For all its rolling hills, babbling brooks and breathtaking views, the countryside can be a tricky place to find love. Until now It was very successful and can take credit for 18 weddings and 25 babies. So, with that kind of match-making track record, we're confident this new BBC Two dating programme, which is inspired by Country Living magazine and its dating website Country Loving , will find a few lonely hearts their happy ending, too. Love in the Countryside.
Good news! From a sheepdog trainer to an equine dentist, the lonely hearts live and breathe their country lives. The only problem? They need someone to share it with — someone who is willing to swap the tube for a tractor and adapt to a new way of living. Urban dwellers who are looking for a change of scenery and some love in their lives can apply to date one of the six rural singletons below, with a seventh hopeful to be added shortly
Across the dance floor, beer in hand, stood a man with whom I had spent a tedious first date at a medieval castle. I soon realised that it was a world apart from the scene at my agricultural college, or the Jilly Cooper romance anticipated by my city-bound friends. The dating narratives of millennial memoirs and magazine columns centre around Uber rides and pop-up restaurants and cocktails on rooftop terraces, so much so that it can be easy to forget that singletons in rural areas are also swiping right and left, and being set up by their friends, in the hope of finding love or something like it.