Celebs on the Farm: Host, Stephen Bailey talks about filming, farmers, and Scarborough's famous fish and chips!
Series three of reality TV show Celebs on the Farm, which was filmed at Scarborough's Stepney Hill Farm, is being screened from Monday next week.
The show, hosted by Stephen Bailey, will see 10 celebrities take on a series of farming challenges, from herding sheep to mucking out stables and everything inbetween. Filming took place in secret on the farm, in October last year under strict Covid protocols.
Host, Stephen said: "We filmed in October and I can’t tell you how lucky we felt to be able to get back to work after the first lockdown, and we managed to get the entire series filmed before the second lockdown. I must say the production really looked after us, we were regularly tested and temperature checked several times a day. I felt so safe."
The team of celebs will be put through their paces under the watchful eye of farmer, Chris Jeffery. Each day one celebrity contestant will be named "Best in Show" while one will be sacked and sent home.
It is Chris’ third series of Celebs on the Farm. He said: “This time we have filmed the whole show in Yorkshire, near Scarborough at Stepney Hill Farm, home of Ashley Tyson and his family. It’s hilarious and well worth watching how the celebs swap their glamorous lifestyles for muck and even more muck!”
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions the cast and crew were contained to the farm and were unable to get out and about into the town.
Stephen, who has holidayed in Scarborough as a child said: "I’m from a working-class background so holidays abroad were not our thing, but visits to the seaside were our treat and I loved it. You have some of the best fish and chips in the world, which, unfortunately, I didn’t get to try this time as we were contained in our social bubble for filming.
"I would have loved to have taken Farmer Chris for some fish and chips along the prom."
Surprisingly the biggest challenge they faced whilst filming was not adjusting to working within the new Covid safety protocols, but something a lot less easy to control.
Stephen said: "I think the biggest challenge this series was the winter weather in Yorkshire. The last couple of series we always filmed in the summer. This time, I think the weather was almost another challenge in the show for the celebs and in a funny way I think added to the series. Like in Sex and the City they say New York is the fifth cast member, for Celebs on the Farm series 3, the weather was an extra competitor!"
It is Stephen's third year hosting the show, and he said that his favourite thing about the show is that all of the celebrities get on and work together to do what's best for the farm and its animals.
He said: "I think there are a lot of shows that bring the drama and we are here to bring the laughs and the warmth. The team work so incredibly hard and I think you can see everyone’s love for the series in the show.
"These celebs have incredible depth, they’re eager to learn, they respect the animals and the farmers. This show has heart and that comes from the top and that’s what I love the most!"
Brand new to MTV, Celebs on the Farm premieres on Monday February 8 at 9pm, and continues every weeknight for two weeks.
Celeb's on the Farm was filmed last year, Strict Covid19 protocols and industry guidelines were adhered to throughout the production.