Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. – Land Girls
(Rochester, NY) – WXXI hosts a marathon of programs that mark the 70th anniversary of World War II with a five-part series entitled Land Girls on Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Created by Roland Moore, Land Girls follows the lives and loves of four girls away from home, doing their bit for Britain in the Women's Land Army (WLA). As they adapt to their new surroundings, and knuckle down to some hard work and play, they realize very quickly that their lives will never be the same again. Single episodes of Land Girls began airing on WXXI-TV/HD April 28, and will continue to run Thursdays at 8 p.m. throughout May.
Against the backdrop of war-weary Forties Britain, Land Girls is set on the Hoxley estate, as the girls balance their working lives at the run-down Pasture Farm, and the opulent Hoxley Manor. Nancy, Joyce, Bea, and Annie have all joined the WLA for very different reasons, but they all have one common goal, to serve their country and help win the war.
The drama follows the women as they try to live out their lives in very challenging circumstances, with lots of laughter and tears along the way. Liam Keelan, Controller, BBC Daytime, says: ""Land Girls is a warm and vibrant drama celebrating the unsung heroes from the Second World War, and we're delighted to have secured this talented cast to realise the story."
Annie, played by Christine Bottomley, is the oldest in her family, and has always been the responsible one. The other girls naturally turn to her as the try to survive the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the WLA. Annie feels as though she herself has no one to turn to and quietly tries to deal with her own personal problems from which she feels she has no escape.
Summer Strallen plays Nancy, a cosseted rich girl conscripted into the WLA against her will, who desperately misses her family home comforts, and would much rather be out having fun.
Jo Woodcock plays Bea, Annie's little sister. Bea has lied about her age to sign up for the land girls and join her big sister on her adventure. Unfortunately her innocence will land her in hot water.
Becci Gemmell is Joyce, a happily married woman who is fiercely patriotic and eternally optimistic, but Joyce knows the true cost of war as she has already lost her family in a bombing and she's terrified of losing her husband as he's just about to finish his RAF training and be posted on his first mission.
Sophie Ward plays Lady Ellen Hoxley, the Lady of the Manor. She busies herself organizing the girls and trying to rally funds for the war, as she maintains the façade of a happy marriage.The arrival of one particular land girl will change her life forever.
Lord Lawrence Hoxley, played by Nathaniel Parker, is a celebrated hero from the First World War, with a dark secret of his own. Totally trapped in his role as Lord of the Manor, he finds that life can be unpredictable in war time.
Photo: The Land Girls
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