Countryfile viewers blast BBC for ruining 100-year special episode – raging show has 'forgotten itself' | The Sun

COUNTRYFILE viewers blasted the BBC for ruining the 100-year special episode – raging the show has 'forgotten itself'.

The BBC marks its centenary this year and Countryfile decided to honour 100 years of farming in celebration.

Adam Henson and Margherita Taylor visited Cogges Manor Farm in West Oxfordshire for the special episode, and explored different aspects of farming life.

These included the roles of women to using horses to pull ploughs before technology became part of agricultural life.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Smith visited a cattle farm to discuss high-carbon emissions.

She said: "The Government has been negotiating food trade deals with countries such as Australia, New Zealand and India.

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"And as we move away from importing high carbon emission feed for our livestock, there are fears these deals could increase imports of human food produced with higher carbon emissions."

She spoke to Vicki Hird, from the charity Sustain, about advocating for agricultural policies and zero-carbon initiatives.

Charlotte said: "The Government, of course, will say it will protect standards."

Vicki replied: "We have heard a lot of talk of protecting standards, we have seen the Australia deal.

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"It doesn't, and that's because producers overseas won't have the same rules that we have on pesticide use, on animal welfare, on environmental protection.

"So they will be selling here at a much lower cost undercutting our farmers, which is just not acceptable."

However, despite the interesting debates and conversations had during the episode, some viewers felt like the special wasn't the place to discuss Brexit and Government issues.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "#countryfile doing its usual political activism thing and forgetting it's supposed to be a programme about the countryside @bbc just can't help themselves."

Another added: "Interesting you can have a 10 minute report about the consequences of Brexit without using the word Brexit #countryfile"

A third tweeted: "Even on a programme like #Countryfile, where it's central to many topics being discussed, the word Brexit seems to be on a BBC obscenity list."

Countryfile airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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