On the Farm

A look at how farming and rural life has been represented on television over the last 50 years.

From the first televised Ploughing Championships in 1961, to RTÉ's flagship agricultural education programme 'Telefís Feirme', through to the drama of a small farming community in 'Bracken' featuring Gabriel Byrne, and new developments in farming methods with mechanisation and industrialisation.

Here we present a sample of TV coverage of farming and rural life, which has been part of our viewing since the beginning of Television broadcasting.