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.
|Written by||Les Keen|
|Directed by||Alex Rudzinski|
|Presented by||Ed Hall (2004)|
Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan (2005)
|Narrated by||Ed Hall (2004)|
|Theme music composer||Bee Gees|
|Opening theme||"Stayin' Alive" (instrumental), Bee Gees|
|Ending theme||"Stayin' Alive" (instrumental), Bee Gees|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer||Louise Rainbow|
Ashley S. Gorman
|Running time||55 minutes|
|Production company||Endemol UK|
|Picture format||16:9 (HDTV)|
|Original release||26 September 2004 –|
26 May 2005
|Related shows||Celebs on the Farm|
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, 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. This incident among others also caused outrage from the RSPCA.
The winner of the show by viewers' votes was Jeff Brazier.
The celebrities that took part were:
|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|
|Jeff Brazier||Television presenter||Winner|
Series 2 (2005)
Series two was announced soon after the completion of the first series. The second series aired from 9 May 2005 for a total of eighteen days, 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 celebrities that took part were:
|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|
|Keith Harris & Orville the Duck||Ventriloquist & dummy||Winner|
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.
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. 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.
- No third series for 'The Farm' - TV News - Digital Spy
- Five goes to 'The Farm' for new reality series - TV News - Digital Spy
- Farmyard furore as Five lets Rebecca Loos on porker | Media | MediaGuardian
- RSPCA tell viewers to boycott 'The Farm' - TV News - Digital Spy
- Paul Daniels quits 'The Farm' - TV News - Digital Spy
- 'The Farm' returns to Five - TV News - Digital Spy
- 'The Farm' to return on May 9 - TV News - Digital Spy
- Ratings Roundup: Strong start for Sky One's 'Hex' - Media News - Digital Spy
- Quiet ratings start for 'The Farm' - Media News - Digital Spy