Wartime Farm is a British historical documentary TV series in eight parts in which the running of a farm during the Second World War is re-enacted, first broadcast on BBC Two on 6 September 2012.
Broadcast on 27 September 2012 at 8pm. As Europe falls to the Germans and British trade vessels are diverted to send supplies to the Soviets, the British government tightens its grip on farms like Manor Farm, expecting more and more home-grown food, drink and clothing. This week, Ruth, Alex and Peter do their best to impress an inspector from the local “War Ag”, who is tasked with surveying their abilities and grading them as an “A”, “B” or “C” farm. Farmers with low grades were in serious danger of penalties, or even total loss of their farms.
With the help of a new Field Marshall tractor and a team of Percheron draught horses, the team sow flax on their spare field, at the recommendation of the War Ag inspector. It is also time to start milking the dairy herd, using an early vacuum milking machine. Since the herd’s feed makes a noticeable difference to the quality of their milk, Alex and Peter finally begin to use the silage they produced in Episode 2.
Spurred on by a promotional film from the Ministry of Information, Peter starts a rabbit concern with the dual aim of impressing the War Ag and efficiently producing extra meat for the family and for Britain. Ruth, meanwhile, creates cottage cheese from gone-off milk, and employs a pre-war hand-cranked washing machine to help with the daily chores.
Wartime Farm Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 27 September 2012.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.