Almost incredibly, eleven of this series are still in existence! (Any dvd Reissue imminent???)
This data may seem very trivial, but it does illustrate the range of ABC's commitment and use of their Outside Broadcast Unit.
IF THEY CAME TO YOUR FARM, I'D BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE. email me
First director was Andy Gullen, with a script by Geoffrey Gilbert.
Programme 1: Sunday July 6th 1958 3-3.30pm. This first ever Other Man's Farm was from "a farm near Liverpool. " With Cliff Spencer, Jim Hall and John Critchley.
4: August 17th, now at 3.5-3.35pm, preceded at 3pm by Weather for Farmers. "A farm in Yorkshire." With Jim Hall, George Jobson, and Cliff Spencer. Franklin Englemann was now the "commentator."
5: August 31st 1958 theme: beef rearing on another Yorskshire farm With Cliff Spencer, Jim Hall and Franklin Englemann
6: September 14th, now at 2.30-3pm, preceded at 2.28pm by Weather Forecast. "A hill farm in North Cheshire." With Jim Hall, Cliff Spencer, Stewart Seaton and Franklin Englemann.
7: September 28th "A farm in Worcestereshire." With Jim Hall, Cliff Spencer, Franklin Englemann and Richard Martyr of Pershore Horticultural Institute.
8: October 12th 1958 "A Farm in the North Riding of Yorkshire." With Jim Hall, Cliff Spencer, Franklin Englemann and Stuart Seaton.
A new series of weekly broadcasts began in 1959. Unless indicated the team
consisted of Jim Hall, Cliff Spencer and Franklin Englemann.
The editor continued to be Geoffrey Gilbert,
and the director Andy Gullen. Many of these spring programmes came from farms in Northamptonshire, for the very good reason, ABC cameras were at Silverstone on Saturdays for the race meetings. Thus one programme at this time came from
Roade, the farm of Tom Turney- with his day old chicks, and grain drying, all complicated by the new M1 having been built through his land.
Brackley was visited twice, and Mears Abbey once.
Among the other programmes were
May 24th 1959, 2.35-3.05pm "A Farm in the Northamptonshire."
The cloak of mystery surrounding the location of the programme in TV Times had been dropping, and gradually disappeared.
June 7th 1959 Tickhill nr Doncaster
June 21st 1959 Grendon
June 28th 1959, 3.00-3.30pm from a farm in Fleetwood
July 5th 1959 Lanjagham Farm, Abbey Lane, Onchan, Isle of Man
July 19th 1959, Brinham Lodge, Hartwith, nr Ripon.
Aug 16th 1959. A Farm at Bilsdale, Stokesley, Yorks
Aug 23rd 1959. Blois Hall Farm Ripon
Aug 30th 1959. "A farm at Darrington, nr Pontefract, Yorks"
Sept 6th 1959. A visit to the Norhamptonshire Institute of Agriculture
Sept 13th 1959, now 1.55-2.20pm. Fairhurst Farm, Parbold, Liverpool (see photo)
Sept 20th 1959.Corngrave Farm, Upleatham, Redcar
Sept 27th 1959. Castle Fields Farm, Buckingham
Oct 4th 1959. The Ashes, Barton, Richmond, Yorks
Oct 11th 1959. Howsham Stables, Barton-le-Willows, near York
Oct 18th 1959. Pyewipe House Farm, Waddingham, Gainsborough, Lincs. With only Cliff Spencer and Franklin Englemann
Oct 25th 1959. The Hermitage, Kingswood, nr Frodsham, Cheshire
Nov 1st 1959. A visit to a modern hatchery near Halifax, Yorks.
Nov 8th 1959. Rybeck, Thirsk, Yorks
Nov 15th 1959. A modern bacon curing factory at Leeming Bar, Northallerton.
This was the last of series 2.
There was a Christmas Special "Christmas On the Other Man's Farm" on December 27th 1959 from 12.15. In the heart of the British countryside, young farmers are celebrating Christmas in the old fashioned way, with barn dancing and square dancing- in between attending to the new born lambs.
Janice Spencer, daughter of Cliff Spencer, kindly wrote to me about one of these specials,
"As a small child I had great excitement at appearing with my sister in a picture and article on the programme. Also all the "Carry On" film actors I remember arriving on our own farm to appear on the programme - Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw come to mind as being in our farmhouse lounge."
On January 24th 1960 at 2pm a weekly five minute ABC Farmers' News and Weather Forecast began. The last of these was on March 6th 1960, since the following week series 3 began.
Same personnel, ie Jim Hall, Cliff Spencer and Franklin Englemann.
3.1 March 13th 1960, 1.35-2.05pm. The Milk Marketing Board at Newcastle-under-Lyme.
3.2 March 20th 1960, 2.00-2.30pm. The farm of Stephen Williams at Thurgarton, nr Nottingham.
3.3 March 27th 1960. The farm of FH Knapton at Raventhorpe, Scunthorpe, Lincs. The programme examined the planting of main crop potatoes, also beef rearing and management.
3.4 April 3rd 1960. The Animal Breeding Research Organisation, Cold Norton Farm, nr Stone, Staffs.
3.5 April 10th 1960. Longley Farm, Holmfirth, nr Huddersfield, Yorks. "Something new in 'bed and breakfast' arrangements for cows."
3.6 April 17th 1960. With JT Stanford "who has taken over" Pillaton Hall Farm, Penkridge, Staffs. "The team inspect rebuilding operations and see Bulk Milk handling allied to the yard and parlour system."
3.7 April 24th 1960. The National Pig Progeny Testing Board, Sealand Road, Chester.
3.8 May 1st 1960. Manor Farm, Speeton, nr Filey, Yorks.
3.9 May 8th 1960. Home Farm, Puddington, The Wirral, Cheshire. "To inspect a pedigree Ayrshire herd with five stock bulls. The output of this herd is devoted to making Cheshire Cheese."
3.10 May 15th 1960. High Mowthorpe Experimental Husbandry Farm, nr Duggleby, Malton, East Yorks, run by the Ministry of Agriculture. "The famring team looks into the long term experiments being carried out on progeny testing of hereford and friesian cattle and cross-bred lambs."
3.11 May 22nd 1960. Lea Hall, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury, Salop, "run according to compost fertilising theories. This is a farm of exceptional interest, with a 17th century farmhouse."
3.12 May 29th 1960. Nutrition Research Farm, Weatherstones Neston, The Wirral, Cheshire. "Modern research and management of sows in litter, feeding, and general care."
3.13 June 5th 1960. The Poplars, Eathorpe, nr Leamington Spa. "If scientists are right in saying we are now entering a 20-year phase of hot summers, the need for more land irrigation is urgent. On this farm, modern artificial irrigation methods are inspected."
3.14 June 12th 1960. The Elms, Bitteswell, Lutterworth, nr Rugby. "Modern battery methods of egg production have meant the end of the use of pultry on free range as in improving pasture quality. On this farm, viewers see how hens kept on open range not only improve the soil but also help to solve irrigation problems in dry seasons."
3.15 June 19th 1960. Wilson Hall Farm, Melbourne, Derbyshire.
3.16 June 26th 1960, 3.00-3.30pm. Drayton Experimental Husbandry Farm, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, "to examine some of the experiments in creep-grazing of sheep and inquire whether it is suitable for all areas."
3.17 July 3rd 1960. Ridgeway Farm, Peel, nr Blackpool.
3.19 July 17th 1960. Bickerstaffe Hall Farm near Ormskirk
3.20 July 24th 1960. Oxen-le-Field, Croft, nr Darlington, Co Durham. With John Fell, on the importance of Irrigation
3.21 July 31st 1960. The Royal Lancashire Show, Blackpool.
3.22 Aug 7th 1960. Tern Hill House, Market Drayton, Shropshire.
3.23 Aug 14th 1960. Mere House, Weaverham Yorkshire
3.24 Aug 21st 1960. The Hall, Sinnington, nr Pickering, Yorkshire, with owner Michael Ringer.
3.25 Aug 28th 1960. Marton-Le-Moor nr Ripon with farmer Richard Chester who grows barley and potatoes and is extending his land by reclaiming a disused aerodrome.
3.26 Sept 4th 1960. Heath House Farm Beckbury nr Shifnal. Large scale pedigree pig breeding in houses designed and built by farmer Philip Solari. This was the last in this series.
As in the previous year there was a Christmas Special "Christmas On the Other Man's Farm" on Christmas Day 1960 at 2.15pm. It came from the Staffordshire Farm Institute and included Craig Douglas singing Mary's Boy child. Also appearing: Elizabeth Shaw, the Kentish Travellers Folk Dancing Team, and the Loftus Sword Dancers.
The fourth series saw Franklin Englemann return but with a rota of experts.
4.1 March 12th 1961, 2.00-2.30pm. Barlby Farm, Selby, Yorkshire. Experiments in dairy bull progeny testing. With Peter Bichan, and the Prince of Wales' bull called Climsland Fabricator. With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner.
4.3 March 26th 1961. Lower Hope Farm, Ullingswick nr Hereford. With NDO Capper discussing farm mechanisation. Also with Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner. Director: Andy Gullen.
4.8 April 30th 1961, 2.45-3.20pm: mechanisation and safety
4.9 May 7th 1961, 2.45-3.20pm. Creskheld Hall, Arthington, Yorks.
Pedigree Fresian farming with Colonel Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott. With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer, and Ernest Milner. New director of series: Joe McGrath.
4.11 May 21st 1961, 3.15-3.50pm. Brough Hall Farm, Gnosall, Staffs.
Bulk milk handling with AF Bourne. With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner.
4.12 May 28th 1961. Settrington House, Settrington, Yorks.
Haylage feeding of dairy cattle with Sir Samuel Storey MP. With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer, and Ernest Milner.
4.13 June 4th 1961. Bulbourne Farm, Tring, Herts. Management and economics of a 70 acre farm with Gordon Roxburgh.
With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner.
4.14 June 11th 1961. Dalton, nr Thirsk. Looking at a chicken packers with modern methods of pre-packing, and discussing the critical economics of broiler production with Guy and Eric Reed.
With Franklin Englemann, and Cliff Spencer.
4.15 June 18th 1961. Hans Hall Farm, Willaston in Wirral, Cheshire. The future of poultry rearing.
With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner.
4.16 June 25th 1961, 3.15-4pm. Mosswood Hall Farm, Stretton, Cheshire. Pedigree Large White breeding and rearing pigs for bacon with William Hankey.
With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner.
4.17 July 2nd 1961. Moor Farm, Bishopthorpe, York. Pedigree Fresian breeding and the rearing of baby beef with Frank Chapman.
With Jim Hall, and Ernest Milner (no Franklin Englemann).
4.18 July 9th 1961. Newton Rigg Farm Insititute, Penrith, Cumberland. Hill sheep rearing and the story of wool with Jim Hall on his own farm, and
Franklin Englemann, and Ernest Milner.
4.19 July 16th 1961. Luddington Experimental Horticulture Station, Stratford-on-Avon. Experiments taking place are shown by Tom Laflin and his staff, who also discuss problems of the horticulture industry.
With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner. Andy Gullen now returns as director.
4.20 July 23rd 1961.Harper Adams Agricultural College, Edgmond, nr Newport, Shropshire. The management of cross-bred dairy cattle and pig housing and management with William T Price CBE.
With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner.
4.21 July 30th 1961. Driffield, Yorkshire, the farm of Sir William Prince-Smith, to look at recent inventions developed by Northern farmers.
4.22 Aug 6th 1961. Glebe Farm, Cubbington, Warwickshire. A Prize winning design of a milk parlour with Basil Thwaites.
With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall and Ernest Milner.
4.23 Aug 13th 1961. Penyrwrfodd Farm, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, Breconshire. Penatok herd of pedigree Herefords with Stacey Jones.
With Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner (no Franklin Englemann).
4.25 Aug 27th 1961. A discussion of some of the problems of the European Common Market.
With Franklin Englemann, Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner and "international experts."
4.26 Sept 3rd 1961.
Haywold Farm, Driffield, Yorkshire, up-t-date grain storage, modern piggeries and Hampshire and Leicester sheep with Sir William Prince-Smith.
With Cliff Spencer and Ernest Milner (no Franklin Englemann).
4.27 Sept 10th 1961.
Copgrove Hall, Burton Leonard, Harrogate, Yorkshire. Beef cattle, the race stud and farm maintenance with Major Lionel Holliday.
With Jim Hall and Ernest Milner (no Franklin Englemann).
4.28 Sept 17th 1961 (last of series).
Hall Leys Farm, Whitwell, Nottinghamshire- and Fred Salmon. Also- the winners of the Royal Lancs Agricultural Society Showground Competition are presented with their prizes.
With Franklin Englemann, Jim Hall and Ernest Milner.
A weekly five minute ABC Farming Bulletin began on Sundays at 2.10pm from Sept 24th 1961, presented by Ernest Milner. Stuart Seaton soon took over presentation of these short programmes, which continued until The Other Man's Farm returned.
The third and final "Christmas On the Other Man's Farm" was shown on Christmas Eve 1961, 1.30-2.15pm. This was the most ambitious programme ever, being a Christmas Eve party with guests
Terry Lightfoot and His New Orleans Jazzmen,
Clinton Ford, and
It was introduced by ITN's Tim Brinton, rather than the usual team, but the setting was authentic enough, Mossborough Hall Farm, Rainford, Lancashire. The lucky hosts were Mr and Mrs James Heyes.
Series 5. Stuart Seaton now introduced the programmes, "assisted by" Jim Hall (except where stated). Andy Gullen continued as director, with Geoffrey Gilbert still as producer.
5.1 March 18th 1962, 2.15-2.45pm. Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leics, Tony Pallett's farm.
5.2 March 25th 1962: return visit to Tony Pallett's 71 acre farm with guest John Hodgson of NAAS.
5.3 April 1st 1962: Lower Oversley Lodge, Alcester, Warwickshire with David Rees: bulk milk handling- is it the only future for the dairy farmer? Guest John Madge of the Milk Marketing Board.
5.4 April 8th 1962. This was the 100th edition of the series.
5.5 April 15th 1962: Yew Tree Hill Farm, Droitwich, Worcestershire with Charles W Jordan: the threat of fragmentation. Is the answer intensive stocking, or the acquisition of larger acreage?
It's likely that Roy Battersby took over from Andy Gullen as producer on and from this next programme.
5.6 April 22nd 1962, 2.45-3.15pm: Hunday Herd of Pedigree British Friesians, Peepy Farm, Northumberland with Edward and John Moffitt and Norman Trinder of the National Agricultural Advisory Council. An entirely new system of press-button feeding: how does mechanisation affect dairy feed quality? Can a tenant farmer justify equipment costing £5,000? Also with David Bright, British Fresian Society. (This programme was repeated "by popular demand" on Sept 16th 1962, somehow filling out to a 45 minute slot!)
5.8 May 6th 1962, 2.45-3.30pm: Hewell Herd of Pedigree British Friesans, Redditch. Host JC Beckett, guests John Moffitt and Alastair Macdonald of the Milk Marketing Board, with Stuart Seaton and Jim Hall
5.9 May 13th 1962, 2.45-3.30pm: Wormleighton, Warwickshire, the farm of Maurice Passmore, 950 acres linked together by one road, where a policy of achieving four corn crops in seven years is followed. Also with Gerald Bodman of NAAS. "Is the day of the small farmer coming to an end? Is the large agricultural unit or co-operation the answer to the Common Market's modern production and marketing problems?"
5.10 May 20th 1962: Spalding Bulb Company with Horace Braybrooks and PJ Moss of the Horticultural Marketing Council. Behind the scenes of the intensive Little Holland bulb and flower industry, which uses land valued at £500 per acre, and which has no fear of the European Common Market. With Stuart Seaton, Henry Noblett and Jack Cox.
5.11 May 27th 1962: East Riding Institute of Agriculture, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire with Ken Riley, the principal, assisted by Dennis Hurst. Beef production: should one stay in it? Is barley feeding the answer to rising costs and the new grading problems? Regulars Stuart Seaton and Jim Hall front the programme.
5.12 June 3rd 1962: Bulkington nr Coventry, with Philip Weatherall who is running a 103 acre dairy animals and pigs farm, and Tony Pallet of Leicestershire (subject of an earlier programme in series five). What is the right path for the young farmer, or a small farmer, to follow in these changing times?
5.13 June 10th 1962: Ministry of Agriculture Experimental Husbandry Farm, Drayton, Warwickshire, with Stanley Culpin, director of the farm. The latest techniques of cutting, crimping, and drying of hay. New machines are shown, with a discussion on their merits.
5.15 June 24th 1962: Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, the farm of Ernest and Peter Aconley, who in 1950 began a programme of up-breeding their Newcliffe Herd of pedigree Friesians. He won the Royal Dairy Show. A visit to his 200-acre farm, and a discussion on the future for the small farmer in pedigree breeding.
5.17 July 8th 1962, 3.00-3.45pm: Hill Top Farm, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, with Joscelyn Wood. We look at his system with Shropshire sheep. The team also looks at the Portland sheep. Have our sheep farmers tended to overlook the importance of wool production?
5.18 July 15th 1962:
Lancashire County Institute of Agriculture, Winmarleigh Hall, nr Blackpool, with JC Blossom, Frank Peregrine, Bill Steele, and Bob Dodsworth. The value of agricultural education, is it over-rated?
5.20 July 29th 1962: Oliver Barraclough's Pennine Farm, Thornton, nr Bradford, also with Glyn Williams. The profitabilty claims made for the farm's grassland policy, ley farming, fertiliser policy and milk production.
5.21 Aug 5th 1962: East Riding Institute of Agriculture, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire with Kenneth Riley, principal, and Dennis Hurst, vice-principal. A second visit, looking at home lamb production, an examination of market requirements. Consumer preference is discussed with George Squires, of the Vale of Mowbray Meat Company. Also a vet discusses the vasectomy of rams: is this useful in getting early lambs?
5.24 Aug 26th 1962: Christopher Norbury's farm at Leigh Sinton, Worcestershire. How the Common Market could affect farming. Development in the mechanisation of fruit handling and packing, leading to the need for improved marketing methods are also investigated. Guests include Lynn Hinton, and Leonard Pike OBE.
5.25 Sept 2nd 1962: An abattoir and bacon factory at Leeming Bar, Northallerton. (Previously visited in November 1959.) Moidern developments with guest expert Ronald Little, with Peter Rider, George Squires, and Stuart Atkins.
5.26 Sept 9th 1962: Owlett Hurst Farm, Liversedge, Yorkshire, with George Kenworthy. Methods of counteracting soil pollution to obtain high milk yields from silage in the industrial West Riding, with guests JW Patterson, and Harry Mudd.
Sept 16th 1962: repeat from Easter Sunday April 22nd 1962.
With the series ended, the weekly five minute ABC Farming Bulletin returned on Sundays at 2.35pm, presented by Stuart Seaton.
There was no Christmas Special, though a special programme was shown on December 23rd 11.05-11.35pm, titled "Surge on the Land." The Other Man's Farm team and The Farmers Weekly reviewed "the exceptional agricultural progress" during the year. Then at the same time on December 30th 1962 "Springboard" looked at problems that 1963 will bring. Director: Roy Battersby. Producer: Geoffrey Gilbert.
ABC Farming Comment was a new ten minute series on Sundays at 2.15pm that began in April 1963 with Stuart Seaton and others. Geoffrey Gilbert was again the producer, director Mike Vardy. It ran until the end of May.
Then series 6 began with Stuart Seaton, described as editor of The Farmers Guardian, and Jim Hall Principal of Newton Rigg Farm Institute, who'd been with the series from its inception. The latter had contributed to some of the Farming Comment programmes. Director was Mike Vardy.
6.1 June 2nd 1963, 2.20-2.50pm. Ministry of Agriculture Experimental Farm, Drayton, Warwicks. Winter feeding of beef cattle. The relative merits of barn-dried hay, chopped hay and silage feeding and making. With Stanley Culpin.
6.2 June 9th 1963, 2.15-2.55pm. The Guernsey Tomato Board with JA Le Garff.
6.3 June 16th 1963. Sewborwens Farm, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumberland. The latest developments in the modern housing of dairy cattle, with cow cubicles, self-feed solage systems and yard and parlour milking.
6.4 June 23rd 1963. Trevor Moss at his Castlefarms Ltd, Mawleytown Farm, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire. A west Midlands farm that has been completely changed from normal dairy production to intensive pig and sheep rearing.
6.5 June 30th 1963, 2.30-3.00pm. Milk Marketing Board, Northern Stud Unit, Whenby Lodge, Whenby, Yorkshire. With Dr Joseph Edwards and Bill Hunter, North Regional Veterinary Officer. The progress of the Northen Pilot Scheme for providing A1 sires. "168 bulls grazing together on one farm! Apart from the spectacle of all this, and the management problems involved."
6.6 July 7th 1963. The French markets. The new efficiency and streamlining of marketing as encouraged by General de Gaulle. Plans for a national network of markets, plus the reclaiming and irrigation of land in the Carmargue. The implications of this with regard to our own system are discussed with Eric Gardener, Secretary NFU.
6.7 July 14th 1963. Great Yorkshire Show. A talk with FM Baldwin MBE BSc Secretary to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, A MacDonald BSc Milk Marketing Board, NF McCann and FC Reid Ministry of Agriculture, J White Pig Industries Development Officer, and AB Coleman.
6.9 July 28th 1963. Pembroke Farm, Penrith, Cumberland. The famous Dalton herd of pedigree Friesians, investigating the work of John E Moffitt, winner of the Supreme Friesian Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show.
6.11 Aug 11th 1963. Agriculture in a Changing World- a discussion with Rt Hon Christopher Soames, Minister of Agriculture.
With the series over, the ten minute ABC Farming Comment returned in the autumn
on Sundays at either 1.30 or at 2.25pm. Stuart Seaton was the usual presenter. A fourth series of Farming Comment following straight on from the end of this third series, began on September 26th 1964, but The Other Man's Farm itself never returned again. Farming Comment finally disappeared in the Autumn 1965 schedules.
1 Some regions took The Other Man's Farm, for at least some programmes. These included Tyne Tees TV and Border TV. Other regional companies who produced their own farming series included Southern Television, Anglia Television and also Westward Television.
2 Stuart Seaton went on to make Farming Outlook for Tyne Tees TV in 1966, joined by Mark Jenner who was also hosting Southern Television's Farm Progress series.
3 With the demise of The Other Man's Farm, ATV provided for Midlands viewers Midland Farming introduced by Leslie Thomas.
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Janice Willett (born c1932)
She joined the BBC in 1950 and became to Michael Barrie, head of BBC Drama. In 1955 Janice became personal assistant to Dennis Vance, working on new ITV series Theatre Royal and TV Playhouse.
In early 1956 she joined ABC as production assistant on the talent series Moment of Fame. She worked on some children's programmes, then helped Vance organise the ABC drama department. She became a producer in her own right later that year in the series State Your Case.
In August 1959 and through 1960 she produced The Sunday Break, but after the March 5th 1961 edition she was at the centre of a storm surrounding a modern presentation of the crucifixion. Incredibly, Dennis Vance was accused of stabbing her with a knife at Teddington Studios on April 12th 1961.
There must be more to this sensational case, waiting to be uncovered.
The following year Janice joined Border Television, directing local programmes, her first being Focus on March 6th 1962