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Back on home ground: BBC NI's Jo Scott on country life, getting enough sleep and how yoga has replaced gym workouts

As a new series of the farming life programme begins, presenter Jo tells Claire O'Boyle how her mum embraced lockdown by growing her own veg, her admiration for NHS workers and coping with harrowing health stories

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BBC Presenter Jo Scott (Photo by Kevin Scott for Weekend Magazine)

BBC Presenter Jo Scott (Photo by Kevin Scott for Weekend Magazine)

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Jo Scott with a lamb

Jo Scott with a lamb

Jo Scott with husband Gerry McAleenan

Jo Scott with husband Gerry McAleenan

Home Ground's Jo Scott

Home Ground's Jo Scott

Jo Scott filming in front of camera

Jo Scott filming in front of camera

Jo Scott and her mum Jo on her wedding day

Jo Scott and her mum Jo on her wedding day

 Jo Scott (centre) with fellow Home Ground presenter Gavin Andrews and series reporter, Ruth Sanderson

Jo Scott (centre) with fellow Home Ground presenter Gavin Andrews and series reporter, Ruth Sanderson

Jo Scott with husband Gerry McAleenan

Jo Scott with husband Gerry McAleenan

BBC Presenter Jo Scott (Photo by Kevin Scott for Weekend Magazine)

After 20 years of eye-wateringly early starts, TV's Jo Scott is something of a specialist when it comes to sleep. The mum-of-two, who's gearing up for the latest series of rural affairs show Home Ground to hit our screens on Monday, spent years getting up with the lark to present BBC NI's early morning Newsline - and the experience has left its mark.

"There is nothing as important as sleep," says newsreader Jo. "For probably 20 years of my life it was early mornings, 4.30am starts for my news shifts, so when I'm out filming with Home Ground now I can really empathise with the farmers and what they go through.

"I present in the evenings now which suits me better I think, because sleep is absolutely key. It impacts on everything, absolutely everything, and after such a long time of early starts it's something I'm really fussy about."