Next Episode of Normal for Norfolk is
Season 2 / Episode 5 and airs on 21 August 2017 22:00
Observational documentary series following eccentric gentleman farmer Desmond MacCarthy as he struggles to keep his 17th-century manor home afloat, while holding on to the country traditions of his childhood.
It is spring at Wiveton Hall and the beginning of the busy Norfolk tourist season. In a bid to raise the profile of his cafe, Desmond has organised for a restaurant critic to write a review. On the farm, the asparagus is ready for harvest. But nothing is straightforward at Wiveton Hall and Desmond's bid to renovate a dilapidated cottage is in danger of derailing the entire operation.
Summer has arrived and at Wiveton Hall that means one thing - selling fruit. Over the next few months, several tonnes of strawberries and raspberries will need to be shifted. After a slow start to the season, the pressure is on Desmond and his Eastern European farmhands to deliver. Summer is also the time to start thinking about the shooting season, one of Desmond's greatest passions. A new gamekeeper has been brought in to protect the pheasants on the farm. Can he meet Desmond's expectations? And on the home front, Desmond's 19-year-old son and heir apparent Edmund is hoping to win a place at university, but he'll need top marks in his A-levels first.
It's high summer, but with the cafe and farm underperforming, the pressure is mounting on Desmond and his team. After a washout bank holiday weekend sees the cafe take another big hit, Desmond's latest brainwave is to bring a bluegrass band all the way over from America to play in one of his barns. Away from the stress of the cafe and farm, Desmond's mother, and Wiveton's oldest living resident, Chloe, is about to turn 100. Over a hundred friends and family will descend on Wiveton Hall to celebrate her centenary in what promises to be a quintessentially English garden party. Despite his busy schedule, Desmond still has time to mark the beginning of the duck-shooting season in style. Conditions are perfect, but Desmond's novice gundog still has a lot to learn.
As winter approaches, life on Wiveton Hall farm is slowing down and the eastern European farmhands are heading home. Not one to miss out an opportunity to play with fire, Desmond is putting on a pyrotechnic extravaganza to thank them for their efforts. The end of the tourist season marks the beginning of one of Wiveton Hall's enduring traditions, the pheasant-shooting season. This year, the responsibility of making sure there are enough pheasants on the farm has fallen to new gamekeeper Mark. After months of preparation his hard work will be put to the test when Desmond's close friends and family arrive for the first shoot of the season. But has Desmond still got what it takes to put on a good show?
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