Alan Titchmarsh takes on Andrew Marr and Sophy Ridge with new feel good show on ITV

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Features include tree of the week, starting with actress Lesley Joseph’s choice of the beech, and classical music set to soothing imagery to help viewers relax. Alan, 71, said: “People will enjoy it as a good Sunday morning watch and it’ll put them in a good mood for the week ahead and reassure them that everything in the countryside is there to be cherished, to be admired and for people who work in it to be respected.”

Each show will start at 9.25am – the same time that Countryfile used to begin before it moved to the evening.

The BBC One show has found itself subject to criticism of late, including from the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

It claimed “rural communities believe overwhelmingly that the BBC is inherently biased against Welsh farmers”.

The time switch means Alan will go head-to-head with BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show and Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, both about politics.

In stark contrast, Alan says that his show is “a celebration of the British countryside, the people who work in it, the crafts they display expertise at – and it’s a very good antidote to lockdown and to explain the countryside and all the joys of it.”

He added: “I hope viewers get a real feel for the countryside – a reassurance as to how important it is and what it does for us mentally, physically and spiritually. Above all, it’s an enjoyable piece of entertaining information.”

There is also expected to be some gardening, with Alan saying: “I think the fact that people have been confined to their gardens [during lockdown], those lucky enough to have them, have realised the importance of a garden.

“More people have grown fruits and vegetables than ever before. But also, it’s also just the place to be and it’s balm for the soul.

“For all the frustrations that gardening can present, it’s far outweighed by what gardening and being in touch with nature offer.

“It reminds us of the true realities of life, and that nature and the great outdoors carries on regardless of what happens to us.”

• Love Your Weekend starts on Sunday at 9.25am on ITV.

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