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Sugar Free Farm

  • Episode: 

    2 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 02 Feb 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 05 2016 : Sat 30 Jan - Fri 05 Feb
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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.
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.   
As the six celebrities get ready for their fourth day on the farm, it seems some of them are starting to feel the benefits of a sugar-free life, with Jane saying: “Yesterday was a really black day for me, I felt shocking, but I woke up this morning having a really good night’s sleep and I felt totally different.”
Out on the farm, mum-of-three Jennifer is still struggling with the harsh lessons of the farmyard as her and Rory are tasked with separating the farm’s ewes from their lambs ready for slaughter: “I’d rather just leave them there with their mums to be honest.”
But adds: “That’s how we get lamb. You can’t really say much when you eat meat.”
After a morning of hard work, lunch is a nutrient-rich vegetable stew prepared by Arg and Tupele, which doesn’t go down well with Mark: “Where’s the meat? I can smell a wind-up a mile off. Where’s the meat?” Jane is equally unimpressed, declaring: “Lunch was a disaster.”
An offended Arg says: “Even if I hated it I would have at least shown a bit of appreciation. What’s the point in us slaving our guts out in the kitchen for them just to stick their noses up to it?”
As the afternoon shift starts, and having refused to eat lunch, it’s eight hours since Jane and Mark last ate and they are starting to feel the effects, with Mark saying: “I didn’t sign up for vegetarian farm…I put my diet down as basically meat, bread and potatoes, and so far I’m only allowed one out of those three, and it looks like it’s getting cut down to zero.”
Hoping to have more success with dinner, Arg prepares lamb moussaka: “This is pretty much all my own creation, I’ve worked hard here…I know they’re starving. They weren’t happy with lunch so fingers crossed this will be the winner.”
With the six celebrities tucking into Arg’s moussaka, Jennifer questions the practicalities of a sugar-free life: “Seriously, are we able to keep this up in a modern day world? Because my daily routine is getting up at seven o’clock, getting three boys ready, getting them to school, working all day, so when I get in at nine o’clock at night I haven’t got time to make all of this stuff.”
Nutritionist Angelique Panagos responds: “I totally get that, I understand that, and that’s what I want to show you here with the recipes…It’s all about just finding that moment where you can plan ahead.”
Jennifer adds: “Well, the solution is go back to eating sugar, which I don’t really want to do, or I make more time. Sugar’s not my friend, sugar’s my enemy, I want to boot it up the backside.”
As the celebrity farmhands approach the halfway point of their time on the farm, Jane reflects: “Sugar’s a very addictive substance. Somebody should be arrested for this actually, that have been introducing all this poison into our system for so many flipping years."
Also tonight, the famous faces pay a visit to the local village fete, where one of the celebrities takes home a prize with their sugar-free cake, Arg turns up 20-minutes late for his shift with Jane and soon retreats to the car, prompting Jane to say, “It doesn’t surprise me. If he doesn’t like anything he just doesn’t do it,” and Mark, still refusing to see the health benefits of going sugar-free, has an MRI scan, where he discovers the price of his life-long love affair with the sweet stuff.