About Land Girls

Find out more about the wartime drama featuring heroines Nancy, Esther, Bea, and Annie.

Land Girls

This award-winning drama series chronicles the lives of four women and members of the Women's Land Army - a civilian organisation created during the first and second world wars to work in agriculture to replace the men called up to fight.

Set in the English countryside during World War II, Land Girls features four women from different parts of the country arriving at Pasture Farm, owned by Frederick Marsh (Mark Benton) and the manor lived in by Lord and Lady Hoxley (Nathaniel Parker and Sophie Ward).

Nancy (Summer Strallen), Esther (Susan Cookson), Bea (Jo Woodcock) and Annie (Christine Bottomley) all joined the WLA to help serve their country and become a crucial part in the home effort to win the war.

But each bears the scars of family and war - Nancy is forced to join up, Joyce wants to serve her country in the same way her husband is doing overseas, and sisters Annie and Bea join to escape their abusive father.

Thrust together in the maelstrom of war, their lives change measurably as toiling on the land in new surroundings take its toll.

With new relationships, secrets, work politics and longing for distant partners, Land Girls tells of a different kind of fight for women during war time.

Landmark drama

Land Girls was commissioned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. It was also the first drama commission by BBC Daytime. A popular and critical success, it was renewed for two more series.

Land Girl expert

Ann Kramer, a historian specialising in the Women's Land Army, was brought in to be the series historical advisor.

Location, location

Arbury Hall in Nuneaton doubled up for Hoxley Manor, with other locations including The Black County Living Museum, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Toddington Railway Station also used.

A family affair

Summer Strallen is the niece of Bonnie Langford and goddaughter to larger than life star Christopher Biggins. Summer has followed her famous aunt onto the West End stage, starring in Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and in Top Hat. Summer’s sister Scarlett is also in the biz, and has appeared in Mary Poppins and in 2013 production The Chorus Line.