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!

. 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


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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