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The Village - Series 1 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ John Simm
54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but grim, 14 Aug 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed The Village. The acting was top notch, the period setting well researched and executed, storylines authentic, the production values slick. The idea, I believe, is to chart the history of an unnamed village through the whole of the twentieth century through the eyes of one of its inhabitants - an epic undertaking which, I hope, runs its course.

The first series is set during the period 1913 - 1920, the same time period as Downton Abbey. Be warned though, for those of you expecting another pretty, well made, soap opera love fest between the classes in a period setting, The Village is as far removed from that as possible. This series is about harsh reality and… Read more
The Queen [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Steven Mackintosh
The Queen [DVD] DVD ~ Steven Mackintosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff, 14 Aug 2013
I am not a great fan of monarchy, but I have to admit that I admire Elizabeth II, and also feel a little sorry for her. I don't view being an heir to the throne of any country, or its monarch (especially if one is a constitutional monarch and a figurehead), as anything romantic or desirable - rather, I think it is a chore and a duty which you have to do and which don't have much say in. So to that extent, I think it is quite admirable for anyone to spend their whole lives in a job they didn't choose, where everything they say or do is judged by millions of people, and where they have no real freedom to let their hair down or have a glass of wine too many or openly discuss their points of… Read more
North and South [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Rosalie Shanks
North and South [DVD] DVD ~ Rosalie Shanks
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The four stars I have given this DVD is on a purely stand-alone basis. If you compare this with the brilliant 2004 version starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe (one of my favourites), it comes across as a poor country cousin, but considered in isolation, it holds its ground quite well. I will admit that one of the main reasons I was curious to watch this was because of the 2004 version, to see how the earlier version had been interpreted, but quickly realized that, were I to start comparing the two, I would not be able to do the older version justice.

Allowances must be made for the decade in which it was made - there are virtually no outdoor settings, and the sets… Read more