I loved watching Jack Hargreaves on TV many years ago, when he presented from that atmospheric shed in his garden in the New Forest. It evoked another era, and you could almost smell the country in the air as you watched. Jack's films have become even more valuable with the passage of time and they are a priceless glimpse into a rural past that has been lost. His memory went back a long way and he had a genuine love of all country matters which comes through strongly in all these episodes. They are all equally watchable if you are interested in old country ways. Jack Hargreaves commentary is wonderfully natural and idiosyncratic, which matches the films perfectly. He has captured a countryside that has now all but vanished. His enthusiasm and knowledge is obvious. Most importantly for us is that he wanted to pass that on. These films are his wonderful legacy to us.
This one contains the following: Episode 1 Appleby Fair/Ramming Time. Jack visits the famous Gypsy Horse fair at Appleby and watches some shy young rams introduced to the ladies. Episode 2 New Forest Point-To-Point/Apple Grafting Episode. Jack watches a point-To-Point race in the New Forest and watches the intricate apple grafting process. 3 Kingfishers/Model Carts. Jack studies the beautiful Kingfisher and shows us some beautifully made models by an unknown craftsman. My own personal favourites are Ramming Time and Model Carts, but they are all a delight. How refreshing to be reminded of happer times when political correctness did not rule the world. Even better now than when they were first shown. Now is a good time to buy them. They have dropped in price considerably from when they were first released, and can be picked up for a bargain at the time of this review if you are prepared to buy used DVD's as I did. No regrets there! This is a fubulous collection for lovers of the old country! Best watched with a pint of strong bottle conditioned beer in front of a wood burner on those long winter nights. Something I feel sure Jack would have approved of!
A real trip down memory lane but not the same music theme and opening credits I remember as a child hence 4 stars. Obviously a compilation of the original legendary presentations from the slightly opioniated, less than PC Jack Hargreaves that many young people today will find refreshing as this is criticism of society as a whole and in no way offensive. Very educational in the day too, (no internet or smart phones with a whole 3 TV channels to choose from) but so was all 60's & 70's childrens TV back then. Nice to view again with an adult perspective on his views and well narrated predictions for the future years to come. The original creative guy in his Oh so tidy man cave and almost as cynical as I've grown up to be. I hope all the missing episodes can be traced through Southern TV's archives, now owned by Southern Star in Australia I believe. ITV Southern were World leaders in childrens programs of that era. Not forgetting some briiliant Sci fi series from HTV too. Might be time for my 2nd childhood?
I bought this DVD as a gift for my husband ,and it was the only one that I had been unable to get previously to complete his set of the" out of town " series. It was delivered very quickly, in perfect condition, excellent quality in picture and sound and he is delighted with it. I will not hesitate to purchase again from this seller and would recommend to any one.
I loved these tv shows back in 70s just wanted to have a reminisce to those yes ta years when life was more simple with less grid, and emphasis placed apon material possessions. If ur in to your country sides and just generally like outdoor pursuits then buy it.