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Little England

All Episodes 2011

  • Ended
  • 2011-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • Documentary
Little England is a documentary series which follows the lives of a British community living in France. The show takes a look at the different bits of home the ex-pats have brought to the French town, including tea shops, farmers, and a local cricket team.

20 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2011-09-11T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

A couple from Sheffield talk about their mobile fish-and-chip business, wedding planners Nick Deane and Monica Walker organise their biggest event to date, and the Hickses from Somerset discuss moving to France to buy their dream 70-acre farm. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2011-09-18T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

The series takes a look at the life of builder Harry Dale who moved over to the Dordogne from Essex with his wife Denise in 2002. He is getting ready for an emotional reunion with his six sisters and ninety-three year old mum who are planning a visit to France. Julia Grant runs Eymet’s Shampoo Chiens, and the series finds out what made her take the big leap that brought her and her dogs to France.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2011-09-25T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Documentary following a former newspaper photographer who quit his job in Britain to work daily eight-hour shifts in the vineyards of Dordogne, and a couple who built France's only lawn bowls club and green in their back garden. An expat also talks about uniting with the local French community to share a passion for music as part of the Eymet Choir. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2011-10-02T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Retired Army pilot Andy Spillane talks about his alpaca farm, which he runs with wife Nicky, and there is a look at how some expats still get their home comforts while in Dordogne. Plus, dog breeder and groomer Julia Grant, originally from Dorset, flies the flag for Britain in a local dog show. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2011-10-09T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Retired Lt-Cl John Walter Molyneux-Child talks about transforming a run-down property into a luxury manor-house estate complete with swimming pool and fishing lakes. Plus, alpaca farmers Andy and Nicky Spillane take their animals for a haircut, and chef Lexine Hepworth discusses what life is like in Dordogne for younger Britons. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x06 Episode 6

  • no air date — 30 mins

Pauline and Clive Davie, who own a B&B and campsite in Dordogne, talk about their upcoming charity bingo evening for local expats. Plus, Peter Murphy and Michelle Pipe discuss making their dream of moving to France a reality, and choirmaster Richard Errington prepares for his farewell performance before retirement, with his 93-year-old mother Dulcie among those watching.

1x07 Episode 7

  • no air date — 30 mins

Nick and Jackie Warner from Northamptonshire, who have bought a vineyard in Dordogne, produce their first bottles of wine, and butcher Ray Hicks holds a pie-tasting session for his family in preparation for the start of his new business. Plus, the first baby alpacas of the year are born on Andy and Nicky Spillane's farm. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x08 Episode 8

  • no air date — 30 mins

The Hickses prepare to launch their new pie-making business, and members of the Eymet Cricket Club explain how the team was founded by British expats almost 30 years ago. Fiona O'Connor and her daughter Nicole renovate a barn attached to the farmhouse they have bought, before hosting a grand opening for friends, family and locals. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x09 Episode 9

  • no air date — 30 mins

Jim and Sheila High talk about their move to Dordogne, where they bought a hazelnut farm, and Clive Davie has a surprise in store for wife Pauline on their wedding anniversary. Alex Crowe and Clare Milling, originally from Brighton, discuss their yurt campsite, where visitors can enjoy a taste of the 'good life'. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer.

1x10 Episode 10

  • no air date — 30 mins

Peter Murphy and Michelle Pipe host a France v England fishing competition on their lake, and hazelnut farmers Jim and Sheila High receive support from friends after they suffer a family bereavement. Bridget Beattie, who moved to Dordogne from Nottinghamshire in 2005, talks about her role teaching expats the art of beekeeping. Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer

1x11 Episode 11

  • no air date — 30 mins

Flying instructor Sue Virr, who moved to France from Worcestershire in 2002, talks about her English-language aviation school, the only one of its kind in the country. Plus, fish-and-chip van owners Dave and Helen Mansfield cater for the surprise 50th birthday party of a vineyard owner, and mother-and-daughter duo Fiona O'Connor and Nicole Clee put the finishing touches on their new gite.

1x12 Episode 12

  • no air date — 30 mins

Mother-and-daughter duo Fiona O'Connor and Nicole Clee host the grand opening of their gite. Plus, yurt-campsite owners Alex Crowe and Clare Milling welcome their first guests of the summer, and former pilot Andy Spillane takes to the air once more to fly over his beloved alpaca farm

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2012-10-21T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

The return of the documentary following the lives of Britons living in Dordogne, south-west France. Amanda and David Moore explain why they sold their homes in the UK and took their children out of school to start a new life in France, sinking all their money into a 26-acre vineyard. The programme also features a summer fete run by expats, as well as a visit to a bilingual school for British children to ensure they can read and write in both English and French.

2x02

  • no air date — 30 mins

A Hampshire couple who bought a campsite in the heart of Dordogne face a challenge to attract business to finance their dream of living abroad, while a pair of animal lovers nurse a sick horse back to health at their sanctuary. Documentary following the stories of British expats in south-west France.

2x03

  • no air date — 30 mins

Mike and Leeanne Whitley have set up an unusual retirement home in Dordogne catering for elderly dogs that are lost, abandoned or bereaved of their owners, but with only a pension to support 32 hungry hounds they hold a British-style pet show to bring in urgently needed donations. The programme also catches up with the Moores at their 26-acre vineyard as Amanda makes the best of a tiny kitchen to prepare a traditional French lunch for tourists.

2x04

  • no air date — 30 mins

Jonathan and Kath Croft-White are working hard to improve their campsite ahead of a visit from an inspector, while Colleen Simms, who has lived in Dordogne for six years, prepares to entertain a French audience with one of the country's most popular songs at a large gig in Tremolat.

2x05

  • no air date — 30 mins

Animal lovers Roland and Alison Phillips are running out of money for their horse sanctuary, and hope a summer ball will help raise much-needed funds to secure their future in Dordogne. Fun-loving brothers Joe and Nathan Johnson were born and bred in France, but the place they call home could prove a little too peaceful for them.

2x06

  • no air date — 30 mins

Long-term resident Stewart Edwards organises one of the biggest events in the Dordogne calendar - the French National Conker Championships - and former city dweller Sarah Daniels shares her experiences as she builds an eco-friendly sanctuary out of mud and straw in the heart of rural France.

2x07

  • no air date — 30 mins

Jill Castle demonstrates her commitment to French culture by taking part in a re-enactment of the 100 Years War, John Franklin and neighbour Michele get into the swing of local life in Dordogne by picking and pressing grapes the traditional way, and a woman from Essex opens a cafe.

2x08

  • no air date — 30 mins

It's harvest time on Amanda and David Moore's French vineyard, but rain is threatening to spoil the crop. With time running out, can they save the grapes and their livelihood? Meanwhile, Essex couple Clive and Stella Wood take a tour of the Dordogne countryside in their classic British sports car.

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