TV extra DJ Cox ‘like an over-eager best friend’ in new dating show
SARA Cox is recalling the time she played match-maker. “There was somebody on Twitter called Ross and he followed me – this was a few years ago. 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,” says Cox, 43. “They live in Cumbria. Ross and Amy!”
The DJ is talking up her Cupid-like skills before her new BBC Two show, Love in the Countryside. Cox, who grew up on a farm, hopes to help eight rural dwellers from across the UK find love with city folk seeking their perfect partner – and a different lifestyle.
It’s a role the Bolton-born mother-of-three was keen on. “You live vicariously through your single friends, as it’s always fun to hear about their adventures in singleton life.
“It appealed to me to help people find love, but also the countryside dynamic to this show is so interesting. It’s a completely new angle.”
Of the feelgood part, Cox adds: “I am the presenter but I kind of keep popping up like a slightly over-eager best friend or an annoying sister.
“The people that I’m chatting to, they’re so lovely, but it’s my job to try and get out of them what they’re really thinking and how they’re really feeling.
“To quote Esther Rantzen,” she laughs. “She said – and she’s been widowed for many years and is dating again – ‘I’ve got lots of people to do lots of lovely things with, but I just want somebody to do Love in the Countryside’s Sara Cox vows: ‘There’s not going to be bikinis or bad language or drunkenness or fighting or drama’ nothing with’. And I think that really sums it up.
“It’s that getting in, putting the telly on, watching The Apprentice or whatever and having a brew. Just having someone there with you on the couch or sitting up in bed.
“Our singletons on Love in the Countryside, they’re really dedicated to their farm but they need a partner – [someone] who is going to be there to support them and share their adventures. I don’t think they’re the sort of people to want to swipe left or right on Tinder. They’re looking for a little bit more
Britain in Bloom (BBC2, 6.30pm)
The omnipresent Chris Bavin (he also turns up later this evening as a judge in Britain’s Best Home Cook over on BBC One) journeys to deepest Oxfordshire, where a group of grandparents are taking on big businesses in Goring-on-Thames in the hope of winning a Gold award. Their aim is to transform the local train station, a utilitarian and uninviting space, but to do so they must gain the permission of the train company that runs it. They also want to “green up” the pathway from the car park to the high street, before filling the village centre with hanging baskets and troughs. But can they get the necessary paperwork signed to make their dream a reality?