Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country is the brand new Channel 4 commission that's in production right now and follows the presenter's relocation to the country. The show follows Sarah, her husband Graham Swift and their four sons as they leave London for Somerset, where the family have purchased a semi-derelict former dairy farm surrounded by 220 acres of farmland.
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Not only does the family build a new home on the grounds – a carbon-neutral mini stately home – but they also begin a re-wilding project for parts of the farm, introducing bees and collecting hens, as well as road-testing rural businesses from cheesemaking to cider making and chilli growing.
'I think I’ve always quite enjoyed the buzz from change and mountainous challenges and moving our whole family lock stock and barrel from city to country and re-inventing our whole life has certainly been that,' says Sarah Beeny.
'I am so aware of how lucky we are to be able to do something like this, but it’s been a life changing experience. But ultimately I do believe you only live once and if you can make a dream real you should try and journey down that path if you can.'
Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 continues, 'This sunny, escapist and hugely feel-good series taps directly into the daydreams that are, now more than ever, keeping us all going. A longing for a simpler, slower way of life. Closer contact with family, and a more meaningful relationship with nature. These things have a real resonance right now, and as Sarah and her family guide us through their own journey (which has a few daunting challenges along the way!) I hope that our audience will feel both comforted and inspired.’
Laura Mansfield, MD of Outline Productions adds, 'For anyone who’s ever dreamed of leaving the city for a new life in the country or contemplating a new build themselves, this series provides an entertaining and inspiring account of what the reality is like. We’re thrilled to be working with Sarah and her family on what is a gorgeous and escapist series.'
With so many people re-evaluating where and and how they want to live following the Covid-19 lockdown, the show is certain to resonate with viewers, perhaps inspiring more escapes to the country.