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Yorkshire Dales National Park showcased on TV

[Thursday 10 August 2006]

THE landscape, people, wildlife and places of the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be featured in a new TV series starting on BBC1 later this month.

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Herriot TV stars will also be featured on the new programme

Called Countryfile: Summer Diaries, the 10, one-hour programmes will showcase the beauty and variety of the Dales and its inhabitants and highlight some of the special qualities that bring in eight million visitors a year to the National Park.

The programme will be screened every weekday from 10am beginning on August 21.

The first programme will include scenes from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority/ RSPB peregrine falcon watch point in Malham Cove. The free service closes this Saturday (August 12) but has attracted more than 22,000 visitors wanting to get close up to the family of falcons living on the cliffs of the cove.

Other programmes include Hawes, Askrigg and Hardraw Force as well as a clip with YDNPA Upper Wensleydale Area Ranger Matt Neale looking for red squirrels and Strategic Planning Officer Peter Stockton talking about the issue of affordable housing in the National Park.

The area is a microcosm of Britain because it contains all the kinds of issues which are of concern to people everywhere

Amelia Bowman - Series producer

Series producer Amelia Bowman said the Yorkshire Dales were chosen because of their diversity.

"It was a good place to go to as people instantly identify with it because of its various representations on TV and in films and because it's also a working, farming community that hasn't lost its core. The Dales still have a life and soul and that's what we came to explore.

"The area is a microcosm of Britain because it contains all the kinds of issues which are of concern to people everywhere, like the drain of young people leaving communities and the affordable housing question."

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