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Coal House [DVD] [2008]

Nerys Howell , Terry Walton    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Nerys Howell, Terry Walton, Chris Williams
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VEDF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This living history series transports three families back to the south of Wales coalfield of the 1920s. The families swap their modern luxuries for the harsh reality of daily life of a coalmining family, living in coalminers' cottages without heating, running water, washing machines, TV and computers, and of course, for the men, there are long days down the mines.

Product Description

This living history series transports three families back to the South Wales coalfields of the 1920s. The families swap their modern luxuries for the harsh reality of daily life as a coalmining family. Living in coalminers' cottages without heating, running water, washing machines, TV and computers, the families experience extreme poverty and the struggle to survive that faced coalminers a year after the General Strike in 1926. For the men and boys over 14 there are long days down the mine working in dire, cramped conditions while the women face the relentless daily grind of household chores and looking after the family.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coal House 12 May 2009
The DVD is the same as the BBC program that was originally shown on BBC Wales and follows the life of a small community of miners and their family - people from modern life cast back into the 1920's, living and working as their fathers would have done generations before.
The program follows an easy line to begin with then throws in some interesting twists such as a lack of work for the miners as genuine illness that effects some of the children during the making of the series.
The program has the effect of drawing you in and making you want to watch more and more of the families lives - almost making me want to live the life myself! I found myself sat for hours and hours every night until I had completed the entire set of DVD's (and I dont watch much TV usually). I know it is a repeat of the broadcast series but I would definately recommend this DVD for not only a mining enthusiast but also anyone that is generally interested in the life and history of the Welsh 1920's.

Looking forward to the next series of the Coal House. Happy customer indeed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coal House DVD 8 April 2009
Excellent DVD- I felt this was one of the more realistic documentaries showing families living as near to possible as 1920's standards. The three families featured are all interesting, and make a massive effort to cope with their situation. They have humour and intelligence.
Looks forward to seeing a DVD produced for the Coal House War years
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coal house 7 Sep 2008
The tv serise was excelent, but missed some parts. Cant wait to see it all on dvd, well worth it an education for some people who would,nt realise how they worked and lived in the 1920s
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual aspect of reality TV 4 Aug 2010
Watching the series after so much reality TV, of so many kinds, I found this interpretation of the 1900 House genre quite fascinating. The families involved all embraced the physical hardships of life in a mining community during the Depression with a mixture of guts and laughter - and the difficulties of earning a living wage or keeping a young family fed and healthy were recreated with biting realism. The reactions of those involved, of all ages, possibly said as much about the quality of life in 2008(when the series was first aired)as it did about the 1920's. Interesting, gritty and, at times, moving.Some interviews with the participants after the experiment was over would have been a good addition. Excellent for schools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coal House 23 April 2009
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My family and I enjoyed this very much. It was entertaining history, very accessible and sometimes really funny! My son who is 14 was eager to watch it, which is saying something for a factually based DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tv series 28 Feb 2014
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that was on bbc.takes 21st century familys they have live as 19th century miners in museum/cottages in blanavon.. great series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Oct 2013
This is DEFINITELY in my top 5 tv shows of all time, along with Coal House at War (the follow-on series that aired a year later in 2008.) Even though I may not be target audience, as a 14 year old from England with no mining heritage, I still found it fascinating and insightful. The show used to have a fabulous webpage on the BBC Wales site that was an excellent accompaniment to the show, so it is a great shame that it has been taken down.

I highly recommend both this series and many others in the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 14 Sep 2013
By Leonora
They had great families participating in this and the information given about life and work at those times was incredibly interesting. What a great idea to turn a museum into a living museum like that.
I certainly hadn't realised quite how unfair life was at that time - for example, taking in a lodger for some extra rent meant paying more rent to the landlord or walking two hours to work to find the mine was shut for the day, etc. Very interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good
Brill, love it, feel like your part of it , again loveley furniture, people bubbly and just,cope,so Well and funny kids,
Published 14 months ago by Marina Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Families
My hat goes off to all three families, who coped with very different issues (illnesses, LOTS of washing, injury) This series is an eye-opener, showing how hard and unfair life was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Online Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Loved this - I found it would really make you appreciate what we have these days! It just brings home how spoiled we are in these days of Social Welfare etc. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Columbia
2.0 out of 5 stars A dumbed down "aren't we lucky nowadays" reality program
I do not understand why there are so many 5 star reviews for this. It had a few good things in it. The ordinary families participating were fantastic. Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by RL
5.0 out of 5 stars how the other half lived
This series is informative and very entertaining. One family in particular is very amusing. If you like the Victorian Farm then this will definitely appeal.
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by VintageLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in the Coal House
This was an excellent production of a dramatised documentary of a section of the history of Wales. It showed how people pulled together in the real hard times of days gone by.
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by MJAY1950
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality
This is the coal house from early 20th century and shows the problems they had in those days and how they pulled through very entertaining
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by C. H. Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful History
Coal House [DVD]
What a wonderful dvd set. I enjoyed this bit of history immensely. Three modern families were selected to live 3 weeks as 1927 families in a small pit... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by Eddie Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This, But Where is the Return for Christmas Episode?
Our family loved this series, and in reading more about it, I find there was a 'return' to Stack House for Christmas. Is that episode available on dvd? If not, it should be! Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Little Dorrit
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