National Trust videos on DVD and VHS have always disappointed me. Their pedestrian approach, poor replication quality and packaging have always, in my opinion, failed to do justice to the incredible properties managed by the National Trust and the history they embody. What a joy then, is this series! Shot in high definition within the last couple of years and breathtaking in quality and content. I hugely recommend the whole series to heritage fans.
This episode features a lovely house in central Hampshire, The Vyne. The house has a chequered history, and has almost been lost several times, but there it stands absolutely resplendent, in some of the most lovely Hampshire countryside and containing eye-popping heritage beauties inside. The story of its survival is no less remarkable than the house itself.
As this DVD (Narrated with authority and clarity, as is all this series, by Nigel Havers) beautifully shows, it's a wonderful place steeped in the turbulent history of England. Very worrying to see, in one of the aerial shots of the house and grounds, the ever-expanding perimiter of nearby Basingstoke.
The DVD features comprehensive views of the property and grounds from inside and out (including those aerial shots), a history of the house and its owners. Interviews with National Trust experts and - very importantly - with those who know it best, the NT staff who are the house's current managers.
Simply wonderful, heritage video doesn't get any better than this. This is one of a series of ten DVDs. If you're a heritage fan, be sure to see them all.