Countryfile was set to air at 7pm this evening, with Matt Baker, 41, and team trekking to Bedfordshire for the BBC magazine programme.

Although coverage of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final was supposed to wrap at 6.35pm, the tennis match carried on until shortly before 7.10pm.

Rodger Federer, 37, and Novak Djokovic, 32, took to centre court and ended up in a show down which lasted over 4 and half hours, with the latter taking the win.

Viewers were anxiously waiting to get their dose of Countryfile and were left riled when the programme aired at 8pm instead.

As 7pm drew closer, an announcement was shown on the bottom of the screen as the two players took a quick break from proceedings.

The post read: “The news will follow the conclusion of the Men’s Final,” which was supposed to air at 6.35pm.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “As the #Wimbledon final ploughs on, #Countryfile fans gather outside BBC Centre with torches and pitchforks. #BBCTennis.”

Another added: “Just turned on BBC1 to watch #countryfile and there’s some #tennis match on. Oh well..”

A third commented: “WHY IS WIMBLEDON ON AND NOT COUNTRYFILE? THIS IS LIKE CASUALTY LAST WEEK ALL OVER AGAIN AND I AM NOT HAPPY. @BBCCountryfile #countryfile.”

Whilst a fourth said in anticipation of the over run: “Hi @BBCOne don’t even think about delaying #countryfile.”


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Although the result came shortly after 7pm, the award ceremony and speeches drew the coverage out until 7.30pm, with the news then following.

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The BBC announced the news on the offical Twitter page for Countryfile. 

Viewers were set to see Matt visit a poultry farm, with co-presenter Adam Henson, 53, paying a visit to a beloved Suffolk Punch Horse named Lexi.

Last weekend, fans of the show were treated to a special episode of the magazine programme with the presenters hosting the show form the Royal Highland Show in Scotland.

Adam got involved with the action and witnessed how animals were prepared for exhibitions, cows in particular.

The presenter traveled to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and got hands on by washing one of the pedigree livestock.

As the preparation unfolded to the following day, Adam helped spruce up the cows once more, which included painting the horns of the livestock and applying hairspray to ensure the colour shone through.

Commenting on the regime the cows were put through, one viewer posted on Twitter: “That’s the first time I’ve seen a cow at the barbers #Countryfile.

Another added: “I think in my next life I may come back as a dairy farmer #Countryfile #highlandshow grooming my pet highland cow.”

A third wrote: “Cow clearly doesn’t mind being blasted and washed #Countryfile (sic).”

Countryfile continues Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.



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