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Wainwright Walks Coast To Coast [DVD] 
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All six episodes of the BBC4 series in which presenter Julia Bradbury walks across the heart of Northern England from the Irish Sea in the West to the shores of the North Sea on the East coast in the footsteps of walker and guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright. Episodes are: 'Gateway to the Lakes', 'Heart of the Lakes', 'Eden and the Pennines', 'Swaledale Uncovered', 'Mowbray and the Moors' and 'The End of the Road'.
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Julia Bradbury has made walking programmes her own in recent years and she has a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the landscape, it's people and Wainwright himself which makes this series a joy to watch. She presents well and with good humour although her interviewing technique will not give Alan Whicker many sleepless nights. Each programme has just the right balance of scenery, history and commentary. AW makes frequent cameo appearances from archive footage and the trademark voiceovers (not him, I assume) of passages from his books greatly add to the atmosphere. I probably enjoyed this more than the Lakes series due to the variety of terrain and "JB"s more relaxed presenting style. She has learned that you do not need to try and come out with profound statements when confronted with stunning views; they often speak better for themselves...
I've completed the Wealdway twice (Gravesend to Eastbourne), a shorter water to water walk and knew exactly how Julia felt when she put her feet in the sea at Robin Hood's Bay. Nice one JB :o)
All good stuff, for those who like to walk or those who just like to watch people walk on this green and pleasant land. Highly recommended.
After watching it on the BBC I especially liked how they merged bits of Wainright with Eric Robson doing the Coast to Coast years back. I can recall Wainright describing the view from Crackpot Hall as the best view in the Dales. I am astounded that the BBC, for some reason have edited these bits out of this DVD. Very disapointing.
I liked this series very much when it was shown on TV and, having done the Coast to Coast earlier this year, I decided to buy the DVD so that I would have a better quality copy than what I had been able to record off the TV broadcast.
I have no quibble with the quality of the programmes but I was very disappointed to find that the excerpts from the old series featuring Wanwright himself have been removed from programmes as they appear on this DVD. This is a great shame as I thought these snippets were a highlight of this series.
My guess would be that the BBC was unable or unwilling to get /pay for rights to use these pieces of film from the old series. Very sad.
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