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The 3rd Of The BBC's "Farm" Series
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
As my title suggests, this is not the first "Farm" series the BBC has done with these 3 historians. This is actually the third in a whole unique series!
If you're interested in going in order, I urge you to check out "Tales From The Green Valley" (set in the 1620's), and its mini companion "A Tudor Feast" (1500/1600 at Haddon Hall).
Followed by "Victorian Farm" (w/ supplementary companion: "Victorian Pharmacy" starring Ruth Goodman).
After "Edwardian Farm" there is "Wartime Farm" (WWII era), and "Tudor Monastery Farm" (w/ Ruth, Peter, and Tom *who replaces Alex*). Two more supplementary series follow, although slightly different, and not exactly about life on a farm during a specific period.
"Secrets of the Castle" (w/ Ruth, Peter, and Tom) is a 5 episode series (spanning 6 months). Set in France at Guédelon Castle, an ongoing 25 year project is still underway with many expert archaeologists and builders recreating an authentic 13th century castle fortification.
Finally, there's "Full Steam Ahead", with 6 episodes all on how the railway system in the 19th century changed the UK (and by extension, the whole world)
It seems like Amazon U.S. has made the majority of the "Farm", and companion series available now for PRIME members, so be sure to search the other titles on here!
I really appreciate that British television (namely by the BBC) creating such fascinating, and informative historical docu-reality series like these!
For those new to the "Farm" series, you get to experience a whole year into every aspect of farm life during the era depicted.
There's animal husbandry, gardening, homemade remedies, recipes; even the origin of certain sayings, and other educational tidbits!
The team utilizes "modern" technology/tools of that time period.
Various guest historians who are experts of certain fields are featured for even more of a rounded experience.
It's so thoroughly immersive that it's as if you're transported back in time!
In conclusion, if you love history, and wonder what it was really like to live in the past, I highly recommend the entire "Farm", and companion series!
As an aside, there's hardly anything to compare it to in the US.
PBS did film, and air 3 U.S. based docu-reality series in the earlier 2000's, from three different periods: "Colonial House" (1620's), "Frontier House" (1880's), and "Texas Ranch House" (late 1860's).
While good in themselves, I've much preferred ones produced in the UK.