A hit television programme giving viewers a glimpse into life in Devon and Cornwall is returning for a Christmas special.
Devon and Cornwall at Christmas will return to screens on Channel 4 on Sunday December 20 at 9pm.
It follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular Devon and Cornwall programme, which returned for a second series over the summer.
The series proved a hit by becoming the highest rated programme of the year for its slot.
Some 2.2m viewers tuned in for the first episode of the second series.
Now, a festive special will allow viewers ‘the chance to spend time with some familiar faces from the series, as well as meeting new people whose livelihood is centred on this busy time of year, all set against the stunning landscape and coastlines that make this part of world so special’.
A Channel Four spokesperson said: “Devon and Cornwall; two counties that have been Britain’s favourite summer holiday destinations for generations…but there’s more to this south westerly corner of the British Isle than sunny beach days and clotted cream teas.
“Devon & Cornwall at Christmas takes us back to the lofty moors and craggy coastline to celebrate the festive season with the farmers and fishermen, artists and thrill-seekers.
“Our first stop is Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula to meet the farming family that are at their most hectic as Christmas approaches. The Richards family have been farming on the Lizard for over 500 years – James and partner Sarah are the latest generation of this Cornish dynasty to work the land here.
“But a decision by James’ father 40 years ago to diversify the business now means there’s no time to put their feet up and enjoy the festivities, as they run England’s most south westerly Christmas tree farm. We’ll follow the family as they prepare their evergreen crop and their festive farm shop for the deluge of buyers looking for the perfect tree and the odd decoration or two.
“The Richards’ trees also provide the seasonal centrepiece for many of the area’s towns and villages, and we’ll follow one extra special tree from delivery to lights switch on – bringing some seasonal sparkle at the end of a tough year.
“For Devon artist Luna North, the changing seasons on Exmoor provide her with the inspiration for her latest project – to paint her own Christmas card. We’ll follow her as she heads out to capture an epic landscape first on camera, and then back in her cosier studio to transfer the image to canvas. Once complete, Luna’s festive scene from high on Exmoor will provide the cover for a very personal Christmas card.
“At the harbour in Newquay, father & son fishermen Martin and Jake Gilbert know that heading out to sea can be rough at this time of year, but wild seas are worth it as the catch their seeking fetches high prices as Christmas approaches – lobster!
“A festive treat for many, we’ll follow the Gilberts as they leave the safety of the shoreline to collect their sought-after catch and follow the lobsters as they go from sea to shore to shop in just a matter of hours.
“In Devon, we’re back on dry land and in the heart of Dartmoor with cattle farmers the Alfords. There’s no let up for Steve, partner Hayley and Steve’s father Crispin as they put the finishing touches to a new shed to house their herd in winter.
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“They will then need to head up onto the moor to gather their animals in – easier said than done due to how unpredictable the weather can be at this time of year. Thankfully there’s a fire burning in the farmhouse kitchen and Christmas dinner is in the oven thanks to mum Diana.
“Back in Newquay, the sea temperatures might have dropped since the summer but that doesn’t stop Cornwall’s band of dedicated surfers from heading into the winter waves. Professional surfer Katy Beddoe and dad Keith often hit the empty beaches over the Christmas break as it’s a time when you can have the waves to yourself with not another soul in sight.
“After a bracing couple of hours surfing the breaks, dad and daughter enjoy the solitude of the deserted beach – in summer full of grockles – while warming themselves with the most festive of drinks in this part of the world – mulled cider!”
Watch Devon and Cornwall at Christmas on Channel 4 on Sunday December 20 at 9pm.