Reviewed by Gillian Stirrup
Another great series from the makers of Victorian Farm, starring Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold, recreating another classic era of time this time the year 1500 in Sussex England.
The presenters once again take on the daily life working and running of a monastery farm which includes farming and crafting which they all do in real settings. The monastery’s dominated craft making, wines making and cloth production, this is an amazing look into the dramatic part of history under the reign of the first Tudor king Henry VIII, a fascinating part of British history. We see the actors wearing original costumes and with no modern equipment they begin the life in the monastery beginning with the true basics showing us as the series goes along what they have learnt as they live this life walking in the footsteps of Tudors. Living in the Tudor era was a dangerous violent era, hard times to live and survive.
The farm team arrive at Weald & Downland in West Sussex. Tackling domestic tasks from lighting fires with flint to making meals with crops. Ruth gets down to writing the farm accounts, Peter makes a shearing bench and tends to the many sheep,Ruth begins to make cheese from the sheep’s milk so she can sell at the market and learns how to make bread and ale. All the tasks needed to survive on the farm are shown throughout the series.
The DVD consists of two DVD’s, length 380 minutes, filmed at the Weald and Downland open air museum. Special features include Photo Gallery, Behind the Scenes, and Subtitles. This DVD is an informative trip through time, with a light hearted look at the trials and tribulations the actors went through learning to live the life.
An excellent informative DVD from the BBC and Acorn DVD which I knew it would be as the Victorian Farm was also great. A MUST BUY for hours of excellent TV filled education with drama and laughs, you won’t be disappointed.
Available to buy from Acorn DVD here.