This Farming Life

This Farming Life

This Farming Life is an observational documentary series that follows five Scottish farming families as they try to carve a living in some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes. This warm, compelling series captures the rewards and struggles of a unique way of life, weaving intimate personal stories with the dramatic events that make up life on a farm.

From the couple who’ve given up their careers as barristers to work on a remote island, to the family who’ve been raising sheep for ten generations, this precarious way of life attracts a wide range of fascinating characters. Whether dealing with the difficulties caused by snow during lambing season, or battling against one of the worst storms on record, they must withstand all that the elements throw at them.

The series features some of the quirkier aspects of farming, including cattle being blow-dried in preparation for competitions, the prestigious World Sheepdog Trials coming to a small town in the far north of the country, and an old wedding ritual that sees the lucky couple covered in feathers, flour and treacle.

It’s a life of extremes and although dealing with death is commonplace, the farmers reveal how attached they become to their livestock and the lengths they’ll go to save a newborn calf. With joy and heartache in equal measure, This Farming Life reveals the unique secrets of a singular profession.

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Series 1, Episode 1

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Sea shepherd Sandy gathers in a flock of wild sheep from a remote Scottish island by boat.

Series 1, Episode 2

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George and Sybil gather in their sheep from over six square miles of rugged mountainside.

Series 1, Episode 3

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Crofters club together to dip their sheep in insecticide before mating time.

Series 1, Episode 4

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In the east of Scotland, Martin's sheds are full of pregnant cows.

Series 1, Episode 5

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In the far north, John is expanding his flock and his land.

Series 1, Episode 6

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Sandy Granville surveys the damage to his croft after one of the worst storms on record.

Series 1, Episode 7

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Lambing season is just a month away. Martin tends to 500 pregnant ewes.