Glorious Devon coastal scenery, a working sheep farm and the wonderful, intelligent dogs make this a gem of a dvd for any fan of the BBC series 'One Man and his Dog'. We meet sheep farmer David and his wife and 3 children on their busy farm and follow a year in their lives.
The dogs are of course the stars of the show - the cleverly matched pairing of Greg and Swift, learner Gail and enthusiastic son of Swift, Ernie demonstrate the superb qualities that Border Collies possess for this difficult, demanding work. In this 90 minute programme we see the sheep being brought to the farm for mating, the resulting lambing season - all hands on deck! - and the moving of the ewes and their lambs back out to the grazing. Sheepdog Swift produces 6 puppies and we see their characters develop with Ernie making escapes from the 'puppy pen' at quite an early age, ensuring his place as one of the litter that will remain on the farm.
The fun and competition of the local show, where David competes in the shepherd and dog events - with his daughter taking part in the junior class - is offset against the hard toil of shearing, before the year draws to a close.
Bonus footage, 3 years later, has David explaining the semi-retirement of Greg - and his annoyance at being left behind when the others go to work. Gail is not as confident as she should be, but David is patient and she makes progress. We see the children again just briefly with their various pets.
With narration by Christopher Timothy, this is a dvd which will be enjoyed over and over again and which shows the hard work of the British sheep farmer, as well as their skill, in all weathers.
The 'background music' is sometimes a little intrusive and the sound quality varies - particularly when filming in a Force 10 gale, but that is to be expected and does not detract from a film which is a delight.