Liz Cannon from Greenham stars in Channel 4’s new Four in a Bed’s series beginning on Monday.
The TV series pits four rival B & Bs against each other in a competition to provide the ultimate accommodation and service. Liz and husband Steve run the Old Dairy at Bishops Barton, three miles from Wellington.
“It was really hard work and very challenging, filming and being interviewed all day from breakfast until after midnight sometimes, for two weeks,” said Liz. As well as hosting the other competitors and crew in Somerset, Liz had to visit Suffolk, Hampshire and the Peak District to sample the other B&Bs.
The long-running reality show is renowned for fierce rivalry, if not occasional hostility, between the competitors.
“There are some feisty moments and real temper tantrums – but not mine,” said Liz. “One of the other couples really laid into to me and gave me a mouthful over dinner, which I’m sure will be shown in Thursday’s show.”
One cause of resentment was that Liz and Steve (who grows prize-winning dahlias and declined to appear in the show) have only been operating their B & B for just over a year. Previously she was a sales director of a software company near Reading.
“As a job, running a B & B is so much better. Just fantastic,” she said. “Our guests are going to weddings, seeing grandchildren , visiting friends, doing nice things. My job is to make already happy people just a little bit happier.”