Tom Heap details wife’s ‘fleeting’ Countryfile stint ‘The cat made more of an appearance!’

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Tom Heap, 55, has reflected on his wife Tammany Robin Stone’s “fleeting” appearance on Countryfile. The BBC’s Rural Affairs Correspondent admitted his other half had reservations about being filmed for the programme.

However, Tammany couldn’t avoid making an appearance last year, as the presenter covered his segments from his back garden due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking about his other half’s debut on the small screen, Tom told “She did [Countryfile] once, somewhat reluctantly, she’s telling me over her shoulder.

“We did a story about fishing focusing on the impact of fishing supplies and the restaurants being shut down.

“This was illustrated by a little BBQ in the back garden where my wife and number three son made an appearance. A fleeting appearance I must say.”

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Tom went on to joke that the couple’s pet cat Plum made more of an appearance than his nervous wife did on Countryfile. 

“The cat has made more of an appearance,” the presenter chuckled while reflecting on the lockdown episodes.

He continued: “She’s called Plum and she even got a speaking role at one point when [the cat] miaowed.

“She’s been on the programme maybe three or four times.”


Tom added: “Countryfile viewers love an animal, be it a cow or a tabby cat.”

The BBC favourite tied the knot with his partner Tammany in 1992.

However, he doesn’t often give fans much of an insight into his home and family life.

It is known that he and Tammany have children, a fact which was addressed by Tom in 2006 while he was working on the show Slash Your Bills.

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During the show, Tom was asked: “What do Tom’s wife and children think?” while it looked into his family’s new home getting a paragon of energy efficiency.

The star previously spoke out on how kids should be taken on school trips to abattoirs for food education.

In a piece for the Radio Times in 2018, Tom said: “I honestly believe that slaughterhouses, intensive chicken barns or crowded pig pens should be open to the public eye.

“Schools should be encouraged to visit as part of the curriculum.”

He added: “The public cares about the welfare of the animal and the health of the environment behind the food on their plate.

“Much of the farming industry is nervous about letting the cameras in… for me, secrecy breeds malpractice inside and, frequently unjustified, suspicion on the outside.

“It’s very easy for campaign groups to fill in the void with their own version of how animals are treated.”

Countryfile airs at 6pm on BBC One tonight.

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