Too Long a Winter (1973)

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  • Featuring

    Peter Moth

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    United Kingdom

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    Non Fiction


Documentary on the hard lives led by those still living off small farms in the High Pennines, Yorkshire. The programme focuses in particular on Hannah Hauxwell, who lives alone in a dilapidated farmhouse without electricity or running water on less than £250 per year, which she gains from farming her 80 acres, renting out grazing land to cattle and occasionally selling cattle, which someone else takes to auction for her. The programme also shows the hardships faced by the Rainbridges, a couple who rear sheep on Birkdale, were forced to leave in 1967, but have since returned. Mr Rainbridge has to go out after a heavy fall of snow to dig out the trapped sheep. Following the first television broadcast, Hannah Hauxwell became a national celebrity.

Note: Other programmes made by Barry Cockcroft and featuring Hannah Hauxwell are HANNAH GOES TO TOWN (1977), A WINTER TOO MANY (1989) and the six part series HANNAH HAUXWELL - AN INNOCENT ABROAD (1992).

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