I have just finished watching this series. I bought this as I have some Reiver names in the family tree, I grew up in the area, and sought a decent historical overview of the Reivers.
It's a rather mixed bag frankly. The good stuff? Many fine shots of the region, wonderfully photographed, enthusiastic presenters, some great little historical stories and interesting re-enactment material, indeed overall a level of professionalism which wouldn't have been possible in the bad old days of Border Television. The problem is, the good material here is just too scant, the overall feeling is that this is too light. If you are looking for a more in-depth look at history, with an unfolding historical narrative in the Starkey or Schama vein (this happened then, these were the people, this is why they were important etc etc), you will be rather disappointed. This was what i wanted - and I didn't get it. The limitations of it being a local television production perhaps.
It is a very scattershot approach. As the series progresses, the history starts to takes a back seat, as we have to endure far too many modern day interviews with leathery locals regarding how they are reflecting their ancestry today. We have five minutes of an amusing anecdote about Kilmont Willie, then 10 minutes visiting some modern day toff talking about how they rennovated their Pele Tower. We also get other rather discursive material such as interviews with ex rugby players, local song writers and the like who somehow reflect the reiver spirit...it begins to degenerate into an extended local TV piece.
It's not terrible..probably worth it for the scenery, but not quite the primer on the Reivers I wanted.