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23 JUN 2017

Sara Cox to present Love in the Countryside for BBC Two New 6-part series helping rural singletons to find love

Sara Cox is going back to her farming roots in the hope of helping single people living and working in the countryside to find love with urbanites seeking their perfect partner – and a dramatically different lifestyle.

BBC Entertainment has commissioned Love in the Countryside for BBC Two, where a group of men and women are struggling to find a partner with whom to share their rural lives.  A reliance on the land for their livelihoods, and being based within small rural communities, has limited their chance of finding someone to love.

From farmers to rural vets, the singletons, isolated from the urban dating pool, are ready to not only see if they can meet their match but also to introduce a potential partner to the true realities of life in the countryside.

With many city dwellers longing to escape the rat race, and an unprecedented number migrating from town to country every year in the hope of a different way of life, it is an achievable dream.  But what is the reality of adapting to a new ideal away from all the trappings of a town or city, AND potentially finding your perfect match?

Presenter Sara Cox will join the couples along their way as they negotiate getting to know each other, whilst the urban love seekers are grappling with wellies, the wild outdoors and woeful Wi-Fi.

Sara Cox says: “As a farmer’s daughter living in the capital I’m really excited about uniting rural folks with people from the city. I can’t wait to journey over hill and dale, through Britain’s glorious countryside on my mission to hopefully help love blossom for the people who work the land, lovingly tend their animals but may have neglected their own hearts.  If you want to escape to the country and fall in love then get online to www.bbc.co.uk/love and check out our singletons to apply!”

Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment says: “More than a dating show Love in the Countryside shines a light on the realities of life where the land and farming is still at the heart of the daily routine. With both rural and urban singletons embarking on new experiences across this series I look forward to seeing how contributors from town and country  can come together to learn from each other’s lives.”

Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two added: “Love in the Countryside promises to be a really warm hearted show about the most important things in life; who we love and where we call home.  I am delighted that Sara Cox and the team from Boundless are bringing this series that promises life-changing romance to blossom on BBC Two”.

Hannah Wyatt, Managing Director of Boundless said:  “We’re delighted with the commission and to be working with Sara Cox.  Love in the Countryside is an engaging, warm and funny format about real people looking for love. Through their romantic adventures we’ll also explore the differences between town and country life in modern Britain.”

Meet the rural singletons looking for a perfect match here www.bbc.co.uk/love and for details on how to apply to take part in the show as one of their potential dates.

Will it be the change in pace the city dwellers have always imagined? And will this be the move they also need to find romance?

Love in the Countryside is a 6 x 60’ part series produced by Boundless (part of the FremantleMedia UK). It was commissioned by Patrick Holland Controller of BBC Two, Kate Phillips Controller of Entertainment, and Rachel Ashdown, commissioning editor for BBC Entertainment.  Boundless Executive Producers are Managing Director, Boundless Hannah Wyatt and Kat Lennox, and Series Editor is Rob Clifford.