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Wartime Farm

2012TV-14
Three historians run a farm as it would have been during WWII, when farmers toiled to feed their nation amid shortages and hardship, in this living history docuseries.
Starring
John SimmPeter GinnRuth Goodman
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    September 5, 2012
    59min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team begins by reclaiming badlands to grow new crops and learns about Auxiliary Units, a resistance force trained to use guerrilla tactics against German invasion.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    September 12, 2012
    59min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team tackle the conditions faced by British farmers in 1940, when the full impact of rationing took hold and when Britain faced Nazi bombing in the Blitz.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    September 19, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    To make outbuildings habitable as refugee shelters for city dwellers fleeing the Blitz, Alex and Peter resort to the age-old craft of making tiles by hand.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    September 26, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team face a WWII-style government inspection to judge their productivity; as part of a mechanization trend, they grapple with a new tractor and milking machine.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    November 3, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Moving forward to 1942, when Hitler’s U-boats bombarded British ships and slashed imports, the team confront shortages of wood, fuel, and animal feed. 
  6. 6. Episode 6
    November 10, 2012
    57min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Facing 1943’s dire conditions, Alex and Peter produce a hay crop from grass in the churchyard, and Ruth enlists eager children to collect herbs for medicine.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    November 17, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The farmers contribute to the D-Day invasion by growing flax, which was used to make parachute webbing, fighter aircraft fuselages, tents, and ropes.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    November 24, 2012
    58min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Even as the war draws to a close, the need for homegrown food grows greater than ever and lasts far after the conflict ends. The team struggle to harvest the wheat crop.

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