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  • Actors: Michael Wood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045UBFO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A new 6 part BBC series: Michael Wood's Story of England. Michael tells the story of one community through the whole of English history. Using documents, landscape, buildings, science and archaeology, and with the help of the villagers themselves, he explores the lives of the ordinary people against the backdrop of national events across more than a thousand years.

Moving between the national and the local narratives, Michael sets the lives of the ordinary people in the context of great events: from the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest to the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars. Today’s villagers uncover archaeological evidence to fill in the unknown history of the village before 1066, charting the coming of Romans Anglo-Saxons and Vikings into the village; they help dig into local and national archives, and reconstruct a Victorian village concert; and we go with them on a school trip to World War One battlefields.

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133 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2010
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This high quality six-part BBC series is world away from the average modern history `infotainment' programme. Historian Michael Wood, more normally seen in some exotic foreign location, brings enthusiasm and expertise to the subject and makes several thousand years of past events accessible to a wide audience.
This series is involving and informative, but it's not dumbed down or endlessly repetitive. There's no running and shouting in false excitement which plagues some archaeological digs, no tedious/preposterous dramatic reconstructions. Just plenty of info and insight, examined and shared by a congenial, knowledgeable host.

Wood aimed to tell the story of England as seen from the perspective of the common man, not simply the usual list of kings and queens and dates, which can feel sterile and separate from the reality of actual life. He chose Kibworth in Leciestershire because it is so well represented in various written archives: by fluke, a collection of three hamlets happen to be recorded in all manner of old documents giving a unique insight into the life and times of families 500 and more years ago. The paperwork was kept safe in an Oxford College archive, stashed within the library's stone walls where fire couldn't threaten this collection of revealing details about daily life.
Kibworth is also geographically slap-bang in the middle of the country, and was thus affected by almost every major turning point in British history, be it invaders from the south, east or north, or plague and pestilence. In many ways Kibworth could be `any village', and it serves extremely well to represent the typical development of English society over two millennium and more.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2010
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We are all familiar with the superb historical BBC productions put together by Mr Wood , and this i believe is his ninth BBC production , and amazingly all his research concentrates on a single small Leciestershire village.

The research undertaken obviously with a great deal of assistance from his production crew was simply staggering and all the information was factually accurate taken mostly from archival documentation located at various Oxford colleges as well as the Leicestershire archive services.

To be able to compile each episode concentrating on one defining point in England's long history and then bring together totally accurate documentation to make the past spring to life is impressive, but what is most remarkable is that Michael makes each episode compelling viewing for both qualified academic and layperson who has little or no knowledge of local history, that is the work of a true master of his craft.

Combining together the past two thousand years of history of one little village in the heart of England and not for one instance throughout the entire production throw in a piece of evidence or hearsay that cannot be backed up by solid historical fact is testimony to Michael's brilliance as a historian.

Ive enjoyed all his productions for the past thirty and more years but this "Story of England" has left me spellbound with its sheer quality of research and narrative.

It was obvious why he chose Kibworth simply because the historical documentation and architectural background available for this small community is amongst the most complete in the whole of England , with documentation going back to the late 13C and almost every century afterwards.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Bentley on 8 Jan. 2011
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A wonderful series, especially for the layperson. I like history but don't really have that much knowledge. Michael Wood manages to instill his usual enthusiasm and give a detailed, gripping account of England basing most of his findings on the records of a small town in the Midlands. I couldn't recommend this highly enough. Good for viewing after viewing after viewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lonely mountain on 15 Jan. 2012
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Never ever disappointed by Michael Wood....Wondrous watching the life of Kibworth villages over the ages.Full of anecdotes, rivetting to watch the villagers of now discovering their historic past.....Loved the "Time Team" pit digging too!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Dudgeon on 15 Nov. 2012
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I've just finished watching this wonderful series. It exemplifies all I so admire about the English. There was a tear in my eye at the end. Kudos to Michael Wood and his team for being superb storytellers. And Hurrah! to the people of Kibworth for being the wonderful people you are.

I've been telling frienda about this ingenious series that chronicles a history of England by looking at one village. THat last part always generates an "ahh" from those I tell. I certainly hope that one day I can visit Kibworth, to express my admiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aanel Victoria on 30 July 2012
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This is a fascinating and superb series that very colorfully and entertainingly studies the entire history of England, from pre-Roman times to the 1950s, via the village(s) of Kibworth in the county of Leicestershire. Through various means -- archeological, documents, topographical studies, and local and oral history -- we find out the true story of real and ordinary people. History comes vividly alive in a way that the endless successive repetition of wars, monarchs, and squabbling aristocrats can never do.

We are never patronized or asked to indulge in glorious fantasies here. History is told via the words of the people themselves -- through, for instance the amazingly in-depth documents and scholarship that have been preserved throughout the centuries in this uniquely placed village. As it turns out, there's a lot more here than even remotely meets the eye. We get a much fuller and more comprehensive and understandable history of this England than I ever would have though possible.

The series is gloriously and beautifully filmed and scored, and Michael Wood is an unfailingly charming, engaging, charismatic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable presenter.

I promise you will learn much more than you ever thought you didn't know about English history. If, for instance, you are a fan of the films of Michael Wood's other programs (e.g., The Story of India), or Simon Schama, or Ken Burns, you are sure to love this series.

(The only thing disappointing about this series is the subtitles -- or rather lack thereof. I don't at all recommend it for the deaf or hearing impaired because the subtitles are so ridiculously incorrect and botched up as to be worse than useless.)
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