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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative and entertaining - well worth watching
This review is admittedly based on limited viewing of the series, though I wanted to post a review in response to one of the other ones, by Mr. Tariq Aslam "dherique".

I feel that this reviewer's criticisms are entirely unjustified, as they seem to be based upon a very biased view of what the series SHOULD be about. The series is quite obviously supposed to be...
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Biggis

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3 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass me the buckfast to ease the pain!
This romanticised view of what constitutes the countryside is sickening to say the least and conveys what is wrong with BBC Productions and their associate programme makers. Firstly half the time is spent on the coast whilst the other is spent wistfully splaying off poetry and other writings of poets and writers long gone. You know the stuff you usually catch on a...
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Mr. Tariq Aslam


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative and entertaining - well worth watching, 23 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Great British Countryside [DVD] (DVD)
This review is admittedly based on limited viewing of the series, though I wanted to post a review in response to one of the other ones, by Mr. Tariq Aslam "dherique".

I feel that this reviewer's criticisms are entirely unjustified, as they seem to be based upon a very biased view of what the series SHOULD be about. The series is quite obviously supposed to be an informative and light-hearted guide to the UK countryside for the general viewer - NOT an in-depth analysis of the issues and problems associated with living and working in the countryside.

I get the impression that some rural-dwellers can sometimes have something of an elitist/clan mentality, almost seeming to resent the fact that 'townies' also take an interest in the countryside, though without necessarily having a full understanding or appreciation of the issues and problem faced by those who live there; clearly, however, people who live in towns and cities also have issues and problems, including those that people in the countryside don't have to face.

A huge number of people like to visit the countryside, whether it's for walking, enjoying the wildlife or simply visiting beautiful places, and there is nothing wrong with TV programming that caters for this target audience. This series seems to be very much in the general tradition of 'Countryfile' and 'Coast', and as such it is interesting and informative, while at the same time being light-hearted and entertaining.

In summary, for those with a general interest in the British countryside, this series is well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fence sitting here, 30 July 2012
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have to sit between the 2 previous reviewers here because having watched this series twice now I find they both make valid points about it. Yes it is a bit chocolate boxy and sometimes comes over as yet another BBC excuse for their presenters to get a few jollies at the license fee payers' expense. Having said that the photography is as stunning as always and there are many interesting factoids that come to light here. I could have done with more on the geological side of things and foregone the hang-gliding but each to their own I suppose. When the Beeb gets it right, like on the recent Volcano-live series, then they get it very right indeed, but sometimes their offerings, although pleasant enough, are worth watching first time round on TV but probably not worth the expense of a DVD purchase. If you missed this on the telly then by all means buy it but if you have already seen it then maybe keep your money in your pocket.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Bradbury, 15 Jan 2013
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I need to watch this series again to take it all in. So much in each episode. They are right when they claim that there is such a lot of variety crammed into the small land-mass of the British Isles. Wonderful. I can only see it all from my armchair but with all the excellent photography and commentary, it is almost as good as being there, without having to actually climb the rock-faces!
For this at least I am grateful!
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3 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass me the buckfast to ease the pain!, 22 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Great British Countryside [DVD] (DVD)
This romanticised view of what constitutes the countryside is sickening to say the least and conveys what is wrong with BBC Productions and their associate programme makers. Firstly half the time is spent on the coast whilst the other is spent wistfully splaying off poetry and other writings of poets and writers long gone. You know the stuff you usually catch on a programme called Countryfile or Countrytracks. If you ask those who work in the countryside, life is far from romantic or sweet, certainly removed from the chocolate box version seen here. If you have seen the cliche that is Bradbury's in her other work you will see why I am less than impressed with this offering. Never is the full story told of the countryside and the issues and problems facing those who live there; never are the more serious matters addressed; and no minister is called forward to explain why nothing is being done to combat such issues as they arise. I am talking about access to welfare services, transport, jobs in the rural industries, lack of social infrastructure, cuts in schooling and nursery provision and cuts in farming grant by the EU. You get the picture...that's right the real stuff of life not the fluffly wuffy BBC portrayal of what they think the countryside is. Give your viewers some credit. As for the co-presenter some mothers do have em.

The DVD is poor, the narrative where discovered is badly scripted and pretty much better covered in Coast or Countryfile. If you like walking get a walking guide because hybrid DVD's like this will offer you nothing short of disappointment. The cost of this DVD is expensive and it should be free to License Fee Payers.
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