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  • Actors: Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn, John Simm
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NB6QF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

From the acclaimed producers of Edwardian Farm and Victorian Farm comes a brand

new factual series. Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian

Ruth Goodman return to experience life on a farm, this time during the Second World War.

 

This latest experiment proves to be nothing short of a revolution in British farming, as the

team take on their biggest challenge yet. Wartime Farm is a fascinating blend of war history,

survival creativity and endurance.

 

This three disc set contains all eight episodes of the hugely popular BBC series which follows

our experts across a year, using only historical tools and materials. A special feature, in which

the presenters talk about making the show, is also included and constitutes a must have

extra for fans.

 

Special Features:

  • Wartime Farm in Conversation
  • Subtitles
  • Picture Gallery

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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2012
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Like the earlier Farm series, Wartime Farm has a genuinely warm cosy glow about it. Each of the eight, hour-long programmes makes for satisfying, uplifting viewing as the trio of regular presenters get to grips with rural life as it might have been lived between 1939 and 1945. However, the emphasis in this series is quite different to the earlier Victorian Farm [DVD] and Edwardian Farm [DVD] programmes - it's much more about the social effects of the war on the countryside community, and the agricultural aspects can take a back seat in some episodes.
Instead of living out a full farming year, the team re-enact different years of WW2 in each episode, reflecting the restrictions of the time and the effects of a long war on our isolated island. As usual, Ruth, Alex and Peter bring their historical knowledge and hands-on expertise to tackle the tasks of the time with a cheery enthusiasm and practical application which do them no end of credit. If ever there was a 'blitz spirit' then these guys have got it.

The series covers some of the radical measures which were taken to boost wartime food production; covers the shortages and extreme measures of rationing and how normal folk dealt with them; investigates how farmers fell back on traditional techniques and simultaneously experimented with new technology in a frantic scrabble for survival. So we learn how to make tiles to re-roof farm buildings that will house evacuees, and then experiment with running vehicles on coal gas to beat the petrol shortages.
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This DVD brings back memories as my husband's family were farmers during the war. As we know farmers had an important job to do to ensure our survival.

We saw 'Wartime Farm' on the TV and just had to buy the DVD.
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Excellent product.

Like the others in the series this is a really interesting and well presented programe.

I like all three of the presenters they each are obviously very interested in their subject and this shows in their presentation.

Highly recommended.
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Our three favourite Historians go to a rural working farm in Britain, to live & work on the land for 1 year, under the same rules & challenges as those had to endure during WWII. The series takes you through the seasons, and gives you amazing first hand look as to how it was, following tight regulations, food rationing, farming restrictions and land cultivation. The series is compelling, fun and humbling too. Don't miss it!
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This is a subject I have never even thought about. Yes, we learned in school about the Blitz, about the devastation wrought on London, about women and children shipped into the countryside for their protection. But the nuts and bolts of keeping everyone fed, clothed, SANE? Nope. The sacrifices on every corner of the British Isles, to keep people alive and fed and to keep the country ticking and going and fighting - this is something that's important to remember and to learn about. Even when it's another nation, another country, this is valuable information.
I really ought to bring this DVD to schools, shouldn't I? :)
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We don't have terrestrial television (because most of the time it's rubbish) so I do miss the occassional gem like this one. I loved getting a flavour of how they coped in the war, and I thought that a lot of what they said is true of today also (especially about the amount of food imports that we rely on - back then it was 70% and I don't expect it's much less now - a sobering thought when you realise how close to war we are most of time). One of the things that irritated me a little was their instant access to up to date machinery, that surely would have depended on how much money you had to spare, at least at the beginning before renting machinery became available. It was great that they had an hour for each episode and time period, but I think they could have doubled that time and still had to leave things out. However, this is because I am a fan of this type of programme, for someone who didn't know much and was only 'generally' interested this was a great programme as they covered a great deal in a short space of time. The group were very good at explaining what they were doing and why and we also got to see some of the many pamphlets that were about during the war. I would have loved to see more of the house and the work that the women had to do to keep their families together, but that is my interest and the programme was called 'Wartime Farm' not 'Wartime Kitchen'! If anyone out there is listening......
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Having seem part of this series on TV I was keen to get the whole lot and I haven't been disappointed, though I have to admit I have yet to see all three discs - circumstances overtook me.
Anyone who is genuinely interested in how things were "back then" can't fail but to be amazed at the resourcefulness and resolution of so many people who lived through these times.
A very good series - congratulations to all concerned.
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