A Devon comedy by Eden Phillpotts.
Adapted for television and produced by Owen Reed.
The action of the play takes place at Applegarth Farm and Miss Thirza Tapper's villa residence in the Dartmoor village of Little Silver.
A performance from a BBC Television studio in Bristol
(Jeanne Watts appears by permission of the West of England Theatre Company Ltd.)
Eden Phillpotts's celebrated play - probably the most famous of modern rural comedies - was first produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 1924, where it achieved a fabulous run of 1,324 performances and established a young actor named Cedric Hardwicke as a comedian for his portrayal of Churdles Ash. Since then The Farmer's Wife has been revived times without number, and tonight viewers may either renew or make acquaintance with the Devon village of Little Silver and Applegarth Farm, and Farmer Samuel Sweetland and his daughters, Petronell and Sibley, and Araminta Dench and Louisa Windeatt and, of course, the tart-tongued old curmudgeon, Churdles. The plot? You might call it a Devonshire version of the Judgement of Paris, with Sam Sweetland as a middle-aged widower, bent on remarriage, playing the rustic Paris and wondering upon which of the local eligible ladies he should bestow the, in this case, cider-apple. (Peter Forster)