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This review is from: The Victorian Farm Complete Set [DVD] (DVD)
If, like me, you sometimes feel as if you were born slightly out of your correct time or, if you just enjoy seeing and learning about Victorian Britain, then take a vist to Victorian Farm for a few hours.
This absolutely superb series of programmes records what happened when Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands decided to live as Victorian farmers for a whole year, on a Victorian farm with no modern farming aids.
The resultant series of films is a masterpiece in the observance of what it was like to survive as a Victorian farmer. Ruth, Peter and Alex, as well as a whole host of other visiting experts in Victorian farm history, tell the day to day tale of everyday life including the high momments such as new life being born and harvests being brought in, as well as the lows, such as the unexpected early onset of winter and the endless cycle of hand washing that can take Ruth up to four days to complete!
The very best part of this enthralling series though, has to be the fantastic warmth and homour that exists between the three regular experts of Ruth, Peter & Alex. Although packed full of fascinating facts and information it is never dull or dry, not even for a second and that's because of the wonderfull friendly banter which is ever present between the three. Despite the many trials of Victorian farming life there are a great many laugh out loud moments when things don't go quite as planned, leading to many an amusing quip between the three friends.
This is informative and educational and it is a brilliant example of a true "Fly on the wall", documumentary in the best BBC traditions but at the same time it also manages to be very warming and humourous, truly an entertainment in its own right. The really great news is that, if after you have enjoyed your visit to the Victorian Farm and its Victorian Christmas and find yourself craving for more living history, you'll be glad to hear that the same three take a further trip back in time to the Edwardian Farm and that proves to be every bit as informative and entertaining!