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5.0 out of 5 stars No Cheap Hotels or Fish and Chips on this trip to Spain!, 9 Dec. 2014
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Out Of Town - With Jack Hargreaves: Volume 7 [DVD] (DVD)
I loved watching Jack Hargreaves on TV many years ago, when he presented from that atmospheric shed in his garden in the New Forest. It evoked another era, and you could almost smell the country in the air as you watched. Jack's films have become even more valuable with the passage of time and they are a priceless glimpse into a rural past that has been lost. His memory went back a long way and he had a genuine love of all country matters which comes through strongly in all these episodes. They are all equally watchable if you are interested in old country ways. Jack Hargreaves commentary is wonderfully natural and idiosyncratic, which matches the films that perfectly. The talented Stan Brehaut’s camera work has captured a countryside that has now all but vanished. Jack’s enthusiasm for his subject matter and his wealth of country knowledge is obvious! Most importantly for us is that he wanted to pass that on. These films are his wonderful legacy to us.

This one contains the following: Episode 19 Stour River. This is an informative guide to the natural history of a river. Jack also gives us his mothers Yorkshire farmhouse recipe for liver onions. Yummy! Episode 20 Hacienda/Bullfight. Jack visits Spain, but this is not the Spain of cheap hotels and fish and chips! He voices his disapproval of bullfighting, and it should be noted that there are no scenes of animal cruelty. Episode 21 House Building/Trout and Grayling. Jack shows us ancient building methods in the New Forest and fishes on the hallowed waters of the river Test for Grayling. The episodes are all a delight. I particularly enjoyed watching him fish for Grayling, which reminded me of youthful days pursuing that most beautiful of fish on the Kennet. The analogy he uses to explain the perceived gaming differences between trout, grayling and coarse fish is not one that could be used today! The trip to Spain seemed to pay homage to the magnificent series theme music ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’ by the great Spanish composer/guitarist Francisco Tarrega. Now is a good time to buy these films! They have dropped in price considerably from when they were first released, and can be picked up for a bargain price at the time of this review if you are prepared to buy used DVD's as I do. No regrets there! That price could change as they become more scarce! I am currently working my way through the whole series and am simply devouring them. After that there are the lost episodes to look forward to. Best enjoyed with a pint of strong bottle conditioned beer in front of a wood burner on those long winter nights! A purely personal choice of course, but one I am sure Jack would have approved of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacks legacy to a changing world, 30 July 2011
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qizmaster (Englands sceptred Isle) - See all my reviews
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If you are in your 50-60s.You will almost certainly remember this old fella on tv. With his eccentric countryman grandpa like approach.Teaching the 'townie uneducated' from his garden shed the old customs and ways of an England now almost gone.
These videos are Jacks legacy to us. A delightful selection of his hundreds of weekly broadcasts that ran for years on TV in the 70s-80s. They are very anecdotal, often quite amusing and always tearfully nostalgic. If you are interested in invovled with or just care for the future and protection of the british countryside we all love, then this series of DVDS is an absolute must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the old fashioned way, 11 Feb. 2009
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C. Skinner (West Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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These documentaries were made quite a few years ago, and because of this they reflect the quiet enjoyment of learning something from the television. Jack Hargreaves died quite a while back and with him died so much knowledge, but we can still enjoy these documentaries today thanks to these great DVD recordings.
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