The Victorians 2009

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Jeremy Paxman examines the Victorian era and takes a look at paintings from that time. He explores what life would have been like during those days and how the paintings of that era did not truly depict the poverty and fears that many people faced.

Starring:
Jeremy Paxman
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Product Details

Discs
  • Victorians, The - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Victorians, The - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 40 minutes
Starring Jeremy Paxman
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 15 June 2009
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Søren Bertelsen on 3 Dec. 2009
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Jeremy Paxman has in my opinion succeeded in giving a good overall insight in the Victorian Age in this BBC-series. He describes how in the beginning of the 19th Century the industrial revolution created terrible living conditions in the new industrial towns that grew up all over the country. Later, and this is an interesting perspective, people really tried to do something about these problems. A lot of money was put into town planning and architecture. He also gives a convincing, logical explanation for the double standards regarding sex and morality of the Nineteenth Century. If I should mention anything I miss, then it is an explanation of how English discipline and class-thinking evolved. Here I am thinking of discipline in schools, the way the Victorians used to bring op their children, treatment of servants and staff etc. As a Dane, who has done his primary school education in English schools, this is something you experience and connect with the Victorian Age. Has it got something to do with the Empire, or could there be other explanations? The Victorians [DVD] [2009]
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sue Gib. on 9 Feb. 2011
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This is an excellent 2 disc series on the Victorians,
covering the Famous Painters of the day, including
an interpretation of their Paintings in the Victorian Age.
Victorian Living conditions are well exposed, both the poor
and the rich. Occupations, and of course Victorian hypocrisy
which was rife among the well to do.

Jeremy Paxman covers it all in an easy going manner which makes it
both informative and interesting for all.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Eve Booy on 20 Dec. 2009
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This is a Dvd based upon a book by a grand amateur designed for intelligent amateurs. As such the viewer is spared much artistic talk of the most irritating kind. We see here the works of the Pre-raphaelites and the grand panoramas of Frith. Paxman deals well with many genre paintings. Richard Redgrave's "The Governess" is moving if not fashionable. Some of the genre paintings are trite although the level of skill is invariably impressive. The Victorian Age was a strange mixture of progress, sentamentality and energy. Paxman's work illustrates this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pru on 9 May 2011
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If, like me, you enjoy both looking at paintings (Victorian, in particular) and are interested in history, then this is ace. Paxman does it just right, so that you feel he takes you right to the heart of Victorian Britain. I plan to use this with my very unmotivated year 9 students. If nothing else, I will enjoy it while they groan away with the routine word, "Boring!" Hey, Jeremy, what about producing a Doctor Who style time-machine next: see if they'd be moved by that!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Bradburn on 5 May 2010
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I bought this DVD after reading the associated book. Jeremy Paxman's narrative brought the paintings alive showing how social history was recorded in paint if only you know how to 'read' the images. Some of these paintings would no longer be considered 'fashionable' but their beauty cannot be denied. The depictions of the poorer classes and the treatment of women were particularly powerful. An excellent DVD and a must for anyone interested in art, art history or even just history.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon-Kunde on 29 Jun. 2010
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The good part in this series is the introduction to painters and their body of work who are not known to me as Turner, Madox Brown etc. I will look them up; and Dore`s London will land on my wishing list for sure.
Now watching the third episode the constant use of heroic, lively or sad music in the background starts to annoy so much that I am not sure that I want to watch to the end. Mr. Paxman has a very nice voice and should have enough to say - even as an amateur - not to rely on music as a conductor for the viewer emotions. "should have enough to say" is by the way not the case. Mr. Paxman does not say much, he barely scratches the surface of "The Victorians" and aside from some nice anecdotes has less to say about their "age" than my old school books. And didn't we learn in school that adjectives should be sparsely used? His interviewing technique is a further point of critique. He is visiting some interesting people who could tell much more about their field of expertise than they are allowed to and sometimes even prevented by Mr. Paxman. Others reviewers talk of his wit, for me he talks and behaves smug. A chance and nice idea wasted - too bad.
Postscriptum: The fourth episode is by far the best. It raises my rating of yesterday by one star. The topics are more fully explored than in the first three episodes. The background music is less annoying. Mr. Paxman has indeed a nice voice to be heard here more often. Since all episodes had different producers only the one for this episode seems to know his/her job.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K.Keane on 23 July 2009
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I bought this for my Father, his favourite past time is art and art history. He really enjoyed this. The delivery and narrative was excellent. A must for anyone who loves art.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By King Eric on 12 July 2010
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I rarely give 5 stars in reviews but this DVD was close. This is fantastic series fronted by Mr Paxman and if you have any interest in Victorian art i cannot recommend this highly enough and at this great price. Loved it.
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