Wartime Farm Documentary Series Overview (2012)


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.


The series, the fourth in the historic farm series, following the original, Tales from the Green Valley, was made for the BBC by independent production company Lion Television in association with the Open University, and was filmed at Manor Farm Country Park close to Southampton. The farming team consisted of historian Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn.

In 2010, the farming team had turned Morwellham Quay in Devon back to how it was in Edwardian times in the programme Edwardian Farm; in 2009 the team had embraced the Shropshire estate of Acton Scott, which they ran in Victorian style for a full calendar year in the programme Victorian Farm; and in 2004 they started their cooperation with Tales from the Green Valley, exploring life on a British farm in the 17th century. The Wartime Farm commissioning executives for the BBC are Emma Willis and James Hayes, and the Executive Producer for Lion Television is David Upshal.


  • An associated book by Langlands, Ginn and Goodman – Wartime Farm: Rediscovering the Skills and Spirit of World War II – was published in 2012.
  • In addition, a free booklet was made available to viewers in the UK and Ireland, by the Open University.
  • Wartime Farm, Christmas Special was broadcast on BBC Two and BBC HD on 18 December 2012.
    • The 60-minute programme recreated the conditions of Christmas 1944 and was presented by Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn.

Wartime Farm Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): John Simm.
  • Director(s): Stuart Elliot and Naomi Benson.
  • Producer(s): David Upshal.
  • Production: Lion Television and Open University (in association with).
  • Distributor(s): BBC Two.
  • Release Date: 06 September 2012 to 25 October 2012, and 11 December 2012 (Christmas Special).
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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