BBC Countryfile slapped with complaints as furious viewers demand 'priorities please'

BBC Countryfile has been slammed by furious viewers as they demand: "Priorities please." The BBC show returned on Sunday night with viewers slamming water companies after an environmental segment focused on sewage mismanagement in the waterways.

James fumed: "Huge dividend paying water companies. They're very careful to maintain or increase the debts so they aren't ever in profit. EBITDA is for other businesses, you know. #countryfile" Ivor sniped: "Just watched a documentary on countryfile. The presenter was talking about water pollution. His take on it was that its bad for animals and sometimes humans. PRIORITIES PLEASE."

"Well done #Countryfile for highlighting shortcomings in the #EnvironmentalAgency wrt sewage mismanagement in privatised water. THIS is something the govt can effect! Or do they have a conflict of interest? #CorruptBritain" Norrette said.

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"This report on #countryfile just shows how badly the @EnvAgency are letting the countryside down. Essentially fiddling the numbers on #sewagedischarges. So disappointed that there is seemingly noone holding these huge profit making water companies to account!" Katie said.

"Does anyone else think Countryfile is asking questions of the wrong people re water pollution? AFAIK Ofwat has the powers to hold water companies to account but is fucking spineless about using them!" Gordon agreed on Twitter/X.

Genius said: " @Feargal_Sharkey Just watching Countryfile on BBC1 and apparently the environment agency may or may not bring prosecutions against water companies illegally polluting our waters. Government protecting profit makers above all else."

"Thames Water making big bucks for their shareholders while pumping sewage into our rivers..... Retired teachers will be keeping quiet because it's their pension funds that are the biggest investors," Vinny sniped on Twitter/X.

Elsewhere on the show, Adam Henson is in Oxfordshire, meeting a farmer exploring whether a pasture-based system can work for dairy goat milk production. Joe also investigates how high groundwater is overloading sewage infrastructure and causing river pollution in some parts of the countryside.