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A [[ModularFranchise loose series/collection]] of historical docudramas about everyday life, farming and industry in the English countryside throughout the ages, produced since 2005 by the {{BBC}}, in association with Lion Television. The series currently consists of six [[BritishBrevity one-season]] TV shows, each mapping one specific historical period in British history.

All five shows to date were created and produced by David Upshal and have a steady main cast in the form of a trio of professional English ethnographers and archeologists : [[http://www.ruthgoodman.me.uk/ Ruth Goodman]], [[http://unitedagents.co.uk/peter-ginn Peter Ginn]] and [[http://www.alexlanglands.com/ Alex Langlands]]. In each show, they act as both presenters and protagonists.

!!!Shows in this series so far :
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mrtbv Tales from the Green Valley]]'' (2005) - Set in the [[TheCavalierYears 1620s]] at a long-abandoned and desolated [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} 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. This show established most of the elements of its later sequels, including the active participation of the cast in restoring run-down historical farming buildings before jumping into the action of recreating a farmer's everyday life in a given historical period. Besides Peter, Alex and Ruth, the main cast also included historian Stuart Peachey and archeologist Chloe Spencer.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00grv47 Victorian Farm]]'' (2009) - After a hiatus of a few years, the concept was revived in 2009 as this eponymous series, set in the late [[VictorianBritain Victorian era]] (1880s and [[TheGayNineties 1890s]]). Shot at the [[http://www.actonscott.com/ Acton Scott Estate]] in Shropshire, the team relives history once again, though this time in a more modern and more relatable setting. Received a ChristmasSpecial spinoff due to high demand.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ylych Victorian Pharmacy]]'' (2010) - SpinOff of ''Victorian Farm''. Since the show covers a different field than their usual expertise, Ginn and Langlands don't appear and Goodman co-hosts the programme with experts on period pharmacy, professor Nick Barber and his colleague Tom Quick. 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.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w15jc Edwardian Farm]]'' (2010) - Shot mostly in [[TheWestCountry Devon]] at the [[http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/ Morwellham Quay Heritage Park]] and the surrounding Tamar river valley. Set in the TheEdwardianEra 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.
* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a ChristmasSpecial spinoff in December 2012.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmlbm 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 [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII.]], just before the beginning of the English monarchy's break with Rome. This time, Goodman and Ginn are joined by archaeologist [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k3b96/profiles/tom-pinfold Tom Pinfold]] and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands. Shot at [[http://www.wealddown.co.uk/ Weald and Downland Open Air Museum]] in West Sussex.

Most of the cast also appeared in the documentary special ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00794j3 A Tudor Feast at Christmas]]'', which, [[DivorcedInstallment while only loosely linked to this series]], followed a similar format and was aired between ''Tales from the Green Valley'' and ''Victorian Farm'' (in 2006).

If you are familiar with these shows, you can help improve this page, since it still NeedsWikiMagicLove.

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!!Tropes seen in the shows of this series :
* AnachronismStew / HollywoodHistory : Averted, thankfully. Though each show has to represent a somewhat general, broad picture of the era it covers, the cast and crew usualy do their best to point out when exactly did an actual agricultural or industrial practice or certain piece of technology come into wider use. They also try to tie in the crafts, industries, handiwork and recipes shown with the specific region of England they're filming the show in. (So, the shows generally try their best at stressing the importance of regional geography and history in the perspective they offer.)
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Whether their clothing is downright awesome or [[SoOkayItsAverage just nice but plain]], the three presenters do wear some really snazzy civilian outfits from each era.
* AwesomeYetPractical: While many of the once popular recommendations, inventions or solutions to various farming and industry related problems and tasks are revealed to be outdated or ineffective, a surprising amount of them prove valid and useful methods even today.
* BeneathTheEarth: In one or two episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'' Peter and Alex venture with the guidance of a mining industry historian into some of the disused Devonshire mines. They even try out a late 19th century hand-held motorized drill (one of the first of its kind), powered with compressed gas.
* BackgroundMusic: All instrumental and period-appropriate. Local folk music in ''Tales from the Green Valley'', a mostly orchestral score in the 19th and early 20th century shows, a mix of orchestral and jazz music in ''Wartime Farm'', 16th century folk and religious music in ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.
* BritishBrevity: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]]. Though each show has only one season (being documentaries) and usualy no more than 5-6 episodes in total, ''Edwardian Farm'' and ''Tales...'' each have 12 episodes in total. If you count the 3 episode ChristmasSpecial of ''Victorian Farm'' as a direct part of that show, then ''Victorian Farm'' is the third longest show, with a total of 9 episodes.
* ChristmasSpecial: The three-episode miniseries ''Victorian Farm : Christmas'', a holiday-themed spinoff of the usual iteration of the show. Besides showcasing Victorian era preparation of decorations, presents and Christmas recipes, the cast also work on several more mundane tasks as well. One of them - the careful restoration of a historical blacksmith workshop - is cleverly tied in with the plotline about the preparation of presents [[spoiler:(with the help of Alex and the blacksmithing instructor guest, Peter uses the restored worskshop to create a hand-made doorknocker as a present for the owner of the estate where the series was shot)]]. Recently, in December 2012, ''Wartime Farm'' became the second show in the series to receive a Christmas special (though Alex was, for once, absent in that one).
* TheCityVsTheCountry: Brought up several times in ''Wartime Farm'', since British countrymen and BlitzEvacuees had to learn to live and work alongside each other during Britain's war years. As the presenters mention, the positive side effect of the initial tension was the gradual erosion of the bigger differences between British social classes of the era. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the post-war years kickstarted the process and the conditions necessitated by TheBlitz during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII only added to its growth.
* CoolBoat: A preserved sail-powered fishing trawler and a holiday river steamboat in ''Edwardian Farm''.
* CoolCar: They come into play in ''Edwardian Farm'', with the advent of motorism. A particularly lovely-looking one is an early bus, which the cast take for a holiday at the seaside. And then there's [[http://oddscarhire.co.uk/images/film_a1.jpg this]] stunning blue convertible... ''Wartime Farm'' also features a small 1930s bus [[{{MacGyvering}} converted to]] [[PunkPunk run on gas produced by coal fumes]]. Modifications like this were made due to the wartime shortages of petrol for civilian users.
* CoolHorse: The shire horses used in several of the series.
* CoolPlane: The Blériot monoplane displayed at a local fair in the final episode of ''Edwardian Farm''.
* CoolTrain: Appear only sparringly, but there are a few lovely period locomotives and cars to be seen in a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'' and ''Wartime Farm''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: To small extents, ''Wartime Farm'', given the era and subject matter it deals with... The most serious and darkest it gets is when the trio of presenters cover the participation of English farmers and other countryside folk in the UK's extensive civil defence and secret anti-spy network. Peter and Alex take part in [[LaResistance civil defence militia]] [[NewMeat training]] [[LaResistance in the woods during night time]] and [[CommunicationsOfficer Ruth becomes a secret radio station operator]]. In one of the later episodes, Ruth even helps out the [[BadassBookworm Royal Observers Corps]] with [[PlaneSpotting spotting and reporting friendly and enemy aircraft]] at night, while Alex and Peter take part in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/90/a4061990.shtml Operation Starfish]], [[BatmanGambit lighting decoy fires and lights for enemy bombers]].
* DownOnTheFarm: Well, ''[[CaptainObvious duh]]''. (A British example though.)
* DuringTheWar: ''Wartime Farm'''s subject matter, complete with a documentation of TheHomeFront and BlitzEvacuees (some even enter the narrative of the show, played by extras).
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not that pervasive, but due to it being the first show and because of both the historical and production-related TimeSkip between it and the later shows, ''Tales from the Green Valley'''s presentation and tone have shades of this at times. The presence of two more experts in the main cast, the greater focus on experimental archeology, and furnishings and everyday chores [[AudienceAlienatingPremise less familiar to a modern TV viewer]] (unlike in ''Victorian Farm'' or ''Edwardian Farm'', there are no real "old household tips" that the viewers could appreciate in everyday use).
* EdutainmentShow: A pretty well balanced combination of a lighthearted, entertaining reality TV narrative with a factual live-action documentary occupied by professional historians.
* GenreBusting: Part live-action historical crafts recreation documentary, part edutainment reality show starring and featuring actual experts on a specific historical period and the lifestyle of each era.
* HardWorkMontage: Appears in a more documentary-style form whenever the members of the main cast (or the main cast and their guests) are working on a new project.
* {{MacGyvering}}: True to RealLife history, there was a lot of it going on in the WWII era UK due to wartime shortages, as detailed in ''Wartime Farm''.
* OddNameOut: The first show is the only one that didn't follow the pattern of "[NAME OF ERA] ''Farm''".
* OnceAnEpisode: The opening montage of each episode, complete with OpeningNarration. Then there's the "Once A Show" formula : When the cast arrives in the first episode of each show, their first task is to restore or renovate the historical buildings they'll be living and working in. And at the end of every final episode, they gradually pay farewell to the estate, tidy up and then walk away...
* OpeningNarration: Via an opening exposition-filled montage in every episode of each show.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm'' and Geraldine James narrated ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.
** Also, in ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', Tom Pinfold replaced Alex Langlands in the main trio of presenters.
* PowerTrio: Hard to pinpoint a specific type, but comes closest to the BigThinShortTrio variety.
** Big: Peter (though by no means fat)
** Thin: Alex, later Tom (thinnest and tallest of the group)
** Short: Ruth (also TheHeart of the team)
* PowerWalk: Ruth, Peter and Alex do a rather period one at the end of the opening montage of ''Edwardian Farm''. They also do a more slower and less brisker one at the end of every episode of ''Wartime Farm''.
* RetroUniverse: As a ploy [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to enhance the authentic look and feel of each show]], no modern day devices or objects ever appear in any of the shots. If it wasn't for the consistently Out Of Character edutainment commentary of the three hosts, you could mistake any episode of the shows for a TV period drama. [[AvertedTrope No chance]] of an OutOfGenreExperience in these shows, outside the scientific commentary of the main cast.
* SceneryPorn: Each and every show is shot in very pictoresque and well preserved rural parts of England. So far, the shows were shot in the west, southwest and southern parts of England and some great panoramas could be witnessed in each show. ''Tales from the Green Valley'' was set and shot in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh]]-[[TheWestCountry English]] borderland and in one or two episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'', Peter and Alex ventured to study the old coal-mining areas in southern UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}.
* SequelEscalation: ''Edwardian Farm'' to ''Victorian Farm'', in general. Both cover largely similar social and technological periods and have a similar feel, but while the older show is mostly focused on agriculture and everyday chores at a relatively small farming estate, ''Edwardian Farm'' massively ups the ante and has the team travelling large parts of Devon and southern Wales, trying out various industries, crafts, trades... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and even going on vacation at the seaside !]]
* ShownTheirWork: A given in shows like this. The presenters will often dig up almost completely forgotten traditions, recipes and agricultural or industrial techniques from the period they're covering in a specific show. And they love trying out almost every old handicraft imaginable.
* SpinOff:
** ''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''. ''Wartime Farm'' also had its own Christmas Special.
** ''A Tudor Feast at Christmas'' can be retroactively considered a spinoff of ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', despite getting made several years earlier.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The shows are this to conceptually similar 1980s and 1990s BBC documentary shows like ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victorian_Kitchen_Garden The Victorian Kitchen Garden]]'', ''The Victorian Kitchen'', ''The Victorian Flower Garden'', ''The Wartime Kitchen and Garden'', etc.
* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even [[http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/image/data/plane.jpg an]] [[CoolPlane early Blériot monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".
* TeamPet: [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01209/Victorian_farm_1209413i.jpg Clumper]] the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shire_%28horse%29 shire horse]] in ''Victorian Farm'', [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/512xn/legacy/supporting/95145479ad556e049b67919b5fa905f284054fb2.jpg?nodefault=true Laddie]] the Dartmoor pony in ''Edwardian Farm'', [[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/henry-the-dog.jpg Henry]] the Border Collie in ''Wartime Farm''.
* ThoseTwoGuys : [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/512xn/p01lg4lf.jpg Peter and Alex]], doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time. This dynamic is less pronounced between Peter and Tom.
* WarWasBeginning: The OpeningNarration of ''Wartime Farm''.
* {{Wales}}: The primary setting of ''Tales from the Green Valley'', and an occassional setting for a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm''.
* TheWestCountry: Along with UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}, the setting of ''Tales from the Green Valley'' and ''Edwardian Farm''.
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A [[ModularFranchise loose series/collection]] of historical docudramas about everyday life, farming and industry in the English countryside throughout the ages, produced since 2005 by the {{BBC}}, in association with Lion Television. The series currently consists of six [[BritishBrevity one-season]] TV shows, each mapping one specific historical period in British history.

All five shows to date were created and produced by David Upshal and have a steady main cast in the form of a trio of professional English ethnographers and archeologists : [[http://www.ruthgoodman.me.uk/ Ruth Goodman]], [[http://unitedagents.co.uk/peter-ginn Peter Ginn]] and [[http://www.alexlanglands.com/ Alex Langlands]]. In each show, they act as both presenters and protagonists.

!!!Shows in this series so far :
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mrtbv Tales from the Green Valley]]'' (2005) - Set in the [[TheCavalierYears 1620s]] at a long-abandoned and desolated [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} 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. This show established most of the elements of its later sequels, including the active participation of the cast in restoring run-down historical farming buildings before jumping into the action of recreating a farmer's everyday life in a given historical period. Besides Peter, Alex and Ruth, the main cast also included historian Stuart Peachey and archeologist Chloe Spencer.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00grv47 Victorian Farm]]'' (2009) - After a hiatus of a few years, the concept was revived in 2009 as this eponymous series, set in the late [[VictorianBritain Victorian era]] (1880s and [[TheGayNineties 1890s]]). Shot at the [[http://www.actonscott.com/ Acton Scott Estate]] in Shropshire, the team relives history once again, though this time in a more modern and more relatable setting. Received a ChristmasSpecial spinoff due to high demand.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ylych Victorian Pharmacy]]'' (2010) - SpinOff of ''Victorian Farm''. Since the show covers a different field than their usual expertise, Ginn and Langlands don't appear and Goodman co-hosts the programme with experts on period pharmacy, professor Nick Barber and his colleague Tom Quick. 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.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w15jc Edwardian Farm]]'' (2010) - Shot mostly in [[TheWestCountry Devon]] at the [[http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/ Morwellham Quay Heritage Park]] and the surrounding Tamar river valley. Set in the TheEdwardianEra 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.
* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a ChristmasSpecial spinoff in December 2012.
* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmlbm 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 [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII.]], just before the beginning of the English monarchy's break with Rome. This time, Goodman and Ginn are joined by archaeologist [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k3b96/profiles/tom-pinfold Tom Pinfold]] and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands. Shot at [[http://www.wealddown.co.uk/ Weald and Downland Open Air Museum]] in West Sussex.

Most of the cast also appeared in the documentary special ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00794j3 A Tudor Feast at Christmas]]'', which, [[DivorcedInstallment while only loosely linked to this series]], followed a similar format and was aired between ''Tales from the Green Valley'' and ''Victorian Farm'' (in 2006).

If you are familiar with these shows, you can help improve this page, since it still NeedsWikiMagicLove.

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!!Tropes seen in the shows of this series :
* AnachronismStew / HollywoodHistory : Averted, thankfully. Though each show has to represent a somewhat general, broad picture of the era it covers, the cast and crew usualy do their best to point out when exactly did an actual agricultural or industrial practice or certain piece of technology come into wider use. They also try to tie in the crafts, industries, handiwork and recipes shown with the specific region of England they're filming the show in. (So, the shows generally try their best at stressing the importance of regional geography and history in the perspective they offer.)
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Whether their clothing is downright awesome or [[SoOkayItsAverage just nice but plain]], the three presenters do wear some really snazzy civilian outfits from each era.
* AwesomeYetPractical: While many of the once popular recommendations, inventions or solutions to various farming and industry related problems and tasks are revealed to be outdated or ineffective, a surprising amount of them prove valid and useful methods even today.
* BeneathTheEarth: In one or two episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'' Peter and Alex venture with the guidance of a mining industry historian into some of the disused Devonshire mines. They even try out a late 19th century hand-held motorized drill (one of the first of its kind), powered with compressed gas.
* BackgroundMusic: All instrumental and period-appropriate. Local folk music in ''Tales from the Green Valley'', a mostly orchestral score in the 19th and early 20th century shows, a mix of orchestral and jazz music in ''Wartime Farm'', 16th century folk and religious music in ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.
* BritishBrevity: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]]. Though each show has only one season (being documentaries) and usualy no more than 5-6 episodes in total, ''Edwardian Farm'' and ''Tales...'' each have 12 episodes in total. If you count the 3 episode ChristmasSpecial of ''Victorian Farm'' as a direct part of that show, then ''Victorian Farm'' is the third longest show, with a total of 9 episodes.
* ChristmasSpecial: The three-episode miniseries ''Victorian Farm : Christmas'', a holiday-themed spinoff of the usual iteration of the show. Besides showcasing Victorian era preparation of decorations, presents and Christmas recipes, the cast also work on several more mundane tasks as well. One of them - the careful restoration of a historical blacksmith workshop - is cleverly tied in with the plotline about the preparation of presents [[spoiler:(with the help of Alex and the blacksmithing instructor guest, Peter uses the restored worskshop to create a hand-made doorknocker as a present for the owner of the estate where the series was shot)]]. Recently, in December 2012, ''Wartime Farm'' became the second show in the series to receive a Christmas special (though Alex was, for once, absent in that one).
* TheCityVsTheCountry: Brought up several times in ''Wartime Farm'', since British countrymen and BlitzEvacuees had to learn to live and work alongside each other during Britain's war years. As the presenters mention, the positive side effect of the initial tension was the gradual erosion of the bigger differences between British social classes of the era. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the post-war years kickstarted the process and the conditions necessitated by TheBlitz during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII only added to its growth.
* CoolBoat: A preserved sail-powered fishing trawler and a holiday river steamboat in ''Edwardian Farm''.
* CoolCar: They come into play in ''Edwardian Farm'', with the advent of motorism. A particularly lovely-looking one is an early bus, which the cast take for a holiday at the seaside. And then there's [[http://oddscarhire.co.uk/images/film_a1.jpg this]] stunning blue convertible... ''Wartime Farm'' also features a small 1930s bus [[{{MacGyvering}} converted to]] [[PunkPunk run on gas produced by coal fumes]]. Modifications like this were made due to the wartime shortages of petrol for civilian users.
* CoolHorse: The shire horses used in several of the series.
* CoolPlane: The Blériot monoplane displayed at a local fair in the final episode of ''Edwardian Farm''.
* CoolTrain: Appear only sparringly, but there are a few lovely period locomotives and cars to be seen in a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'' and ''Wartime Farm''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: To small extents, ''Wartime Farm'', given the era and subject matter it deals with... The most serious and darkest it gets is when the trio of presenters cover the participation of English farmers and other countryside folk in the UK's extensive civil defence and secret anti-spy network. Peter and Alex take part in [[LaResistance civil defence militia]] [[NewMeat training]] [[LaResistance in the woods during night time]] and [[CommunicationsOfficer Ruth becomes a secret radio station operator]]. In one of the later episodes, Ruth even helps out the [[BadassBookworm Royal Observers Corps]] with [[PlaneSpotting spotting and reporting friendly and enemy aircraft]] at night, while Alex and Peter take part in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/90/a4061990.shtml Operation Starfish]], [[BatmanGambit lighting decoy fires and lights for enemy bombers]].
* DownOnTheFarm: Well, ''[[CaptainObvious duh]]''. (A British example though.)
* DuringTheWar: ''Wartime Farm'''s subject matter, complete with a documentation of TheHomeFront and BlitzEvacuees (some even enter the narrative of the show, played by extras).
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not that pervasive, but due to it being the first show and because of both the historical and production-related TimeSkip between it and the later shows, ''Tales from the Green Valley'''s presentation and tone have shades of this at times. The presence of two more experts in the main cast, the greater focus on experimental archeology, and furnishings and everyday chores [[AudienceAlienatingPremise less familiar to a modern TV viewer]] (unlike in ''Victorian Farm'' or ''Edwardian Farm'', there are no real "old household tips" that the viewers could appreciate in everyday use).
* EdutainmentShow: A pretty well balanced combination of a lighthearted, entertaining reality TV narrative with a factual live-action documentary occupied by professional historians.
* GenreBusting: Part live-action historical crafts recreation documentary, part edutainment reality show starring and featuring actual experts on a specific historical period and the lifestyle of each era.
* HardWorkMontage: Appears in a more documentary-style form whenever the members of the main cast (or the main cast and their guests) are working on a new project.
* {{MacGyvering}}: True to RealLife history, there was a lot of it going on in the WWII era UK due to wartime shortages, as detailed in ''Wartime Farm''.
* OddNameOut: The first show is the only one that didn't follow the pattern of "[NAME OF ERA] ''Farm''".
* OnceAnEpisode: The opening montage of each episode, complete with OpeningNarration. Then there's the "Once A Show" formula : When the cast arrives in the first episode of each show, their first task is to restore or renovate the historical buildings they'll be living and working in. And at the end of every final episode, they gradually pay farewell to the estate, tidy up and then walk away...
* OpeningNarration: Via an opening exposition-filled montage in every episode of each show.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm'' and Geraldine James narrated ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.
** Also, in ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', Tom Pinfold replaced Alex Langlands in the main trio of presenters.
* PowerTrio: Hard to pinpoint a specific type, but comes closest to the BigThinShortTrio variety.
** Big: Peter (though by no means fat)
** Thin: Alex, later Tom (thinnest and tallest of the group)
** Short: Ruth (also TheHeart of the team)
* PowerWalk: Ruth, Peter and Alex do a rather period one at the end of the opening montage of ''Edwardian Farm''. They also do a more slower and less brisker one at the end of every episode of ''Wartime Farm''.
* RetroUniverse: As a ploy [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to enhance the authentic look and feel of each show]], no modern day devices or objects ever appear in any of the shots. If it wasn't for the consistently Out Of Character edutainment commentary of the three hosts, you could mistake any episode of the shows for a TV period drama. [[AvertedTrope No chance]] of an OutOfGenreExperience in these shows, outside the scientific commentary of the main cast.
* SceneryPorn: Each and every show is shot in very pictoresque and well preserved rural parts of England. So far, the shows were shot in the west, southwest and southern parts of England and some great panoramas could be witnessed in each show. ''Tales from the Green Valley'' was set and shot in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh]]-[[TheWestCountry English]] borderland and in one or two episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'', Peter and Alex ventured to study the old coal-mining areas in southern UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}.
* SequelEscalation: ''Edwardian Farm'' to ''Victorian Farm'', in general. Both cover largely similar social and technological periods and have a similar feel, but while the older show is mostly focused on agriculture and everyday chores at a relatively small farming estate, ''Edwardian Farm'' massively ups the ante and has the team travelling large parts of Devon and southern Wales, trying out various industries, crafts, trades... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and even going on vacation at the seaside !]]
* ShownTheirWork: A given in shows like this. The presenters will often dig up almost completely forgotten traditions, recipes and agricultural or industrial techniques from the period they're covering in a specific show. And they love trying out almost every old handicraft imaginable.
* SpinOff:
** ''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''. ''Wartime Farm'' also had its own Christmas Special.
** ''A Tudor Feast at Christmas'' can be retroactively considered a spinoff of ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', despite getting made several years earlier.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The shows are this to conceptually similar 1980s and 1990s BBC documentary shows like ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victorian_Kitchen_Garden The Victorian Kitchen Garden]]'', ''The Victorian Kitchen'', ''The Victorian Flower Garden'', ''The Wartime Kitchen and Garden'', etc.
* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even [[http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/image/data/plane.jpg an]] [[CoolPlane early Blériot monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".
* TeamPet: [[http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01209/Victorian_farm_1209413i.jpg Clumper]] the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shire_%28horse%29 shire horse]] in ''Victorian Farm'', [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/512xn/legacy/supporting/95145479ad556e049b67919b5fa905f284054fb2.jpg?nodefault=true Laddie]] the Dartmoor pony in ''Edwardian Farm'', [[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/henry-the-dog.jpg Henry]] the Border Collie in ''Wartime Farm''.
* ThoseTwoGuys : [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/512xn/p01lg4lf.jpg Peter and Alex]], doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time. This dynamic is less pronounced between Peter and Tom.
* WarWasBeginning: The OpeningNarration of ''Wartime Farm''.
* {{Wales}}: The primary setting of ''Tales from the Green Valley'', and an occassional setting for a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm''.
* TheWestCountry: Along with UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}, the setting of ''Tales from the Green Valley'' and ''Edwardian Farm''.
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* CoolCar: They come into play in ''Edwardian Farm'', with the advent of motorism. A particularly lovely-looking one is an early bus, which the cast take for a holiday at the seaside. ''Wartime Farm'' also features a small 1930s bus [[{{MacGyvering}} converted to]] [[PunkPunk run on gas produced by coal fumes]]. Modifications like this were made due to the wartime shortages of petrol for civilian users.

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* CoolCar: They come into play in ''Edwardian Farm'', with the advent of motorism. A particularly lovely-looking one is an early bus, which the cast take for a holiday at the seaside. And then there's [[http://oddscarhire.co.uk/images/film_a1.jpg this]] stunning blue convertible... ''Wartime Farm'' also features a small 1930s bus [[{{MacGyvering}} converted to]] [[PunkPunk run on gas produced by coal fumes]]. Modifications like this were made due to the wartime shortages of petrol for civilian users.



* While at the seaside in "Edwardian Farm", all the presenters are embarrassed to be seen wearing their period bathing costumes, and this is how they delay showing them on camera.
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* CoolPlane: The Blériot monoplane displayed at a local fair in the final episode of ''Edwardian Farm''.
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* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmlbm 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 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k3b96/profiles/tom-pinfold Tom Pinfold]] and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands. Shot at [[http://www.wealddown.co.uk/ Weald and Downland Open Air Museum]] in West Sussex.

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* ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmlbm 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 [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII., ]], just before the beginning of the English monarchy's break with Rome. This time, Goodman and Ginn are joined by archaeologist [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k3b96/profiles/tom-pinfold Tom Pinfold]] and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands. Shot at [[http://www.wealddown.co.uk/ Weald and Downland Open Air Museum]] in West Sussex.



* BackgroundMusic: All instrumental and period-appropriate. Local folk music in ''Tales from the Green Valley'', a mostly orchestral score in the 19th and early 20th century shows and a mix of orchestral and jazz music in ''Wartime Farm''.

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* BackgroundMusic: All instrumental and period-appropriate. Local folk music in ''Tales from the Green Valley'', a mostly orchestral score in the 19th and early 20th century shows and shows, a mix of orchestral and jazz music in ''Wartime Farm'', 16th century folk and religious music in ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.



* CoolHorse: The shire horses used in several of the series.



** The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', and JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice has recently lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm''.
** Also, ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', Tom Pinfold replaced Alex Langlands in the main trio of presenters in.

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** The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', and JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice has recently lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm'' and Geraldine James narrated ''Tudor Monastery Farm''.
** Also, in ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', Tom Pinfold replaced Alex Langlands in the main trio of presenters in.presenters.



** Thin: Alex (thinnest and tallest of the group)

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** Thin: Alex Alex, later Tom (thinnest and tallest of the group)



* ShownTheirWork: A given in shows like this. The presenters will often dig up almost completely forgotten traditions, recipes and agricultural or industrial techniques from the period they're covering in a specific show.

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* ShownTheirWork: A given in shows like this. The presenters will often dig up almost completely forgotten traditions, recipes and agricultural or industrial techniques from the period they're covering in a specific show. And they love trying out almost every old handicraft imaginable.



* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even an [[CoolPlane early monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".

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* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even an [[http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/image/data/plane.jpg an]] [[CoolPlane early Blériot monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".
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A [[ModularFranchise loose series/collection]] of historical docudramas about everyday life, farming and industry in the English countryside, produced since 2005 by the {{BBC}}, in association with Lion Television. The series currently consists of six [[BritishBrevity one-season]] TV shows, each mapping one specific historical period in British history.

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A [[ModularFranchise loose series/collection]] of historical docudramas about everyday life, farming and industry in the English countryside, countryside throughout the ages, produced since 2005 by the {{BBC}}, in association with Lion Television. The series currently consists of six [[BritishBrevity one-season]] TV shows, each mapping one specific historical period in British history.
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* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a Christmas spinoff in December 2012.
* ''Tudor Monastery Farm'' (2013) - Moving back to the 16th century, Goodman and Ginn are joined by archaeologist Tom Pinfold for a series exploring the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands.

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* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a Christmas ChristmasSpecial spinoff in December 2012.
* ''Tudor ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmlbm Tudor Monastery Farm'' Farm]]'' (2013) - Moving back to 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 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k3b96/profiles/tom-pinfold Tom Pinfold for a series exploring Pinfold]] and together, they explore the life of tenant farmers on monastic lands.
lands. Shot at [[http://www.wealddown.co.uk/ Weald and Downland Open Air Museum]] in West Sussex.



* TheOtherDarrin: The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', and JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice has recently lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm''.

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* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
**
The series has so far had three different narrators. [[AGameOfThrones Owen Teale]] narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', and JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice has recently lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm''.Farm''.
** Also, ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', Tom Pinfold replaced Alex Langlands in the main trio of presenters in.



* SpinOff: ''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''. ''Wartime Farm'' also had its own Christmas Special.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To conceptually similar 1980s and 1990s BBC documentary shows like ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victorian_Kitchen_Garden The Victorian Kitchen Garden]]'', ''The Victorian Kitchen'', ''The Victorian Flower Garden'', ''The Wartime Kitchen and Garden'', etc.

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* SpinOff: SpinOff:
**
''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''. ''Wartime Farm'' also had its own Christmas Special.
** ''A Tudor Feast at Christmas'' can be retroactively considered a spinoff of ''Tudor Monastery Farm'', despite getting made several years earlier.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To The shows are this to conceptually similar 1980s and 1990s BBC documentary shows like ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Victorian_Kitchen_Garden The Victorian Kitchen Garden]]'', ''The Victorian Kitchen'', ''The Victorian Flower Garden'', ''The Wartime Kitchen and Garden'', etc.
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* ThoseTwoGuys : Peter and Alex, doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time. This dynamic is less pronounced between Peter and Tom.

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* ThoseTwoGuys : [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/512xn/p01lg4lf.jpg Peter and Alex, Alex]], doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time. This dynamic is less pronounced between Peter and Tom.
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* CoolBoat: A preserved sail-powered fishing trawler and a holiday river steamboat in ''Edwardian Farm''.
* CoolCar: They come into play in ''Edwardian Farm'', with the advent of motorism. A particularly lovely-looking one is an early bus, which the cast take for a holiday at the seaside. ''Wartime Farm'' also features a small 1930s bus [[{{MacGyvering}} converted to]] [[PunkPunk run on gas produced by coal fumes]]. Modifications like this were made due to the wartime shortages of petrol for civilian users.
* CoolTrain: Appear only sparringly, but there are a few lovely period locomotives and cars to be seen in a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm'' and ''Wartime Farm''.



* {{MacGyvering}}: True to RealLife history, there was a lot of it going on in the WWII era UK due to wartime shortages, as detailed in ''Wartime Farm''.



* SpinOff: ''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''.

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* SpinOff: ''Victorian Farm'' had its three-part ChristmasSpecial and then the proper four-part spinoff ''Victorian Pharmacy''. ''Wartime Farm'' also had its own Christmas Special.



* ThoseTwoGuys : Peter and Alex, doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time.

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* ThoseTwoGuys : Peter and Alex, doing most of the outdoor work related to experimentally recreating various bygone crafts and jobs of the past. While not outright VitriolicBestBuds, Alex does poke fun at Peter in a friendly or [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] way from time to time. This dynamic is less pronounced between Peter and Tom.


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* {{Wales}}: The primary setting of ''Tales from the Green Valley'', and an occassional setting for a few episodes of ''Edwardian Farm''.
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* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a Christmas spinoff in December 2012.

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* ''[[http://www.wartimefarm.co.uk/ Wartime Farm]]'' (2012) - The spectre of WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo 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 [[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm Manor Farm and Country Park]], not too far from Southampton. Received a Christmas spinoff in December 2012.



* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even an [[CoolPlane early monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".

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* {{Steampunk}}: Not in play literally, but many of the clever and more unusual contraptions and machinery seen in the shows mapping the Victorian and Edwardian era evoke this trope. The last episode of ''Edwardian Farm'' highlights how the rapid advancements in technology at the start of the 20th century and during [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]] [[EndOfAnAge massively reshaped life in the countryside and farming not only in England, but elsewhere as well]]. This commentary occurs at a recreation of an early 20th century industrial fair - among the displays are the latest tractors and harvesters, and even an [[CoolPlane early monoplane]]. And with the introduction of the ''Wartime Farm'' show, the aesthetic has moved further, towards a kind of "WWII English Countryside {{Dieselpunk}}".
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* TheOtherDarrin: The series has so far had three different narrators. Owen Teale (Alliser Thorne in ''Series/GameOfThrones'') narrated ''Tales from the Green Valley'', Stephen Noonan helmed the narration for ''Victorian Farm'', ''Victorian Pharmacy'' and ''Edwardian Farm'', and JohnSimm [[HeyItsThatVoice has recently lent his voice]] to ''Wartime Farm''.
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