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Britains Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones [DVD]

Griff Rhys Jones    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Griff Rhys Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TWXOC4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,725 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Popular BBC series in which Griff Rhys Jones retraces the lost routes across Britain that have shaped our landscape and our history. He follows four routes; each one associated with the historic movement of people, trade or commodities and along the way provides his own perspective on contemporary British life. Griff reveals why we once travelled for pleasure, profit and piety. By walking a Welsh pilgrim s route, transporting hay around the Essex coast, recreating a Tudor Royal Progression and droving cattle across Scotland he explores the landscapes and meets the people who inhabit them today, using the here and now as a portal to the past. From the luxury of a Rolls Royce to the more basic surroundings of a barge, from transporting a bus-load of contemporary pilgrims to the perils of moving a cow, he gets to grips with exactly how our ancestors journeyed from place to place - and how they amused themselves en-route. With his unending curiosity and inherent wit, Griff investigates the stories of those who travelled these now forgotten paths and considers the cultural as well as environmental impact they have had on the history of Britain

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent pick 11 Aug 2012
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I can watch twice as much. Griff, make more series!

Seriously, in America we are flooded with stupid, banal television. To escape to something as wonderful as this makes my day any time it is available.

Beautifully shot, informative and jovial. Another great series that my only regret is not picking it up sooner.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Griff Rhys Jones is an old hand this sort of thing. The BBC are old hands at this sort of thing. There is therefore absolutely no reason not to enjoy this series. However the "old-handedness" of the participants is both a strength and a weakness as very often we retreat into aerial shot cliche and we still amazingly find experts on various subjects as if by magic en route. So far so ho hum, but what makes this series worth watching is that as the title suggests it does veer off the beaten track and presents us with some tasty nuggets of information with which I for one was unfamiliar, such as the saucy dance that was one of Queen Elizabeth I's favourite and the fact that highland cattle drovers who were "moved" to America after the clearances made up the bulk of the early cowboys of Western legend. Even the "setups" are well done and very informative making no pretence that they are coincidental. Griff's Plum Duff is particulalrly well received. The general conceit of recreating historical journeys as close as possible to the manner in which they were conducted (eg horseback, walking, thames barge and sedan chair) works well and of course the scenery is spectacular so I recommend this series to anyone wishing to get a peek of historic Britain by taking new journeys on ancient routes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable viewing 17 Aug 2012
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We thoroughly enjoyed Griff's informative yet light-hearted journey. Most entertaining and our friends are queuing to watch the DVD themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 30 Dec 2012
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A fascinating look into some of the old routes travelled by our early ancestors. Griff presents the detail in a light hearted and interesting way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Feb 2014
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Funny, informative, relaxing, really well researched and produced, will be buying other dvds presented by Griff. Would highly recommend this.
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