February 2018 Update


I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’m a natural writer but hey, everyone has something to say and, hopefully, one or two of these may contain a few interesting nuggets.  What is it with writing?  Some people can just natter away and everything makes sense and is quite humorous. Me, I constantly read what I’ve just written on Twitter and Insta and then spend the next few minutes criticising what I’ve done.  And we are only talking 280 characters people!!! Sometimes, and this is the honest bit, it takes me ages.  Yes, ages to write one paragraph.  Add graphics? huh, you’ve got to be joking!  I think people must have master classes in writing on social media.  Where did they learn?  How long does it take them?  Perhaps they have a small army of friends/colleagues who are constantly churning this stuff out.   Insta stories well, still plucking up the courage to post on that.  If I do get it wrong, please don’t laugh…  As I’m slightly obsessed and love reading other peoples tweets and stories, I should at least have a go shouldn’t I?   Watch this space. Ok. Watch my Insta space!!

Pancake ingredients… bubbles compulsory!

Those of you who know me, also know that February is the month where I start Lent. Yep, this year is no different except it started on Valentine’s Day which seems extremely unfair.  Bad timing.  However, Pancake Day (the day before) is a big thing in our house.  We refuse invites out so we can spend time together making new and interesting pancake concoctions.  The ‘Malteser Teasers’ chocolate spread won the night hands down, move over Nutella the new bad boy is in town.   It is the future and I was spoilt rotten.  Anyway, back to Lent…  No naughties for what seems like weeks and weeks and weeks… It transpires cheese is now my new found friend. Not the best substitute but keeps me off the chocolate, sweets, sugary bits and pieces.  The waist line and hips should take a hit but it never works out that way. The good news is I’ve refound the gym.  Not my ‘new best friend’ but like a distant relative you know you should visit more often.  Has anyone else joined me for these 45 days and nights of hurt ?  Best of luck if you have, and I’ll let you know how I get on.  Honestly.

Love Nicki

December 2018 Update


So I have to start this blog with two big mentions… firstly, sorry for being next to useless with my blogging this year (and it was my New Year Resolution too) and secondly, thank you for all your lovely comments and support throughout 2018.  Thank goodness for twitter, insta and facebook eh!
Whatever you’re up to over the festive period, wishing you a good one.  I’m back with the Radio2 gang for 2 weeks over Christmas and NY.  If you’re an early bird, I’m on from 5 am.  If you need your Zzzzzz then you can listen again on iplayer!  Feel free to text in your birthday or festive mentions.  TEXT 88291 on the day or email nicki.chapman@bbc.co.uk but I’m sure you knew that…
Polite plug. The brand new series of Wanted Down Under plus Revisits starts on Wednesday 2nd January on BBC One.  Some great families and brilliant stories so try to catch it if you can.
I’m going to sign off now and wrap a few more presents.  I adore Christmas.  I know it’s not everyone’s favourite time of year, so sending love whether you decide to celebrate it or not.
Take care and all the best for 2019 and who knows, I may get my act together and write a few more of these….
Nicki xx

January 2018 Update


January – yes one of the harshest of months and the time we all feel like hibernating until Springtime. I tell you, hedgehogs have the right idea. So hands up if you’ve kept your New Year Resolutions? Umm. Doing better than me. I decided to go pescatarian as much as I could during this tough month. Dry January would be a cop out for me because I hardly drink… however, on that very subject Hubby decided he would.. until it came to my birthday (bubbles are allowed apparently), a wedding reception (white wine doesn’t really count does it?) and so on and so on. It bottles down (pun intended) to no beer for January. Well, at least he’s stuck to that, and I’ve had so much seafood this month and loving it. Don’t think I could cut out meat entirely but plenty of veg and fish has to be the way forward. Remind me in March….

Going back to my childhood

I’m trying to make a concerted effort to go to the theatre and cinema more this year. So far I started off and absolutely loved Dick Whittingham at the London Palladium. Going back to my childhood here folks. Imagine Julian Clary and that title and you get the gist… least said but I haven’t laughed so much in ages. Would I ever do Panto? Apparently it’s great fun but 13 performances a week. Yes a week. What would I play…? Don’t answer that unless the character is young and beautiful…haha! I’m very good a slapping my thigh mind you.

The next show was Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Royal Albert Hall. Two outings and we’re still in the same month! Opening night no less and it didn’t disappoint. This show is quite incredible, the performances sometimes death defying and have you literally on the edge of your seat. Do you remember the old days when we still got impressed (TV sadly has changed that). Well Cirque still has that ability. Never seen before acrobatics and performances. Truly fantastic.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Royal Albert Hall

Ok now onto the cinema which I love but seriously, I’m no Film 2018 critic. Until now! Coco (take the whole family) will leave you laughing and crying at the same time, whereas Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a film you will never forget. Please. Go.

So that’s the culture vulture bit out of the way. As you can see, when it comes to entertainment I am no snob and I’ve some time on my hands. Send me your recommendations on twitter, I’d love to hear what’s impressed you. Work wise, taking it easy or ‘resting’ as they say this month. No Escape or Wanted Down Under filming at the moment but have just finished an exciting documentary for BBC1. More on that next time.

Hope your year has started strong and healthy.

Take care and speak to you soon,

December 2017 Update

Hello. So it’s nearly the end of 2017 and I thought I’d take this opportunity to do my last blog of the year. To be truthful, if I am going to have a New Year’s resolution it’s to try to write more frequently! I’m pretty good with Twitter and Instagram but for some reason I don’t update my own site that often. Naughty Nicki!

Escaping to the Country

What a year it’s been. From having a big birthday back in January, to a full schedule of filming and broadcasting, I really can’t complain. Highlights, well being relatively fit and healthy has to be up there, loving meeting our couples and families on my shows, a filming trip to Australia, a brilliant holiday with friends to Kerala in India and finishing off with a stint on the majestic Queen Victoria in the Caribbean to help banish those December blues. Presents have been wrapped, cards sent – hope you got yours ok… and I’m ready for Crimble. Ish.

Talking onboard the beautiful ship the Queen Victoria with just a few of the lovely guests….

If you’re up with the larks, feel free join me on BBC Radio 2 from Boxing Day onwards for two weeks for the early festive breakfast show, send a text or tweet me directly. I’ll try and read out as many as possible. Wanted Down Under returns to BBC1 on 2nd January at 11am and Wanted Down Under Revisited returns 26th February at the same time.

Wanted Down Under in Oz

Subtle plug there guys. So here’s looking to 2018. Let’s hope it’s a good year for us all, and at this time I’m allowed to be slushy. Peace, Love and Happiness, and I do mean it.

Take care, thanks for watching and listening and see you in January!

Nicki x

June 2017 Update

Getting the full car share experience with my bestie, Peter Kay.

Hands up who’s ready for Summer? Me me me! I’m slightly fed up with travelling around the country, seeing much of our beautiful landscape, only for it to be clouded in mist and rain! It’s June for goodness sake!  OK.  Rant over. It looks like we’re finally getting some sunshine, and of course my mood will improve no end.

Although I shouldn’t complain too much, because the one week of the year I desperately want fabulous weather is the end of May for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Huge drum roll please, because it was ‘gor-geous darling’ (said in a Craig Revel Horwood voice). Some of you may have heard me call this week the ‘jewel in my presenting crown’ but truly, that’s the only way to explain it.  A week of glorious weather, 11 acres of incredible horticultural creations and exhibits, a wonderful team and hours of live TV for me. I’m so grateful to all the experts, growers, floral designers, horticulturists, plantsmen and woman, and of course the RHS who teach me so much throughout the week. Knowledge, excitement and pleasure. Now there’s a sentence!  

The fragrant Mary Berry with her very own rose named after her.

This year I’d like to mention just a fraction of the fabulous guests we had on the shows across the week;

My old chum Peter Kay who gave me the full Car Share experience (watch it back on YouTube if you can, hilarious). If you wonder where he gets that wonderful wit from, I can let you into a little secret, it’s from his wonderful mum Deirdre! The delightful Mary Berry and the amazing BBC Radio 2 team for their inspiring ‘5 Senses Gardens’.

Broadcasting live with Chris Evans

Thanks to Chris Evans for the live interview on his garden, which he was so proud of and the huge bear hug. The lovely Jeremy Vine who made ME look like an expert when I asked him to name a few plants. Carol Vorderman and her passion for trees, Cerys Matthews for explaining the importance of encouraging families to think green, as well as Simon ‘florist to the stars’ Lycett. The Don himself – Mr Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swifty and James Wong (our birthday Chelsea boys), Sophie Raworth, Adam Frost, Arit, Toby, Rachel, Joe, Mark and the rest of the team. And last and most importantly, the plants and gardens themselves!! 

With the gorgeous Arit Anderson – top garden designer and presenter

I’m now writing it like it’s an acceptance speech!! Cue huge applause. My only slight moan is that I would like the show to be on for a few more days… I’m sure the designers and exhibitors would probably disagree as it’s a truly exhausting week for them!

But if you are lucky enough to have a garden or some outside space like me, let’s enjoy it!

Take care,
Love Nicki x

Hello to 5-0


Hope everyone is keeping well.

I will only be writing this statement once in my whole lifetime. I’ve turned 50! Yes back in January I celebrated the start of a new decade… although when I read some of the biogs about me online, they’ve kindly put me at 51. Hey!! It’s an interesting one because during 2016 I spent many a moment trying to work out how I would feel about turning this momentous corner. Yes, I’m a woman so it is seen as ‘a big one’, and yes I work in the media and we read and see every day the pressures of keeping that’ youthful look’, whether you work in front of the camera or not.

So I was keeping myself busy trying to work out and analyse how I felt. And you know what, I felt good. I decided to embrace the big 5-0 rather than apologise and not think out it. I know we’re all different, so don’t expect everyone to feel the same way (whatever the milestone) but for me I had to give myself a reality check and talking to;

Am I healthy? Yes, mostly. Do I have a great circle of friends and family? I do, thank goodness.

I have a wonderful husband who is amazingly supportive and tells me that every day, and a job I adore. So with a small kick up the backside, I decided to embrace the age, embrace what’s happening to me on the outside and celebrate what’s on the inside. I might not always be in a good place further down the line, so celebrate!

There’s a great sporting saying… Look for the win in every situation. So here’s to being a woman who’s just turned 50. I’m smiling and I’m winning.

Love N x

Nicki Chapman celebrating her 50th birthday with family and friends at Home House, London.


December Update

img_4146It’s now December and we’re coming to the end of 2016. Seems quite funny to type that. As they say, where have the last 12 months gone?

So let’s wrap up this year. You probably know by now I love anything equestrian and The Spanish Riding School of Vienna were back in Blighty, performing at Wembley and also the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. The SRS are the oldest riding school in the world, and to be hosting this event was quite incredible. Thank you to all who came along.

As a regular contributor on Sky News reviewing the papers, it was a first for me in the new ‘glass box’ on Sunrise. Very space age and hi-tech. I don’t think you could get any further removed from my usual position, standing in a field talking property! 2016 has certainly been a year for news stories….

My filming schedule is now nearly over for this year with Escape to the Country, The Escape Revisit Shows and Wanted Down Under put to bed with transmission dates looming. Wanted Down Under will now go out at the beginning of January 2017 on BBC1 and is a bumper series with more episodes and revisits than ever.

img_3862One of the most powerful and impressive projects I’ve been involved with is called People Power. The documentary, which we filmed in Bristol with Dave Myers (Hairy Biker legend), Mark Millar, Juliet Sargeant and Martyn Ashton, should transmit on BBC1 the week of 12th December and was a truly brilliant and eye opening experience. Try and watch it if you can, or if you miss it take a look on iplayer. It shows the power of volunteering and the differences it can make to peoples and communities lives. Both ends. Having always done charity work but never volunteered, not only was it a lesson on giving back or giving someone a leg up, it also spurned me on to become a volunteer near where I live. I’m not going to preach as it’s a very personal thing to do, but it’s certainly changed me and how I look at certain situations. Working with such devoted and tireless volunteers, from all walks of life and all ages, showed me how powerful people and communities can be. A true lesson.


Lets finish with a glam shoot! Thank you to the superb Sunday Express Magazine team for my ‘In The Closet’ feature. Loved every minute of it…. wish I looked like this every day….!!!

Time now to sign off. Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a smashing Christmas and I’m going to wish you health and happiness in 2017. What will your new year’s resolution be? Mine… patience, tolerance and kindness. And also to enjoy turning 50 in January. Gulp.

Take care

Love Nicki x

October Update


Yes, it’s time for an update and I hope you’ve all had a good Summer!

So, here we are in October, and already my mind is wandering towards Christmas… Too soon??  Ok.  I’ll hold that thought and update you on the last few months.
Another day at the office...

Another day at the office…

I’m a true Spring/Summer girl and this year didn’t disappoint.  June saw me disappear off to Australia to film Wanted Down Under and the WDU Revisits too.  The series has been extended by ‘Auntie’, so we now have 40 new or updated shows for you.  I’ve just found out that the series will probably start airing in November this year, rather than the usual January so keep an eye out for the new shows.  The repeats over the Summer got a huge response and you love to find out ‘what happened next’… hopefully these new programmes will give you the answers.  As soon as I know, I’ve put out a tweet with the start date.  Hate to crow, but I think it rained every day I was away from Blightly.  Good timing by me…  Here’s a snap which I like to call ‘another day at the office…’

Too excited about our mode of transport...

Too excited about our mode of transport…

Now here’s a name drop.  My husband co-manages Iron Maiden with the legendary Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor (awesome guys) so his daily commute to work has been on this beauty for the past 6 months or so whilst they’re on their world tour.  The band and management kindly allowed me to bag a lift to Oslo in Norway to join them.  Saw the band play in China back in April but sadly couldn’t quite get a seat on the plane… but this time. Oh yes!  Last time I went on a private plane was when I day to day managed the Spice Girls World Tour for Simon Fuller, but our plane was nothing like this work of art.  And what’s more, the lead singer flies it.  Double oh yes.  It’s times like this that I love my job.  Or should that be my husband’s ‘job’.  I might add my first visit to Oslo didn’t disappoint, but I was too excited about the mode of transport.

Celebrity Antiques Road Show

Celebrity Antiques Road Show

Look out for Jules Hudson and my ‘Celebrity Antiques Road Trip’ appearance with the fabulous Natasha Rankin and Philip Serrell who held our hands, talked us through our antiques, helped me find 1st gear in the old Morgan and showed us a whole new world.  It goes out shortly on BBC1 and I don’t want to say too much apart from if you love this series it will certainly be a show to remember…  Apologies to the drivers of Herefordshire who had to pass me on narrow lanes when I stalled a few times.  And as for finding reverse, forget it. Where’s my Evoque…? .

Managed a few days with friends in the South of France and then Portugal.  Both divine trips away which were over too soon..  Who doesn’t love a Summer escape?
Shacky and I by the pool.

Shacky and I by the pool.

Thanks for the wonderful day out with the North East Ladies (NELD) who organised a fabulous lunch and welcomed me to their fold.  All 600 hundred of them.  Empowering to see so many women in one room and hearing some moving and incredibly personal stories.  Also to the North Yorkshire West Fed WI girls in Bedale at the end of September for educating me in all things ‘WI’.  These ladies are certainly inspirational and never seem to stop let alone have time to bake cakes as some people may presume… although I’m sure they do a mean fondant fancy.

September and now October has seen me visit 9 counties in 9 days… From London, Wiltshire, Somerst to County Durham, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire then back to London then off to North Yorkshire and on to the towns or city gardens of Poundbury, Letchworth, Milton Keynes, Ebbsfleet finishing in my home town of Herne Bay. Phew. Why? Filming some exciting new programmes called ‘I Escaped to the Country’ or ETTC Revisits (yes, people who have bought our houses over the past few years) as well as a new series for the BBC on housing which has been fascinating.  More on that later, and I will let you know when they are due to air.


Part of the family!

You may have heard my dulcet tones on BBC Radio 2 quite a lot over the Summer and now into Autumn.  I’ve been dep’ing for the hardest working woman in radio, Vanessa Feltz, as she sits in for Jermey Vine.  Not many things drag me out of bed at 3.30 am on a daily basis, but the Early Breakfast Show is one of them! It’s been an absolute joy and hope to do more over the coming months.  Many of you have been texting and tweeting in regularly, thank you. I appreciate all your comments, feed back and hilarious stories.  Makes me feel like part of the family.

Making my way to Bristol later for filming so look out for me around the city all this week.  I’m also hosting the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in November at Wembley and also the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, so if you love your dancing horses (and want to watch the oldest riding school in the world and also the most elegant display their expertise) do pop along.  It’s truly spectatular and I’m delighted to be a very, very small part of it.



Finally, well done to Team GB and Paralympic GB this year at Rio. Let me leave you with a photo of yours truly with Charlotte Dujardin, Spencer Wilton, Fiona Bigwood and Carl Hester who won Silver in the Team Dressage this year at the Olympics and of course, Charlotte won gold too.  Our heroes.

It’s now time to sign off.  I know blogs are meant to be short but I haven’t written in months!
Much love

June 2016 Update

So it’s early June, the weather has improved again thank goodness, and I’m sitting in my hotel room in Norfolk looking out over the most beautiful woodland.  I’m on location for Escape to the Country and when the weather, county and houses all work in unison, it has to be one of the best jobs in television.

Kelly & I

Kelly & I

Spring into Summer is always a busy time for me in a good way, with the month of May being dominated by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  And what an event it was.

I always talk of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show being the highlight of my presenting calendar and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. 11 acres which have been transformed within just 3 weeks into horticultural excellence with a few glasses of bubbles and pimms consumed along the way.  Glorious. For those who either haven’t visited the show, or missed the coverage on television, let me explain.  Take the catwalk of the fashion world, and then replace it with 17 Show Gardens, 7 Fresh (contemporary/cutting edge) Garden Designs and 6 Artisan Gardens, a Great Pavilion packed full of floral displays from nurseries around the world as well as glorious floral art plus the Floral Design Studio.  And that’s my office for the whole week.  Lucky me.

This year my guests included Kate Adie, Meera Syal, Brendon Cole (still no invitation to appear on Strictly sadly), floral king Simon Lycett, Noah Huntley, Kelly Brook, Monica Galetti, Alex Polizzi and Sol Campbell.  An eclectic mix all linked by their love of gardens and horticulture.

Joe, Sophie & I

Joe, Sophie & I

Just before the show, all the presenters were asked to arrange a floral container, or pot,  which would be included on the RHS Feature Garden, designed by the super talented Anne-Marie Powell, as part of the Greening Grey Britain campaign.  Imagine my delight when I spotted my floral container taking pride of place right at the front of her garden.  ‘Oh Anne-Marie, I’m thrilled you love my pot enough to have it right at the front’ I trilled… ‘Yes’ she replied, ‘I needed something to stop people stepping into the water feature…’  I think that elusive gold medal is still some way off for me.

Sol, Nick & I

Sol, Nick & I

It’s a huge team effort with hours and indeed pages of coverage and by the Saturday, I’m always disappointed that the show is over for another year. Here are a few snaps taken behind the scenes with guests and presenters.

Until next May I’ll just have to make do with my own small garden escape ….

Take care and thanks for all your messages on twitter, instagram and on this site too..

Nicki x

April Blog


Spring has sprung and I think the weekend was the warmest so far this year!

How are we all?  Last time I wrote, I’d just started my 6 weeks of Lent which I’m pleased to say is now well and truly over.  No bread, no alcohol, no sweets, no chocolate.  Boy, was I fun during that time… although I must admit, half through a fabulous evening at The Brit Awards at the O2 downing my third class of champagne, I suddenly remembered I’d given up drinking.  Well, I’m not perfect.


Sara Cox, Emma Bunton & I

So back filming Escape to the Country (yeah!!) after a few months off. Cambridgeshire, North Devon, Dorset and back to Eat Devon this time with a new couple.  Great start to the new series, I’ve so missed it, and praying the sun continues to shine. What a wonderful place to go to work.  Jealous of my ‘office view’ every day?!!  Not only is Escape such a popular show over here, but also around the world.  Oh yes, we’re ‘global’ don’t you know.  Move over Top Gear… Always makes me chuckle when Aussies come up to me when I’m filming Wanted Down Under and ask if anyone ever buys the mystery house…?  Of course they do!!  Filming this year has already seen me name my own crisp flavour, ride in tanks and an SPG (self propelled gun!), and attempt to climb a cliff face on the Isle of Portland (nervous times).  All in the name of being a presenter.  Bring it on.  Talking of this show, I met up with a dear friend of mine a few weeks ago, the one and only Miss Emma Bunton.  She and the lovely Sara Cox have a new show on BBC2 called ‘Too Much TV’ and invited me on to discuss Escape, Wanted Down Under and my old Pop Idol days.  Here we are together.


First Time Buyer Magazine



Good Housekeeping Magazine

A couple of press pieces I’d love to share with you this time, firstly thrilled to be included in May’s issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine “A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self.”  An honest article about how I felt after leaving school at 16 with few exams and no direction in life and how I’ve changed over the years.  If you get a chance, please have a read…  Also I’m gracing the front cover of this quarter’s First Time Buyer Magazine and hosting their event later on this month.  I’m passionate about giving people honest advice and suggestions about how to get on the property ladder for the first time… it can be confusing and depressing time, a daunting thought especially when we look in the estate agents window or read the daily news.  I like to think there is light at the end of the tunnel for many people, and hopefully this mag may prove helpful.  Special thank you from me to Seb and Edward T Cooke @ WMA for the gorg photos!  


On the set of Sky News

Back reviewing the papers again soon for Sunrise.  Been a regular guest so far this year and really enjoy being part of the news debate. Love this photo on the set of Sky News with the gorgeous pairing of  Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph with my fellow reviewer Kevin Schofield, Editor of PoliticsHome.com.

Kevin and I look like the ‘anchor couple’ but we all know it’s really Stephen and Gillian that are in charge!

So today I’m reading my scripts for another adventure in the country, meeting my producer at BBC Radio 2 for a catch up and packing for the week ahead filming.  Hope you’ve had a great Easter break and next time I’ll blog about ‘life behind the scenes on one of my shows’ plus my latest news…

Bye for now