Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back and the stakes and the jeopardy are higher and more real than ever before. Beyond River Cottage is a natural extension of Hugh's downshifting experiment at River Cottage, combining the benefits of a completely fresh location and a massive new challenge, with the return of a familiar and much-loved backdrop of characters and countryside. As usual, there are ups, downs, highs and lows, as Hugh tries to turn a profit, selling his produce direct to the public at markets and from his River Cottage HQ. And Hugh still manages to find the time to show us how to cook some excellent seasonal recipes with the flair and personality that has made him one of our best loved characters. Episode 1 ItGÇÖs five years since Hugh left London behind for rural Dorset, and now he and his growing family are moving on from River Cottage to the nearby farm of their dreams. With 44 acres the farm has 10 times more land than he had at River Cottage, which allows for a lot more veg and livestock than his family needs. With this in mind Hugh is unable to resist the opportunity to expand further. Episode 2 ItGÇÖs been several weeks since Hugh took a lease on a collection of barns near his new farm in Dorset. He plans to turn them into a culinary headquarters GÇô a place he can use as an outlet for his home-grown and home-reared food and for hosting seasonal dinners for paying customers. Episode 3 HughGÇÖs sow Maggie is due to give birth to piglets. There is little Hugh can do to help except build a maternity room and leave her to it. While he waits for Maggie to give birth, Hugh must install proper plumbing and loos before he can welcome members of the public to The River Cottage HQ. Episode 4 On May Day every year you can find the Wessex Morris Men dancing on the Cerne Abbas Giant. Crowds gather to watch the event and this presents Hugh with the perfect opportunity to make some cash selling chocolate waffles. ItGÇÖs also the opening night of The River Cottage HQ. For the first time Hugh hopes to serve food to 40 paying guests and he wants to cook them something spectacular. Episode 5 Spring spells many new arrivals at HughGÇÖs farm. Maggie has given birth to 11 piglets, and they are today joined by two new lambs. The season has also kick-started the social calendar. Hugh has been invited to an Easter Blossom Picnic Party, where the stakes are high in a competition for the best picnic. Episode 6 With spring fast becoming summer, Hugh is tempted into installing beehives at The River Cottage HQ in order to reap the harvest of the beesGÇÖ hard work. The only problem is his fear of being stung. He also takes on his biggest event yet, a wedding party. Episode 7 ItGÇÖs high summer and the season's underway for Dorset's carnivals and regattas. Never one to miss an opportunity for trade, Hugh teams up with Lyme Regis fisherman John Wason to catch, cook and flog JohnGÇÖs favourite fruit of the sea GÇô whelks. Spiced up with some exotic ingredients from the polytunnel, they sell them on the beaches on Carnival day GÇö before being roped into a bizarre annual fancy dress pub crawl. Episode 8 The day has come for Hugh to harvest his first crop of home-spun honey. At River Cottage HQ, with the help of bee-keeper Ken Bishop, Hugh carefully extracts a healthy 25lbs of glowing golden sweetness. To prove the quality of the harvest, and his skills with honey in the kitchen, Hugh enters the bee-keeping classes at the Melplash Country Show. Episode 9 Summer and the season of plenty are well and truly over, but Hugh's going with the seasonal flow and planning a menu for a special Autumn feast at River Cottage HQ. His hens have produced almost 30 chicks over the summer, and Hugh's looking to the young cockerals to provide the main course for the feast. The trick of course is working out which are the boys and which are the girls. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ItGÇÖs Christmas and Hugh is preparing for River Cottage HQGÇÖs final event of the year. The plan is to shoot, harvest, gather and cook enough food to furnish the tables for a magnificent medieval festive banquet. HughGÇÖs own fattened geese and ducks inspire the centrepiece for the feast GÇô a ten bird roast of medieval origin. The plan is to stuff a turkey with one of his fattened geese, the goose with a duck, the duck with a pheasant, the pheasant with a pigeon, and the pigeon with a woodcock!
Beyond River Cottage