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Post by Compostwoman on Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:58 pm

I don't think much of Ed Farm, Vic was better but the best one of all was TFTGV.

Now THAT, I have watched many times...

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Post by Adrian on Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:17 pm

Yes, I got the impression that they actually lived the life there, Victorian farm left me feeling they buggered off back to the hotel at the end of the day

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Post by Compostwoman on Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:27 pm

Mmm well I know Stuart lived there all the time, and he had a "wife" who looked after full time, all of the roles Ruth did on camera, but I don't think any of the on camera ones lived there...

Well that's what he says in his book about it (The Making of the Green Valley)

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Post by kramer on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:17 am

Zoe wrote:I did scream and my nan rolled in her grave when Ruth showed in grand/over dramatic style how to scub a stone floor! She didn't clean herself out of the door!!!! And was sitting on part of the floor not scrubbed saying "There done". Rolling Eyes

ha I was shouting at the telly too when she cleaned herself into the corner. Such a beginners mistake
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:36 pm

EdFarm does seem to be showing more trades people but I agree the presenters seem to bugger off home. But that is my disappointment for all these shows - that is what they are. It is a TV presenter trying his/her hand at something not filming the "real" person.

Has anyone seen the Victorian Walled Garden by the BBC made around 1982? This was the original head gardener reviving a walled garden (huge) and recounting his Edwardian experiences that had not changed much from the original Victorian ideas when the garden was first established.

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Post by Adrian on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:31 pm

Zoe wrote:Has anyone seen the Victorian Walled Garden by the BBC made around 1982? This was the original head gardener reviving a walled garden (huge) and recounting his Edwardian experiences that had not changed much from the original Victorian ideas when the garden was first established.

No, but the Wartime Kitchen Garden was and is a massive favourite of mine, the presenters were real people, not celebs.

To be fair though, Peter and Alex are Archaeologists and Ruth is a Domestic Historian, so they are serious about the subject not just playing for the cameras..

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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:37 pm

And they DO get stuck in and do stuff, its just they don't ( now) seem to live on the site all the time in the way I think they did more for TFTGV ( although as I said, they were aparently not full time, then)

But as they have various teaching/lecturing jobs as well I guess it might be a bit much to expect them to give everything up for a whole year....

My favoutite of all of these though was the Iron Age one set in Pembrokeshire back in the 80's (?). I have been to that site several times and it is wonderful

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:55 pm

The Iron Age one was a great series.
bigthink if memory serves me, I think their greatest problem was making clay cooking pots that did not crack when used.

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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:04 pm

The pembrokeshire one was actually filmed in 2000, apparently!

Castell Henllys TV programme linky

Does anyone remember the earlier one ( in the 80's) which I think was filmed at Butser? Where they had a pretty hard time? Or am I imagining this?

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Knew I wasn't dreaming! This is a BBC 4 doc recently about the people who participated.

Apparently, according to this site the Iron age fort was constructed especially, so I don't know why I thought it was Butser....? Anyway, it was good.

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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:20 pm

Perhaps we should have another thread for reality historical programmes? Embarassed

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:29 pm

Thanks for that link CW, we are looking forward to watching the whole of the program on Ubend.

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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:31 pm

Its all on there, just divided up into 6 parts of 10 mins each. But you can't get the original 12 part series any more, alas. Would have thought there would be a market for it, but....

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Post by Adrian on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:21 pm

Was that the one at West Stow?

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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:15 pm

I don't think so...it was built especially by archaeologists for the series?

The 2000 version was based at Castell Henllys which is a real Iron Age site and has been extensively excavated and reconstructed.


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Post by Compostwoman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:25 pm

Some pics from when we went there in 2006.



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