‘Our Yorkshire Farm’, has become Yorkshire’s most loved show. The Channel 5 hit that shares the lives of Amanda, Clive and their nine children run a working farm in the Yorkshire Dales – which is on its 5th series. The tale of how Amanda came to be a Shepherd is an interesting one, that’s for sure.
Whilst on Channel 4’s popular daytime show Steph’s Packed Lunch, The Yorkshire Shepherdess explained how she was inspired to become a farmer after reading James Herriot’s books as a child.
When speaking to Steph she said, “It was reading the James Herriot books which first set me off on this idea that I wanted to be a shepherd.” The popular veterinary surgeon and author have become the centre of the Channel 5 series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.
It’s not just Amanda that has been inspired by James’ life, as thousands tuned in to the Channel 5 show – which is currently filming its second series.
Amanda talked about her strange fate as “way down the line, I find myself living at Ravenseat, which actually is a place that James Herriot actually visited.” She said
“So it feels like fate in a way. It feels like I’ve gone full circle and of course here I am, writing my own books as well now and doing TV.”
Reflecting on her career, she asked: “Who’d have thought it? I mean they say the truth is stranger than fiction.”
Amanda and the family have captured the nation’s heart with how they work together as a unit – and show a special and unique way to nurture children – which Amanda loves to share with her followers on Twitter as well as the popular show.
If you’d like to meet Amanda Owen, you can visit the 5 On The Farm festival this August Bank Holiday. You can also meet other Channel 5 favourites such as ‘The Yorkshire Vet’s’ Peter Wright and ‘Dog’s Behaving (Very) Badly’ Graeme Hall.