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British Pastoral: A BBC Show on Rural Life Draws Millions

FIRLE, England — With birdsong in the air and a weak winter sun shining on the walled garden of an elegant farmhouse in southern England, things are going well for the film crew of “Countryfile,” a British television show that focuses on rural issues.

But as the host, John Craven, starts speaking, an airplane flies overhead and filming has to stop, a pattern repeated later when the proceedings would be disrupted by a delivery van, a chain saw, an electrical generator and gunshots.

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