Victorian Farm Episode I

  • Published on Jun 6, 2015
  • Victorian Farm is a historical documentary TV series in six parts, first shown on BBC Two in January 2009, it recreates everyday life on a small farm in Shropshire in the mid-19th century, using authentic replica equipment and clothing, original recipes and reconstructed building techniques.
    Episode 1
    This was first broadcast on Thursday 8 January 2009 at 9 pm. The would-be farmers move into a disused cottage. This requires much renovation: replacing the coal-burning range, cleaning the chimney and refuelling from a narrowboat on a nearby canal; cleaning the bedroom by removing dead birds, disinfecting against bedbugs with turpentine and salt, restoring the lime plaster and redecorating.
    In accordance with custom, they assist in the threshing of the previous year's crop of wheat, using a steam-powered thresher. A field is ploughed, harrowed and sown with the next year's crop using horse-drawn implements of the era. Apples are picked, milled and pressed to make cider while other fruits and berries are preserved as a spicy chutney.
    A flock of Shropshire ewes is acquired and the first meal is cooked and eaten - a leg of boiled mutton.

Comments • 371

  • Taran Whyte
    Taran Whyte 6 days ago

    I'm sure I just heard Ruth say "bladders pigs" instead of "pigs bladders! Did anyone else notice that? Anyhoo, it gave me a little chuckle. I really love these historical series. They're brilliant!

  • Karin Reck
    Karin Reck 17 days ago

    I adore Ruth, Peter and Alex, they're my spirit animals lol.

  • Narcisa Menegazzi
    Narcisa Menegazzi Month ago

    wow I love victorian life

  • Cathy Solorzano
    Cathy Solorzano Month ago

    I love the movie it was awesompliease make movies like this one

  • Dr. Tobias Fünke
    Dr. Tobias Fünke Month ago

    52:52 Unfortunate timing withe the music.., makes it seem like he's farting XD

  • Kimmy Queen
    Kimmy Queen 2 months ago

    13:35 Ugh... open a window!

  • Filip Tereszyński
    Filip Tereszyński 2 months ago

    Are people in shropshire living in victorian era?

    • Sheila T.
      Sheila T. Month ago

      The Actons were turning the property into a living history farm I believe

  • PCplays99
    PCplays99 3 months ago +3

    Reality series such as this are more than just entertainment. They're history, they're basically real, they're valuable and in other words they are so worth watching. It would be hard to find better things to watch than BBC and British productions.

  • Sue Cox
    Sue Cox 4 months ago

    Their poor lungs! I can practically feel all that dirt and dust!

  • roflcopterkklol
    roflcopterkklol 4 months ago

    was 15 acres a large farm in the Victorian times?

  • michaelccozens
    michaelccozens 4 months ago

    The advent of the powered thresher reminded me of a note made in a previous series about how grain would be stored still in the husk and only threshed-out in small batches as needed, because the grain kept longer in the un-threshed state. I suppose powered threshers would have changed the economics on that, and made it worth storing the grain threshed and accepting the reduced storage-life simply because it saved so much time and effort on the threshing.

  • gunfighterzero
    gunfighterzero 4 months ago

    i love these, i addicted to them

  • Jane Lloyd
    Jane Lloyd 5 months ago

    The egg and bacon cooked on a coal shovel almost made me throw about too much grease and totally unhealthy 🤢

    • Bec Gould
      Bec Gould 5 months ago +1

      Lol I've done the same when we have gone camping and didn't have a pan. If ya hungry enough you would eat it beside doing the work they were doing is pretty hard they would brun it off fast.

  • rodney adams
    rodney adams 6 months ago +1

    amish were i live love this . think pull tractor seeder with big team.

  • Aiko
    Aiko 6 months ago

    The narrator of this series is lovely, but I find that I enjoyed listening to the narrator of the Tudor series even more.

  • Margie Masih
    Margie Masih 6 months ago +3

    My great grandfather's 4 times back came from is so beautiful there

  • wodnyrak
    wodnyrak 6 months ago

    56:33 "How do you think it's going on so far?" "UHHH" XD The Alex-Peter Choir got me laughing hard! It only goes to show how good of a pair of friends they are!

  • Deidra Boswell
    Deidra Boswell 6 months ago

    Lord, whoever does these closed captions, is a right idiot.

  • Eshuut
    Eshuut 6 months ago

    I just love how they are using old equipment to restore these places, to be honest I think it’s much better to do that in some case.

  • Cindy Clark
    Cindy Clark 6 months ago

    Is the coal anthracite or bituminous?

  • The Institution
    The Institution 7 months ago +1

    Shit, i'm here after 'Green Valley', this shit is never going to stop now. 😳

  • Cancun771
    Cancun771 7 months ago

    Plowing one acre a day is exactly what they said in "Tales from the Green Valley". So no progress in 300 years then?

    • Sheila T.
      Sheila T. Month ago

      In the movie " Under the Tuscan Sun" they still measure the land that way. Early 2000s

    • michaelccozens
      michaelccozens 4 months ago

      Interesting question. Not an expert, but, IIRC, the original definition of "acre" was "the area one man and one ox can plow in a day", so it's possible that the objective area indicated by "acre" expanded over that period. Additionally, as the plow technology improved but the power-source remained roughly the same (ie draft animals), it might be expected that progress would be measured less in increases in area plowed than in the increase of the quality of plowing that was able to be performed over the same area. They do mention that the Victorian plow-model they're using allowed a more even depth of plowing, which would help reduce the number of seeds sown at over- or under-depths and thus, you'd expect, would increase the yield of the field, even if the size of the plowed field remained the same.

  • Sandra Kaye Hansen
    Sandra Kaye Hansen 8 months ago

    Just one episode and I'm already hooked! Thanks so much for posting!

  • Tim Nguyen
    Tim Nguyen 8 months ago +1

    Where is Tom?! Yall leave him in the Tudor period?

  • Nancy Dachouff
    Nancy Dachouff 8 months ago

    Ruth is back

  • William Wallace
    William Wallace 8 months ago +1

    Those pheasants in the pantry are hung wrong. Should be hung by the neck.

    ANDREW VAN 9 months ago

    Ruth shows the Joy of Life in her work.. A Great series.. the Boys are enjoyable in their learning..

  • Ca Bo
    Ca Bo 9 months ago

    Loving this.

  • Dr. Carr
    Dr. Carr 10 months ago +3

    Alex Lang so delicious... am i allowed to say that

  • Alexisasheep
    Alexisasheep 10 months ago

    Did someone say Peter Parker?

    • Sheila T.
      Sheila T. Month ago

      It's a common name.
      Jethro Tull however, is not.

  • U Paul
    U Paul 10 months ago

    Very interesting indeed.

  • Siddhartha Wetzel
    Siddhartha Wetzel 11 months ago

    Precisely what's wrong with the English - wonderful leg of Mutton and they freaking BOIL it. Freaking hell :D - (teasing of course)

    • Sheila T.
      Sheila T. 3 months ago

      And she de-bones it also.
      Spit roasting is so much more flavorful. Boiling meat just turns it grey and flavorless.

  • Love Music
    Love Music Year ago +1

    Would love to see them do a series from the Stuart era.

  • Cassidy Lynn
    Cassidy Lynn Year ago

    A YEAR!!! WOW. I watched colonial house and it was only 4 months

  • Ma Velez
    Ma Velez Year ago

    I am just wondering, at the beginning of season 1, ep 1. they kept referring to' a year ago' ,can someone enlighten me, did i missed a totally different series?

  • Rosie Martinez
    Rosie Martinez Year ago

    Just found this series. Absolutely intriguing!! I might be on a binge watch for the next 72 hours!! lol Totally agree with Eric Cartman---what about an IronAge/Medieval Settlement???

  • Life At Home
    Life At Home Year ago

    I don't understand how 1) the chutneys and ketchups etc don't go back without being in air tight containers and/or being refrigerated, and 2) how those pig bladders don't rot and get absolutely disgusting!

    • Miche Campbell
      Miche Campbell 3 months ago

      The chutneys and ketchups ARE in airtight containers -- that's what the pigs' bladders are for! And they don't rot -- they dry out and become similar to thin leather.

  • Audrey-Anne
    Audrey-Anne Year ago +76

    For anyone wondering, here is the order in which the series were produced :
    1- Tales from the Green Valley (2005) 1620
    2- Victorian Farm (2009) 1837-1901
    3- Victorian Pharmacy (2010) 1837-1901
    3- Edwardian Farm (2011) 1901-1910
    4- Wartime Farm (2012) 1938-1946
    5- Tudor Monastery Farm (2013) 1457-1509
    6- Secrets of the Castle (2014) 13th century

    • val Fletcher
      val Fletcher 2 months ago

      @Steve Brenner Oh no I hope they have not taken them down! I love these and watch and re watch them from time to time!

    • Steve Brenner
      Steve Brenner 2 months ago

      Is it possible to buy these on dvd in the U.S. I could not find anything

    • val Fletcher
      val Fletcher 3 months ago +2

      @Nyteasha Sullivan That one must have been after Secrets of The Castle ... but in historic order would be after either Victorian or Edwardian. I love them all! I am watching Vic Farm through for the second time 2 yrs later.

    • Nyteasha Sullivan
      Nyteasha Sullivan 3 months ago +1

      What about full steam ahead?

    • Caleb Barger
      Caleb Barger 9 months ago +2

      You are a hero

  • Christina
    Christina Year ago

    I just love these guys, I've watched several series with them and have learned so much. Thanks for uploading!

  • Entraya Crosshill

    holy shit how advanced, we went from using horse dung to using horse hair for the walls

  • Keep the Faith
    Keep the Faith Year ago

    I'd live there...look at all those toys...all the history..the house is amazing!

  • caphalor08
    caphalor08 Year ago +1

    That plough is impressive.

  • EmmaK
    EmmaK Year ago

    VICTORIAN FARM DRINKING GAME! :D :D :D Get together with your fellow history nerds and a bottle or three of mead, and prepare for a Victorian Farm marathon! Pick and choose from the following...
    Drink when:
    - The narrator says "Victorian style"
    - ...Or "cutting-edge technology"
    - New animals are brought in
    - Alex gets squeamish
    - The animals escape
    - They slaughter one of the animals to eat it
    - "That went better than expected"
    - Peter looks like he's about to cry because he loves the animals so much
    - Ruth proves she has an iron stomach / is a badass
    - How is this not making them ill?
    - They express nostalgia for a time when people died of consumption
    - Ruth makes something unexpectedly delicious
    - POSH
    - Excellent tip you'd consider using today
    - Rain ruins everything

    • Kelly Sun&Serenity
      Kelly Sun&Serenity Month ago

      Every time that Alex teases Peter

    • Miche Campbell
      Miche Campbell 3 months ago

      People still die of consumption, just mostly not in the First World.

  • no
    no Year ago

    can someone help me with my homework on this i’m gonna have a mental breakdown

  • Milo Miller
    Milo Miller Year ago +1


  • Andrew
    Andrew Year ago

    I have watched all the Farm vids and I keep coming back to the Victorian Farm!

  • L Bluebird
    L Bluebird Year ago +1

    I haven't enjoyed something this much since I watch Cranford and Return to Cranford movies. This is fantastic!!! thanks for sharing. I just found it by accident and have told my daughter who lives in another state about it. I hope she watches it. Plan to watch other series as well. It made me cry, smile and envious of being able to experience it. I wish I were younger and healthier to do so. I would do it in a heartbeat!

  • kelly harris
    kelly harris Year ago +1

    I think it is cool in what they are doing plus this helps me in learning and shcool and it is not that borring it is quiet interesting

  • Scorched Earth
    Scorched Earth Year ago

    Finally! Someone talking sense about lamb and mutton. I don't know for the life of me why we now have such a fixation on eating lamb. It tastes like grass for heaven's sake. Hogget and mutton are far tastier and make far more economic and environmental sense than wasting a good animal in order to get bugger all meat. A mutton sheep will feed many more people than a scrawny lamb only a few months old. No, leave them in the paddock to grow fat and tasty.
    Maybe people don't know how to cook it properly, thinking they can just throw chops in the pan and eat them 5 minutes later. Of course this leaves you with tough, nasty meat. Cook it slowly and it's a revelation, meaty, juicy, succulent. The loss of the local butcher is also responsible, s/he could tell customers how to cook the meat. However, the supermarket just has meat wrapped in plastic, no instructions, no guidance. So is it any wonder today's cooks see mutton as tough and nasty?

    • blackrabbit212
      blackrabbit212 Year ago

      Good for you for telling it like it is! Can't get mutton for love nor money here (southern Alberta, Canada). I love mutton but everything here is beef, beef and beef.

  • nurburg rosberg
    nurburg rosberg Year ago

    great seriies !

  • Tharindu Mahendra

    Who else gets farm equipment ads because you've been biging on these farm series?
    Great show by the way!

    • Tharindu Mahendra
      Tharindu Mahendra Year ago +1

      And also, Peter Parker your friendly neighbourhood range fitter.

  • A
    A Year ago

    I can't help but notice that Britons handle go back in time better then we American's do. Maybe thats how my ancestors got themselves out of servitude.

  • Purritt2b
    Purritt2b Year ago +5

    I would love to see them do a few series like this but in the South of Scotland near the border of England and perhaps one done in the Highland and maybe one even in the Outer Hebrides even.

  • Bury Me in Black
    Bury Me in Black 2 years ago

    I'd love to do something like this. It seems like a really rad experience

  • Batoul Alshawi
    Batoul Alshawi 2 years ago

    Love it

  • Muck006
    Muck006 2 years ago +1

    Watching this again I am really astonished as to why they are NOT OPENING THE WINDOWS while "cleaning" those rooms. I have done such things quite a few times and "wind blowing through the room" is an ally because wind has to leave somewhere ... and will drag the dust outside.

  • soslothful
    soslothful 2 years ago +2

    Vegetarians would have had a hard time of it in this period.

  • soslothful
    soslothful 2 years ago

    Do the three historians entirely live in the time period 24/7 for full year? No going home after the cameras are off?

  • Faith is Mine !
    Faith is Mine ! 2 years ago

    I would've been a highway robber.

  • ex machina
    ex machina 2 years ago +1

    Ruth is the best. Hard-core she is. . . .