A FAMILY-RUN Billericay farm park is set to be home to a new prime-time Channel 5 show celebrating the very best of the British harvest.

Ex-Strictly Come Dancing contestant Helen Skelton and Escape to the Country’s Jules Hudson will be live from Barleylands next Tuesday.

From then until Friday (September 29), the pair will be recording the hour-long Live: Harvest on the Farm show from the site where they will be “mucking in” with Britain’s farmers as they bring in the harvest.

Echo: Presenters - Helen Skelton and Jules HudsonPresenters - Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson (Image: Channel 5)

Kevin Blake, Burstead ward Conservative councillor, said: “Channel 5 coming to Barleylands is welcome news.

“It’s a fabulous facility and hopefully, the show will showcase that and leave a positive impact with it attracting people to come down and explore the site for themselves.”

In episode one, airing next Tuesday, Helen and Jules meet the wheat farmers who provide daily bread, look at the age-old craft of corn dollies, and taste the best of British brews.

Also, chef Tim Bilton will be cooking up the “ultimate super sarnie”, and Yorkshire’s Cannon Hall Farm brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson go head-to-head in a wonky veg bowling challenge.

As well as the brothers, the presenting duo will be joined by radio and TV host George Lamb, ITV’s Lorraine and Good Morning Britain resident doctor Amir Khan, JLS star JB Gill, and Reuben Owen from Channel 5 series Our Yorkshire Farm.

Echo: Co-star - singer turned farmer JB GillCo-star - singer turned farmer JB Gill (Image: Channel 5)

A spokesman for Channel 5 said: “Across the week, we celebrate great British food heroes – from the wheat farmers and bakers who give Britain our daily bread, to the crops that give us a kickstart in the morning.

“We pick the fruits and vegetables that tickle our palates and make us merry – and we follow our entire food supply chain from field to fork.

“And we encourage our audience to Eat to Save the World – launching a campaign to help people eat local, lower their food miles, reduce their food waste, and try delicious new dishes.

“Culminating with a harvest festival at the end of the week, this is an epic celebration of great British food and farming.”

The Echo contacted Barleylands for comment. 

Live: Harvest on the Farm starts next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 5.