Wartime Farm
Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman and Alex Langlands relive a battle as important to the war effort as Dunkirk or The Battle of Britain… the battle for food. In 1939, 60% of Britain’s food was imported. The risk of a German U-boat blockage starving the country into submission was all too real, so Britain looked to the land to feed its people. In this eight-part series, authors and historians Alex, Peter and Ruth spend a year turning the clock back and running a Hampshire farm as it would have been in World War Two. It’s all in a day’s work as they deal with everything from the desperate struggle to get as much land as possible under cultivation, to mobilizing the land army, cooking on rations and keeping themselves entertained.

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Episodes
Ep 1
Wartime Farm
Watch October 5, 10:00pm
Ep 2
Wartime Farm
Watch October 12, 10:00pm
Ep 3
Wartime Farm
Watch October 19, 10:00pm
Ep 4
Wartime Farm
Watch October 26, 10:00pm
Ep 5
Wartime Farm
Watch November 2, 10:05pm
Ep 6
Wartime Farm
Watch November 9, 10:05pm
Ep 7
Wartime Farm
Watch November 16, 10:00pm
Ep 8
Wartime Farm
Watch November 23, 10:00pm
Wartime Farm
Ruth, Alex and Peter go back in time to face up to the day-to-day challenges of running a farm during the Second World War. In this first episode, there's a farmhouse to modernize, strict new rules to abide by, and air raid precautions to contend with. (1 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Oct 5, 10:00pm
Thu Oct 6, 2:00am
Wartime Farm
The team tackle the conditions of 1940, in the face of bombing in the Blitz. Ruth learns about the impact that rationing had in the kitchen, and Alex and Peter are confronted with vastly reduced supplies of feed for the animals. (2 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Oct 12, 10:00pm
Thu Oct 13, 2:00am
Wartime Farm
Ruth gets involved in the work of the Royal Observer Corps, and Alex and Peter learn how to set up "decoy fires" to lure German bombers off target. (3 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Oct 19, 10:00pm
Thu Oct 20, 2:00am
Wartime Farm
Ruth, Peter and Alex face a World War II-style government inspection - meeting an expert who tells them to grow crops and to get their milking operation up and running. (4 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Oct 26, 10:00pm
Thu Oct 27, 2:00am
Wartime Farm
Alex and Peter revert to a Victorian solution to the shortage of animal feed, and Ruth sets up an Emergency Feeding Centre. (5 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 2, 10:05pm
Thu Nov 3, 2:05am
Wartime Farm
With tasks mounting up on the farm, the team turn to a popular source of wartime labour - children. (6 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 9, 10:05pm
Thu Nov 10, 2:05am
Wartime Farm
The wettest summer has devastated the crop at Manor Farm, and if Alex and Peter are to save it, they must take drastic action. (7 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 16, 10:00pm
Thu Nov 17, 2:00am
Wartime Farm
Ruth, Alex and Peter prepare to tackle the most crucial event of their farming year: harvesting the wheat crop. (8 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 23, 10:00pm
Thu Nov 24, 2:00am