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Episode 1 of the latest ‘farm’ series from Ruth Goodman and her friends hit our screens on 13th November.
The BBC released three promotional clips ahead of broadcast (see right) with some introduction by the three presenters.
The series promises to be be good. Ruth is clearly more excited by this project than the earlier ‘Victorian Farm’, ‘Edwardian Farm’ and ‘Wartime Farm’ which were set much closer to the present day and featured the introduction of machinery which, if not still in use today in the same form, is not beyond the realms of living memory.
500 years ago, of course, takes us back well before the introduction of such machines to a time when things were done entirely by hand.
The territory is not entirely new to Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman whose first far project was the (seemingly forgotten) ‘Tales From the Green Valley’. That was set only 400 years ago but still takes us back to a time before machinery.
Tudor Monastery Farm has been filmed at the Weald and Downland Museum at West Dean Park. An incredible collection of 50 old buildings, each of which has been rescued from demolition at its original location and lovingly restored to its condition in a bygone age at the museum.
The book to accompany the series is available now from all good booksellers