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February 22, 2016

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture, Part 4

BBC Four 6 May 2009

A look at how two of our finest native breeds of cattle, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus, reigned supreme before the Second World War and helped earn Britain a reputation as the ‘stockyard of the world’. The programme also shows how, since then, both breeds have been transformed to a much […]

February 14, 2016

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture, Part 3

BBC Four 29 April 2009

The documentary series about the history of 20th-century farming in Britain looks at wheat and tells how the country became self-sufficient in producing bread-making wheat after the Second World War.

Told through the working lives and home movie archives of three wheat farming families from the east of England, it […]

February 8, 2016

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture, Part 2

BBC Four 22 April 2009

A look at the changes in the way fruit and veg was grown, picked and sold, told through three of the staples in the British landscape – apples, strawberries and tomatoes.

Home movies and archive footage reveal the extent of the revolution in how the fruit was picked and the […]

January 31, 2016

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture, Part 1

BBC Four 15 April 2009

The documentary series looking at the history of 20th-century farming in Britain opens by focusing on milk.

In the early years of the century, 150,000 dairy farmers milked by hand and sold milk door to door. By the end of the century, the 15,000 that were left were breeding cows […]