Great British Journeys : Series one [DVD] 
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A follow up to the BAFTA Award winning series Coast, Great British Journey follows intrepid traveller Nick Crane (Coast, Map Man) as he retraces the steps taken by Britain s greatest indigenous explorers. Over eight episodes, screened by the BBC, Crane travels by foot, horse and bicycle, through our wildest landscapes. He follows eight historical journeys into uncharted territory, exploring both physical and human landscapes and revealing defining periods of social and industrial change.
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But as other reviewers have noted:
1. There is lots of blurry/shaky footage of Nick in some sort of countryside. This I suppose is a currently "artistic" and "with it" style of camera work, but I really felt like sending BBC Scotland an email offering them my old camcorder second hand as it at least has a "steady shot" feature...
2. Yeah, the 'back and forth' pacing in a pub presentation in a few episodes. Just sit down with your beer and talk to the camera. If the space you have to walk around in is the size of a toilet cubical, then DON'T.
3. The music. Blinking heck, what were they smoking ??? No real bands because that requires rights clearance and royalty payments, so there is this 'generic' music that rips off anything from acid jazz to Fleetwood Mac impersonations to bad 80s grunge. Except if Nick is in a church somewhere in which case you get a recording of a section of the Mozart Requiem... Wierd, too lod and just not in character when looking at a rolling landscape.
Still, the journeys themsselves ARE interesting, well planned and showcase some very inspirational people from the past who wrote about their journeys (particularly Celia Fiennes).
Five stars for the material and for Nick, minus two stars for the presentation...
I would recommend this series to anyone with an interest in the UK and its poetic and social past.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting niche type of series from an enthusiastic presenter.Published on 22 Dec. 2014 by Boustrophedon
i realy enjoyed this dvd and lenrt alot evern thow its not my kind ov dvd glad i tryd it and wood get nuber 2 a grate dvd just to relax toPublished on 26 April 2014 by ive
this DVD set is really good viewing. i watched this on the TV and just had to own the DVD.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Patricia Mordue
Having read the book I was keen to purchase the accompanying DVD and have not been disappointed. A bargain at the price I bought it for.Published on 3 April 2013 by BikerBob
nicholas crane is allways very professional with his presentations and as an expat living in qld australia I enjoy watching anything about the uk and its countrysidePublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by john stevens
We like the Nicholas Crane DVD's , and nice to have , and watch when you need a good relaxing timePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by Cordwainer
I saw part of the series on tv and wanted to see it all. I had to get my dvd player adjusted for all regions but it was worth it.Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by John Theobald