The Village anyone?

(608 Posts)
PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:01:27

Just starting, I'm looking forward to this.

zukiecat Mon 01-Apr-13 18:17:59

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DadOnIce Mon 01-Apr-13 18:21:53

Why were there two teachers? It seemed like a big class of boys for such a small village.

Toasttoppers Mon 01-Apr-13 18:37:37

I really loved it, there was no divorce for the working classes then, life was very hard.

There is a place for heart warming Lark Rise to Candleford stuff but we still need gritty dramas.

For real grittiness try reading Her People and where there's life by Kathleen Dayus and The Road to Nab End by William woodruff.

smokinaces Mon 01-Apr-13 20:46:25

I enjoyed it. I don't like downton or call the midwife, but this i liked. So sad seeing them all waved off to war :-(

LittleBairn Mon 01-Apr-13 21:03:56

dad I would have though big famillies are common place in those days so lots of boys.

My great grandmother had around 15 that survived infancy, my granny always complained she was a right grumpy cow. So would I have been had I been forced into a situation of raising 15 kids with little money! These shows always make me greatful for family planning and divorce.

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Apr-13 21:18:20

I really liked it. I hope they do get to make more of it. I do feel that some of the characters were a bit cliched - abusive Northern father, rich bitch in the big house. But I do like that it focuses on what village life was like in that period - this is the sort of village all my mum's family were living in at the time. Period drama that shows working class life is almost always urban or focused on 'upstairs downstairs'.

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Apr-13 21:19:36

Meant to say: however I don't think Sunday night is a good time for it to go out. On Sunday night people want heartwarming and escapist.

KurriKurri Tue 02-Apr-13 18:44:18

I quite liked it although found it a bit slow. Don't mind that some characters are nasty- that makes it more real IMO. All that stuff about kids being forced to write with their right hand was definitely going on when my parents were at school. My grandma went into the school and told them if they tried to make my left handed uncle write with his right hand she'd come in a make hell for them. We also had a neighbour who'd been forced to write right handed and she ended up with a terrible stammer sad

Having said that, - I grew up in a very rural community, my Dad was from a poor working class back ground and used to scythe our lawn because it was 'quicker than mowing' grin - I'm a big fan of John Simm, but his scything sucks big time - stop going over and over the same bit mate, you'll get more done! No wonder your stacks went mouldy. grin

WireCatWhore Tue 02-Apr-13 23:57:22

I just watched it.
I liked it.

Ellenora5 Wed 03-Apr-13 15:13:13

I watched it last night, I'm on the fence at the moment, I will watch next week and see how it goes.

DadOnIce Wed 03-Apr-13 15:33:50

It is a bit "eee, it's grim oop Noorth." It can only get grimmer as the fallout from World War I happens... And then if it makes it as far as Series 3 we have the Great Depression to look forward to.

KurriKurri Wed 03-Apr-13 19:07:22

Little Bert doesn't seem to have a Yorkshire accent (or even a 'generic northern' one - is he adopted?

Pan Wed 03-Apr-13 19:32:48

The series wasn't filmed or supposed to be in Yorkshire tho' - it's filmed here in the Derbyshire 'Dark Peak' area, and iirc the boy's accent is pretty reasonable.

DadOnIce Wed 03-Apr-13 19:34:58

It does seem odd the way he says some words in a very different accent from his brother.

KurriKurri Wed 03-Apr-13 19:47:43

Oh - that would explain the non Yorkshire accent Pan blush <note to self - pay some attention to programmes before you slag them off! grin>

But - I still maintain the young lad has a different accent to the older boy, - and that is not realistic, one of them is surely wrong.

Pan Wed 03-Apr-13 20:04:54

s'okay - it isn't supposed to be specific to any region, I don't think. tbh I hadn't noticed the accent thing with his older brother. Which is a bit late for me now, given that the Somme is waiting for laddio.......[verysadindeed]

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Apr-13 20:13:50

The little boy is from Nottingham and therefore he has something approaching the right accent for Derbyshire where it's set.

PanicMode Thu 04-Apr-13 13:24:36

I only just managed to watch it last night- I agree with whoever upthread who said it was cliched, one dimensional, predictable nonsense, with terrible pacing. Not sure I'll be watching the next one, which is a shame as the cast is good.

Anifrangapani Sat 06-Apr-13 00:12:30

He is speaking right for Hayfield. The farm house used has been a farm house since year dot - but not in Hayfield, just across the hill.

boxershorts Sat 06-Apr-13 11:47:34

good but too slow and predicatable for people of my age

I watched it last night and loved it.

I also love Downton and have been known to watch Larkrise. But glad to see a show that is a bit more honest about how shit life was for people then.

Womwn were not respected. Children had their place. We look at the father now and see an abusive man but actually, in that era he wasnt abusive. Schools hit kids, do you think they are going to find locking the child in a cupboard wrong?

I think the big house is also where Secrets of Crickley Hall was filmed.

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:13:16

Let's see what tonight brings (more misery probably wink)

rubystiles Sun 07-Apr-13 20:27:37

Going to watch tonight, hopefully it will be a bit less depressing! The big house is where Crickley Hall was filmed, it belongs to friends of mine and the BBC asked to use it again after they'd finished filming Crickley

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:34:18

Whereabouts is it ruby? Is it near Hayfield?

rubystiles Sun 07-Apr-13 20:40:07

It's in Chapel en le Frith so not too far from Hayfield!
They changed so much in the house it was almost unrecognisable - the drive at the front of the house was added in as it was all grass before and all the wood on the staircase has been added it so the house looks a lot 'darker' than it actually is

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