Paul Heiney

Paul Heiney is a well known writer and broadcaster in the UK and over 30 years has appeared on all Britain's major radio and television networks. Currently you will see him weekly on iTV1's Countrywise, travelling to all parts of rural Britain to meet the people and hear their tales.

He spent seven years on BBC1's top-rated consumer affairs show, Watchdog, which continued a career in consumer journalism which began with That's Life in 1978, and continued later with Radio 4's You and Yours.

But Paul has had a rich life outside broadcasting. With over a dozen books to his credit, both fiction and non-fiction, he is a widely read author and his current Can Cows Walk Downstairs? has been a best-seller in fifteen languages. He has written on both rural, maritime and farming matters, and more recently on popular science.

He has also found time to be a pioneer organic farmer when in 1990 he decided to master the skills of traditional farming using carthorses- Suffolk Punches- instead of tractors, and farmed 40 acres of Suffolk countryside. This experience inspired not only his hugely successful column, Farmer's Diary, which appeared weekly in the Times for seven years, but also a number of books.

In 2005, he fulfilled a longstanding ambition to sail the Atlantic singlehanded in the wake of the solo sailing pioneers, which led to his book The Last Man Across the Atlantic.

His TV programmes for ITV Anglia proved enormously popular with audiences, including his re-creations of the Victorian and Wartime farming year, and his journeys along the Secret Rivers of East Anglia by canoe. These are now available on DVD.

"Countrywise has been a huge success with audiences, and for me it is a dream job come true. How could anyone turn down a chance to spend their working day with such good company as country people, and in a place so rich and varied as the British countryside?'


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