The Farm (British TV series)


The Farm is the British version of the international TV format The Farm, produced by Strix. The show had a number of celebrities appear on it during its two series run on Five between 2004 and 2005. After the completion of the second series in 2005, Five revealed that they would not be airing any further series of the show.[1]

The Farm
GenreReality Television
Written byLes Keen
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
Presented byEd Hall (2004)
Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan (2005)
Narrated byEd Hall (2004)
Theme music composerBee Gees
Opening theme"Stayin' Alive" (instrumental), Bee Gees
Ending theme"Stayin' Alive" (instrumental), Bee Gees
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producerLouise Rainbow
ProducersProducers:
Alex Dundas
Sean Hancock
Colin Whitaker
Debbie Woocock
Line Producer:
Ashley S. Gorman
Senior Producers:
Catherine Head
Andrew Robertson
Post Producer:
Tabitha Lentle
Assistant Producer:
Heather McGeever
Live Producer:
Sophie Wainwright
Series Producers:
Tess Cuming
Nick McNeilis
Task Producer:
Colin Whitaker
EditorsJennifer Hampson
Joe Pedder
Dave Tilley
Running time55 minutes
Production companyEndemol UK
Release
Original networkFive
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Original release26 September 2004 (2004-09-26) 
26 May 2005 (2005-05-26)
Chronology
Related showsCelebs on the Farm

In 2018, a revamped version of the show titled Celebs on the Farm premiered on 5Star.

Format


In the UK version of The Farm, the show puts a group of celebrities on a farm where they live together for a short period of time. On the farm, the contestants must do typical farmer work involving agriculture and animal rearing. At regular intervals, one of the contestants is evicted from the farm by way of a public telephone vote. This process is continued until only one contestant remains, and then they gain the title of "Top Farmer".

Series 1 (2004)


Series one was announced in the summer of 2004,[2] and eventually went to air from 26 September 2004, presented and narrated by Ed Hall. The show's first series broadcast in a nightly 10pm slot from 26 September to 17 October 2004.

The show's first series caused plenty of controversy for Five when in October 2004 it showed Rebecca Loos masturbating a pig and collecting a semen sample from it.[3] This incident among others also caused outrage from the RSPCA.[4]

The winner of the show by viewers' votes was Jeff Brazier.

The celebrities that took part were:

Celebrity Known for Status
Stan Collymore Footballer Walked
Paul Daniels Magician Walked[5]
Lady Victoria Hervey Socialite Eliminated 1st
Terry Christian Television presenter Eliminated 2nd
Ritchie Neville 5ive singer Eliminated 3rd
Margi Clarke Former Coronation Street actress Eliminated 4th
Debbie McGee Magician's assistant Eliminated 5th
Rebecca Loos Model Third place
Vanilla Ice Rapper Runner-up
Jeff Brazier Television presenter Winner

Series 2 (2005)


Series two was announced soon after the completion of the first series.[6] The second series aired from 9 May 2005 for a total of eighteen days,[7] and was now presented by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan. The show's second and final series was broadcast in a nightly 10.30pm slot (half-an-hour later than the timeslot during the first series) between 9 May and 26 May 2005.

The winner of the show by viewer's votes was Keith Harris and Orville the Duck.

The celebrities that took part were:

Celebrity Known for Status
Cicciolina Pornographic actress Eliminated 1st
Charlene Tilton Dallas actress Eliminated 2nd
Flavor Flav Rapper Eliminated 3rd
Lionel Blair Dancer & television presenter Eliminated 4th
Emma B Model Eliminated 5th
Ron Jeremy Pornographic actor Eliminated 6th
Dave Morgan Jessie Wallace's ex-boyfriend Eliminated 7th
Emma Noble Model Third place
Mikey Green Singer Runner-up
Keith Harris & Orville the Duck Ventriloquist & dummy Winner

Ratings


The show's first episode managed 1.16 million viewers for Five, and overall, the first series was a success for the Channel, managing an average of 1.4 million viewers in its 10pm nightly timeslot. The first series received an increase in viewers thanks to the incident involving Rebecca Loos, and for the series one finale scored a peak of nearly 2.3 million viewers, and a 15.2% audience share for Five.[8]

The show's second series began in May 2005 with a new nightly timeslot of 10.30pm, with the first episode taking 1.17 million viewers and a 9.2% audience share.[9] The second series did not rate as well as the first however, and overall managed an average of 1.19 million viewers in its timeslot.

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