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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045ZIY90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn along with domestic historian Ruth Goodman experience life on the farm at the turn of the 20th century. Trying to uncover Britain's agricultural heritage, the trio set out to turn back the clock at Morwellham Quay, in Devon.

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This heart-warming 12-part BBC documentary series is a captivating, intelligent and entertaining recreation and examination of rural life as it was lived 100 or so years ago. It follows in the footsteps of the very successful Victorian Farm series, but has a much greater breadth of subject. Small scale farming became agricultural industry in the Edwardian era and working life extended far beyond farm boundaries. So this series explores the living and working conditions and traditions of a greater scope, to include fish farming, mining, market gardening, boat building and more.
The key to the success of the Edwardian Farm is its team of three presenters; archaeologists and historians Alex, Peter and Ruth. They attempt to live the lives of the working rural folk of the Edwardian period, and bring their professional expertise into play to explain the agricultural and household practices of the era. This makes for a far more satisfying viewing experience than watching reality show victims struggle to cope with unfamiliar routines: the Edwardian Farm team are often trying something for the first time but they do it with an informed, positive attitude and with the aim of explaining to us why it was crucial, or how it was a skilled trade, or what depended upon it - capturing the importance of lost trades and old customs which have disappeared in modern times.

The action all takes place at Morwelham Quay in Devon on the banks of the Tamar, providing a very different setting to the inland Shropshire hills of the Victorian experiment. Each hour-long episode follows the team during one month of the year so that this four-DVD set provides a complete record of a country year as it might have been lived in the early 1900s.
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Having followed this team, Alex, Peter and Ruth, since their Tales of the Green Valley days, there was no way I was going to miss this latest series, and I was eager to buy the DVD set to absorb all the series again. As usual the BBC didn't really treat this series very well, by shifting the schedule the whole time, however the series itself was fantastic.

So many more areas of farm life from this particular era were covered, along with the fascinating side-projects, which included fishing and mining, to name a few. It was interesting to see how much of the Victorian way of life was retained in Edwardian times, yet at the same time there were so many more radical ideas too, as society progressed on its way.

Each hour-long episode of this series just flies by, and having watched it a couple of times, there are still things I didn't quite take in on the first or second viewings. I've always enjoyed how the team interact with each other, and there's always some fun to be had. Like all the previous series, I love the fact this series provides escapism to the viewer. When TV is cluttered with soaps and TV programmes with nothing but people arguing and behaving badly, it's an absolute joy to go back in time with Edwardian Farm.
There isn't much in the way of extras with this DVD set, but if you buy the accompanying book which I'd highly recommend, then DVD extras are not really needed. Besides with 12 hours of viewing, it's not exactly like being short-changed.
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Ruth, Alex and Peter are just getting better and better. I did not manage to catch the series from start when it was airing, so decided to wait till it will be available on DVD. So worth the wait! I still cannot get over the jolly mirth of Ruth when she was riding a bike or working the "vacuum cleaner" nor how Alex and Peter were trying to catch different animals at different times. I know that is not what the show is about, but it made it damn more enjoyable. Watched the DVDs in two day marathon all and afterwards had to watch all the others I have with them (and I have all!).
I wonder what they will do next and hope they will do something next soon.
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I love all of the 'Farm' programmes. This one, Edwardian Farm departs from the purely domestic/home farm a little more. The presenters go out into the Edwardian world and try other jobs, fishing, mining, domestic service etc. I think this is a good idea because the series could get pretty samey if they hadn't. After all, there can't be a huge difference from the Victorian to the Edwardian in the way things are done inside the home and the farm. There are differences, of course, but not so huge as between say Green Valley and Victorian Farm. Very personable presenters who have become like family friends after all this time.
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First was Victorian Farm and then came Victorian Farm Christmas, both of which were great. Now, from the same three cheery historians, you can marvel at the delights of the Edwardian Farm.

The format is similar to that of the Victorian Farm series in that our three affable historians take themselves off and live the life of Edwardian farmers for a whole year. However, there are a couple of differences. First is that in this series you get an hour for each month rather than an hour for each season and this is a good thing because it allows the presenters to go into much more detail so that you can get a much better idea of the reality of day to day living at that time in history.

The other difference is that the viewer gets to understand that unlike his Victorian farming friends, the Edwardian farmer had to be prepared to turn his hand to a much wider range of activities in order to be sure of providing a stable income all year round. As ever, there is also much humour and merryment between the three time travellers but I feel this works well in helping to get across just what a struggle life could be for the Edwardian Farmer.

Great fun to watch just for enjoyment and perfect to watch if you like a bit of history!
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