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Jules Hudson has just finished filming the Channel 5 series, Summer on a Farm with co-host Helen Skelton. During the week-long series which aired earlier this month, Jules invited a number of guests to feature on the programme including the likes of The Yorkshire Vet’s Peter Wright and Our Yorkshire Farm star, Amanda Owen. The mother of nine, who runs Ravenseat Farm with her husband, Clive, appeared on the show where she tried her hand at foraging, which Jules admitted she had never done before. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Jules opened up about what it was like to work with Amanda, as well as revealing the challenges she faces bringing up nine children.
He continued: “But I think also the nature of their life, you know where it is, how it unfolds and their passion for their animals and for the life that they have conjured in a very remote and challenging part of the world.”
Jules went on to address the challenges the Owen family face in the day-to-day running of Ravenseat Farm.
“It’s such a juxtaposition,” he added. “I suppose to many of the lives that many people lead, particularly if you are stuck in a town or a city.
“I think her version of rural life is particularly raw, particularly visceral and the challenges that she shares the day-to-day challenges are just enthralling.”
Jules said he had worked with Amanda many times before and branded the reality star a “force of nature”.
He said: “She is the most astonishing individual and the family are an astonishing family.
“For her, it all started with social media and her just sharing her passion for her life.
“You know in this game of broadcasting when you’re talking to people who are genuinely passionate about what they’re doing, you’re halfway there. It’s an absolute joy.”
“It’s just wonderful really to be able to give Amanda that platform and she does it brilliantly on her own,” the 51-year-old continued.
“Her passion is just legendary.”
Jules, who is also an archaeologist, will be taking to the stage over August Bank Holiday for Channel 5’s first-ever ‘5 on the Farm’ festival.
The presenter will be fronting the festival which will see talks from Amanda, Ben Fogle and Helen Skelton.
Speaking about the upcoming festival, Jules explained: “It is going to an opportunity for everybody who has followed our exploits, Amanda Owen and The Yorkshire Vets to come along and have a chance to meet and greet.
“Not just us but perhaps more interestingly, and more importantly, the animals.
“I think having the chance to come here for what we hope will be three sun-drenched days in August.
“With any luck, we can put the lockdown behind us and celebrate what we love about rural life.
“It is the first one that I’m aware of, and to be a part of it is a huge privilege.”
Escape to the Country airs weekdays at 3pm on BBC One and 5 on the Farm festival is taking place at Cannon Hall Farm, Yorkshire over August Bank Holiday.
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