Land Girls

2:10pm Friday 11 November on BBC ONE

In the final episode of this new series of Land Girls, events spiral out of control for Connie when her shady past catches up with her. Henry tries to help her, but she’s adamant she is the only one who can put things right.

Iris makes a shocking discovery, as she tries to uncover the truth of what happened between Frank and Walter.

John is given some crushing news when he and Joyce go to RAF Brinford, but the visit also helps with his memory loss.

Esther goes into the village and is confronted by Mrs Gulliver but it backfires when Martin defends his mum.

Meanwhile, can Ellen keep up the pretence with Richard?

Connie is played by Seline Hizli, Henry by Gwilym Lee, Iris by Lou Broadbent, Frank by Paul Ritter, John by Nicholas Shaw, Joyce by Becci Gemmell, Esther by Susan Cookson, Mrs Gulliver by Carolyn Pickles, Martin by Mykola Allen, Ellen by Sophie Ward and Dr Channing by Dominic Mafham.

2:10pm Thursday 10 November on BBC ONE

When Channing returns to the Manor after seeing Esther he refuses to admit where he has been, forcing Ellen to consider if she can trust the man she loves.

It’s Joyce’s birthday and she and John are growing closer, but John has a guilty secret and decides to tell Joyce the truth.

Danny threatens to hurt Henry if Connie doesn’t help with his planned heist. Reluctantly she agrees, as long as he leaves straight after. Danny says he will but she has to leave with him.

When Frank discovers Walter has given Iris the job of clearing the dead rats from the barn, he goes to see Walter and they square up for a fight, with disastrous consequences.

Meanwhile Esther reveals the truth to Martin which drives him even further away.

Dr Channing is played by Dominic Mafham, Esther by Susan Cookson, Ellen by Sophie Ward, Joyce by Becci Gemmell, John by Nicholas Shaw. Danny by Joe Armstrong, Henry by Gwilym Lee, Connie by Seline Hizli, Frank by Paul Ritter, Iris by Lou Broadbent and Martin by Mykola Allen.

2:10pm Wednesday 9 November on BBC ONE

John is recounting his flashbacks of his escape from France to Channing but the memories are upsetting and Joyce intervenes as John can’t take any more.

Esther is facing up to her problems and starts to explore her options, but Finch offers her an alternative solution.

Frank tells Ellen about the suspicious man he saw in the woods and Ellen calls the police. Meanwhile she proposes she and Channing go out for a drive, but their past threatens their blossoming romance.

Henry finds out about Connie and Danny’s past and Iris panics when her lamb goes missing, so Frank tries to remedy the situation.

John is played by Nicholas Shaw, Joyce by Becci Gemmell, Dr Channing by Dominic Mafham, Esther by Susan Cookson, Finch by Mark Benton, Frank by Paul Ritter and Ellen by Sophie Ward. Connie is played by Seline Hizli, Danny by Joe Armstrong, Henry by Gwilym Lee and Iris by Lou Broadbent.

2:10pm Tuesday 8 November on BBC TWO

When Iris is summoned by Vernon to the farm for her proficiency test, the huge threshing machine throws her to the ground and she just avoids being seriously hurt. Angry, Connie throws down the gauntlet and challenges Vernon to a farmers versus land girls ploughing competition.

Meanwhile Finch is still a prisoner of Mrs Gulliver’s hospitality stuck in the house whilst also trying to protect his hidden treasure.

Back at the manor house Channing reassures a despondent Joyce that John needs reassurance from his wife and she will have to be patient with him.

When Connie goes to see Henry at church she is shocked to see Danny there talking to him. Henry doesn’t realise they know each other, but the old spark is there.

Meanwhile Esther is desperate to keep her secret from the local gossips.

2:10pm Monday 7 November on BBC ONE

There’s an explosive start to the new series of the award winning BBC One Daytime drama Land Girls, as the local military hospital is bombed. At Hoxley Manor Lady Ellen organises the Great Hall into a make shift hospital with the help of the land girls and is confronted by a face from the past when Doctor Channing arrives.

At Pasture Farm, Joyce is still waiting for news of husband John who is missing in action and new land girl Iris is befriended by another new arrival at the farm.

After Finch drunkenly drives into Mrs Gulliver’s garden and creates havoc, she threatens to tell the police unless he digs up her whole garden. When Martin discovers a gold coin Finch is overjoyed at the lucrative find.

Finally a telegram arrives for Joyce and its good news; John is alive, but the reunion isn’t as Joyce hoped it would be.

Meanwhile at Connie and Henry’s engagement party, Connie is singing when she spots her ex Danny watching her, before he disappears. When Connie returns from the party he is sat on her bed. Shocked, as her world unravels, she tells him they’ll talk tomorrow.

Lady Ellen is played by Sophie Ward, Doctor Channing by Dominic Mafham, Joyce by Becci Gemmell, John by Nicholas Shaw, Iris by Lou Broadbent. Finch is played by Mark Benton, Mrs Gulliver by Caroline Pickles, Martin by Mykola Allen, Connie by Seline Hizli, Henry by Gwilym Lee and Danny by Joe Armstrong.

2:15pm Monday 17 January on BBC ONE

The lives and loves of the land girls serving their country in the Women’s Land Army return to BBC One Daytime as the award-winning period drama begins a new five-part series.

Jo Woodcock (All The Small Things) and Becci Gemmell (Home Time) return as land girls Bea and Joyce in the new, five-part series of the award-winning Land Girls, for BBC One Daytime.

They’re joined by newcomer Seline Hizli, who plays streetwise, cockney land girl Connie Carter, who causes mayhem from the moment she arrives on the farm.

Created by Roland Moore, the highly-popular and award-winning drama returns for a second series set in the rural Forties and continues to follow the lives and loves of the land girls doing their bit for Britain in the Women’s Land Army (WLA).

Additional new faces joining the cast are Clive Wood (London’s Burning), who plays millionaire American businessman Jack Gillespie; Raquel Cassidy (Lead Balloon, Teachers) as Lady Hoxley’s sister, the fun-loving Diana Granville; and Liam Garrigan (The Pillars Of The Earth, Holby, The Chase), who plays the young and charming Rev Henry Jameson.

Other familiar faces returning for the new series include Sophie Ward as Lady Hoxley, Mark Benton as Farmer Finch, Danny Webb as Sgt Tucker, Susan Cookson and Mykola Allen as Esther and her son, Martin, and Liam Boyle as Billy Finch.

Against the backdrop of war weary Forties Britain, Land Girls is again set on the Hoxley estate – at the run-down Pasture Farm and the opulent Hoxley Manor – and several months have passed since the end of the last series.

Bea, now a farmer’s wife and mother, and land girl Joyce, are joined at Pasture Farm by new land girl Connie. As the women work hard on the land, serving their country, the drama follows them as they live out their lives in the shadow of war.

Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, says: “It’s wonderful to have so many of our original cast returning for the second series of our award-winning drama, as well as some exciting new names, too. The first series proved to be hugely popular, pulling in audiences of more than two million with its warm, uplifting, but also compelling, story.

He adds: “The first series of Land Girls was something completely new for our viewers, as it was the first period drama commissioned and shown for the BBC One Daytime audience. This second series is part of BBC Daytime’s ongoing commitment to produce more quality original British drama, which we know our audiences love.”

Becci Gemmell plays the fiercely patriotic and eternally optimistic Joyce who, at the end of the last series, was briefly reunited with her husband, John, before he was forced to join the dangerous bomber command.

Jo Woodcock plays Bea, who is married to Billy (played by Liam Boyle). She has a six-month-old son, the result of being seduced and having a one-night stand with an American GI. Despite this, Bea and Billy are now happily married, but new arrivals in Helmstead lead to cracks appearing in their marriage.

Seline Hizli plays Connie, a feisty, opinionated, young cockney. Prone to telling tall stories, it is hard to know who the real Connie is, as she causes mayhem everywhere she goes. But, after she meets the Rev Henry Jameson (played by Liam Garrigan), will she come good in the end?

Sophie Ward plays Lady Ellen Hoxley, the lady of the manor. Widowed at the end of the last series she is coping well with bereavement, as she never had a deep love for her husband, Laurence, and is free of his secret.

Ellen now has her sister, Diana (played by Raquel Cassidy), staying with her. The two women are very different and bicker continually – within the confines of “proper” behaviour, of course.

The arrival of American businessman Jack Gillespie (played by Clive Wood) attracts attention from them both – leading to an upper-class love triangle.

Susan Cookson plays Esther Reeves and Mykola Allen plays her son, Martin. Along with the land girls, who Esther looks after, they live at Pasture Farm with Frederick Finch (played by Mark Benton). When Martin falls victim to a nasty accident, Esther is faced with a moral dilemma to save her son.

Danny Webb plays Sgt Tucker, arrested at the end of the last series for the murder of Lord Hoxley. As the case falls apart he is released, but faces the struggle of having to rebuild his life.

Land Girls is again being made by the team behind BBC Birmingham’s award-winning Doctors, and is being filmed on location in and around the West Midlands.

The executive producers are Will Trotter and John Yorke and the producer is Erika Hossington.

 

Land Girls, BBC One Daytime’s highly popular and award-winning drama, is to return for a second series. Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, has commissioned five new episodes of the original drama created by Roland Moore.

The second series of Land Girls returns to the rural Forties, and continues to examine how a whole generation of women helped the war effort, and adapted to their new lives working as part of the Women’s Land Army.

Speaking about the new series, Liam Keelan says: “The first series of Land Girls was something completely new for BBC One Daytime, as it was the first time a period drama had been commissioned and made for the daytime audience. It proved to be such a success with our viewers that I’m delighted to be able to announce the commission of a second series.

He adds: “The first series of Land Girls was commissioned as part of a range of programming across the BBC commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, and we hope that this second series will again be a tribute to the women who played such an important role on the home front.”

Land Girls, made by the team behind BBC Birmingham’s award-winning Doctors, will once again be filmed on location in and around the West Midlands, and the executive producers are Will Trotter and John Yorke.

Will Trotter says: “Making an original costume drama is creatively liberating, and is compulsive viewing for the audience.

“It’s too early to be able to reveal which of our characters we’ll be meeting up with again, but viewers can be assured that we’ll see some old faces and meet some new ones. Land Girls will continue to follow the lives and loves of the women as they work the fields and forge friendships that will last a lifetime, in an experience that will change them forever.”

The recommission of Land Girls follows the announcement of The Indian Doctor starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, a new drama due on BBC One Daytime later in the year; a new series of Missing starring Pauline Quirke due on air this March; and a second series of Moving On, currently filming in Liverpool, and due on air later this year.

Filming on Land Girls begins later this year and is due to transmit in Winter 2010/11.

Land Girls, BBC One Daytime’s highly popular and award-winning drama, is to return for a second series. Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, has commissioned five new episodes of the uplifting original drama created by Roland Moore.

The second series of Land Girls returns to the rural Forties, and continues to examine how a whole generation of women helped the war effort, and adapted to their new lives working as part of the Women’s Land Army.

Speaking about the new series, Liam Keelan says: “The first series of Land Girls was something completely new for BBC One Daytime, as it was the first time a period drama had been commissioned and made for the daytime audience.

“It proved to be such a success with our viewers that I’m delighted to be able to announce the commission of a second series.”

He adds: “The first series of Land Girls was commissioned as part of a range of programming across the BBC commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, and we hope that this second series will again be a tribute to the women who played such an important role on the home front.”

Land Girls, made by the team behind BBC Birmingham’s award-winning Doctors, will once again be filmed on location in and around the West Midlands, and the executive producers are Will Trotter and John Yorke.

Will Trotter says: “Making an original costume drama is creatively liberating, and is compulsive viewing for the audience.

“It’s too early to be able to reveal which of our characters we’ll be meeting up with again, but viewers can be assured that we’ll see some old faces and meet some new ones.

“Land Girls will continue to follow the lives and loves of the women as they work the fields and forge friendships that will last a lifetime, in an experience that will change them forever.”

The recommission of Land Girls follows the announcement of The Indian Doctor starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, a new drama due on BBC One Daytime later in the year; a new series of Missing starring Pauline Quirke, due on air this March; and a second series of Moving On, currently filming in Liverpool, and due on air later this year.

Filming on Land Girls begins later this year and the series is due to transmit in Winter 2010/11.

New daytime programmes form part of BBC’s commemoration of 70th anniversary of start of Second World War

New period drama for the autumn, Land Girls, starring Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and Christine Bottomley (Hope Springs), will be stripped across one week at 5.15pm as a one-off special event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

Land Girls, which is Daytime’s first commissioned period drama, has been scheduled by BBC Daytime Controller Liam Keelan.

He says: “I’m delighted to be able to place Land Girls at this time of the day as part of a unique week of programming.

“We hope to pay tribute, not only to the many lives that were lost in the Second World War, but also to the land girls who played such an important role on the home front. We hope it’ll be seen by as wide an audience as possible.”

The five-part series marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War with a stellar cast line-up which also includes Sophie Ward (Holby City), Summer Strallen (Hollyoaks), and Mark Benton (The Street).

The drama follows the lives and loves of four girls away from home, striving to do their bit for Britain in the Women’s Land Army (WLA), while trying to come to terms with the fact that their lives may never be the same again.

To accompany the drama in BBC One Daytime, Michael Aspel joins host Katherine Jenkins each day as a guest on The Week We Went to War to talk about his war-time experience as a child.

The week-long series of special programmes will centre on everyday heroes, from families who took in evacuees, to ordinary people who ran into bombed buildings to save their neighbours.

Celebrities including Shirley Williams, Tony Benn, Lionel Blair, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Sylvia Syms and Leslie Phillips will also share their memories of growing up in London during the war.

These programmes are part of the BBC’s programming marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, which also includes BBC One’s The One Show which is running six special commemorative reports with the last one being shown on 1 September.

BBC Learning will be supporting the season with Heroes Of The Home Front (working title), a project aimed at school children aged seven to 12 throughout the UK.

On BBC Radio 4, Peter Snow presents a Random Edition special focusing on Britain’s first day of war in 1939.

Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barrett start the new series of Tracing Your Roots by exploring how to locate and search Second World War archives to discover the fate of soldiers and civilians who, during the course of the war, simply disappeared from their families’ lives.

There is more on both these Radio 4 programmes in BBC Network Radio Programme Information Week 35.

The BBC Archive will release a new online collection exploring the outbreak of the Second World War featuring radio recordings and documents from the period.

Land Girls (BBC Birmingham) and The Week We Went to War (Finestripe for BBC Daytime) are scheduled for transmission on BBC One in the week commencing Monday 7 September.

Land Girls is scheduled for a weekend repeat slot and both series will be available to view on BBC iPlayer.

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