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  • Actors: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
  • Directors: Andrew Palmer, Garry John Hughes, Zam Baring
  • Producers: The River Cottage Collection - 6-DVD Box Set ( Escape to River Cottage , Return to River Cottage , R, The River Cottage Collection - 6-DVD Box Set, Escape to River Cottage
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 538 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGL9YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Entire series 1-3 of the Channel 4 series following broadcaster and food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as he leaves the city to live in a smallholding in the Dorset countryside and tries to become self-sufficient. Series are 'Escape to River Cottage', 'Return to River Cottage' and 'River Cottage Forever'.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
If you don't get on with the latest incarnation of H F-W, these earlier series may be the antidote. Over the course of three years you watch him grow his own vegetables, raise livestock and integrate himself into the local community. Of course some of this is probably set up to make good TV but it's still appealing. He shows his skill at the traditional pastimes of huntin', shootin' and fishin', but leavens that with a willingness to learn and take part. As he gets involved with things from farmers markets, to cider circles to mouse whisperers, he relates his tale with wit and charm.

For your money you get three double DVD boxes:
- River Cottage Forever: 6 episodes + the Christmas special + goose recipes + a H F-W Bio;
- Return to River Cottage: 6 episodes + Q&A (from a conference) + outtakes + (the same) H F-W Bio; and
- River Cottage Forever: 8 episodes + a made-for-DVD Q&A + a H F-W Bio (again).

For me, the extras, other than the Christmas special, were a little dull (although the made-for-DVD Q&A is around 30 mins long and may appeal to aficionados) but they aren't the reason to buy this box set. This box set is about watching one man live the dream of giving up the city, moving to the country and trying to become self sufficient. And, as such, it's inspiring for those who daydream about doing the same.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Cowderoy on 7 April 2008
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This series is amazing, I first watched an episode of River Cottage on Sky, was at home with a friend zapping through numerous channels and landed on this, my friend insisted it was a brilliant TV show and we should watch the episode.

My friend is not into cooking that much so it got me interested!

Anyhow the stories, the recipes and the adventure got me hooked, i had to buy them.

I have watched the two first seasons and i love it, kind of makes me dream of a house in the coutryside, although i guess a lot of aspects of self-sufficiency are not covered he looks at the food side of things with a lot of attention.

The only negative i have about his show is that he uses railway sleepers in his vegetable garden, most of those are full of chemicals and really should not be used for that purpose!

Anyway I highly recommend this DVD Boxset, watch it, love it and live it! :-)
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A. Symes on 4 Mar. 2008
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Whether you wish to call Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall a journalist, cook, smallholder, entrepreneur of story teller, after viewing the River Cottage Box Set one could argue that he trancends every one of these traits in one way or another throughout the three volumes.

Fearnley-Whittingstall takes you through a journey, starting at the beginning where he purchases his first two pigs, some chickens and plots out his vegtable garden, to the end of his experiment at down sizing where the series ends with Hugh posessing a thriving polytunnel, pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens and numerous amusing tales of his journey from being a 'city downsizer' to an established 'dorset smallholder'.

The 3 series' all include amusing anecdotes about Hugh's relationship wih his animals to even the smallest critters such as mice and slugs. It also provides great information about animal walfare and cooking (with some great recipies included) and conveys a great sense of nostalgia and takes one back to the 'Great Britain' era where food was sourced locally and there was a great sense of community.

After viewing the River Cottage Box Set it would be naive to assume that Hugh's smallholding operated soley down to his quaint bartering technique but it does provide an intrinsically warming and a humerous approach to the idyllic, country life and asks questions of the quality of food the general public consume. Overall this Box Set comes highly recommended, is well worth the money and highly compulsive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie.W on 14 Sept. 2009
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This box set covers the first three years of Hughs life at river cottage. Since watching them, over and over, I have got my self an allotment and intend on getting livestock as soon as possible. The reason that I fell in love with these series is the fact that he doesn't get everything right all of the time. He has bad days and even some rather large disasters. But he keeps on smiling and always seems to find a solution that has him coming out laughing.

Even if you do not intend to have your own small holding you will become instantly drawn into the lifestyle he has chosen and find yourself laughing along with him and the extremely friendly people he meets along the way. Also I purchased the cook book which accompanies the series, "The River Cottage Cook Book", and have found it invaluable.

The only down side is that, having watched blu ray, the picture quality seems a little poor. But if i hadn't mentioned it i doubt you would have noticed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on 27 Jun. 2014
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I remembered watching these years ago and loved it so obviously wanted to get these and they are brilliant... Love watching how he started off and where he is now, excellent...
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We live abroad and have seen the odd program by Hugh when visiting the UK. We both enjoyed these TV series' and have tried out a few of the recipies. My wife is even inspired to try keeping hens....
The series runs over several years and shows Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall moving out of London to rural Dorset and running a smallholding. Lots of non-sentimental talk about animal husbandry, game shooting, fishing and growing vegatables and some magnificent dinners.
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