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Countryfile Shakespeare special caps show's unexpected success

24 April 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dame Judi Dench’s appearance on Sunday bears out makers’ insistence that rural affairs programme is not just about sheep

Countryfile is the unexpected TV success story of its generation, a rural affairs show that went from fewer than 2 million viewers to become the most watched factual programme on British television.

At its peak, the Sunday night show fronted by Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven was watched by more than 9 million viewers, eclipsing BBC1’s EastEnders, Saturday night talent show The Voice and briefly topping Simon Cowell’s The X Factor on ITV.

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Simon Cowell praises BBC's Countryfile, but says Bgt is 'biggest show on planet'

5 April 2016 1:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mogul also admits the days of shows such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent getting 20 million viewers may be over

Simon Cowell has praised the “staggering” success of BBC1’s Countryfile, but insisted that ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent is “the biggest show on the planet”.

Cowell, who returns with Bgt on Saturday, said you “can’t argue” with the popularity of the Sunday night rural affairs show, fronted by John Craven, which last year beat the music mogul’s other ITV show, The X Factor.

Related: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini quits as X Factor judge

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John Craven to host daily Countryfile as record viewers flock to Sunday show

9 March 2016 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC veteran joins Jules Hudson, Paul Martin and Keeley Donovan on weekday spin-off series, as main show celebrates biggest-ever audience of 8.6 million

It has conquered Sunday nights and now BBC1’s Countryfile will look to do the same on weekday TV after John Craven was confirmed as presenter of its new daily spin-off, Countryfile Diaries.

Craven will be joined by Countryfile regular Jules Hudson, Flog It!’s Paul Martin and Keeley Donovan, a weather presenter on BBC regional news show, Look North.

Related: BBC launches Countryfile weekday series after record ratings

Related: Countryfile turns to 'hard core' issues after claims it is squeamish on rural life

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