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Tom Heap regularly presents Countryfile investigations that cover more serious elements of the show. The small-screen star explained that the BBC show is largely “celebratory” but he tends to bring the doom and gloom on-screen.
The 54-year-old is a firm fixture on Countryfile alongside main presenters Anita Rani, Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and Adam Henson.
Some viewers have branded him the “Grim Heaper” because of his more “serious” journalism sections.
Despite how that might sound, the presenter admitted he finds the name “laughable”.
“A thing for me that was quite amusing recently, I’m always doing the more serious current affairs journalism section,” Tom explained.
“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 recently joined forces with his co-star Ellie to front the main programme and he dished on a segment 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.
Tom remarked: “It did make me laugh as my nickname on the internet is the Grim Heaper.
“On the programme they actually had me doing some scything in a graveyard.”
He continued: “We had to have a little bit of inside jokes about that. I thought it was a bit of a laugh.
“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.”
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Elsewhere, the TV host spoke candidly about life in lockdown as he gave a rare insight into his family life.
Tom has been married to his wife Tammany Robin Stone for almost three decades.
During the lockdown period, the Countryfile presenter admitted his other half made a “reluctant” appearance during a segment on the show.
It comes as Tom continued filming the BBC show from the confines of his back garden.
Speaking about her appearance, he explained: “She did it once, somewhat reluctantly she’s telling me over her shoulder.
“We did a story about fishing – the impact of fishing supplies and the restaurants being shut down.”
He continued: “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. The cat has made more of an appearance.”
Countryfile airs tonight on BBC One at 5.45pm.
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