Farmer Wants a Wife

Wednesday 21st October 9.00pm

Louise Redknapp helps Britain’s most eligible farmers meet the women of their dreams. This week’s participant is 54-year-old Desmond, who lives alone on his family estate in Norfolk. The hopeful harvester selects writer Kim and cafe owner Tarka to take back to his farm, but a lost dog, a temper tantrum and Desmond’s chaotic lifestyle threaten to derail any chance of romance.

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife.

The former Eternal singer aims to unite lovelorn farmers with their ideal mates. Potential partners must live on the farms of their suitors for five days and take on the challenges of modern farm life. Can love blossom in the barnyards and pigsties of rural Britain?

This week’s forsaken farmer is Desmond, a sociable 54-year-old who lives on the north Norfolk coast. Alongside his thriving fruit farm, Desmond also manages a 300-year-old mansion and a roadside stall, and is about to open a cafe –making life somewhat hectic. While he lives alone for the most part, his two children often come to stay, along with “a variety of people [who] come and go for work and play”. Desmond’s busy life allows him very little time for dating, but he is keen to find a special woman to join him in his countryside endeavours.

With Louise’s help, Desmond whittles down the applicants to two lucky ladies – 48-year-old writer Kim and Tarka, a 44-year-old cafe owner from London. When the pair first arrive at the estate, they are shocked by the chaos that greets them. Desmond leaps energetically from one half-baked project to another, dragging the bewildered women along with him. However, he does his best to keep them entertained, treating Kim and Tarka to a day of coastal walks, asparagus harvesting, cockling and rabbit hunting – all rounded off with a romantic meal. It is all quite an eye-opener for city girl Tarka who has never before experienced country life, let alone the weird and wonderful world of Desmond.

The following day, however, Desmond finds it increasingly difficult to focus on romance. As his estate cafe opens for the first time, Desmond is engrossed in his own affairs – so much so that he forgets Tarka’s name. He eventually pays the women enough attention to decide he prefers Kim, but his decision has little effect. When his pet dog Teddy disappears and cannot be found, Desmond can no longer cope with the pressure and throws everybody off his estate.

After a brief but manic weekend, there is no doubt that Desmond has made an impression on Tarka and Kim, but does either of them see the frantic farmer as a possible husband?

Wednesday 14th October 9.00pm

Louise Redknapp helps Britain’s most eligible farmers meet the women of their dreams. This week’s participant is 58-year-old Gordon, a fruit and veg farmer in West Sussex. After whittling down his applicants, the disorganised singleton spends time with bossy Jean and laid-back Val, but his funny foibles start to test the ladies’ patience. Can they see beyond Gordon’s quirks and love him for who he is?

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife. Across this six-part series, the former Eternal singer aims to unite lovelorn farmers with their ideal mates.

This week’s yearning yeoman is 58-year-old Gordon. The shambolic farmer cultivates fruit and vegetables on his 112-acre parcel of land. The cheerful chap lists ballroom dancing and tennis among his hobbies. He enjoys his job and hopes to find a like-minded lady with a good personality and sense of humour to share his farm.

After sifting through a pile of applications from aspiring farmer’s wives, Gordon settles upon bossy police officer Jean, 48, and easy-going Val, 55. The ladies are delighted to visit Gordon’s farm, but are rather taken aback by the disarray of his home and office.

It is clear that Gordon has a disorganised approach to life and, although initially charming, his foibles start to grate. Undaunted, Jean makes it quite clear that she is keen to get her hands on Gordon and whip his home into shape. Gordon, however, is put off by her controlling tendencies, and seems to prefer Val for her vulnerable side. Unfortunately, Val is less keen on the hopeful farmer than her rival.

Gordon gives the girls a taste of farm life by taking them for a spin on the tractor and planting some beans. He then treats them to a night of ballroom dancing and a trip to the races at Goodwood. Sadly for Gordon, Val finally decides to leave the farm. Will he find consolation with Jean?

Wednesday 7th October 9.00pm

Louise Redknapp helps Britain’s most eligible farmers meet the women of their dreams. This week’s participant is 44-year-old David. Kindly David manages a mixed arable and pig farm in North Yorkshire. He is looking for a special someone to share his life on the farm, and soon whittles his list of potential partners down to the youngest and the oldest of all the applicants. But will either of these lovely ladies win his heart?

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife.

Across this six-part series, the former Eternal singer aims to unite lovelorn farmers with their ideal mates. Potential partners must live on the farms of their suitors for five days and take on the challenges of modern farm life. Can love blossom in the barnyards and pigsties of rural Britain?

This week’s romantic rancher is 44-year-old David. A straight-talking Yorkshireman, David runs a mixed farm in North Yorkshire and lives in the same house in which he grew up. His five-bedroom home is surrounded by glorious countryside.

The cares of farm life may occupy much of David’s time, but he prides himself on a good sense of humour and an ability to enjoy himself. All David would like is a good woman to share his idyllic life. His ideal lass would be someone independent and unafraid of the challenges of life on the farm.

After meeting the top four candidates, David chooses to spend more time with 28-year-old Janet, the youngest of all the applicants, and 48- year-old former horse trainer Jane. The ladies pitch in around the farm with all manner of duties, from assisting in the delivery of piglets to muck spreading and tractor driving. As decision time looms, it is clear that Jane is rather smitten with her farmer, while David seems to prefer posh girl Janet. What will his decision be?

Wednesday 30th September 9.00pm

Louise Redknapp continues to assist Britain’s most eligible farmers as they try to meet the women of their dreams. This week’s participant is 30-year-old Jim, a rugby-loving arable farmer from the Yorkshire Dales. Despite looking like a rock star, this handsome bachelor has yet to find Mrs Right. Can Louise help sow the seeds of love?

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife.

Across this six-part series, the former Eternal singer aims to unite lovelorn farmers with their ideal mates. Potential partners must live on the farms of their suitors for five days and take on the challenges of modern farm life. Can love blossom in the barnyards and pigsties of rural Britain?

This week’s lonely agriculturist is 30-year-old Jim from Beverley in East Yorkshire. This familyorientated arable farmer is friendly and sociable, and would love to find the right woman to share his idyllic life in the countryside. Along with his farm, Jim also owns a haulage business –which means finding the time to meet the opposite sex has always been a struggle.

To make the most of Jim’s precious time, Louise sends him on a speed-dating event. After chatting to a number of hopefuls, he selects two attractive women to carry through to the next stage. However, when Jim takes the love rivals back to his farm for a taste of country life, it is sparks that begin to fly rather than Cupid’s arrow. With the two girls failing to see eye to eye, will Jim be able to choose between them – or is he destined to return alone to cold-comfort farm once more?

Wednesday 23rd September 9.00pm

Louise Redknapp continues to assist the cream of Britain’s most eligible farmers as they try to meet the women of their dreams. This instalment focuses on farmer Willie from County Down in Northern Ireland. The lovelorn farmer narrows his choice down to two likable young ladies – but as the competition heats up, will he able to decide which one to keep and which one to send home?

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife.

Across this six-part series, the former Eternal singer aims to unite lovelorn farmers with their ideal mates. Potential partners must live on the farms of their suitors for five days and take on the challenges of modern farm life. Can love blossom in the barnyards and pigsties of rural Britain?

This week’s romance-hungry farmer is 24-year-old Willie. The mild-mannered mummy’s boy sifts through a pile of hopeful applicants before drawing up a shortlist of four. After spending time with each of the girls, he selects bubbly blonde Sarah Jane and leggy horse trainer Gabbie as his two finalists.

The girls help out around the farm and assist with such tricky matters as bull mating, tractor driving and artificial insemination. Along the way, they wash a cow, attend a cattle show and even join in a family party.

As the girls take it in turn to impress their farmer, they find themselves embroiled in a deepening love triangle. Sarah Jane starts off well while Gabbie takes some time to come out of her shell. Once she does, however, she gives her rival a run for her money. But which of these two aspiring farmer’s wives will capture Willie’s heart?

Louise Redknapp helps lonesome farmers find their perfect woman in this playful new series for Five. In the opening instalment, arable farmer Derek must choose a girlfriend from a shortlist of four lovely ladies. He whittles his options down to two – bubbly Canadian Karla and level-headed Sarah. But which of these aspiring farmer’s wives will win Derek’s heart?

“There’s something about a life in the romantic British countryside that really appeals to a lot of ladies,” says Louise Redknapp. “So when we advertised six single farmers on the internet, the response was overwhelming.” More than 2,000 women applied for the role of farmer’s wife.

The first candidate looking for love is 30-year-old arable farmer Derek from Buckinghamshire. Single for a year, Derek admits it is hard to meet the fairer sex in the middle of the country. “I’ve had a very busy few years running the farm and now it’s sort of dawned on me – I need to settle down,” he says. “I really do miss having someone to go out with.”

Derek has received an incredible 334 replies from women keen to take up life on his farm. From these applicants, he has created a shortlist of four lucky ladies. They include vivacious Canadian Karla, who claims she would make the perfect farmer’s wife because she can sow, mend and is good in bed. Her rivals are Russian Anna, a feng shui specialist; home counties girl Sarah, who lists cooking and entertaining among her hobbies; and 26-year-old Hannah, the youngest of the competitors.

As Derek spends some one-on-one time with each of the girls, flirty Karla sets out her stall. “I reckon you could fit in my pants,” she tells Derek. “She’s a bit of livewire, that girl,” says the bemused farmer. “I think I’d have a job to handle her.” Having sized up all four girls, Derek decides to send Hannah and Anna home – leaving the blonde duo of Karla and Sarah to fight for his affections.

The pair are treated to a hot-air balloon ride with Derek to get a bird’s-eye view of the rolling countryside. A bumpy landing, however, sees Karla tumbling on top of Derek. “If we can re-run the landing, I’ll make sure that I nick Karla’s spot next time,” says a slightly miffed Sarah. Further shocks are in store at the house, when the love rivals learn that Derek only has one spare room – so they must share a bed.

The girls get a taste of life as a farmer’s wife when they help out with chores on the farm. Karla’s cheeky banter soon gets Derek’s pulse racing. “They’re both playing very different games,” he reflects. “Karla’s very much in your face… Sarah’s very much like, ‘let’s sit back a bit’.” After a ride in the tractor with each girl, the farmer admits that Sarah’s gentle approach has its charm – but is equally impressed when Karla shows her sensitive side in a private chat.

Louise arrives to assess the state of play and is fascinated to learn that both girls are smitten with their sturdy farmer. “By the sound of it, you both really fancy him… what’s gonna happen?” she asks. Sneaky Karla then tries to steal a march on her rival by slipping out of bed one night to join Derek in his room. Not to be out done, Sarah joins the pair. As the final day approaches, it is clear that one girl is going to be left very disappointed. “I haven’t got a clue where I’m going with this,” Derek admits.

After some serious heart-to-heart discussions with his two favourite ladies, Derek makes the difficult decision to send one of them home. The triumphant girl gets to enjoy some quality time with Derek on the farm. Two weeks later, Derek heads to London for a weekend with his chosen lass. But this farmer’s search for a wife is far from over. “If you think that’s the end of the story, you’d be quite wrong,” says Louise. “There’s not one but two twists to come in this romantic tale.” Which of the pair will plough their way to Derek’s heart?

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