Wartime Farm

 (7)2012TV-14
Three historians run a farm as it would have been during WWII, when farmers toiled to feed their nation amid shortages and hardship, in this living history docuseries.
Starring
John SimmPeter GinnRuth Goodman
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    September 5, 2012
    59min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team begins by reclaiming badlands to grow new crops and learns about Auxiliary Units, a resistance force trained to use guerrilla tactics against German invasion.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    September 12, 2012
    59min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team tackle the conditions faced by British farmers in 1940, when the full impact of rationing took hold and when Britain faced Nazi bombing in the Blitz.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    September 19, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    To make outbuildings habitable as refugee shelters for city dwellers fleeing the Blitz, Alex and Peter resort to the age-old craft of making tiles by hand.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    September 26, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team face a WWII-style government inspection to judge their productivity; as part of a mechanization trend, they grapple with a new tractor and milking machine.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    November 3, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Moving forward to 1942, when Hitler’s U-boats bombarded British ships and slashed imports, the team confront shortages of wood, fuel, and animal feed. 
  6. 6. Episode 6
    November 10, 2012
    57min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Facing 1943’s dire conditions, Alex and Peter produce a hay crop from grass in the churchyard, and Ruth enlists eager children to collect herbs for medicine.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    November 17, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The farmers contribute to the D-Day invasion by growing flax, which was used to make parachute webbing, fighter aircraft fuselages, tents, and ropes.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    November 24, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Even as the war draws to a close, the need for homegrown food grows greater than ever and lasts far after the conflict ends. The team struggle to harvest the wheat crop.

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2012
Network
Acorn TV
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MarigoldReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful series.....
As an American whose grandfather farmed during WW2, I found this series to be remarkable and beautifully done.
My only disappointment was one that I expected and was fully alert for:
When an elderly gentleman is discussing an incident he remembers during the war when a farmer was shot and killed during a stand-off because the government was confiscating his home and land because his farm was under performing, Alex earnestly pipes up, "But it WAS for the greater good....so."
Then, after the Dam Busters bombing, Alex again has to make his point about bombs that were killing innocent women and children. German innocents. Not English.
Except for that those few examples, there was little of that Woke mess so I was able to watch this with joy rather than bouts of contempt.
6 people found this helpful
Bonny Lenore Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating and Inspiring
This was a lovely little documentary about the unsung heroes of WW2. If it were not for the farmers, the Allies would have most likely lost the war. This documentary shows many of the ways the farmers had to step up and become engineers, metal workers, refugee hosts, and even covert intelligence agents. The historians did a fantastic job adding a bit of humor here and there, and you could tell they got along very well.
3 people found this helpful
kris youngReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing series
I watched this with my kids a few years ago for school and fell in love with this whole crew. This series offers a great look into just what it took to live day to day life in Britain during the War years. The timeline is facinating as it moves through the adjustments that were made throughout the war period. There is a real sense of living history here. I have watched their other series and they are all great! Highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys history, farming, crafting, engineering, cooking. It has it all.
One person found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing!
This was such a great series! My husband and I loved it! This is the 3rd "Farm" series that we have watched featuring these folks. It is so well produced, and the stars of the show Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, & Alex Langlands, really make the show feel like they live during WWII. So many amazing things to learn from this series. We always take away something from every episode. We can't wait to watch the next series, "Tudor Farm". We hope that they will continue this because we can't stop binge-watching them! :D
One person found this helpful
CPReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsBest of their series yet!
Their best yet! Not only is it brimming with historical facts, this series has an incredibly powerful narrative as well. We’re huge fans of all three hosts and think this has them in some of their best form.
Lisa S.Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommend this series
Highly recommend this series!
catherine fedeleReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsOur parents and grandparents did not complain about this time.
The best in British Television are the recreation shows. This is the best of the best.
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