The Great British Countryside 2012

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Documentary series in which presenter Julia Bradbury and comedian Hugh Dennis visit some of the most remote and beautiful landscapes in Britain. Among the locations visited by the pair, both nature enthusiasts, are: 'Yorkshire', 'The South Downs', 'The Scottish Highlands' and 'Cornwall and Devon'.

Starring:
Hugh Dennis, Julia Bradbury
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  • Feature exempt
Runtime 4 hours 0 minutes
Starring Hugh Dennis, Julia Bradbury
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 7 May 2012
Main languages English

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Biggis on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This review is admittedly based on limited viewing of the series, though I wanted to post a review in response to one of the other ones, by Mr. Tariq Aslam "dherique".

I feel that this reviewer's criticisms are entirely unjustified, as they seem to be based upon a very biased view of what the series SHOULD be about. The series is quite obviously supposed to be an informative and light-hearted guide to the UK countryside for the general viewer - NOT an in-depth analysis of the issues and problems associated with living and working in the countryside.

I get the impression that some rural-dwellers can sometimes have something of an elitist/clan mentality, almost seeming to resent the fact that 'townies' also take an interest in the countryside, though without necessarily having a full understanding or appreciation of the issues and problem faced by those who live there; clearly, however, people who live in towns and cities also have issues and problems, including those that people in the countryside don't have to face.

A huge number of people like to visit the countryside, whether it's for walking, enjoying the wildlife or simply visiting beautiful places, and there is nothing wrong with TV programming that caters for this target audience. This series seems to be very much in the general tradition of 'Countryfile' and 'Coast', and as such it is interesting and informative, while at the same time being light-hearted and entertaining.

In summary, for those with a general interest in the British countryside, this series is well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 July 2012
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I have to sit between the 2 previous reviewers here because having watched this series twice now I find they both make valid points about it. Yes it is a bit chocolate boxy and sometimes comes over as yet another BBC excuse for their presenters to get a few jollies at the license fee payers' expense. Having said that the photography is as stunning as always and there are many interesting factoids that come to light here. I could have done with more on the geological side of things and foregone the hang-gliding but each to their own I suppose. When the Beeb gets it right, like on the recent Volcano-live series, then they get it very right indeed, but sometimes their offerings, although pleasant enough, are worth watching first time round on TV but probably not worth the expense of a DVD purchase. If you missed this on the telly then by all means buy it but if you have already seen it then maybe keep your money in your pocket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 6 Aug. 2014
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Most enjoyable DVD. I particularly enjoyed the geological slant to this documentary and the sense of adventure. When I was younger I would have loved to have jaunted as they did and had the adventure of underground caves etc. Now I can do this from the comfort of my armchair and a cup of tea! The photography was excellent and the scenery, breathtaking. Thank you so much for this. I could watch this DVD again and again and experience the adventure too!
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I use this to cover my GCSE Geography topic on "Rocks, resources and Scenery". It covers how landscapes and features were formed (I fill in some parts when I stop it) and the economic uses of the land - all they need to know for the spec. The camera work is great to show the features and scales of the landscapes the students have to cover for AQA A. Better than I can do with just pictures on a powerpoint!
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Brilliant. So enjoyed this having missed it on tv. Loved the geological slant with the magnificent scenery perfectly presented by Julia and Hugh.
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