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Sugar Free Farm

  • Episode: 

    1 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 26 Jan 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2016 : Sat 23 Jan - Fri 29 Jan
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Sugar Free Farm
“This is going to be difficult for me to keep up because life’s too short not to have a scone.” Jane McDonald
Going cold turkey from sugar can be seriously tough and Sugar Free Farm sets out to put this to the test. Six famous faces undergo a dietary experiment: living entirely without sugar for two weeks. Turning their backs on the modern food industry, they live and work on a country farm in return for their share of healthy, wholesome food. Breaking their addiction to sugar will push their bodies to the limits.
Embarking on the radical regime are musical theatre star Jane McDonald, comedian Rory McGrath, quiz mastermind and Chaser Mark Labbett, actress Tupele Dorgu, TOWIE’s James ‘Arg’ Argent and dancer Jennifer Ellison.
On entering Sugar Free farm, former West End actress and mum-of-three Jennifer says: “I’ve really neglected myself, I don’t look after myself at all. Throughout the day I’m constantly grabbing a chocolate bar or a can of fizzy drink, hence why I’m so fat.”
Reality star Arg adds: “This isn’t a diet we’re used to so it’s going to be tough.”
Living in a farm worker’s cottage on Laverstoke Park Farm, set deep in the Hampshire countryside, over the course of the two weeks the celebrities’ roles are split and rotated with four of them working on the farm during the day and two tasked with preparing and cooking the sugar-free meals.   
On hand to keep the celebrities on the sugar-free wagon is nutritionist Angelique Panagos, who warns: “There’s not going to be one grain of sugar for the two weeks on the farm. They’ll be learning about what foods to eat so when they leave the farm they’ll have new tools.”
With fruit and alcohol on the forbidden list, can life ever be sweet again for our six celebrity guinea pigs?
As the workers get stuck into their new lives on the farm, where they are tasked with milking water buffalo, rounding up pigs and poultry and fertilizing the crops, amongst other duties, the dramas soon begin: Arg has an expensive accident, one of the group breaks down as they struggle to come to terms with the harsh realities of farm life and the celebrities’ bodies begin to react to a life without sugar, with varied results.
And an afternoon in the vegetable garden sees medics called as Jennifer and Jane take a turn for the worse as the sugar-free detox takes hold, with Jennifer saying: "It’s just hit me like a train."
Jane adds: “When I arrived here I was glowing…I’ve looked in the mirror today and that’s the first time I’ve thought, ‘I look old today.’”
Arg sums up the situation: “We’ve got two weeks to go and there’s some broken people here already.”
At the end of the third day, and with 11 still to go, morale is plummeting and tempers are fraying, prompting nutritionist Angelique to intervene: "We’ve just got to get through this part and get to this promised-land that I keep talking about."
In a bid to cheer themselves up after three days of hard labour, the celebrities head to the local pub, but will the lure of sugar-laden alcohol and bar snacks prove too strong?