Helen Skelton: On The Farm host in surprising admission about keeping a boat in London

Helen Skelton discusses moving to France with her husband

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Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has opened up about life in the capital, after moving from her birthplace of Cumbria. This Week on the Farm host admitted her rural roots had not quite escaped the broadcaster following her move into the city.

The 37-year-old addressed her time working on Blue Peter and Newsround, where she made the decision to move to London in a bid to be closer to work.

The small-screen star explained that she has always been in touch with nature and had a love for the outdoors.

Addressing her childhood, Helen said: “I was brought up on a farm. My dad was a dairy farmer but he works in animal reproduction now.

“My mum was on a farm when she was a kid. I lived in rural Cumbria until my mid-20s.

“It was only Newsround and Blue Peter that took me to London.”

Helen obtained a river license and would often take her very own boat out onto the River Thames, as she sought solace away from the countryside.

“Even when I lived in central London, I had a dog and I lived right on the river,” Helen said. “I lived in Chiswick and I had a river license.”

She added: “I used to put my boat over the wall and get in the river. It’s just part of who I am.”

Helen previously fronted the BBC children’s programme Blue Peter from 2008, until her exit four years later.

She also co-presented two series of the BBC One programme Holiday Hit Squad alongside Angela Rippon and Joe Crowley.

In 2014, Helen began presenting Countryfile and continues to front segments for the BBC show.

The small-screen star has since returned to her countryside roots, residing in Yorkshire with her husband Richie Myler and the couple’s two children; five-year-old Ernie and three-year-old Louis.


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The TV presenter opened up about her career in television and spoke of her love of fronting This Week on the Farm.

But the host revealed that she often questions if she should obtain a “predictable job”.

Helen explained: “Probably like any working mum in recent years, I’m like, ‘Am I doing the right thing?’

“Should I have 9 to 5? Should I have a predictable job? Should I be doing something separate?”

Addressing the importance of This Week On The Farm, the small-screen star explained the show has kept viewers entertained during the third lockdown.

Helen said: “I love the connection with people. I love what people are getting out of it. It really reminded me what I love to do, to be honest.”

The TV star also loves working on the Channel 5 programme as filming is not too far away from her family home.

“The other reason I love [the show] is it’s down the road,” Helen chuckled.

“The first few series [during lockdown] I did in my garden but I’ve always had a career that involved a lot of travelling and a lot of time abroad. Less so now, since I’ve had the kids.”

This Week on the Farm airs tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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