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Edmondson joked: "Those who know me know that I'm considered an expert in both fashion (have you seen my knitwear? )"So, it was only a matter of time before I had an idea for a TV show that covered both areas.":: The rural singletons looking for a perfect match on the BBC show, and details of how to apply to date them, can be found at co.uk/love.
The DJ and presenter, 42, will host the series, matching singletons in the countryside with city dwellers looking for romance - as well as a new life.
Airing on BBC Two, Love In The Countryside is being billed as a "warm-hearted show... Urbanites who "want to escape to the country and fall in love" are being invited to apply.
Wendy, a 59-year-old pig farmer, Ed, a 25-year-old dairy farmer who wants to have his own family, and Heather, a 28-year-old equine vet are among those on the show.
They'll be dating city dwellers who will have to cope with "the wild outdoors and woeful wi-fi”.