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Escape to River Cottage: Episode 1

Join Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and friends in his Dorset cottage, as he forages for wild food, grows his own produce and rears his own stock

Hugh moves into a primitive cottage in Dorset. He buys a pig, forages for wild food and befriends the locals.

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Hugh moves into his cottage. He buys a pig, forages for food and befriends the locals.

First shown: Sun 14 Feb 1999 | 24 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 1

Hugh turns his attentions to the River Piddle and pike fishing

First shown: Sun 21 Feb 1999 | 24 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 2

The vegetable garden is in full swing and Hugh is spoilt for choice

First shown: Sun 28 Feb 1999 | 24 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 3

Hugh discovers an infestation of mice and calls in a 'humane disposal team'

First shown: Sun 7 Mar 1999 | 25 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 4

Hugh commissions basket-maker Malcolm Seal to make an old-fashioned wickerwork eel trap

First shown: Sun 14 Mar 1999 | 24 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 5

Hugh prepares a party for his friends who've helped him and learns how to catch razor fish

First shown: Sun 21 Mar 1999 | 24 mins

Escape to River Cottage: Episode 6

Hugh prepares a festive Yuletide feast of traditional glazed ham and mince pies

First shown: Fri 24 Dec 1999 | 24 mins

River Cottage Christmas 1999

Hugh rents a four-acre field, buys livestock and takes part in a nettle-eating competition

First shown: Sun 2 Jan 2000 | 24 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 1

Hugh has problems with some uncooperative chickens and troublesome rabbits

First shown: Sun 9 Jan 2000 | 24 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 2

Hugh donates one of his pigs to his landlord's medieval fair to raise money for charity

First shown: Sun 16 Jan 2000 | 24 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 3

It's late summer at River Cottage but torrential rain washes out Hugh's entire hay harvest

First shown: Sun 23 Jan 2000 | 24 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 4

Hugh embarks on the big financial venture of summer; harvesting his entire tomato crop

First shown: Sun 30 Jan 2000 | 25 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 5

Autumn's nearly over and Hugh's concerned about a shortage of firewood and animal feed

First shown: Sun 6 Feb 2000 | 24 mins

Return to River Cottage: Episode 6

Hugh cooks up a limpet pie and his neighbour comes to check his sheep stock

First shown: Tue 16 Jul 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 1

After several days and sleepless nights, Hugh's first ewe finally gives birth to twins

First shown: Tue 23 Jul 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 2

It's late May, the vet calls and it's bad news...

First shown: Tue 30 Jul 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 3

Hugh invites two local felt-making experts to turn his sheep's fleeces into a garment

First shown: Tue 6 Aug 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 4

Hugh's beginning to get the hang of his Dorset downshifting experiment, or so he thinks...

First shown: Tue 13 Aug 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 5

Hugh enters his veg garden into the Challenge Cup at his local horticultural show

First shown: Tue 20 Aug 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 6

It's a sad day at River Cottage, as Hugh finds out that one of his old ewes has died

First shown: Tue 27 Aug 2002 | 24 mins

River Cottage Forever: Episode 7

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