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Escape to the Country presenter Alistair Appleton, 51, has revealed that he “felt like a complete fraud” and suffered from feelings of imposter syndrome while presenting the BBC show. Despite co-hosting the programme since 2007, the TV presenter admitted that he battled with feeling inauthentic while helping people find the country home of their dreams as he wasn’t a homeowner at the time.

For a long time, I felt like a complete fraud

Alistair Appleton

The surprise admission from the BBC presenter came as he revealed that he didn’t own a property at the start of his Escape to the Country career.

He admitted: “For a long time, I felt like a complete fraud presenting all these shows and not even being a homeowner”.

The BBC presenter also revealed that in comparison, his co-host Nicki Chapman “probably has more properties than I have toes”.

Alistair went on to reveal that the production company behind the BBC favourite also makes shows with Grand Designs expert Kevin McCloud, who Alistair applauded as someone “who really knows his s***.”

However, despite having bought his first property five years after joining Escape to the Country, Alistair reveals he no longer suffers from imposter syndrome as he sees his job differently.

He said: “I’m not an expert and I don’t have to be an expert on the show.

“I just need to hold people’s hands.”

In 2012 Alistair bought a three-bedroom flat in Hackney Wick, but after a telephone mast was erected outside his window he decided to move to the coast.

He now lives in a 1930s seaman cottage in the coastal town of Newhaven, which he’s rented since 2014.

Despite moving there on his own, he now lives there with husband Daniel Martin and their rescue dog Ben.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Fantastic Man magazine, Alistair also spoke about why he loves the BBC show.

“The thing I love about Escape is that, yes, it’s a show about properties, and yes, it’s a show about the countryside.

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But it’s actually a show about desire.”

In addition to his Escape role, Alistair is also a part-time psychotherapist and revealed that his two interests complement each other.

He continued: “Particularly for British people, connected to homes and the countryside, it’s astonishing how similar people’s dreams are.

“They don’t come on a show called ‘Escape to the City’ with dreams of a loft apartment.”

The current series of Escape to the Country started airing last year with the show continuing in 2021.

There are a total of 39 episodes in the current run with fresh instalments airing on BBC One on Mondays and Tuesdays at 3pm.

As usual, each episode takes audiences to a different region of the UK with viewers treated to some stunning locations in the countryside and incredible properties.

The show is returning for its 21st series, hosted by Nicki Chapman, Sonali Shah and Alistair.

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