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Land Girls (2011)

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World War II separated families and demanded sacrifice of communities but it wasn’t only the young men who were called to duty. Young women from around England were conscripted to service also. They served in hospitals and war offices. And they served on farms, keeping the national food supply flourishing while the young farmers, the men, served at the front of the battle. These women were more commonly known at Land Girls.

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Commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II, Land Girls features the lives and trials of four women working in England’s Women’s Land Army. The show was created by Roland Moore and was fleshed out by him and a team of writers. What they came up with was an entirely enchanting, heart-warming tribute to the women who kept the home fires burning and crops harvested.

The story centers around four women who join the Women’s Land Army for very different reasons but come together to find family and find themselves. The work is challenging and emotions run high at times, but the girls come together to do their duty. They do it well and without them, and women like them on farms and in industry across the country, the war effort would have struggle and perhaps even faltered.

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The show ran for three seasons from 2009 to 2011. It was a success during those years for the BBC and in the years since has found a faithful following in home media and on Netflix among those who were devoted fans of Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.

With charm and wit and heart, the 15 forty-five minute episodes of Land Girls, tell the story of the home front. Not shying away from tough subject, the series touched on complicated issues like segregation, Nazi sympathizers and the mistreatment of prisoners of war during its run.

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Well-written, with just the right amount of nostalgia, Land Girls is a binge-worthy watch that will leave you feeling all of the feels. Grab a cuppa and settle in. Land Girls is well worth the watch.

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