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This four part series follows these enthusiastic novice farmers over the course of a year as they purchase a small-holding in Carmarthenshire and embark on an off-grid lifestyle.
Their road to self sufficiency plunges them into country life in the Welsh valleys as they acquire their first livestock and get to grips with cultivating their land. Their new neighbours rally around with advice and practical support as they battle through their first winter to an unforgettable Xmas.
EPISODE 1: GREEN DREAMS
Back in the 90’s Abz Love was a rapper in successful boy band 5ive. Now he and his girlfriend singer song-writer Vicky Fallon want to start a new self sufficient life in the country. Armed with advice from the green residents at Lammas – a Welsh eco village, they start hunting for small holdings and fall in love with a remote farm that needs renovating. Undaunted by the scale and cost of the work they take their first steps with purchasing some live-stock at auction.
EPISODE 2: WINNING BID
City couple Abz Love and his girlfriend Vicky Fallon have their dream of a new life in the country dashed when their mortgage falls through. A small-holding that comes up for auction keeps their plans for living a self sufficient green life alive. Leaving the music business and city life behind them they move into their new property in a remote Welsh valley, only to discover that the land is beset with problems.
EPISODE 3: STUCK IN THE MUD
Ex rapper Abz Love and his girlfriend Vicky Fallon have left the bright city lights behind them and moved into a smallholding in rural Wales. They are intent on living a self sufficient life but with barely any money and even less know-how their first winter tests them to their limits. By selling everything they own they are able to start work on draining the land, and restoring the polytunnel and garden plot. Their new neighbours in the valley all rally round – supplying know-how, chickens and much needed help as the first signs of spring appear.
EPISODE 4: ABZ ON THE CHRISTMAS FARM
We catch up with ex boy band rapper turned small holder, Abz Love, and his girlfriend, Vicky Fallon as a tumultuous year on the farm draws to a close. We see how their green money making schemes – from rock star eggs to alpaca farming – have prospered. And we catch up with the tough decisions they’ve taken to live a self sufficient life. With no money in the bank Abz resorts to selling everything he owns on Ebay. Over an astonishing few days the auction for his Brit Award attracts bids of over £1 million! It’s a life changing event for Abz and Vicky, and as Xmas approaches they take stock of the good fortune they have found in the valley, and their plans for the year ahead.
A Tin Can Island Production for BBC2
What the Papers say!
“It’s hilarious and brilliant” – The Guardian
“Country Strife: Abz on the Farm, it seems a star has been (re)born”. – The Independent
Pick of The Day – Daily Mail
TV choice – The Sunday Telegraph
Critics Choice – The Sunday Times
What to Watch – The Daily Telegraph
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