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Ellie Harrison breaks curse taboo

[13 May 2013] Ever since Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison refused to gush and grovel before Prince Charles on a recent show (she treated him as a normal human being, in other words), folk have been saying she’s been given duff assignments such as overseeing the artificial insemination of a cow with 40-year-old sperm (probably not belonging to Rod Stewart, since you ask).

Whatever the truth of this, the feisty Harrison will probably have the last laugh as she has subtle ways of getting her views across. In one recent episode, she and co-presenter Matt Baker were engaged in competitive Yorkshire pudding making. After she’d sampled Baker’s effort, the main camera looked elsewhere but Harrison could be seen silently mouthing the words ‘Tastes like shit’.

That’s not a word often heard at 7pm of a Sunday evening on the BBC – even on Countryfile, which usually features manure of some kind – but since it was visible not audible, maybe it escaped the editor’s snip.

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