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Britains Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones [DVD]

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  • Actors: Griff Rhys Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TWXOC4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,520 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Popular BBC series in which Griff Rhys Jones retraces the lost routes across Britain that have shaped our landscape and our history. He follows four routes; each one associated with the historic movement of people, trade or commodities and along the way provides his own perspective on contemporary British life. Griff reveals why we once travelled for pleasure, profit and piety. By walking a Welsh pilgrim s route, transporting hay around the Essex coast, recreating a Tudor Royal Progression and droving cattle across Scotland he explores the landscapes and meets the people who inhabit them today, using the here and now as a portal to the past. From the luxury of a Rolls Royce to the more basic surroundings of a barge, from transporting a bus-load of contemporary pilgrims to the perils of moving a cow, he gets to grips with exactly how our ancestors journeyed from place to place - and how they amused themselves en-route. With his unending curiosity and inherent wit, Griff investigates the stories of those who travelled these now forgotten paths and considers the cultural as well as environmental impact they have had on the history of Britain

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I can watch twice as much. Griff, make more series!

Seriously, in America we are flooded with stupid, banal television. To escape to something as wonderful as this makes my day any time it is available.

Beautifully shot, informative and jovial. Another great series that my only regret is not picking it up sooner.
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Griff Rhys Jones is an old hand this sort of thing. The BBC are old hands at this sort of thing. There is therefore absolutely no reason not to enjoy this series. However the "old-handedness" of the participants is both a strength and a weakness as very often we retreat into aerial shot cliche and we still amazingly find experts on various subjects as if by magic en route. So far so ho hum, but what makes this series worth watching is that as the title suggests it does veer off the beaten track and presents us with some tasty nuggets of information with which I for one was unfamiliar, such as the saucy dance that was one of Queen Elizabeth I's favourite and the fact that highland cattle drovers who were "moved" to America after the clearances made up the bulk of the early cowboys of Western legend. Even the "setups" are well done and very informative making no pretence that they are coincidental. Griff's Plum Duff is particulalrly well received. The general conceit of recreating historical journeys as close as possible to the manner in which they were conducted (eg horseback, walking, thames barge and sedan chair) works well and of course the scenery is spectacular so I recommend this series to anyone wishing to get a peek of historic Britain by taking new journeys on ancient routes.
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I thoroughly enjoyed viewing these DVDs. They combined some lighted hearted history with a magazine-type travel documentary. The photography is excellent and the scenery spectacular. The narrative was very amusing and enjoyable.
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We thoroughly enjoyed Griff's informative yet light-hearted journey. Most entertaining and our friends are queuing to watch the DVD themselves.
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Bought this for my husband as he enjoyed the Coast series a lot and thought this would contain similar info on Britain, only more inland. He finds it very interesting.
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Superbly written and filmed with a good story line which holds one's attention throughout. What a good chap he is - no pretence, no nonsense. Very enjoyable
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An excellent DVD, having seen part of the series on tv, I jumped at the chance of buying the DVD at a bargain price, and good as a mew one.
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I merely purchased this for the pilgrimage walk. I tend to find Griff Rhys Jones OK in small doses, his ebullience I find rather childlike.
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