Episode 1 S2, E1: Ruth, Alex, and Peter return to the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire to celebrate a traditional Victorian Christmas. However there’s an enormous amount of farm work to be done on the estate in the lead up to the festive season. First the hay harvest, then Peter travels to the Royal Agricultural Society’s Annual Show to choose a new ram for the flock. Ruth prepares mincemeat for Christmas pies.
This historical documentary series finds archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman on the Acton Scott estate, located in rural England and frozen in the Victorian era. The trio lives here for a year, using only Victorian-era tools and materials, such as those found scattered around the estate, to re-create everyday life during the late 1800s. The three must grow and harvest their own food, care for and breed a variety of livestock animals, maintain the estate's buildings and even craft their own tools and furniture.