Countryfile is in the Peak District where John Craven is on the set of the BBC drama, The Village. He gets behind the scenes to meet the cast and explores the impact filming has had on the real village of Hayfield. He also reveals an unusual and exciting archaeological treasure discovered in the heart of Dovedale.
Adam Henson tries to get to the bottom of an age-old problem with sheep.
Helen Skelton dons her walking boots to discover the intriguing links between the Peak District and the British Raj - from dyeing cloth to the introduction of sandals. She also meets a local photographer to give her some tips on how to take the perfect animal shot.
A new report says that the shooting industry is worth more than £2 billion to the UK every year. Tom Heap investigates claims that its contribution to the British economy and the countryside goes largely unrecognised.
Filming ‘The Village’
John Craven visits the ancient village of Hayfield. Nestled in the hills and craggs of High Peak, it is the perfect location for BBC drama ‘The Village’. The star-studded cast boasts Maxine Peake, Juliet Stevenson and John Simm, but they are not the only characters to be found in the district. Roy Cooper has lived on Highfield Farm all his life and his 600 sheep share their home with one of the sets, the house of the ‘Middleton’ family. On the high street in Hayfield, 1920s drama merges with reality as businesses like the greengrocers and Rosie’s Tea House continue to operate as usual behind the set designs and old shop fronts.
Helen Skelton meets ‘Villager Jim’ - also known as the ‘Banksy’ of the wildlife photography world. Jim’s stunning work has been going viral across the internet but his identity has remained a secret, until now. He gives Helen the inside track on how he gets those beautiful shots and provides a bit of advice for budding photographers like her. Armed with these top tips she heads off to the Chatsworth Estate to test her skill on some farmyard models. But maybe she should be a little more careful about where she is walking!
John is in the stunning Dovedale Valley where he exclusively reveals a recent archaeological find - a hoard of coins buried in a cave thousands of years ago. National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall tells him about the find and how they managed to dig in such a tricky landscape. John then helps out by cleaning some of the coins to get them ready for display in the Buxton Museum. Julia Farley, from the British Museum, sheds some light on where the coins came from and why they might have been buried here.
The value of shooting
Tom Heap investigates claims that the true value of the British shooting industry goes unrecognised. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation claims that the industry not only generates money and jobs, but it also helps encourage biodiversity. It wants greater appreciation of the role it plays in rural life and more support, including better funding for clay pigeon and target shooters, less red tape and recognition of the role that shooters play in controlling pests. But, as Tom discovers, not everyone agrees with the BASC's point of view.
British Raj in the Peak District
Helen meets Chamu Kuppuswamy, a ranger whose Indian heritage inspired her to research the surprising links between the Peak District and India. Helen then visits the former house of Edward Carpenter, a prominent social reformer whose eccentric philosophies were very heavily influenced by a trip to India. Another extraordinary connection came in the shape of Thomas Wardle, a dyer from the humble town of Leek who helped transform material called tussah silk into a colourful commodity. Helen discovers that Chamu is also passionate that dancing, founded on the symbolism of nature, should take place in the great outdoors. Plus she organises guided walks to encourage ethnic minorities to explore this beautiful National Park.
Like many farmers Adam Henson tends to live with and accept the fact that there will be some lame sheep in his flock. He tries hard to manage and keep on top of the problem but it is a big issue for him and the industry in general. Now, though, there may be help on the way. Adam has invited vet Ruth Clements onto his farm to demonstrate a programme that she has devised - a practical approach to tackling lameness in sheep. Adam’s also checking his lambs to see which ones are ready for market – and dealing with another nasty disease that affects his animals.
|Series Producer||Joanna Brame|
|Executive Producer||William Lyons|