BBC historic farm series

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BBC Two's historical farm series are six documentary series first broadcast on BBC Two from 2005 to 2014. They illustrate the life of an everyman: farmer, labourer, fisherman, etc. in a variety of historical contexts. Historians and archaeologists play the parts of ordinary people and live and work immersed in the time specified. The team perform the everyday crafts such as hunting, gathering, sowing and reaping as well as experimenting with more specialised work like blacksmithing, woodcutting and mining under the eyes of an experienced tutor.

Each series (save the first) has taken place at a public living history site that provides external in-period experts, experience, and flavour.

Series
Tales from the Green Valley Victorian Farm Edwardian Farm Wartime Farm Tudor Monastery Farm
2005 2009 2011 2012 2013
Starring Ruth Goodman
Peter Ginn
Alex Langlands
Stuart Peachey
Chloe Spencer
Ruth Goodman
Peter Ginn
Alex Langlands
Ruth Goodman
Peter Ginn
Alex Langlands
Ruth Goodman
Peter Ginn
Alex Langlands
Ruth Goodman
Peter Ginn
Tom Pinfold
Director(s) Peter Sommer Stuart Elliot Stuart Elliot
Naomi Benson
Era 1620 1837-1901 1901-1910 1938-1946 1457–1509
Public Locale Green Valley Farm Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Morwellham Quay Manor Farm Country Park Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Episodes 12 6 12 8 6
Original Network BBC Two BBC Two BBC Two BBC Two BBC Two
Production Lion Television Lion Television Lion Television David Upshal Lion Television

Related series[edit]

Several other shorter series featuring the same people and production staff have been made:

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