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Tales From The Green Valley [DVD]

Peter Sommer    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
Price: 10.50 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Directors: Peter Sommer
  • Producers: David Upshal
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BND09Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 12 parts of the television documentary series, taking five experts, including archaeologists and historians, and setting them the challenge of running a farm as it would have been run 400 years ago. Working without modern tools and machinery, the team have to turn their expert knowledge into practical results.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Alternative Footage, Biographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Travel back through history to a time when King James I ruled the land in this fascinating BBC 2 series... A hidden Welsh border valley provides the ideal setting for a documentative reality-experience as a group of archeology and history experts spend a year immersed in country life as it was 400 years ago, when King James I ruled the land. Each episode will focus on amonth in the life of the farm, following the seasonal tasks that the team endeavour to carry out - from harvesting and building, to the birthing of calves, from salting and smoking meat to sheep shearing and garment making. ...Tales from the Green Valley - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something for everyone... 28 Jan 2006
This superb series deserves to do well on DVD after the shoddy way it was treated by the BBC TV schedulers, particularly (and surprisingly) BBC Wales. There is much to enjoy especially for allotment holders, permaculture enthusiasts and smallholders. Plenty of green-woodworking projects are demonstrated, albeit briefly. Herbal remedies, traditional food preservation, brewing,harvesting and preparing grain crops, growing medlars, clearing land with the aid of animals, cooking with wood fired ovens, charcoal making and traditional uses of charcoal, drystone walling, hedging, an abundance of long forgotten recipes, and best of all, a reminder that it wasn't all hard graft; festivals and fun are well represented. In a world addicted to cheap oil, fast food and shiny gadgets, we could (re)learn a lot from our resourceful ancestors. They managed admirably without fridges, fossil fuels and supermarkets.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars valiant valley 6 Jan 2006
The Tales From The Green Valley was the very best 'past living' venture that I have seen.So Refreshing to see the participants getting stuck in and enjoying every minute regardless of the possible struggles... always drives me nuts when people agree to take part and then spend the whole series whining about the things they 'can't live without'. Everyone was so knowledgeable and interested in all areas of Hill Farm living.As someone who is not generally thrilled by cooking, I thought the recipes and food preparation/storage/cooking was particularly good. The information and detail of all aspects was fascinating, and well presented.The series showed both how hard life was,and how rewarding and the importance of pulling together. It was also beautifully filmed.I would LOVE to have had the opportunity to do what the team did. I was disappointed and suprised that a BBC book was not published to go with series,but the DVD will do nicely.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best TV of 2005 14 Jan 2006
By A Customer
This was a delightful television programme which was a highlight of my week for some time during the autumn. I was so pleased when I discovered a DVD was available, especially as I had missed the first episode. The historians' enthusiasm was infectious and it was facinating to witness the importance of seasons back then and the well evolved farming, cooking and building techniques that were used. My only criticism would be the length of the programmes - it seemed that they could easily have filled an hour rather than a half hour.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable 29 April 2006
By Quirkas
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The best 'reality' series I have seen. No desperate attempts to recreate 21st Century living, no squabbles or ego trips. Just enthusiam for the opportunity to live for a year in the 1640's. I learnt so much that I had always wondered about, how to cook in a bread oven, how to wash clothes, what was grown and eaten and the receipe for wattle and daub. It has previously seemed that people at the time lived squalid, dull, uncomfortable lives this series puts another view. Hugely watchable if only the episodes were an hour long and I am disapointed that there was no accompanying book. Easily watched over and over. Brilliant!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into olden ways 21 April 2007
By Deb
This is nothing like the usual "reality" programmes because the people who undertake this experiment are all professionals who are interested in the field and very knowledgeable about it. Hence, despite some of the undoubted hardships, they are all fully engaged with what they're doing. (No conflict or histrionics!) We see them carry out various tasks throughout the year, from farming to building outbuildings to dry stone walling to cooking to cheesemaking, and in each case those involved commentate knowledgeably on the processes they're undertaking. The series also has a wonderful ambience which it's possible to enjoy in itself, and while it's clear that life then was hard work, I also felt a hankering for those much simpler times! I've never liked "kings and queens" type history, but seeing how real people would have lived many years ago is truly fascinating! Highly recommended!
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Producer/Director 2 Jan 2006
It was a great pleasure and honour making this series for the BBC. Unfortunately the BBC has not created a website to accompany the series, but I have posted a couple of articles I have written about the series for various UK magazines to give some background and further information. If you would like to read about how the series was made etc. you can take a look at [...]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 3 Feb 2009
I only heard of this series after becoming enthralled by the Victorian Farm series produced in Shropshire in 2008. This earlier work is similar in style to "Victorian Farm", and several of the team are the same. The differences between the two periods are make interesting contrast.
The whole family have thoroughly enjoyed both series; including teenage daughters who have previously shown little interest in anything outside our modern comfortable way of life.
I feel it is harsh to critcise the proficiency of the farming practices of the participants. Part of the enjoyment is seeing the adaptations the team have to make and imagining how we would cope without the convenience of modern manufacturing and distribution systems.
Although we have no academic historical expertise, the facts presented seem accurate and authoritative. It has left us all wanting to learn more. Some more facts and statistics relating to the period would have been welcome, as would some feeling of Welshness to complement the location, but it really is hard to find much to criticise. Thoroughly recommended to anyone curious about our rural past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First of the popular history TV shows
If you like Victorian Farm, Tudor Farm etc. then I am sure you will love this. The Tales from the Green Valley sparked a whole genre of similar programmes, but for me this is still... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sootyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan
Another great watch from Ruth and her gang. East watching but learning about history as you go. Can't get enough
Published 4 months ago by poodlegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Gift
I bought this DVD as a birthday present for a friend. I'd seen the TV series and knew that the DVD would be appreciated as a gift.
Published 9 months ago by John S
5.0 out of 5 stars Farming at it's best
Having seen the Victorian, Edwardian and War Time farms, I didn't think that it could be better but... Here it is. How do they do it? It just seems to get better and better. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
Loved the TV series and bought this to watch again many times as have many of my friends and family
Published 10 months ago by A. McNicol
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant
I watch this as a tv series which I loved and brought this dvd as a birthdaytreat for myself and very glad that I did
Published 10 months ago by jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars great
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Published 12 months ago by kevin pieschke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Valley Tales
A friend had lent us their CD. We loved it so much we bought our own copy. We would recommend them to anyone else interested in historical farming.
Published 12 months ago by I. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tale of olden way of Farmin
I am a great admirer of the series Farms and this DVD is no exception. The only drawback is, as mentioned in an earlier review, the nonexistent subtitles.
Published 13 months ago by Nemanja Josipovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in the 17th Century
Highly recommended for all Sealed Knot re-enactors, or lovers of this period of history (1620s)
Superb. Read more
Published 14 months ago by From the Baggage Train.
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