After six days of filming last year and 12 hours of footage, it all comes down to 30 minutes on Saturday night when Wimbledon farmer Brian Hales features on Country Calendar.

For episode two, in this Country Calendar's 50th year of screening, producer Dan Henry, soundman Don Paulen and cameraman Richard Williams, covered everything from the exotic shearing day in Mr Hales' historic woolshed last year, to Khan Coleman and the students from Weber School at Khan's Bush, where 12 years ago he discovered the walking worm, the peripatus. Also filmed was the wetland Mr Hales has developed on his farm, hogget shearing, calf marking, Mr Hales milling macrocarpa and some local history.

"I have no idea as to what content will be presented and am quite nervous about how the whole thing may turn out," Mr Hales said. "It was hard to be constantly wanting to inform the audience, while the purpose of Country Calendar is to entertain. But hopefully there will be a good coverage of those who attended the shearing day, the locals and the Weber School."

Students at Weber School impressed the film crew, with their focus on learning and their behaviour, Mr Hales said.


"On several occasions the film crew remarked how easy the students were to work with and that they were not in any way distracted by the filming.

"I was impressed by the children, too. They were awesome to work with, showed wonderful attention and co-operation and have gained a knowledge of the facets of my environment I am proud to share."

The Country Calendar crew stayed at the Wimbledon Tavern lodge for a week while filming and Dannevirke Suzuki lent them a side-by-side Kymco farm bike to get about on.

Country Calendar's first programme was broadcast on March 6, 50 years ago in 1966 and two weeks ago their 1000th programme went to air.

- You can see Country Calendar at 7pm on Saturday night on TV One.