Adrian Bell

Agricultural content consultant for film, TV, radio and stage

Profile

Agricultural content consultant and storyline adviser for farming content across film, TV, radio and theatre

Bring Adrian Bell into your production and be confident about its accurate portrayal of agriculture and farming.

From period drama to contemporary storylines, for film, radio, television or theatre, Adrian’s research and consultancy services bring a rich vein of agricultural authenticity to any production.

Focusing on detail and context, Adrian brings energy and enthusiasm to every advisory, from a single scene to an entire storyline. 

Available as an agricultural storyline adviser for any stage from pre-production to filming, he offers a range of consultancy services to film-makers and production companies on a one-off, retained or long-term basis.

agricultural content consultant
Bringing farming scenes to life, with precision and accuracy

Background

Agriculture’s in Adrian’s blood – he lives and breathes it. It’s earned him a living for more than 20 years, including eight years running an award-winning Cotswold farm.

He’s a member of the British Agricultural History Society, a past chairman of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists, and for five years was an elected member of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, helping to administer England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As a freelance agricultural journalist, his work has appeared in Farmers Weekly, Farmers Guardian and other British publications.

He has worked as an agricultural content consultant since 2014.

Reading University

B.Sc (Hons) Rural Resource Management

1993 - 1996

Royal Agricultural College

M.Sc. Rural Estate Management


1996 - 1997

Agricultural Communications

In-house, agency and freelance agricultural journalist
1998 - present

Farming on film? Adrian Bell can help your production

For any screen, stage or radio depiction of United Kingdom agriculture, farming and rural life

Stage and Theatre

Television

Film

Radio

Services

Detailed agricultural narratives, backgrounds and outlines. Character descriptions, biographies. Adrian finds valid ways to say yes to the “Can we..?” questions.

Fully researched agricultural backgrounds and contexts – whether you’re after medieval turnips or 21st century agri-tech.

Face-to-face briefings with the director, producer or other members of the production team. Or ask Adrian to provide a bible with an agricultural tone.

Ask Adrian to guide and advise writers, designers, production teams, etc, and avoid anachronisms – such as the wrong crop (it’s not going to be grown for another hundred years), the wrong tractor (five years too early) or the wrong procedures (not like THAT!).

Scenes, plots and storylines with agricultural elements? Do any of your characters need to demonstrate agricultural knowledge, or reel off jargon convincingly? Adrian can provide a ‘script doctor’ service to ensure those lines and plots read agriculturally true.

Ask your location managers to work with Adrian to identify appropriate filming locations throughout the UK, and correct settings for key scenes or plot devices. Adrian can also advise on livestock, fixtures and equipment – and where to source them. He’ll check for anachronisms – and find a way to fix them.

Evoke the necessary feel and appearance with advice on appropriate props, tools, buildings, livestock, equipment, etc – period, geography, demography, seasonality. Use Adrian to get your cast talking about farming like they live and breathe it. 

Adrian’s service focuses on the provision of advice, research and insight. But he can also help you identify and source crucial necessities – like livestock, tractors, and other vital equipment – all matched to location, storyline and period.

Need an on-site briefing for a director, HOD, cast or extras? Let Adrian know what you need and where you need it.

Want to check some facts before building them into a script? Got an advertising concept that involves farming, but need to be sure before pitching it to a client? Something else about filming farming that’s not covered here? 

Let Adrian know, with a call or email. He’s happy to discuss initial ideas and concepts with creative agencies, advertising agencies, location scouts, TV commercial production teams and anyone else who needs to combine film and farming. If he can’t provide it himself, he almost certainly knows someone who can.

Portfolio

Cider with Rosie - agricultural content consultancy

Cider with Rosie

The BBC remake of the classic Laurie Lee novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ was extremely well received by critics and audiences alike. Filmed on location in Gloucestershire, close to Laurie Lee’s birthplace and former home of Slad, the haymaking scenes were scoped and filmed with advice and guidance from Adrian.

Close to the Enemy

Little Island Productions approached Adrian seeking accuracy for a crucial scene from this Second World War thriller. Adrian's agricultural storyline advice was sought for a scene in which the characters needed to hide within a standing crop. Short-strawed modern wheat would not have afforded sufficient cover - so we switched to maize, and Adrian provided the necessary research to justify its contemporaneity. As subsequent correspondence in 'The Spectator' proved, audiences are observant and critical. Adrian was happy to point out his advice was watertight!

Can I help you with your next project?

For a no-obligation discussion to see how Adrian can help you, pick up the phone and call: +44 (0)7976 866808. Or e-mail him: adrian@adrianbell.com

Based in rural Wiltshire, he’s in the heart of England. He can travel throughout the UK to advise and work with clients.

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