Fans of the first two seasons of Land Girls will find this third season worth taking in. Watching it without having seen the first two will not be nearly as pleasurable as earlier story lines are picked up without much or any enlightenment to benefit new viewers.
The Land Girls crew has shrunk with Annie and Bea having left, replaced by only one newcomer, a slim naive redhead Iris. Joyce and Connie return in major roles. Major continuations from season two are Esther's pregnancy from her coerced despicable liaison with Vernon; Connie's continuing up-and-down relationship with Minister Henry; and Joyce's ignorance and expectations about her husband's survival from combat in France. Farmer Finch, along with his son Martin, is up to his usual opportunistic trickeries but he also shows heart for Esther's predicament. As well as advancing these plot lines, new highly dramatic ones are introduced. The end of the last episode leaves the door open for a fourth season, involving Lady Hoxley and Dr Channing's relationship and her continuing suspicion about him possible spying for the Germans.
This season's episodes have less to do with farm work and war threats than the previous seasons. So Land Girls has become less a period war drama than a modern soap production with loose WWII relevance. But, ironically, it does leave more room for excellent character development, including heightened conflict and animosity (leading to murder), criminality, subversion and deceptions. It has more sustained interpersonal suspense from episode to episode than previous seasons. Seline Hizli, who plays coquettish Connie, and David Schofield, playing the heartless and brutal Vernon, are arguably the most memorable actors. Well done.