A Deathly Calm
Episode 11
Owl warning the animals that the cabbages are poisoned
Episode Information
Series 1
Episode No. 11
UK Airdate 17 March 1993
Written by Valerie Georgeson
Episode Chronology
Preceded by Between Two Evils
Succeeded by Pandemonium

A Deathly Calm is the eleventh episode of the first series of The Animals of Farthing Wood. It was originally broadcast in the UK on 17 March 1993.


The animals are walking through a cabbage field. Fox believes the area is too exposed and urges the animals to move quickly until they find a safe place to rest. Mrs Rabbit is about to bite into a cabbage, but Fox stops her, saying he doesn't like the way they smell. Owl explains that she has seen drums of poison near the farmer's house and warns the animals that everything around them is probably deadly.

The animals rest in an orchard and Fox decides to go scavenging for food in a nearby town. He, Vixen, Whistler and Owl head to the town that evening and find fish and vegetables, which Whistler carries back to the other animals. As Fox and Vixen continue to scavenge, two large dogs see them and chase after them. The two foxes split and the dogs follow Fox, who loses them by running across a railway line just in front of a passing train. Vixen returns to the other animals but is very worried to learn that Fox is not back yet.

Morning arrives and the animals attempt to leave the poisoned land, but they come across two large tractors spraying poison and don't know what to do. Fox arrives and tells the animals they must go back the way they came to avoid the machines. Hare and Weasel disagree but Fox convinces them to head back to the orchard. Rabbit gets sprayed by one of the machines and is convinced he will die, but he survives. Toad tells the animals that White Deer Park is just the other side of the town and Fox decides that they must go through the town on the next stage of their journey.


Series and Episodes
Series 1 (1993) • Series 2 (1994) • Series 3 (1995)
Series 1 episodes (1993)
The Wood in DangerThe Journey BeginsThrough Fire and Through WaterFalse HavenSnare for the UnwaryWho Shall Wear the Crown?New Friends, Old EnemiesFriends in NeedWhistler's QuarryBetween Two EvilsA Deathly CalmPandemoniumSo near and yet so far...
Series 2 episodes (1994)
A Heroes' WelcomeWinterSurvivalNew EnemiesA Joke BackfiresHome Is Where the Heart IsThe Feud BeginsLike Father, Like SonNarrow EscapesShadowsA Time of ReckoningBlood Is Thicker Than WaterReconciliation
Series 3 episodes (1995)
Comings and GoingsOut and AboutWater, WaterThe Missing Fox's FriendTiffs and TempersAdventure for the BirdsThe Long-Tailed VisitorScared Silly by SnakesA Bigger OinkThe Mole GameThe Worst Kind of HurricaneHomeward BoundBully-Bully-Bully