Matt Baker's mum tears up while talking about recent injury
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The 43-year-old is one of the UK’s most recognisable faces, having first graced TV screens as a presenter on children’s TV show Blue Peter more than two decades ago. Since then he has become a regular on programming, with stints on shows such as The One Show and as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, where he finished runner-up in 2010. Tonight his show Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales returns on Channel 4, which shows his family’s journey moving back to the organic sheep farm where he grew up in a bid to secure its future.
Matt has been particularly vocal regarding farming in recent years, and has championed for more to be done to ensure the industry is protected for generations to come.
But it’s not just farming the Durham-born presenter has been outspoken on, as he once was made a swipe at the amount of coverage Brexit talks had been given in 2019.
At the time, then-Prime Minister Theresa May was struggling to get her Brexit deal through Parliament, leading to widespread coverage of politics across the major channels.
After BBC News, Matt was hosting The One Show, and made it clear to viewers during the show that Brexit would not be mentioned.
Alongside Alex Jones, the pair hosted a show that detailed a number of heartwarming stories, but the audience waiting for any mention of Brexit would be left disappointed.
However, Matt did eventually make its presence known in a segue into another segment of the show.
He told viewers: “Right, we’re going to move on now.
“We’re not going to cover the twists and turns of Brexit on this show.
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“Because you’ve probably just seen an hour on the news – you would have had enough of it by now.”
After Matt’s remarks, the crowd and crew erupted into laughter, as the show moved on.
Matt is currently one of the BBC’s commentators during its Olympic Games coverage, with the presenter specialising in gymnastics.
The lovable host was actually a junior gymnast champion himself but sadly had to give up the sport after being diagnosed with anaemia.
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Gymnastics was his passion and he admitted to feeling “lost” when he had to stop.
He told the Daily Mail in 2010: “Gymnastics was my life.
“It was a very easy thing for people to take the mick out of. I was known as Jim-spastic for most of my childhood.
“Of course it [hurt]. It’s not a nice thing to be called.
“But I used to have the opinion that whatever I’d set my mind to, I’d do it, so it didn’t matter what other people said.
“But I was diagnosed with anaemia and couldn’t push myself quite as much physically.
“A halfway house wasn’t really an option for me. Again, it was all or nothing.
“I just knew one day at training that that was it. I came home and it was over.”
Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales airs tonight on Channel 4 from 7.25pm.
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