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Post by polgara on 30th October 2010, 5:47 pm

Read an article today, it will be on in November sometime.

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Post by Compostwoman on 30th October 2010, 8:43 pm

Did anyone spot Alex Langland in Time Team last week Smile

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Post by Aberlemno on 30th October 2010, 10:35 pm

Yup! A job's a job I suppose, and he is firstly an archaeologist. I am greatly looking forward to an Edwardian Farm. Is it filmed at Acton Scott again?

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Post by Compostwoman on 30th October 2010, 10:45 pm

No it is at a farm on th Tamar, so they get lots of scope to go off and do other stuff nearby. People from Acton scott have helped, as before: we were chatting to several who had just finished filming the last ep when we went there.


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Post by Aberlemno on 31st October 2010, 7:48 am

Brilliant - I will get my Devon fix too!!! I have just been across to Amazon and ordered the book as my Christmas pressie from OH this year. Oh, and a 2nd hand paperback of a Phil Rickman book I've not read too (The Bones of Avalon).

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st October 2010, 8:47 am

I hope its better than Victorian Farm was but I'm not holding my breath. If they end every episode with a jolly party with all the people who have been of help to them sitting round n period dress singing hey nonny no I may put my foot through the telly screen.

I rented Tales form Green Valley and watched it all again a few months back and it was amazing how factual and informative it was - just goes to show how rapidly television has gone downhill in the last few years.

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Post by Aberlemno on 31st October 2010, 8:59 am

Well, I enjoyed the Victorian Farm Billy - even the jolly bits! I have it on DVD and Tales from the Green Valley, and can sit and watch the latter over and over and over . . . I live in the past anyway, so would step back in time yesterday . . .

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Post by Compostwoman on 31st October 2010, 9:36 am

I agree that TFTGV was far better IMO. I did enjoy Victorian Farm as well though and Acton Scott is an amazing place.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st October 2010, 10:21 am

It wasn't the stepping back in tome I object to Abs, it was the dumbing down of the format to have 'plot' in every episode. Just like RC and that Monty Don farm programme and so on - TFTGV was much more factual and less contrived IMO.

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Post by Adrian on 31st October 2010, 10:54 am

great Billy

Tales from the Green Valley was the only one that I really enjoyed, the Victorian farm was ok, but so contrived and the BBCs desperate attempts to squeeze more programming out of Acton Scott put me right off the whole 'stepping back' format.

Admittedly, as I am something of a fanboy of the medieval period, I am more likely to get more out of TFGV than later periods.

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Post by Compostwoman on 31st October 2010, 1:13 pm

I have a copy of the Book about building and restoration of the setting for TFTGV, written by the chap who was the mentor in all their efforts...whose name I was about to type but have forgotten suddenly.

Ah ha! Stuart Peachey. The bearded chap who knew what he was doing ( largely because he had been doing it for years!)

A really interesting book. Doesn't talk about the actual filming ( I got the impression there was some contractural reason not but that is just IMO) so not like Victorian Farm book, but still very good.

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Post by Aberlemno on 31st October 2010, 1:56 pm

I have that book too CW, and it's really excellent. I got very cross about the problems he had from the powers that be though, over restoring the buildings . . .

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Post by Aberlemno on 31st October 2010, 1:58 pm

Hmmm - you have a point there Billy. EVERYTHING is dumbed down these days 'cos we's all stoopid ain't we? I try to numb my brain with alcohol first, and then it doesn't seem so bad!!

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Post by kramer on 6th December 2010, 4:32 pm

So how are you all enjoying the series then? I loved watching the Fish hatchery but for some reason I'm not as into the Edwardian Farm as I was the Victorian farm. I think perhaps its the advancement in machinery. Its too close to today's living for me. I'd have loved for them to have gone further back in time instead. Still enjoyable though.
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Post by Adrian on 6th December 2010, 4:39 pm

Only seen one episode so far, have downloaded the rest, but been too busy to watch them.

I much preferred Tales from the Green Valley, set in the 16/1700's m'self.

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th December 2010, 4:40 pm

kramer have you watched Tales from the Green Valley, then? Same lot but set in !6th C...really really good!

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th December 2010, 4:41 pm

Great minds there, Badger!

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Post by kramer on 6th December 2010, 4:43 pm

I hadn't heard of Tales from the Green Valley, sounds great I'll check it out, thank you both Smile
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Post by Adrian on 6th December 2010, 5:27 pm

I may be wrong, but I seem to remember that Peter Alex and Ruth also participated in Tales, along with a host of other archaeologists, Tales certainly set the standard for the genre.

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th December 2010, 5:32 pm

Yes,Alex and Peter ( although he insisted on being called "Fonz" then, bet he really regrets that now!) and Ruth and her daughter

and all overseen by the wonderous Stuart Peachey, period historian and recreator /enactor extraordinary.

I think it is my favourite of all their re-creation series, it seemed so much more true to life.


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Post by polgara on 6th December 2010, 5:33 pm

You are right Badger, they have done all 3, sometimes with the same experts. I love all the programmes, if you are into Family History it certainly helps to understand the ancestors.

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th December 2010, 5:35 pm

I need to re watch last weeks EF, I fell asleep part way through. Embarassed

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Post by Guest on 6th December 2010, 6:11 pm

We down loaded the first EdFarm to see what it was like as we found the format of VicFarm too trite. It seemed a bit better so we have now seen all that have been released. I think they are better (but not perfect!).

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

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 6th December 2010, 6:37 pm

Zoe wrote: we found the format of VicFarm too trite.

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th December 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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