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Coal House [DVD] [2008]

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nerys Howell, Terry Walton, Chris Williams
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VEDF6
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This living history series transports three families back to the south of Wales coalfield of the 1920s. The families swap their modern luxuries for the harsh reality of daily life of a coalmining family, living in coalminers' cottages without heating, running water, washing machines, TV and computers, and of course, for the men, there are long days down the mines.

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The DVD is the same as the BBC program that was originally shown on BBC Wales and follows the life of a small community of miners and their family - people from modern life cast back into the 1920's, living and working as their fathers would have done generations before.
The program follows an easy line to begin with then throws in some interesting twists such as a lack of work for the miners as genuine illness that effects some of the children during the making of the series.
The program has the effect of drawing you in and making you want to watch more and more of the families lives - almost making me want to live the life myself! I found myself sat for hours and hours every night until I had completed the entire set of DVD's (and I dont watch much TV usually). I know it is a repeat of the broadcast series but I would definately recommend this DVD for not only a mining enthusiast but also anyone that is generally interested in the life and history of the Welsh 1920's.

Looking forward to the next series of the Coal House. Happy customer indeed!
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Excellent DVD- I felt this was one of the more realistic documentaries showing families living as near to possible as 1920's standards. The three families featured are all interesting, and make a massive effort to cope with their situation. They have humour and intelligence.
Looks forward to seeing a DVD produced for the Coal House War years
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Watching the series after so much reality TV, of so many kinds, I found this interpretation of the 1900 House genre quite fascinating. The families involved all embraced the physical hardships of life in a mining community during the Depression with a mixture of guts and laughter - and the difficulties of earning a living wage or keeping a young family fed and healthy were recreated with biting realism. The reactions of those involved, of all ages, possibly said as much about the quality of life in 2008(when the series was first aired)as it did about the 1920's. Interesting, gritty and, at times, moving.Some interviews with the participants after the experiment was over would have been a good addition. Excellent for schools.
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This is DEFINITELY in my top 5 tv shows of all time, along with Coal House at War (the follow-on series that aired a year later in 2008.) Even though I may not be target audience, as a 14 year old from England with no mining heritage, I still found it fascinating and insightful. The show used to have a fabulous webpage on the BBC Wales site that was an excellent accompaniment to the show, so it is a great shame that it has been taken down.

I highly recommend both this series and many others in the genre.
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The tv serise was excelent, but missed some parts. Cant wait to see it all on dvd, well worth it an education for some people who would,nt realise how they worked and lived in the 1920s
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What a wonderful dvd set. I enjoyed this bit of history immensely. Three modern families were selected to live 3 weeks as 1927 families in a small pit community, the men went to work down in the pits, everyone lived in very small cramped cottages (2 rooms up & 2 down). There was no running water, no central heat, no electricity. I really enjoyed the interaction between everyone & the coming together of families & neighbors. These families, & we viewers as witnesses, could really feel the desparate times in Welsh mining villages during the 1920s. I will be watching this series many times over.
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Loved this - I found it would really make you appreciate what we have these days! It just brings home how spoiled we are in these days of Social Welfare etc. The late 1920s aren't really that long ago, and yet then, if you couldn't work, you and your family went hungry, and possibly ended up homeless. The grim reality of the show (although unintended!) was quite telling too - a lot of the children especially, ended up becoming ill with tummy bugs. And the reality for the mothers of coping with that, with no washing machines, tumble driers, etc. I found it did give a real idea of what lives must have been like!
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