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Glamour down on the farm; TVChoice LAND GIRLS (BBC One, 5.15pm).

WE KNOW what you're thinking: why is the BBC broadcasting a great drama packed full of stars at tea time? Why not put it on at prime-time? If you're looking for answers to that question, then you've come to the wrong place, because we don't know either! However, what we can tell you is that Land Girls is one of the best programmes to hit our screens for many a moon.

It follows the lives and loves of four young ladies who join the Women's Land Army following the start of the Second World War, and is being shown as part of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Liam Keelan, controller for BBC Daytime, says: "We hope to pay tribute, not only to the many lives that were lost in World War Two, but also to the land girls who played such an important role on the Home Front."

Christine Bottomley, Summer Strallen, Becci Gemmell and Jo Woodcock play the quartet, ably supported by Sophie Ward, Nathaniel Parker and Mark Benton. Summer Strallen, who's best known for her appearances in Hollyoaks and on the West End stage in The Sound of Music, plays Nancy, who's horrified when she's forced to swap a cushy office job for the often uncomfortable and cold conditions of the WLA.

Summer admits that she did enjoy wearing the 1940s fashions.

"I would never choose to wear a coral lipstick but I've grown accustomed to it. Everyone does their hair perfectly and they - definitely Nancy - will come down with lipstick on at six o'clock in the morning to milk the cow."

Christine Bottomley also loved immersing herself in a different period, although she can't believe how hard the women had to work.

"I loved the experience of working in a completely different era and the completely different look," says the actress, who was last seen in Hope Springs.

"We were going on about how hot it was, but they must have been sweltering doing all that grafting."


Glamorous: Summer Strallen plays land girl Nancy Morrell in the new BBC offering.
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Date:Sep 7, 2009
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