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on 21 October 2009
Its been a bit of a 'Bandwagon' to jump on in recent years for TV companies and presenters alike, this walking up and down the British Isles promoting views of the countryside in one form or another,a bit like cooking programmes or antique programmes. We have had Neil Oliver, Julia Bradbury,Griff Rhys Jones,David Dimbleby, Alan Titchmarsh and Nicholas Crane to name but a few. All these programmes will have their positives and negatives for various tastes, but for me the one presenter that is head and shoulders above the rest is Nicholas Crane. His style of presentation is so enthusiastic and genuine, he visits some truly memorable places and does not mind getting his feet wet in the process.The only drawback to this DVD is that it only lasts 480 minutes and the only problem now for Nicholas is, are there any more options left to make similar programmes.
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on 5 February 2012
This is one series Iwould really have liked to have liked. I bought it aminly on the strength of Nick's presentation in the Coast series, and to see a some of the walks in the UK (since I'm in Australia, have never been to the UK and am a keen bushwalker).

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...
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on 29 July 2012
We have thoroughly enjoyed watching this set of programmes and learnt a lot about the travellers/writers, our own countryside as well as a bit of social history. The filming has been quite acceptable, you feel as if you are actually going on the journey alongside Nick; his enthusiasm has been infectious with the family looking forward to each new episode. Well worth the price and time!
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on 25 April 2018
great thanks
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on 15 May 2013
Nicholas Crane is a knowledgeable man, who is able to make history very interesting. He strides (cycles, rides) along, with his trade-mark umbrella sticking out of his rucksack, all the time telling us fascinating facts about people and places Why has there not been a Series 2?.
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on 28 June 2013
I remember this when it was originally broadcast and I was really glad to have found the DVD. It was all I remembered it to be and more. Nick is so enthusiastic and he really seems to enjoy himself passing on all the details of the original explorers, most of whom I had never heard of! He really does get involved in the journeys, even if it means getting soaked to the skin! Very enjoyable.
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on 24 March 2013
My brother in law loves this which I bought for him for his birthday. He is a great walker and this series highlights some of the best in the UK
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on 11 May 2009
A nice program to relax in and enjoy the journeys with Nicholas Crane. Nicholas has an easy voice to listen to and captivates his audience with the very interesting information he delivers in the footsteps of the journeys he follows.

I would recommend this series to anyone with an interest in the UK and its poetic and social past.
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on 16 August 2013
this DVD set is really good viewing. i watched this on the TV and just had to own the DVD.
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on 30 December 2011
Great British Journeys are films which I can watch all the day with open eyes - every moment is fascinating, amazing images are paralel to very interesting text, I am as tired as author when we go to see the peak of the mountain! Thank you for this great series, maybe someone will read these eight source books?
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