Series 1 · Episode 1
Hugh reminisces about the early days at River Cottage, and offers advice to would-be smallholders on how to find their rural escape hatch and get started on the good life.
Series 1 · Episode 2
Hugh recalls the progress of his horticultural skills over the three years, from planting his first organic veg beds, running the gauntlet of pests, to harvesting bumper crops.
Series 1 · Episode 3
Hugh celebrates his growing affection for pigs and pork over the years, from how to buy a pig, to how to make a dry-cured bacon and ham; this is a guide to all things piggy.
Series 1 · Episode 4
Good friends and helpful neighbours are an essential part of the rural idyll. Hugh recalls his initiation into the rural Dorset community, from a posh dinner to a riotous piss-up.
Series 1 · Episode 5
The life of a smallholder is not of self denial but of good living. To achieve this, you need to be a bit of a wiley entrepreneur, always ready to barter and heckle.
Series 1 · Episode 6
The difference between a veg garden and a smallholding is simple: livestock. And the first item of livestock every downshifter needs is a chicken or two.
Series 1 · Episode 7
When it comes to acquainting yourself with the local customs, the secret is: get stuck in. Hugh recalls how he learned of hedge-laying, charcoal-making and mouse-charming.
Series 1 · Episode 8
Hugh explains how the river and the sea offer the smallholder a combination of escape and adventure, as well as free food, from crabs and cuttlefish to eels and pike.
Series 1 · Episode 9
Hugh explains why wild food, both plants and animals, should always be a prime part of the smallholders diet, as he hunts for rabbits, deer and pigeons and finds the edible plants.
Series 1 · Episode 10
Having made his decision to stay in Dorset and continue the rural life, Hugh considers the big question facing the committed smallholder: how far are you prepared to go?