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Monday, September 15, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 5 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1942 and the team face running the farm under increasing food and fuel shortages. The Ministry of Food has demanded an extra 840,000 tonnes of wheat be produced and, to do their part, Alex and Peter lease specialist equipment from the wartime government to turn every last scrap of ground into arable land. They also construct a 'Horse Gin' to slice swede, and convert a 1930s petrol-powered ambulance to run on gas from an onboard coal furnace. This leads Alex on to discover where Britain's wartime coal supplies came from, as he experiences life down the mines as a Bevin boy.
Ruth, meanwhile, joins the Women's Timber Corps with her daughter. Together they fell, sned and measure up a tree for the war effort. They also meet a veteran 'Lumber Jill' from the 1940s, who expressed her enjoyment of the camaraderie and work ethic of the Corps, despite the hard work.




Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 4 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

As Europe falls to the Nazis and British trade vessels are diverted to send supplies to the Russians, the British government tightens its grip on farms like Manor Farm, expecting more and more home-grown food, drink and clothing. This week, Ruth, Alex and Peter do their best to impress an inspector from the local "War Ag", who is tasked with surveying their abilities and grading them as an "A", "B" or "C" farm. Farmers with low grades were in serious danger of penalties, or even total loss of their farms. With the help of a new Field Marshall tractor and a team of Percheron draught horses, the team sow flax on their spare field, at the recommendation of the War Ag inspector. It's also time to start milking the dairy herd, using an early vacuum milking machine. Since the herd's feed makes a noticeable difference to the quality of their milk, Alex and Peter finally begin to use the silage they produced in Episode 2.
 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 3 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

With German air raids causing unprecedented damage to Britain's major cities in the Winter of 1940, the residents of Manor Farm are instructed to make preparations for an influx of evacuees from London, Portsmouth and Southampton. Alex and Peter spend the first half of the episode casting and firing their own roof tiles, to make some of the farm's outbuildings suitable for human habitation. Despite the freezing November temperatures, their makeshift kiln must burn at over 900°C for two days and two nights, requiring constant supervision. Fortunately, the residual heat provides an ideal input for some 'medicinal' home distillation of apples into hooch. Ruth, meanwhile, sets about furnishing the barns—first with wooden beds, and then with padded patchwork quilts made from feathers and ticking.
The team must also do their bit to defend Hampshire against German aerial bombardment. Ruth spends an evening with a veteran of the Royal Observer Corps, learning how to track enemy aircraft and relay their locations back to the control centre in Winchester. In the woodland further away from the farm, Alex and Peter construct decoy fire beacons to lure enemy bombers away from Southampton, as part of Operation Starfish.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.