Tom Heap: Countryfile presenter addresses future on BBC show ‘May get fed up’10/11/2020
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Tom Heap has been a regular fixture on Countryfile since he made his debut in 2009. The small-screen star works alongside his co-stars Matt Baker, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison and Adam Henson.
The 54-year-old Rural Affairs correspondent took over the investigative reporter role on Countryfile from John Craven in 2012.
The journalist and presenter has now addressed his future on the programme and admitted he doesn’t “want to put a date on it”.
Tom expressed his desire to continue working on the BBC show but added the show bosses may get “fed up” with him.
He mused: “[I hope] to have a few decades left. I don’t want to put a date on it.
“The [bosses] may get fed up with me before I get fed up with them. Who knows.”
Tom first began his career as a sound mixer for Sky News before joining a News Trainee Scheme with BBC News.
He also worked on the Today programme, the BBC News 24 channel and Panorama.
The broadcaster later took on a newly created role as the Rural Affairs correspondent for BBC News.
Meanwhile, Tom recently addressed his nickname which was coined by viewers of Countryfile.
He explained that social media users have branded him the “Grim Heaper” because of his more “serious” journalism sections.
“Some people coined the term for me the ‘Grim Heaper’ because the programme is largely celebratory and then I come on and provide something that is a bit more challenging or a bit more bad news,” Tom commented.
“It did make me laugh as my nickname on the internet is the Grim Heaper.”
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Following his honest admission, Tom recently fronted a segment on the programme where he was filmed in a graveyard with a scythe – similar to that of the mythological character representing death, the Grim Reaper.
A scythe is a sharp, curved blade which is generally used for agricultural purposes including mowing and reaping.
“We had to have a little bit of inside jokes about that. I thought it was a bit of a laugh,” Tom chuckled.
“It was an amusing practical skill and it was something to learn.”
Tom added: “I put the scythe over my shoulder. I didn’t quite have a cape.”
Meanwhile, the Countryfile presenters have been presenting the programme from their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom had continued filming the BBC show from the confines of his back garden.
Countryfile airs tonight on BBC One at 5.45pm.
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