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Town [DVD]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: The Open University/BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006CEIY7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,230 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Between the sprawling city and the isolated village, lie our future homes. Nicholas Crane explores four iconic British towns: Scarborough, a survivor perched on the edge of Yorkshire; Ludlow, on the Welsh border, the quintessential English country town; Perth, the Scottish town that wants to be a city; and Totnes in Devon, birthplace of a new environmental vision for the future.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside the urban box 27 April 2012
Each of the four towns chosen to appear in this short series has its own individual flavour, but in many ways they could be `any town, anywhere'. And that's the point: Nick Crane spends an hour in each place investigating what it's like to live in a self-contained but small urban environment. Town life isn't like city life, and those differences are often overlooked. The result is an entertaining set of programmes: a smattering of history, sociology and architecture.

If you've watched `Coast' then you'll be familiar with Crane's easygoing, chatty style and his eager enthusiasm for physical and human geography. In `Town' he gets the chance to do a little bit of kayaking and clambering, with an occasional helicopter shot thrown in, but most of the filming takes place at street level, among the people who live and work in Ludlow, Totnes, Scarborough and Perth. Crane traces the history and development of each location and its evolution into a modern urban environment, talking to historians, town planners, traders, business leaders, shopkeepers and so on to study the relevant social issues in areas which are frequently overlooked. So a trip to a farmer's market followed by a visit to a new Tesco superstore is used to illustrate themes of community and sustainability. As well as trying the cheese!
On the surface, this series looks and feels quite twee. Ludlow is one of the prettiest towns in England with a castle and listed buildings galore. But although most of the programme accentuates the positive aspects of small town living, it does also tackle the problems of unemployment, lack of facilities, poor housing and strangled future development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative 5 May 2013
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Nicholas Crane provides an interesting account on some of Britain's finest towns. As ever informative and educational one can admire Nick's enthusiasm as a trusty tour guide examining in detail and quest for history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Town Dvd 10 Jan 2014
Dad is a big can of 'Coast' & absolutely loved it! Great buy & highly recommended! Many thanks, go buy it!
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