Sara Cox takes bull by horns in dating show
SARA COX has revealed she’s got a history of matchmaking — just weeks before her new dating show is set to air.
Speaking ahead of the first episode of her new BBC Two series Love In The Countryside, the radio presenter recalled bringing two of her Twitter followers together.
‘There was somebody on Twitter who is called Ross, but he was called Netto Superstar, and he followed me on Twitter — this was a few years ago now,’ she said.
‘I used to chat with him and banter with him because he was hilarious. And there was a young lady who saw him bantering and also thought he was pretty funny, so she started following me.
‘She tweeted him and they got chatting —and now they’re on their second child!
‘They got married and everything, and I kind of brought them together.
‘They’ve got two little boys — it’s really cute — and they live up in Cumbria. Ross and Amy.’
In her new show, Sara wil help lonely country singletons find love with urbanites, introducing the townies to the wonders and realities of rural life.
Cox, who grew up on a farm herself, explained the concept: ‘Our singletons on Love In The Countryside, they’re really dedicated to their farm but they need a partner.
‘They’re not looking for someone to necessarily come and start literally mucking in and mucking out — they’re looking for a partner who is going to be there to support them and they can support them back and just be there.’
With Sara’s dad still working the land in Bolton, she says she gets how hard it can be to squeeze in romance.
‘It’s a big old commitment,’ she said. ‘You are married to the land a little bit.’
She added that all the show’s hopefuls enjoyed taking part.
‘They’ve really enjoyed it because not only have they got out, they’ve met new people and we’ve given them the chance to do that. We’ve kind of forced their hand a little bit,’ she said.
Love In The Countryside starts on Wednesday May 2 at 9pm on BBC Two
Author: Anna Thomson