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MIPTV Picks: Escape in Time

While it may not look like the sexiest thing to hit the tube on paper, perhaps there's something to be said for learning more about how people lived before the onslaught of the BlackBerry, Facebook and yes, television.
March 31, 2010


Early in 2009, BBC2 aired the Lion Television-produced Victorian Farm, a series that put three people on location at a Shropshire estate, where they lived as if they were tending a mid-19th century farm. The series proved to be a smash, bringing in an average audience of 3.6 million and with the final episode attracting over four million viewers. This time around, new families will come to the Shropshire estate weekly, competing in challenges while also being given the opportunity to work together and learn new skills, such as plowing fields and making beer. And while it may not look like the sexiest thing to hit the tube on paper, perhaps there’s something to be said for learning more about how people lived before the onslaught of the BlackBerry, Facebook and yes, television.

Partners: Lion Television for BBC2 Daytime. Distributed by All3Media (London)

Length: 20 x 45 minutes

Airing: May, 2010

Rights available: All rights excluding UK

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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