BBC's historical gardening TV series

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The BBC's historical gardening TV series are a series exploring historical recreations of farms and farming practices in different time periods.


Tales from the green valley

Set in the 1620s at a long-abandoned and desolated Welsh grange built in the early 17th century, the first show focused on the restoration of the centuries old cottage and its surroundings and the cast's struggle to simulate a whole calendar year of farming and handicraft work with nothing but 17th century level technology.

BBC's Tales from the Green Valley YouTube Playlist

Victorian Era

Victorian Farm

Victorian Farm (2009) - After a hiatus of a few years, the concept was revived in 2009 as this eponymous series, set in the late Victorian era (1880s and 1890s). Shot at the Acton Scott Estate in Shropshire, the team relives history once again, though this time in a more modern and more relatable setting. Received a Christmas Special spinoff due to high demand.

BBC's Victorian Farm YouTube Playlist

Victorian Pharmacy

Spin-Off of Victorian Farm. The show will generally leave you glad for having today's pharmacies, since the first public ones in the 19th century were a mixed bag - offering reasonable cures and therapies at best and completely barmy or unscientific ones at worst.

BBC's Victorian Pharmacy YouTube Playlist

Victorian Kitchen

The Victorian Kitchen a truly wonderful series recording life in a Victorian kitchen. it is fascinating for someone brought up on microwave ready-meals, an amazing insight into life below stairs (with an occasional glimpse upstairs) Ruth Mott is a star, almost, but not quite outshone by the kitchen itself. The anecdotes shared by Ruth are priceless, especially enjoyed the story of a train station a leaking packet of pearl barley and a flock of pigeons! The mixture of stories about those days below stairs coupled with the time consuming and elaborate recipes are an education.

BBC's Victorian Kitchen YouTube Playlist

Victorian Garden

An earlier TV series from the 1980s.


Edwardian Era

Edwardian Farm

Shot mostly in Devon at the Morwellham Quay Heritage Park and the surrounding Tamar river valley. Set in the The Edwardian Era and largely similar to Victorian Farm, but generally shows a lot more than just the agricultural bit of the 19th century British countryside. The show has not only at least twice as many episodes in total, but also broadens the scope to topics like the importance of industry, transport, trade and tourism to the English countryside during the late 19th and early 20th century. Naturally, a lot of vanished local industries and crafts are revived by the cast.

BBC's Edwardian Farm YouTube Playlist

Manor House (Edwardian Country House)

Follow a team of volunteers and a modern family who turn back the clock to recreate life as it was for the upper classes and their servants in a country house in 1910.

BBC's Treats from the Edwardian Country House YouTube Playlist

Treats from the Edwardian Country House

Treats from the Edwardian Country House Details of splendour and charm from the Edwardian era - presented by cook and Edwardian enthusiast Hugh Fearnley-Whittingshall, Treats from the Edwardian Country House is a companion series to The Edwardian Country House.

BBC's Treats from the Edwardian Country House YouTube Playlist

Wartime Farm

Wartime Farm (2012) - The spectre of World War II is knocking at the door and British farmers have to come to grips with the realities of rationing, reclaiming uncultivated land, the threat of foreign occupation, the dearth of old style farming and vast political and social changes to the agricultural sector of the UK. Shot at Manor Farm and Country Park, not too far from Southampton. Received a Christmas Special spinoff in December 2012.

BBC's Wartime Farm YouTube Playlist

Tudor Monastery Farm

Tudor Monastery Farm (2013) - Moving back in time for the first time since the series began, the cast enter the early 16th century, simulating life at a monastery-serving farm during the reign of Henry VII., just before the beginning of the English monarchy's break with Rome. This time, Goodman and Ginn are joined by archaeologist Tom Pinfold and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands. Shot at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex.

BBC's Tudoar Monastery Farm YouTube Playlist

Frontier House

Follow the lives of three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did on the American frontier in 1883.

BBC's Frontier House YouTube Playlist

Northanger Abbey

BBC's Northanger Abbey YouTube Playlist

See Also


External Links

  • TV Tropes Wiki - provided written descriptions of the different TV series

Relevant TSP Episodes

  • TSP Episode # - [Link Title]
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