Backs to the Land

Backs to the Land

infobox television
show_name = Backs to the Land

caption =
genre = Sitcom
runtime = 30 minutes
creator =
starring = Philippa Howell
Terese Stevens
Marilyn Galsworthy
Pippa Page
John Stratton
Della Paton
country = UK
network = ITV
first_aired = 15 April 1977
last_aired = 1 September 1978
num_episodes = 19
imdb_id = 0166033

"Backs to the Land" is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1977 to 1978. Starring Philippa Howell, Terese Stevens and Marilyn Galsworthy, "Backs to the Land" is set during World War II. It was written by David Climie. It was made for the ITV network by Anglia Television.


*Philippa Howell - Shirley Bloom
*Terese Stevens - Jenny Dabb
*Marilyn Galsworthy - Daphne Finch-Beauchamp "(first 7 episodes)"
*John Stratton - Tom Whitlow
*Della Paton - Ethel Whitlow
*David Troughton - Roy Whitlow "(series 1)"
*Michael Troughton - Eric Whitlow "(series 1)"
*Jeremy Child - Captain Truscott "(series 2)"
*Pippa Page - Bunny Burroughs "(from series 2)"
*Charles Lamb - Wally
*Geraldine Newman - Miss Rainbow
*Peter Tuddenham - Landlord


"Backs to the Land" starts in 1940 with three young women who are in the Women's Land Army going to work in a farm to replace the men who have gone to war. The three women are Daphne, Cockney Jenny and Jewish, down to earth Shirley. They end up at Crabtree Farm in Clayfield, Norfolk. The owner is Tom Whitlow, and his sons are Roy and Eric.


eries One (1977)

#"Miss Is As Good As A Male" (15 April 1977)
#"Nymph and Shepherd" (22 April 1977)
#"Alarms, Excursions and Day Trips" (29 April 1977)
#"Sons and Lovers, God Forbid" (6 May 1977)
#"We Shall Fight Them In The Breeches" (13 May 1977)
#"All Is Somehow Gathered In" (20 May 1977)

eries Two (1977–78)

#"Enter Flirting" (2 December 1977)
#"All Mod Con-Tricks" (9 December 1977)
#"Nickers In The Woodpile" (16 December 1977)
#"The Warsaw Overture" (23 December 1977)
#"The Magnetic Pole" (30 December 1977)
#"New Broomsticks" (6 January 1978)

eries Three (1978)

#"Rainbow Around My Neck" (21 July 1978)
#"Remains to be Seen2 (28 July 1978)
#"Let's Talk Turkey" (4 August 1978)
#"Waits and Desperate Measures" (11 August 1978)
#"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" (18 August 1978)
#"A Day Dog and Doris" (25 August 1978)
#"Right Royal" (1 September 1978)


*Mark Lewisohn, "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy", BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2003
* [ "Backs to the Land"] at British TV Comedy

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