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Edwardian Farm [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
I wonder what they will do next and hope they will do something next soon.
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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Brilliant series additive viewing an how a look into how hard farming was an day to day living on a farm is even today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia Draper
My wife loved the series so used my account to buy the DVDs. Thanks, you owe me Acorn Media.Published 10 months ago by Desert Deserter
Very enjoyable, it gives a flavour of how hard life was before all the labour saving gadgets there are today.Published 11 months ago by partner