Helen Skelton gushes over ‘family’ behind scenes of Winter On The Farm

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Winter On The Farm returned to Channel 5 earlier this week and saw Helen Skelton, 39, and her co-host Jules Hudson, 52, head to Yorkshire to host a week of live shows from Cannon Hall Farm. The show, and its counterpart Summer On The Farm, has become a fan-favourite since it debuted last year.

Along with Helen and Jules, other presenters this series have included JLS star JB Gill, Dr Amir Khan and Julia Bradbury.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk earlier this year, Helen gushed that the team have “so much fun” behind the scenes.

The mother-of-three said: “We have so much fun, it is literally just really good fun and it is a family affair.

“It feels like it is a good gang and it feels like it is a team effort so I am grateful that we do that show and have done it for a good few years now.

“And I am lucky that sometimes the kids come with me to the show, one’s just waking up now, so I am lucky.”

Helen shares three young children with her ex-husband, rugby player Richie Myler, 32.

They are: Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and baby Elsie, who Helen was pregnant with during the last season of Winter On The Farm.

And they are not the only loved ones to join Helen on the farm as her Strictly Come Dancing partner, Gorka Marquez, made an appearance on Tuesday. 

During the episode, Gorka could be seen mucking out and meeting his new namesake, Gorka the Bull.

As he fed and made himself acquainted with the bull, Gorka commented: “I never thought I would be feeding myself, but he is better looking than me I must say.

“He is stronger, so I am very proud that he is named Gorka. I think he is very sensitive like me, don’t you think, Helen?”

She replied: “Urm if you say so, very supportive and patient is what that bull is saying to me!”

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Unfortunately for the professional dancer, he was unable to ride one of the resident horses despite his request as Helen had urged him to stay by her side.

She teased: “Gorka, I know when you said you were coming to the farm you were keen to ride the horse.”

Gorka exclaimed: “Yes!” but Helen shut down his request and warned: “But I need you, so I said please don’t let him on that horse.

“Keep him firmly on the ground instead.” 

This weekend, Helen and Gorka will compete in the Strictly semi-finals where they will perform a Waltz and an Argentine Tango.

Winter On The Farm continues at 8pm on Channel 5.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One, with The Results airing Monday at 8.15pm. 

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