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TOM HEAP - presenter and host on Countryfile - has opened up about "scaling back" the BBC show in the current climate, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 15:20, Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Tom Heap, 54, is a firm fixture on Countryfile alongside Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Adam Henson and Anita Rani among other famous faces. The presenter has fronted the BBC programme throughout lockdown, overcoming many challenges.

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The investigative journalist has now spoken candidly about filming the show, addressing the "scaled back" instalments going out to fans.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Tom explained he would cover his BBC segments from his back garden.

He said the team were keen and focused on keeping the same Countryfile "feel".

It comes as the hit programme was forced to make a series of changes following the pandemic, which included still travelling to remote locations.

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Countryfile presenter Tom Heap addresses 'scaled back' show changeCountryfile presenter Tom Heap addresses 'scaled back' show change (Image: GETTY/WENN)

Countryfile presenter Tom Heap alongside his co-star Ellie HarrisonCountryfile presenter Tom Heap alongside his co-star Ellie Harrison (Image: WENN)

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Tom explained: "From quite early on I was able to still travel with respect to security and social distancing.

"We scaled back on the teams on Countryfile and we scaled back the number of places we were visiting. It was usually only one.

"Whereas on a normal filming day - before coronavirus - it would have been four."

He continued: "So we scaled back that but we still wanted to give the audience a feeling that we were telling them a story about where the food came from and how robust the food chain was.

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