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Farmer

Dairy farmer Richard Gibson swaps the damp surroundings of Devon to live and work with Samburu tribesmen in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya.

Dairy farmer Richard Gibson is swapping the damp surroundings of Devon to live and work with Samburu tribesmen, who herd their cattle in the parched and desolate mountains of northern Kenya.

British farmers have suffered from low milk prices and squeezed margins but it is nothing compared to the struggles of Richard's host, village elder Lemerigichen. In recent years drought has decimated the herds in this region, forcing many Samburu off their land and into the poverty of local towns. Richard launches himself into an alien lifestyle - sleeping rough in the wilderness, drinking cow's blood and digging and digging to find water. The two men form a touching bond through the love of their animals and the basic drive to support their families, whilst Richard gains an insight into what it is like to tend a herd when surrounded by lions, leopards and hyenas.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    Elbow

    Dear Friends

  • 00:08

    Kasabian

    Over Stripe

  • 00:09

    The Maccabees

    Go

  • 00:11

    The Postal Service

    Such Great Heights

  • 00:12

    Elbow

    Lippy Kids

  • 00:13

    The Ting Tings

    Hang It Up

  • 00:19

    Snow Patrol

    Lifening

  • 00:23

    Pet Shop Boys

    Breathing Space

  • 00:29

    Mumford & Sons

    Awake My Soul

  • 00:48

    Two Door Cinema Club

    Do You Want It All ? (Glastonbury 2016)

  • 00:56

    Steen1

    Hipaisu Ikuisuutta

  • 00:56

    Clare Maguire

    Break These Chains

  • 00:58

    Take That

    The Flood

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer Simon Watts-Davies
Executive Producer Simon Watts-Davies
Director Hannah Griffiths
Director Hannah Griffiths
Producer Hannah Griffiths
Producer Hannah Griffiths

Broadcasts

  • Sun 17 Mar 2013 21:00
  • Mon 18 Mar 2013 23:20
  • Tue 19 Mar 2013 00:20
  • Thu 13 Jun 2013 01:00
  • Sun 14 Apr 2019 23:30

The farmers

The farmers

Profiles of two farmers with very different lives