 24-year-old vet from Wales. On why he’s looking for love he says: “I’m at a point in my life where I would love to find someone to talk to after a hard day’s work, someone who has interests that they are passionate about.”
David, 35, is a dairy farmer and he’s looking for Mr Right. He says: “It does make it harder as a gay farmer, because there aren’t many of us around here!” He’s incredibly close with his family and his ideal man will embrace that.
Victoria is a 35-year-old equine dental technician who lives in Somerset. She says her ideal man would be: “Traditional, chivalrous, kind, funny and who is also a bit of a snappy dresser”.