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4.7 out of 5 stars
Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age Box Set [DVD] [2010]
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on 14 June 2016
Good to have this series on DVD. It's doubtful if the BBC would screen it again. The programmes were all very well made. No intrusive background music. One small bit of atmospheric mood music didn't intrude and enhanced the scenes. Dibnah's delivery was not camera professional but that was to it's advantage because it wasn't "Celeb Personality" based. Honest to goodness stuff and very informative too.
Sad in some ways as he died at age 66 far too soon.
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on 24 October 2013
There can be no doubt that Fred Dibnah brought his unique and considerable enthusiasm to every aspect of his TV presenting career. In the shows as broadcast however, he was invariably edited to a format and length that would appeal to almost everybody at some level. Here is the original footage and more in a very Fred-centric presentation. Over these disks he gets to chat at length, gossip, generally talk over his interviewees and indulge his passions completely. It's great! A true British character and one of the few presenters to really immerse himself in whatever he was looking at. Not for the faint hearted, but a treat for anybody who liked his style.
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on 27 March 2010
If you have watched any programme on Fred Dibnah, you'll be in awe at the man and just what he tried to achieve in his work and at play...Fred took on tours around some Industrial Museums and also premises that still operate with Steam Power and also those that the Old Industrailists needed to make their products...
Fred takes us through various Industrial Landscapes...we also go for tours beneath the earth...not just for Coal, but for Tin, Lead and Iron Ore...fianally Fred takes us through the production of Iron & Steel...
Was Fred interested in all this...any doubts check his 'Back Yard' Collection as well and that will spell it all out for you of what this Great Man would try...
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on 25 April 2017
Dear Fred, we love his programmes. Shame there wont be any more to ease the banalities of all the reality trash on TV.
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on 24 November 2004
...to Fred who, very sadly died in Autumn 2004. It's difficult to explain to many how a steeple-jack and demolition expert from Bolton, England achieves a cult following as an idustrial heritage historian. However, if you settle down with a mug of tea one afternoon and watch this series made for BBC TV, you'll begin to understand why his infectious enthusiasm catches on: Fred is hugely knowledgeable, a skilled draughsman and takes you around some of his favourite haunts, describing how and why they were buillt and work, plus why they were important. And he does so just as though you are his friend and are right beside him on his travels. Our industrial heritage has never had a finer story-teller; Fred makes it hugely enjoyable and will be much missed.
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on 21 April 2015
We all love Fred abd his down to earth presentation, but historical detain is lacking. What ruined it for me was the lack of subtitles. Those of us with hearing loss are being increasingly marginalised as very few new DVD have them.
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on 4 March 2013
If you love Freds exploits and interests this is a must. His engaging personality is always to the fore. His comments, questions and explanations hold your interest. Even if you don't actually find everything covered of personal interest - dear Fred still makes it entertaining.
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on 21 November 2016
Really happy. With This. Good DVD all happy with me
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on 6 January 2014
The quality of the DVDs themselves is excellent and I like the enthusiastic way Fred Dibnah presents our engineering heritage. The programmes are well constructed and I particularly like the way the locations of the various museums and sites are identified. Well worth buying.
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on 17 March 2015
Great subject matter and Fred was a wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable man, but the production seems to be a bit disjointed to me. Still interesting, but not as good as it might have been.
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