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Back To The Land

Back To The Land champions the UK’s most inspirational rural entrepreneurs. Kate Humble and Geetie Singh-Watson follow the grit and determination to make it through the business year. 

Kate and Geetie take viewers on a journey across the country and through the seasons, to unveil some of Britain’s hidden gems synonymous with heritage and beauty. In each episode, they meet the aspirational people behind the businesses, driving them to keep rural Britain alive. 

Find out more on iplayer.

Kate Humble presents Back to the Land
Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer

Kate Humble presents this programme from Yellowstone National Park with Patrick Aryee, following the changes of season in one of the most remarkable places on the planet.

You can see Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer on iplayer.

Kate Humble in Yellowstone National Park
Arctic Live

Arctic Live was a three-part series exploring the planet’s last undiscovered wilderness. From the edge of the Canadian Arctic, Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Gordon Buchanan were live on the shores of Hudson Bay discovering what life is really like on top of the world.

Find out more about Arctic Live on iplayer

Kate Humble presents Arctic Live
A Friend for Life

Kate's heart warming exploration of the relationship between man and his best friend.

There is one animal that is familiar to all of us, whoever we are, wherever we live. Even if we've never had direct contact with one, we will have seen one, or at the very least, heard one. For those of us who live in the western world it is more than likely that one sleeps in our house, possibly even on our bed. I'm talking of course, of the dog. Yet, this animal, which lives alongside five hundred million of us all over the world - as an invaluable partner and a trusted confidant - presents us with one great unsolved mystery: how did this relationship - the most complex and enduring of any between human and animal - start in the first place?

Kate is a life-long animal lover. Now living on an idyllic farm in Wales, she has achieved her dream of surrounding herself with as many varieties as possible. But, as with many Brits, the dog has always held a special place in her heart. Here, she uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this is a must-read for anyone with a four-legged friend.

Friend for Life is available now from your local book shop or amazon. Signed copies will be available from the Humble by Nature online shop soon.

Kate will be talking about Friend for Life at Chepstow Drill Hall on Thursday 13th October at 7pm. Tickets are £5 from The Chepstow Bookshop, get yours now.


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Wild Things

Kate Humble and Jason Byrne hosted the second series of hit family entertainment show Wild Things on Sky One.

Kate Humble and Jason Byrne hosted Wild Things on Sky One.
Kate Humble: My Sheepdog's Tale


Kate sets out to breed Welsh Sheepdog puppies from her beloved pet Teg, and learns about a once-threatened breed that is now flourishing.  Meanwhile, the sofa-loving Teg must show she has what it takes to be a working Welsh Sheepdog.

Kate Humble and Teg her Welsh Sheepdog
Choose the Right Puppy for You

There are over 200 different breeds of dog, all with their own unique personalities, traits and needs. 

Over 120,000 dogs are given up to rescue centres every year, and choosing the wrong dog for your lifestyle is considered one of the biggest issues in animal welfare in the UK today. 

Fronted by Kate Humble, alongside expert dog behaviourist and trainer Louise Glazebrook, this series revealed how to Choose the Right Puppy for You 

This series is available from the BBC store.

Kate Humble Choose the Right Puppy for You
Big Day Out 2016

Following the sell-out success of the Big Day Out 2015, the small but perfectly formed Big Day Out farm festival returned to Kate's farm, Humble by Nature, for a whole weekend from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Whilst keeping the intimate feel, festival goers and families were be treated to a whole weekend of surprises. Activities started in the Lambing Shed on Friday evening, with comedy from Miles Jupp, Lucy Porter, Justin Edwards and Ivo Graham. It continued in the festival field with a sensational mix of music, food and crafts until Sunday afternoon.

Kate says: “We wanted to create a really good old-fashioned day on our working farm that involves great food and drink, fun music and dancing and outdoor activities that make you smile.

It was great to see so many smiling faces and muddy hands here on the farm!"


Photos credit: Chantal Richards Photography & The Colour Shack

Chinese New Year 2016 - The Biggest Celebration On Earth

Kate celebrated Year of the Monkey when she visited China: taking part in one of the most spectacular events on earth and getting to the heart of what it is to be Chinese in the 21st century.  

Kate Humble celebrates Chinese New Year
Kate Launches "Humble", a bath and body collection in two floral fragrance blends inspired by her love of the country.

“I’ve looked everywhere for a range of products that are natural and biodegradable, but, just as importantly, look, smell and feel wonderful to use. I drew a blank so I decided to develop a range of products myself. It’s been a challenge but I am delighted to now be launching the Humble Natural Beauty Range. I wanted to give people the chance to spoil themselves without spoiling the environment.”

Humble is available online here.

Kate Humble Humble Natural Beauty Products Bath and Body
Humble by Nature Welcomes Royalty

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Humble By Nature farm in July.
Kate and Ludo took the Royal couple for a tour of the farm, including the Edible Garden, ‘Pig Alley’, the Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse and the farm shop and café.

Humble by Nature Welcomes Royalty
The Big Day Out

Kate hosted the first Big Day Out festival on the farm. There was a bursting line up of activities for all the family: from outdoor cooking demonstrations, foraging walks, bushcraft, craft village, campfire sing-alongs and even a chilli eating competition.

The Big Day Out
Kew on a Plate

Kate joined up with Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc and the experts at Kew Gardens to rediscover the rich heritage of the vegetable garden.

Kew on a Plate
Kate Humble: Living with Nomads

Kate travelled to Mongolia, Siberia and Nepal, living and travelling with nomadic people, finding out how their traditional way of life has been affected by the pressures of modernization, changing land use and technology.

Kate Humble Living with Nomads
Wildfires 2014: Inside the Inferno

Kate joined up with Simon Reeve to experience the frontline of wildfire-fighting in New South Wales, Australia.

Kate Humble Wildfires 2014: Inside the Inferno
Lambing Live 2014

Kate put her wellies on again for another series of Lambing Live. This time she’s headed to Scotland with Adam Henson to test her shepherding skills in the Borders.

Kate Humble Lambing Live 2014
The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge

Could you cut the amount of energy you use by 30% in just three weeks? That was the challenge Kate set the residents of one ordinary street.

With energy bills going through the roof there’s never been a better time to look at what we all use. So Kate asked the residents to slash the amount of gas and electricity they consume just by changing the way they live their lives.

The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge was broadcast in Scotland on Friday 25th October at 9pm.

Countdown to the Rains

Presented by Kate Humble and Simon King, Countdown to the Rains was a groundbreaking TV event which lets viewers witness the gladiators of the African bush battle for survival during the deadliest month of the year. 

The Wonder of Dogs

Kate teamed up with Steve Leonard and historian Ruth Goodman to explore The Wonder of Dogs. Building on the success of BBC2’s The Secret Life of the Cat, Kate and co will be examining the behaviour and intelligence of different breeds of dogs.

Focusing on a single UK community, the three hour-long programmes will investigate how different dogs can be from one another and put them through their paces with a number of challenges, even assessing if some can be trained to read.

In addition, historian and presenter Ruth Goodman will travel around the country to unearth the extraordinary stories behind some of the most iconic breeds of dog.

The Wonder of Dogs was broadcast on Thursday 26th September at 8 pm on BBC2.

Kate hosted Airport Live

Kate was is in the air traffic control tower with live cameras for Airport Live from Heathrow. Presented with Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Dallas Campbell the team had unprecedented access to the world's busiest international airport. The show showed close up the world of the air traffic controller, juggling planes for a take off or landing every 45 seconds. 200,000 passengers pass through Heathrow ever day, the team saw behind the scenes of such a complex logistical operation.

Secret life of the sun

Kate joins forces with Helen Czerski to reveal the sun as it has never been seen before. 

Wild Shepherdess

At a time when traditional farming is under threat, Kate Humble lived with some of the oldest and most extreme animal husbandry on the planet to learn the skills that have fed and clothed us for centuries.

In this immersive documentary series, Kate experiences the challenges facing the semi-nomadic herders of the Wakhan Corridor in northern Afghanistan, Peru's alpaca farmers in the High Andes, and Australia's Outback shepherds.

Sharing in the lives of both small-scale, traditional shepherds and technologically and scientifically-driven industrial farmers, Wild Shepherdess explores the past, present and future of global agriculture.

The series was broadcast on BBC2 on in June 2013. 

Book Launch! Humble by Nature: Life, lambs and a dog called Badger

Kate's frank and funny tale of saving a small part of Britain's farming heritage.


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Humble by Nature

Kate and Ludo take over a former council farm in Monmouthshire and launch Humble by Nature - a working farm offering rural skills courses run by local experts. 

The farmhouse at Humble by Nature
Launch of Lambing Live

Lambing Live sees Kate joining the Beavan family on their farm close to where Kate lives during one of the busiest and most stressful times in the sheep farming year. Springwatch and Autumnwatch also back on screens with Kate.

Lambing Live with Kate Humble
Kate appears on Who Do You Think You Are?

Kate is the subject of one of the hugely popular Who Do You Think You Are? programmes. After confessing to knowing almost nothing about her family, Kate went on to discover extraordinary tales of honour and courage on both sides of the family. ‘I’ll never be able to live up to ancestors like those!’ she said.

Kate Humble in a publicity still from Who Do You Think You Are?
Filming lambs and dogs!

Kate was joined by Chris Packham on Springwatch and also travelled to Ireland to film her second series of One Man and His Dog.

Kate Humble and Chris Packham in rehearsals for Springwatch
The first animals to arrive!

A smallholding wouldn’t be a smallholding without animals. Kate and Ludo adopt Badger, a mongrel from the local RSPCA, two donkeys, Lawrence and Bertie, from HAPPA, acquire various chickens, ducks and geese and two Kune Kune pigs called Duffy and Delilah.

Kate with her two Kune Kune pigs Duffy and Delilah
Filming for the Frankincense Trail

As well as Springwatch and Autumnwatch, Kate spent much of the year in the Middle East filming the Frankincense Trail. This ancient trade route took her from Oman, through Yemem, the little known Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and finished in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.

Kate Humble The Frankincense Trail
Hottest Place on Earth

Kate travels to the Danakil Depression, a remote part of Ethiopia to film the series ‘Hottest Place on Earth’.

Kate Humble during filming for The Hottest Place on Earth
Kate and Ludo leave London for a smallholding in rural Wales

Shown here with dogs Badger and Bella who arrived a little later

Kate Humble with her husband Ludo Graham
Climate Change: Britain Under Threat with David Attenborough

Kate gets to work with her hero, David Attenborough.

Seawatch and the front cover of the Radio Times!

Over the Summer of 2006, BBC1 broadcast a series of programmes about the sea. Kate wrote and presented a programme about the state of Britain's sea called Seawatch and got her first front cover of the Radio Times.

First Autumnwatch!

Again with Bill Oddie and Simon King, followed by a book of the series.


In 2002, Kate paired up with bird-watching ex-Goodie Bill Oddie and wildlife cameraman Simon King to do a week of live wildlife programmes from gardens in Bristol. Wild In Your Garden was followed by Britain Goes Wild, which in 2004 became Springwatch. Springwatch has now run for 3 years, become a huge success, regularly getting between 3 and 4 million viewers a night.

Kate with the Springwatch crew!
First series of Wild in Africa

Kate went back to her beloved Africa with Ben Fogle, to make Wild in Africa for BBC2. They returned to Namibia in 2005 to make a second series. The third ‘Wild’ series was filmed last year in California. Wild on the West Coast will be broadcast later in 2007.

Kate Humble filming Wild in Africa
Return to The Abyss

To be followed in 2004 by Amazon Abyss

The Abyss

Kate joined Peter Snow and underwater cameraman Mike de Gruy to present BBC’s The Abyss. She descended 300 meters (1000 ft) underwater in a submarine, in search of the rarely seen six-gilled shark. Kate’s excited reaction when they actually found it was one of the highlights of the series.

Top Gear

Co-presenting with Quentin Willson

City Hospital

Co-presenting with Matthew Kelly

The Essential Guide to Rocks

Co-presented with Ray Mears

Country File

Kate becomes a regular contributor.

Rough Science

In 2000, Kate presented a brand new series, Rough Science, in which a group of hard-nut scientists were plonked in the middle of nowhere all round the world, and given a series of complex scientific tasks to accomplish using only the most basic of materials. This was such a success that the team went on to make a total of six series.

Tomorrow's World

Co-presented with Adam Hart-Davis

The Salt Train

Wanderlust and a curious desire to cross the Sahara desert took Kate and husband Ludo to Mali. They travelled by camel with a group of semi-nomadic Berabiche tribesman to the distant salt mines of Taoudenni, 1,000km north of Timbuktu. The journey took 35 days; the nights were bitterly cold, day time temperatures soared to 50°C, there were blinding sandstorms, water was scarce and their diet consisted of rice and millet. For Kate this has been her toughest and most satisfying journey to date. She hopes to return to Mali and find her ‘desert family’ again.

Animal Park

Back in the UK, Kate decided to become a TV presenter full-time, presenting the first series of Animal Park from Longleat House in Wiltshire. A year later, Kate was joined at Longleat by Ben Fogle, fresh from his Castaway island in Scotland.

Joined the BBC

Kate joined the BBC as a senior researcher on Animal Hospital, presented by Rolf Harris. Her travel and writing experience saw her move to the Holiday programme, where, on her second day in the office, she was asked to do a screen test. Within 2 weeks Kate was presenting her first Holiday report, from a barge holiday on a French canal in driving rain and thick fog!

Kate was a hit and the producers decided to give her a slot within the main Holiday programme – Humble Holidays featured holidays under £300, and was made on a shoestring budget. It was while filming one of the Humble Holiday slots (with producer Kate Beetham) that Kate tried her hand at something which has become a hugely important part of both her working and private life – at Porthkerris Divers in Cornwall she learned to SCUBA dive.

Back to Africa

After the 1994 elections in South Africa Nelson Mandela came to power and Kate and Ludo set off to explore the new South Africa and its neighbours, spending several months living out of the back of a beaten up old Ford Cortina bakkie. Their 30,000 kilometre journey took them from Cape Town through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. Once back in South Africa they sold the bakkie to fund a long term dream of getting to the then little-visited island of Madagascar. They spent two months travelling around the southern half of the country on foot and by lorry, train and oxcart. The Madagascar journey became Kate’s first published article for the travel section of ‘The Telegraph’.


Kate married TV producer Ludo Graham

First job in TV

In 1989, Kate got her first break in television – as a tea-maker and typist at a company that made corporate videos. Over the next few years she worked her way up to becoming a production assistant, then researcher, assistant producer and director.

First trip to Africa

Kate left school with ‘A’ levels in English, History and Latin, and decided that travelling to Africa would be more beneficial than going to university. In 1988, aged 19 and with just £800 in her pocket, Kate set off for South Africa. Over the next year she worked as a (very bad) waitress, on a crocodile farm in Zambia, and as a truck driver for a safari company. By the summer of 1989, having crossed the entire African continent, she reached Cairo with £5 and no ticket home.

Kate was born!

Kate Humble was born on 12th December 1968 in Wimbledon, south London. She and her younger brother, Charlie, grew up in Berkshire next door to a farm. She learned to ride at the age of 5 and spent most of her early years mucking out horses.