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Old Country – Jack Hargreaves [DVD]

Old Country – Jack Hargreaves [DVD] Product Description
Following on from the hugely popular Out of Town, Old Country saw Jack Hargreaves continue his exploration of rural life in Thomas Hardy country reflecting on its character, traditions, history and folklore, and the skills that had passed from generation to generation.

With his extensive experience, knowledge and love of the countryside, Hargreaves' easygoing presentation style enthralled both rural and urban viewers alike, making this - his final series for television hugely popular and fondly remembered to this day. An unsentimental record of a bygone time, his work set the bar high for all "country matters" series that were to follow in its footsteps.

Unseen since its Channel 4 broadcast in the 1980s, Old Country contained all-new material and was the only time that Jack Hargreaves' work received a countrywide networked screening. This volume contains the 60 editions made for all three series.

SPECIAL FEATURE:
Archive Coast to Coast interview with Jack Hargreaves from 1987.

£39.99

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Out of Town – Jack Hargreaves : Volume One [DVD]

Out of Town – Jack Hargreaves : Volume One [DVD] Product Description
Hugely popular and fondly remembered to this day, Out of Town saw Jack Hargreaves exploring rural life in Britain reflecting on its character, traditions, history and folklore, and the skills that had passed from generation to generation.

With his extensive experience, knowledge and love of the countryside, Hargreaves' easygoing presentation style enthralled both rural and urban viewers the series becoming so popular it ultimately ran for over two decades. An unsentimental record of a bygone time, it set the bar high for all country matters series that were to follow in its footsteps.

This volume contains the 35 editions that remain from 1980/1981 including the unbroadcast 21st anniversary special and an episode never previously released on DVD.


SPECIAL FEATURES:
. Two episodes of Southern Gold
. A Tribute to Jack Hargreaves
. Go! Learning to Fish
. Summer in Kite's Country

£16.73

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Not so long ago when Out of Town graced British Television I was entranced by the opening titles showing an old man with slow horse cart. It felt like another time and place and yet it was not so far away. But once I saw him talking in his shed my school mind automatically thought it boring and impatiently turned over to another channel. Today I know what I have missed. Out of Town is completely fascinating. Fascinating in a way that you are walking with grandfather we all wished to have. With smoking pipe, beard, hat and wax jacket he took you places. You are with him and he with you. Every moment is a moment of comfort and joy. The grandad narration and production is never overproduced and is what makes you feel Jack's good company. This new Out of Town Volume One by Network is not like the older dvd sets. Granted, there are some materials that have been seen before but even they have more footage and a different narration. Largely it is all new and with 5 disc is one massive birthday bargain. I believe we all should spend some well being time with Jack walking in places of story and open spaces to get away from all the noise we live in today and clearly with Jack, this is a promise.
Disc 4. sample. 1. Cattle dog/clocks. 2. Old railway line/ Cloudburst at the Agricultural Show. 3. Pigeons/Fishing for next to nothing. 4. Fishing for minnows/Kingfishers/Corn flail. 5. Summer fishing/Village Fair. 6. Fishing hooks/Gardening - Earthworm farm. 7. Southern fishing Competition in Ireland/Rabbit catching. 8. Observing the country/Working dog show.
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Out of Town – Jack Hargreaves : Volume Two [DVD]

Out of Town – Jack Hargreaves : Volume Two [DVD] Product Description
Hugely popular and fondly remembered to this day, Out of Town saw Jack Hargreaves exploring rural life in Britain reflecting on its character, traditions, history and folklore, and the skills that had passed from generation to generation.

With his extensive experience, knowledge and love of the countryside, Hargreaves' easygoing presentation style enthralled both rural and urban viewers the series becoming so popular it ultimately ran for over two decades. An unsentimental record of a bygone time, it set the bar high for all "country matters" series that were to follow in its footsteps.

This volume contains the 28 editions made in the mid-1980s which combined original Southern Television film materials alongside brand-new linking material recorded in Jack's famous shed!



SPECIAL FEATURES:
. Living With a Dog
. A Yorkshire Childhood
. The Ocean Racers
. Four LPs that Jack Hargreaves made in the 1970s: Know Your Fish, Know Your Dog, Know Your Pony and Country Walking

£14.17

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I loved watching Jack Hargreaves on TV many years ago, when he presented "Out of Town" 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. His depth of knowledge is obvious. He has captured a way of that life that has now sadly all but vanished.

This one contains the following: Episode 4 Sheep Shearing/Sea Bream. Jack watches some men who travel the world shearing sheep. These men know their business! He also goes boat fishing off of Littlehampton for the sporting and very tasty sea bream. Episode 5 Sweetheart Story/Tyring a Cart. Jack tells us the true story of a romance that broke all the class barriers, and watches some experts tyring a cart. Episode 6 Farm Sale/Fishing in a Gale/Forest Fire. Jack visits a farm sale, fishes for chub in an ever worsening gale and shows the effects of forest fires in the New Forest. My own personal favourites being the delightful `Sweetheart Story' and `Sea Bream', but they are all extremely enjoyable. 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 pittance at the time of this review if you are prepared to buy used DVD's as I did. No regrets there! Best watched with a strong pint of bottle conditioned ale in front of the wood burner on those cold winters nights! Something I have a feeling Jack would have approved of!
Bob Salter