Down to Earth (2000 TV series)

Down to Earth is a BBC One television series first broadcast in 2000 about a couple who start a new life on a Devon farm. The early episodes of the series were based on a series of books written by Faith Addis about their real-life move from London to Devon.

Down to Earth
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5
No. of episodes40
Running timeapprox. 60 mins
Original networkBBC One
Original release28 August 2000 
6 March 2005
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The music in the series was composed by Sheridan Tongue and Tony Hadley, and had the song "After All this Time" as its opening and closing credits in series 2 and 3.


The first series starred Pauline Quirke as Faith Addis, a teacher, and Warren Clarke as her long-suffering husband Brian, as they encountered various misfortunes and difficulties in adjusting to their new rural lifestyle, which isn't helped by their uncooperative children's attitude to moving to a new location. The series was generally light in tone, although took a tragic turn following Brian's death in a road accident in series three.

In 2003 the Addis family leave the farm for good. They are replaced by the Brewer family. Matt Brewer (Ian Kelsey) is Brian's cousin. He leaves the big city with his young new wife Frankie (Angela Griffin) and his three children from his first marriage to move to Devon to take over the farm.

Two years later the Brewer family moved back to the city and were replaced by Jackie (Denise Welch), Tony Murphy (Ricky Tomlinson), and their wayward daughter Emma (Zara Dawson), who owned the local pub. The final series was broadcast in 2005.


DVD releases

The show was broadcast in an hour format, with each show averaging 48 minutes. The first series featured 6 episodes, the 2nd, 3rd & 4th had 8 episodes, and the final season 10. So far only series 1 has been released on DVD, by Acorn Media UK.

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