Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen has made viewers familiar with her own tough existence as a farmer and a mum-of-nine, but now she's set to meet others battling with rural life in a new series for More4.
The TV star's Channel 5 series Our Yorkshire Farm has featured tough winters, extreme weather and COVID lockdowns, and now she's shifting channels to find out how other farmers have been faring.
Six-part series Amanda Owen's Extraordinary Farming Lives will see Owen travel the UK to six very different farms who have managed to diversify to stay afloat during difficult times.
Owen will visit farms that have been passed down through the generations, others that have been taken on by families totally new to rural life and farms that have battled for survival, whether against the elements, COVID or BSE - all in some of the most stunning locations the UK has to offer.
Viewers will not be surprised to see her pitch in at every farm she visits, from ploughing to milking and sorting sheep to harvesting crops.
Owen said: “This series will show what life’s really like for farmers in 2022. To the outside world, it might seem like some farmers have it made, with large plots of land and expensive machinery but, as ever, the truth is much more complex.
"I want to explore just what it means to be a farmer today, in a world where so much more is expected of us than ‘just’ being food providers. Along the way I know I’m going to meet some extraordinary, dedicated people and hear some incredible stories in the most beautiful of settings.”
Jayne Stanger, commissioning editor for daytime and features at Channel 4, said: “Amanda brings all of her farming and TV experience to this fascinating and celebratory new show. I’m delighted she is bringing her charm and warmth to More4 where I’m sure our audience will adore following her adventures on amazing farms around the country.”