Following the huge success of the Victorian Farm series, BBC Two is presenting the same intrepid team with a brand new set of challenges as they are forced to get to grips with the trials and tribulations of life on an Edwardian Farm.
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, says: “Victorian Farm was an innovative format that really seemed to resonate with the way people feel towards their community and relate to each other in the current economic climate.
“Faced with tough challenges, it showed just what can be achieved by a team of people when they work together towards a common goal and the popularity of the series showed us that there is a real thirst amongst the viewing public for good-hearted, intelligent programming that hits a familiar note.
“Edwardian Farm will bring with it a different set of challenges which I am sure will prove every bit as stimulating and inspiring as Victorian Farm.”
Victorian Farm was extremely popular on the channel this year, drawing an average audience of 3.6 million (14% share), with the final episode attracting over four million viewers – almost twice the timeslot average.
Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman will return to front Edwardian Farm, spending a full year delving into Britain’s rural heritage.
They will make their home in a stunning new location, exploring the challenges posed by the British countryside at a time of great change and tumult; a time when farming was becoming increasingly mechanised at home, and abroad the world was moving gradually towards war.
As in the first series, the action will be based primarily on the farm, but the new setting will also allow the team to explore wider aspects of the working countryside, including rivers and coasts, boat-building, mining, fishing and market gardening.
The 12 x 60-minute series will be produced by Lion Television.
David Upshal, Executive Producer at Lion Television, says: “We’re really excited to have this chance to further explore the lost world of Britain’s rural heritage; a world that has struck a chord with so many people.
“The new series will be bigger and even more ambitious, whilst maintaining the warmth and engaging charm of Victorian Farm.”
The series was commissioned by Martin Davidson and Emma Willis at the BBC.