Published On: Mon, May 10th, 2021

Countryfile’s Matt Baker told to ‘get on with it’ by guest on the show

Matt Baker was left stunned on Sunday’s episode of Countryfile after a guest on the show told him to ‘get on with it’ as they took a tour of a maze together.

The presenter, 43, laughed nervously after being scolded by maze expert Adrian Fisher as they filmed a segment in Dorset. 

The pair were preparing to walk the route of the maze but as Matt hesitated slightly before setting off, Adrian appeared to snap at him to get moving.

Awkward: Matt Baker was left stunned on Sunday’s episode of Countryfile after a guest on the show told him to ‘get on with it’ as they took a tour of a maze together

Matt and Adrian were exploring Cranborne Chase which covers 380 square miles of protected countryside. 

Adrian started by introducing the background of the maze saying: ‘As a relic of its past, perched high on the hill and hidden amongst these woodlands – it’s a turf maze. 

‘But not just any maze, this is known as a mizmaze. It is one of only two that survived in the UK, it’s a protected monument and no one is usually allowed to walk on it, but we’re lucky enough to have been given special permission today.’

Told off: The presenter, 43, laughed nervously after being scolded by maze expert Adrian Fisher (left) as they filmed a segment in Dorset

Told off: The presenter, 43, laughed nervously after being scolded by maze expert Adrian Fisher (left) as they filmed a segment in Dorset

Speaking to Adrian about the maze’s past, Matt asked of the structure: ‘What exactly is it then?’

He replied: ‘It’s the world’s oldest mizmaze. This one goes back at least 800 or 900 years. 11 paths which go to the edge from the middle.’

Adrian continued: ‘So when the monks down in Avon Valley had their monastery. They would have come up and created this. 

‘Legend has it they would come up here as a penance and move around the entire route and we’re talking about hundreds of yards worth of length on their knees before breakfast.’ 

Whoops: The pair were preparing to walk to the route of the maze but as Matt hesitated slightly before setting off, Adrian appeared to snap at him to get moving

Whoops: The pair were preparing to walk to the route of the maze but as Matt hesitated slightly before setting off, Adrian appeared to snap at him to get moving

As Matt got ready to show how the monks would have walked the maze, the expert became visibly irritated by how slowly he was preparing to tackle it. 

Adrian then snapped: ‘Come on get on with it, don’t take five or nine months!’

Matt then started laughing and replied saying: ‘This is a difficult labour!’  

It comes after last month Matt admitted he had a very abrupt goodbye to his former The One Show colleagues when he left the series last year.

Tour: Matt and Adrian were exploring Cranborne Chase which covers 380 square miles of protected countryside

Tour: Matt and Adrian were exploring Cranborne Chase which covers 380 square miles of protected countryside

The star had hosted the BBC chat show for nine years alongside Alex Jones before he quit in March 2020, having since focused on his family farm.

With the UK in lockdown when he left, Matt admitted there were no goodbye parties or big send offs for him and instead he simply shut his laptop and was done. 

Appearing on This Morning, host Phillip Schofield said: ‘There was no party, no big goodbye, you just said goodbye on your laptop, shut the laptop and were gone?’

Matt replied: ‘Yeah I did. It was propped up on an ironing board, it is a year to the day that I left, strangely [my new] show going out exactly a year later. I said goodbye on my laptop, that was it.’

Honest: Last month Matt admitted he had a very abrupt goodbye to his former The One Show colleagues when he left the series last year

Honest: Last month Matt admitted he had a very abrupt goodbye to his former The One Show colleagues when he left the series last year

The presenter has since worked on his family’s farm which is documented on the new Channel 4 four part series Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales. 

Asked if he misses The One Show, Matt replied: ‘Everybody’s lives have turned on their head completely. Coming out of a hibernation stage, this is my life, I love it, it makes me who I am. 

‘This is me and this is my life. I think people will accept the way that I am when they watch it.’ 

Matt moved with his wife Nicola and their children Luke, 12, and Molly, 10, back to the Durham Dales after his mother injured her leg while tending sheep and he has been helping to run the farm ever since.      

Co-hosts: The TV presenter, 43, had hosted the BBC chat show for nine years alongside Alex Jones before he quit in March 2020, having since focused on his family farm

Co-hosts: The TV presenter, 43, had hosted the BBC chat show for nine years alongside Alex Jones before he quit in March 2020, having since focused on his family farm

He explained: ‘It was quite an eventful few months – this programme, I never pitched it just evolved into the situation we found ourselves in because of my mum’s accident. 

‘At heart, it’s not a farming programme, it’s the moment your life table’s turn and you start looking after parents the way they looked after you.’    

It wasn’t the biggest of changes for Matt who told how he always juggled farming work with his job on The One Show. 

Goobye! Matt had his last day on The One Show from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Goobye! Matt had his last day on The One Show from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic 

He said:  ‘I would be doing The One Show, cleaning muck off, then going into George Clooney or people like that.’    

Asked what his future plans are, the star said:  ‘Keep doing country farm and presenting, time freed up from The One Show I want to spend in production and programmes.

Addressing This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby, he added: ‘I am passionate about that. You know Holly back in day, children’s TV, all there. It is a passion that I want to keep doing.’ 

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