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There are now several boxsets of this brilliant documentary series, so you need to be a bit careful in choosing which one you order. This version does NOT include the 2012 series 'Wartime Farm', but instead packages together the original Tales From Green Valley, Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy and Edwardian Farm. Together they make charming, informative entertainment which spans more than a century of agricultural and social history.

The series follows a team of archaeologists and historians, helped by a cast of experts, to live on a working farm for a whole year using only the techniques and facilities of the era. The result is a thoroughly engaging, educational and entertaining programme firmly rooted in the traditions of British agriculture and rural life.
The trio of main presenters are experts in domestic and agricultural history and they cheerfully tackle all manner of tasks with informed enthusiasm. To make the project feel real the team wear period clothes and use only the materials which would have been available at the time. Harsh realities aren't ignored and there's plenty of muck and mire, but the Farm series concentrate on the positive aspects, providing a welcome relief from so many TV recreations which depend on conflict and distress for their 'drama'. The interaction between the three presenters is part of charm of these programmes, and Ruth in particular is refreshingly blunt and cheery about the practicalities of country life.
Throughout the year the team tackle the regular tasks of rural or small town life - all without modern amenities. In each series they restore buildings , thresh the wheat crop, sow a new crop, install new technologies and adapt to the progress of the period, make cider and preserves, learn how to shepherd livestock, build pigsties, fell wood to build fencing, catch rabbits, experience steam power, and so on.
Frequently, things don't go entirely as planned, and the team share their less successful moments and well as the small, sweet triumphs that were part of everyday life.
The scope of a full year spent on the farm allows the programme to demonstrate the natural progression of the seasons and the way they used to affect the men and women who lived directly off the land. These series (Pharmacy aside) are also more tightly focused on rural life and farming methods than is the later Wartime Farm, which concentrates rather more on social history instead of agricultural development.

No hesitation about recommending this brilliant boxset for viewers of all ages. It's entirely suitable to give as a gift to your grandparents, or for younger viewers or the whole family. This is an absolute gem of a series; intelligent, educational, enthusiastic and entertaining.
To complete the set, you may also want to buy Wartime Farm [DVD]
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on 15 October 2012
This series is so excellent, I went out and bought a multi-system dvd player in order to watch them. I love how there is zero bickering, everyone gets along great and more importantly, they actually LOVE history. You simply can't go wrong spending money on something that is so historically accurate and entertaining at the same time.
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on 6 October 2012
The very best way to tell the history of british farming. Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Alex Langland are in the series living Victorian and Edwardian farmers. The very best I've ever seen.
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on 23 March 2013
They try various activities in different ages on farming, and living in that age only with what the old time had. And I think Victorian Farm is the best of all which touches my sweet point. :) The Green Valley is not so vice on photography/organising and Edwardian Farm invovles too many non-farm activities which are interesting but lack of connectivity with their farm.
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on 25 February 2012
The complete Victorian farm box set is a really good deal. All episodes of the three famous historians re-enacting important parts of history. Picture quality of all discs is excellent as is the sound. Recommended to anyone with a slight interest in days gone by.
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on 24 December 2012
This series was on t TV so I new it was good and the fact that my wife liked it I decid to ge her a copy for her birthday. She loved it
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on 14 February 2013
Very informative about how they farmed back then excellent series great for anyone interested in how things were done back in the day. In the tales from the green valley they weren't aloud to live in the farm house as it was not up the present day living standards it's a wonder that we have survived at all LOL.
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on 6 December 2012
Bought for husband for his birthday and he loves it. Very interesting and very informative about the victorian era and pharmacy
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on 9 March 2016
A fascinating insight into historical life, each series starts out with an objective and is 'characterised' by a team of three modern day professionals spending a calendar year living the life - as practically as possible - their predecessors would have done. Additional experts are brought in at points to give informative guidance to the team and impart knowledge in a supervisory role - all in costume pertaining to the period.
Having watched each of the series more than once, they are - in my opinion - great tutors of life during earlier periods but also explaining how modern life has evolved through periods of war, political and commercial changes. If you've ever wondered how we got to the present day from the past, these series are as detailed as encyclopaedic volumes but very entertaining to watch with engaging characters who condense a lifetime of period learning into a calendar year.
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on 18 April 2015
Love all these shows. They are informative & very entertaining. Love the harmony between Alex, Peter & Ruth. Unlike American shows they don't have drama or ego issues. They are true professionals & respectful to each other. The picture quality is great. I just wished all those Victorian craft & recipes that you have to go find on Bbc website that shown in the show was included. Other than that it was a great journey. My 12 year old daughter loves these shows & she started showing off her knowledge to her school. Her history teacher is in love with her ! The shipping was very fast.
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