Jimmy Doherty (farmer)

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Jimmy Doherty
Born Jimmy Doherty
1975 (age 38–39)
Essex, England
Occupation Farmer, television personality
Known for Jimmy's Farm, Jimmy's Food Factory, Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club

Jimmy Doherty (born 24 May 1975) is a Suffolk based farmer and television presenter formerly for the BBC and now for Channel 4, famous for the show Jimmy's Farm, based around his and his wife, Michaela Furney's Essex Pig Company.

Biography[edit]

A childhood friend of Jamie Oliver, he studied at Newport Free Grammar School, has a degree in Animal Biology from the University of East London [1] and studied for a PhD in entomology at Coventry University's zoology department. [2] He is of Irish descent.

He appeared as a friend and guest on Jamie Oliver's show, Oliver's Twist in the episode entitled 'Flash In The Pan'.

He then trained as a pig farmer, where, in 2002, he met runner Furney when Channel 4's filming for Jamie' s Kitchen took it to the Cumbrian farm where he was working. [3]

After returning to Essex to run his own farm, Doherty and Furney set up The Essex Pig Company utilising free range meat production practices. Based around various rare breeds, the core breed of pig is the endangered Essex, together with the Berkshire, Gloucester Old Spot, large and middle Whites; Soay and Jacob sheep and Red Poll cattle. Jimmy's farm is in Suffolk near Ipswich. There are currently 20 full and part-time staff. Their efforts were followed by a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries which aired on BBC Two[4]

Doherty presented a series for BBC2 called Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes which aired from July 2008 to August 2008, followed by various other series and single documentaries for the BBC. Notably, Jimmy's Food Factory, in which he demonstrated the industrial techniques used in the production of processed foods, ran for two series on BBC One. When the Controller of BBC One at the time, Jay Hunt, left to become Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4 at the end of 2010, she signed up Doherty to present exclusively for Channel 4. Doherty's last series for the BBC, A Farmer's Life for Me, was broadcast in February/March 2011.

Doherty has been accused of serving as an unpaid spokesman for the National Farmer's Union and the interests of agribusiness, particularly Monsanto.[5]

Since 18 June 2011, Jimmy's Food Factory airs as 'ProSieben BBC Spezial - Jimmy's Food Factory' every Saturday on German TV channel ProSieben.[6]

In December 2012 Jimmy and Jamie Oliver presented the Channel 4 series Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club.

Jimmy and Michaela Furney were married on Saturday, 22 August 2009. The reception was held at their farm in Suffolk. [3]

They have a daughter named Molly Rose who was born on 4 August 2010.

Television series[edit]

  • "Jaimie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feasts" (Channel 5, 2014)
  • Food Unwrapped (Channel 4, 2013)
  • Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club (Channel 4, December 2012)
  • Jimmy and the Whale Whisperer (Channel 4 2012)
  • Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket (Channel 4 2012)
  • A Farmer's Life for Me (BBC 2011)[7]
  • Museum of Life (BBC 2010)
  • Jimmy's Global Harvest (BBC 2010)
  • The Private Life of... (BBC 2010)
  • Jimmy's Food Factory (BBC 2009)
  • Jimmy Doherty in Darwin's Garden (OU & BBC 2009)
  • Jimmy's GM Food Fight (BBC Horizon 2008)
  • Jimmy and the Wild Honey Hunters (BBC 2008)
  • Jimmy's Farming Heroes (BBC 2008)
  • Crisis on Jimmy's Farm (BBC 2007)
  • Jimmy's Farm Diaries (BBC 2007)
  • Jimmy's Farm (BBC 2004–2006)
  • Richard & Judy (Channel 4 2004 & 2006)
  • Back on Jimmy's Farm (BBC 2004)

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEL press release 2009". 
  2. ^ "Farming's unlikely hero, FW interviews Jimmy Doherty". Farmers Weekly Interactive. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b Celebrity farmer Jimmy gets hitched, 24 August 2009
  4. ^ Boyle, Audrey (16 June 2006). "From City girl to Essex girl!". East Anglian Daily Times. 
  5. ^ Matthews, Jonathan (29 November 2008). "Jimmy's GM Food Fix". Ecologist Magazine. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Doherty zeigt Jimmy's Food Factory". ProSieben. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph

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