Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild UK

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild UK

Series 1 - Episode 3

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Review

Amanda and Clive's lifestyles aren't as out there as most of those featured on New Lives in the Wild. Essentially, they're a nice couple who herd sheep in the Yorkshire Dales, who happen to have eight kids. It's not exactly logging in remotest Alaska, but it still looks like bloomin' hard work.

It's the summer holidays when Ben arrives, and it's touching to see how much the kids enjoy mucking in. Amanda's toughness is inspirational, too. She gave birth to her latest child alone, by the fire in the living room while her husband was asleep upstairs. "Clive was shocked. He used the F word — and I don't mean 'freebirth'," she grins.

Summary

Ben meets 40-year-old Amanda Owen from Huddersfield, who left behind a comfortable existence to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a hill shepherdess. Despite having no background in farming, she now lives at a 2,000-acre farm in the Yorkshire Dales with husband Clive and their eight children. Ben is given a taste of life as a hill shepherd, learns the highs and lows of farming life and finds out how she copes looking after such a huge family as well as her 1,000 native Swaledale sheep.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Fogle
Director Kate Fraser
Director Nicola Tremain
Director James Newton
Director Sean McDonnell
Executive Producer Harry Lansdowne
Executive Producer Natalie Wilkinson
Producer Kate Fraser
Producer Nicola Tremain
Producer James Newton
Producer Sean McDonnell
Series Producer Tina Gortmans
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