Scilly Will Feature On BBC1’s Countryfile

Director Dean Jones with Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison

Director Dean Jones with Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison

Scilly’s tourism sector could benefit from massive TV exposure on Easter Sunday.

BBC1’s Countryfile programme will devote up to 40 minutes of their programme to reports from the islands.

The show achieves some of the BBC’s highest ratings, regularly topping 8.5 million viewers.

To put that into context, that’s more viewers than last weekend’s final of the singing contest, ‘The Voice’ and six times the audience of ‘An Island Parish.’

Presenters Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison, along with their camera crews visited on Thursday and Friday last week.

Ellie, who has never been to Scilly before, was impressed by Tresco’s Abbey Gardens.

And she feels the chosen topics will please the show’s loyal and large audience. They’ve filmed reports on the rat eradication work taking place on St Agnes as part of the Seabird Recovery Project and the imported red squirrels on Tresco, which could now breed.

Dean Jones is one of the directors. He says it’s hard not to make a good-looking film here on the islands because “everywhere you point the camera there’s something beautiful to see.”

He says they hope to revisit and film more features from Scilly in the future.



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