Countryfile’s John Craven’s career move that threatened relationship with wife

Countryfile: John Craven’s passionate speech about pollution

John Craven, who is best known for presenting BBC programmes including Newsround and Countryfile, previously opened up about his relationship with his wife Marilyn in a wider discussion about his 2019 memoir, Headlines And Hedgerows.

The 82-year-old star has been with Marilyn for over 50 years, with couple reportedly meeting some time before 1970, when John was working at the BBC in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The pair share two grown-up daughters named Emma and Victoria and five grandchildren.

In a 2019 interview with the Daily Mail, John described how when he had met Marilyn, who has been a production secretary on Look North at the time, he was taken with the “strong Northern woman”, gushing that she was “all I had been looking for”.

Asked how he had managed to keep their marriage afloat whilst working in the fickle world of TV, he confirmed: “It helped that she worked in TV. She knew how it was.”

READ MORE: BBC star Matt Baker lifts lid on ‘scariest part’ of Strictly Come Dancing[NEWS]

The BBC favourite then went on to open up about how one move early on in his career had made him nervous that Marilyn wouldn’t be on board.

“We hadn’t been together that long when I was asked to move to Bristol and I wasn’t sure if she would say yes, but she did, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he revealed.

“She keeps me grounded. She’s been my rock.

Don’t miss…
Helen Skelton ‘feeling grateful’ as she flaunts abs in pink bikini on holiday[NEWS]
Julia Bradbury breaks down in tears to be ‘still here’ after cancer fight[LATEST]
Matt Baker recalls ‘grim’ TV job that made him ‘physically sick'[INSIGHT]

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

“Without being too soppy, she was always there for me, which is the main thing in my business because it can be precarious.

“You’re very exposed, and it’s always good to be able to get that reassurance.”

Career-driven John only ever missed one day of filming Newsround – when his eldest daughter was born.

Meanwhile, his second daughter “had the consideration to arrive on a Saturday.”

Headlines And Hedgerows: A Memoir by John Craven is published by Michael Joseph and is available to buy from multiple retailers.

Countryfile airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One.

Source: Read Full Article