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Victorian Farm

Season 1
In this unique project, historian Ruth Goodman as well as archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn immerse themselves in the life of the Victorian farmer as he would have lived on the Acton Scott Estate.
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    January 8 2009
    The team move into the smallholding at Acton Scott and begin restoring the cottage, getting in some practice with steam-powered machinery and making cider.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    January 15 2009
    As autumn ends, winter-proofing begins in earnest - essential work if the livestock and crops are to make it through the frost.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    January 22 2009
    Emergency repairs demand the team go back to DIY basics with the help of the woodsman, the blacksmith and the basketmaker.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    January 29 2009
    Alex and Peter must master animal midwifery in time for spring, and the team turns to Victorian science in a bid to save their struggling crops.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    February 5 2009
    Ruth dives into a tough task in the dairy, Alex tries his hand at bee-keeping and the lengthening summer days give Peter and Alex a chance to try out some Victorian cricket.
  6. 6. Episode 6
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    February 12 2009
    Before the team's year on Victorian Farm comes to an end, they must bring in the wheat harvest and master the Reaper Binder.

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MarkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating series I come back to again & again
I have seen Victorian Farm (and its sister series') several times, and every time I come back to watching it, my appreciation for it just grows. I have always been fascinated by history, but to have it actually lived out makes it so much more understandable. Seeing how the ordinary Victorian got on in life and how they lived is very interesting. I would highly recommend this series and its sister series' to anyone who fancies a gander at how the Victorian farming family lived their life. There might be one or two lessons which one could take from the series!
4 people found this helpful
ezzyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant to see how....
Love this program, so much better than the reality rubbish they put on tv. You get to see how the victorians lived and worked , everyone should watch this then maybe they would appreciate what they actually have rather than taking it for granted. Has it’s funny moments , so it’s not just a history lesson.
3 people found this helpful
PamelaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Excellent!
What a wonderful series. I gained so much insight into the lives of the people and the farming practices of the time. Beautifully filmed and full of interest.
3 people found this helpful
Fiona RamsayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realistic farming which doesn't shy away from sensitive subjects
As real-life farmer's wife I thoroughly enjoyed this series. The in-depth animal husbandry was so interesting - nowadays we would reach for antibiotics but some of the older remedies worked well. I particularly appreciated the way they didn't gloss over the realities of farm life - some animals die and some are killed and some are pests. Not everything in country life is cute. Inside the cottage was equally interesting, although I suspect that in real life Victorian farms there were many more bodies around to help with the work. And I also suspect that bodies and clothes would have been quite a bit grubbier.
One person found this helpful
BehzadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great idea, executed tastefully
A great show....the perfect balance of historical information and entertainment.
4 people found this helpful
Nik SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing project. Thanks to all creators and participants.
4 people found this helpful
MeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It doesn't matter whether it's Victorian, Edwardian, Tudor Manor or Wartime, this team produce the goods. We laugh, we cry, we learn, we enjoy. They are wonderful.
Ian LeeteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing show
This show and its sister offerings are a great way to learn about different times. The presenters are really engaging and informative.
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