Farming in Britain is completely disrupted by the devastating outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. People are banned from entering farms and using public footpaths. The Farm Park is temporarily closed, no livestock can be sold and there is no income. Times are very hard, just as they are for all farmers up and down the country.
Later that year, the BBC programme ‘Countryfile’ invites people to audition to become their next presenter. Adam’s partner, Charlie, encourages him to send in a tape. Despite his clip involving a very irresponsible bull and a camera-shy chicken, Adam wins the spot and his career in television begins.