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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall's dream of escaping the city sprawl and all its stresses and downshifting into rural dorset is finally realised when he arr (more…)

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Episode 6 Season 1, Episode 6 Jan 1, 2001 $1.99

His pigs are now ready for slaughter and Hugh intends to have a pork party to pay his new neighbours back for their friendship and invaluable help. Hugh also enlists one-time playboy Victor Borge and local butcher Ray Smith to help him deal with the meat. Back at River Cottage the three immediately set to work preparing a feast of small holding delights for the party guests. Hugh manages to fit in a sea shore scavenge with Bill Gibbons in search of some free food. Armed with buckets and mounds of table salt Hugh learns an ingenious technique for catching tasty razor clams.

Episode 5 Season 1, Episode 5 Jan 1, 2001 $1.99

It's now Eel migration season and Hugh meets up with local basket maker Malcolm Seal, to try his hand at creating an eel trap. The Chideock Cider Circle enjoys the right to collect orchard windfalls and Hugh joins the September harvest in return for a taste of their infamous brew. Another autumn treat is in store for Hugh as he joins a group of beaters on a nearby pheasant shoot. Hugh returns home to make a hearty game terrine for his guests the burly beaters. The evening ends with a bang as they all celebrate Bonfire Night in the River Cottage garden.

Episode 4 Season 1, Episode 4 Jan 1, 2001 $1.99

Hugh's garden pest problems are now being rivaled inside the Cottage, with an infestation of mice! Desperate measures call for unusual powers of persuasion. After, spurred on still by the mice Hugh joins Jan Andrews on her regular cull of the Dorset Roe Deer population. Then it's a trip down memory lane as Hugh catches up with local schoolmaster Mr Cheeseman, who kept a fishing boat in the bay Hugh used to play in with his childhood pals.

Episode 3 Season 1, Episode 3 Jan 1, 2001 $1.99

Michael Michaud comes over to check Hugh's vegetable garden's progress, and also admire his promised ham. Hugh has decided to enter The Beaminster Horticultural Society's annual competition. He also heads to the coast to check out the amazing mating spider crabs and hooks up with local skipper, Dave Sales, and his diving team. Show time back at River Cottage has arrived and whatever the outcome the challenge is on for next year!

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