River Cottage Spring

7:30pm Tuesday, September 18 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Fresh produce is bursting into season across the UK’s fields, allotments and gardens and as spring reaches its peak, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks and tastes his way through the abundant crops on offer in River Cottage Spring. In the final episode, the peas are ready to pod, the gooseberries are nearly at their pickable peak and Hugh harvests the wet garlic. Spring is poised to turn into summer and the River Cottage team hold a fair. They gather to make elderflower champagne and the night before the fair, the local families join them to spit roast spring pigs, lamb and goat.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 11 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Fresh produce is bursting into season across the UK’s fields, allotments and gardens and as spring reaches its peak, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks and tastes his way through the abundant crops on offer in River Cottage Spring. Tonight, the first potatoes and radishes are ripe to be pulled out of the earth and broad beans de-podded for the most luxurious beans on toast going.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 4 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

In this encore screening, Hugh’s experiment to turn an acre of derelict city land into a small holding continues when four of his own saddlebacks pigs arrive. Susan, the vegetarian butcher’s apprentice, takes on the task of butchering a whole lamb’s carcass. Meanwhile, Hugh’s country honey is pitted against the Hackney Bee Boy’s city honey at a ‘taste-off ‘in Broadway market.

7:30pm Tuesday, August 28 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Fresh produce is bursting into season across the country’s fields and gardens, and as spring reaches its peak, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks and tastes his way through the abundant crops on offer in River Cottage Spring, the definitive guide to seasonal food.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 28 on Prime

Series

In tonight’s final of River Cottage Spring the peas are ready to pod, the gooseberries are nearly at their pickable peak and Hugh harvests the wet garlic. Spring is poised to turn into Summer and the River Cottage team hold a fair. They gather to make elderflower champagne and the night before the fair, the Bristol families join them to spit roast spring pigs, lamb and goat.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 21 on Prime

Series

The Bristol experiment, to turn an acre of derelict city land into a small holding, continues tonight as vegan Jess picks up a batch of hens from a nearby battery egg farm. Having lived practically their whole lives in cramped cages, will the hens be capable of laying? And at River Cottage, Hugh’s invested in a new hatchery for his duck eggs and is amazed to find the ducklings arriving days early. And he organises a foraging competition pitting a kayak team against a shoreline team – whatever they find during the day is what they’ll feast on in the evening.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 14 on Prime

Series

Fresh produce is bursting into season across the country’s fields, allotments and gardens and as spring reaches its peak, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks and tastes his way through the abundant crops on offer in River Cottage Spring, the definitive guide to locally produced, seasonal food. Tonight, Hugh picks his favourite vegetables and foraged foods from River Cottage. As it’s the start of June, lettuce and spinach are brimming over in the kitchen garden and dandelion and burdock in the hedgerow…cue lots of delicious recipes! Also, Hugh’s Bristol experiment to turn an acre of derelict city land into a small holding continues when four of his own saddlebacks pigs arrive.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 7 on Prime

Lifestyle series

Hugh raids River Cottage’s kitchen garden to show viewers they can enjoy a slice of any season, River Cottage style, where ever they live, with tantalising recipes for asparagus, artichokes and of course lamb. Hugh pits his mum’s shepherd’s pie recipe to a taste test against Delia’s cheat’s version with unexpected results. During the series, Hugh will challenge five Bristol families to turn an acre of derelict city land into a small-holding; a vegetarian into a butcher’s apprentice and along the way give an update on the nation’s change of heart over Britain’s most popular meat, as a result of his Chicken Out! campaign.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 5 September, 7.30pm

It was 1998 when Hugh moved into the original River Cottage in Dorset, to start growing and rearing some of his own food. ‘River Cottage’ has since moved on, and has grown and developed, but continues to stand for the same principles: self-sufficiency, food integrity, and the consumption of local, seasonal produce. This time Hugh’s opening the doors of River Cottage and celebrating all that’s smashing about Spring! Join Hugh as he raids River Cottage’s kitchen and garden to show viewers they can enjoy a slice of Spring and create tantalising recipes such as Stuffed and Rolled Shoulder of Lamb, Spring Vegetable Broth, and Asparagus two ways wherever they live. He cooks and tastes his way through the abundant crops on offer in this definitive guide to locally produced, seasonal food and even creates his own home made bubbly with a deliciously different Elderflower Champagne recipe!

7:30pm Tuesday, November 17 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Hugh’s Bristol experiment to turn an acre of derelict city land into a small-holding continues with Claire entering one of the saddleback pigs into a livestock fair and learns to groom and show “Blossom” in a ring. Obliged to name her pig for the show, will she become more attached than is recommended when raising animals to eat? The Bristol families prepare themselves for their first livestock slaughter since starting the small-holding and Hugh and his stockman Richard are there to guide them through the abattoir process.

Local Axminster hairdresser Mandy confides to Hugh that she can not stand fish and can only remember ever eating cod battered from the chippy. Hugh and fisherman Matt take Mandy and her salon girls out to sea to show them the joys of catching and cooking cuttlefish.

With Spring poised to turn into Summer, Hugh decides to hold a fair at River Cottage to mark the change of season. It wouldn’t be a proper spring party without elderflower champagne and the River Cottage team gather to pick the ingredients.