Thursday, 13 January 2011

Land Girls - BBC series 1 - Review

The Blurb...
Land Girls follows the lives and loves of four girls away from home during the Second World War all doing their bit for Britain. Nancy, Joyce, Bea and Annie have joined the Women's Land Army for very different reasons, but they all share a common goal to help serve their country and to help win the war. As they adapt to their new surroundings and begin the hard work, they realise that their lives will change forever.

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Aired as part of the BBC's 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain last year, winning Best Daytime Programme award and catching me purely by chance, I have to say this was a treat of a show. It is not outstandingly, applauding brilliant, but it was better than any other day time TV offerings at the time and most certainly worth a look in.

I do wish that it had been made for evening viewing, as I think it could have done with being a little grittier and that the subject of the WLA is deserving of a prime time evening slot. But then again, I am possibly biased.

Nancy Morrell played by Summer Strallen
( hair roll envy)

In essence, it is a charming story of 4 girls who volunteer for the WLA. The shows writers have done a fair job of portraying the life of a Land Girl, the friendships that were forged and the way that it changed their lives.

 Annie Barratt played by Christine Bottomley
(cardigan envy)

However, Series 1 was a little tame at points. It could have potentially also touched on the hardships that were endured by some women at hands of the farmers wife, farm staff or POW's. As I blogged about this on my main blog back in October, I think it is an important part of their story. Hence the need for it to be on in the evening, in my humble opinion.

Joyce played played by Becci  Gemmel
(dungaree envy)

My own niggles aside, it is a fine show that flows well. This I attribute to the actresses who play the main parts, not to mention the supporting cast members.

It is also a grand show to nab wardrobe ideas (I have serious cardigan envy from Annie's outfit above compounding the fact that I must learn to knit!!!) and hair styling looks from.


 

 
Bea played by Jo Woodcock
(entire outfit envy)

 

The 1st series is out on DVD already, and the 2nd series is due to start on the BBC next week -  starting on Monday 17th January on BBC1 at 14.15.


For a full write up on the characters, which will give you a background from the 1st series -  check out the official home page.

I shall most definitely be watching it on catch-up (or what ever your alternative may be) of an evening. I heartily recommend you do too.

Perhaps it will touch a little more on the darker side of a Land Girls life. Or perhaps it will carry on the same, remaining safe and settling. I'd wager it shall be the latter. Not that it is a bad thing, not at all.

41 comments:

  1. I totally agree that the first series would have benefited from being for an evening audience as it did feel a little sanatised at times! But none the less another good old cosy BBC period drama!
    Totally gave me a cardigan addiction too!

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  2. Ooh thanks for the post as I didn't realise that a second series had been made - definately essential viewing. I'm with you and Wendy on the last series, as it could have done with a bit more emphasis on the harshness that the Land Girls experienced. But saying that, I'm now looking forward to the new series.

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  3. Tis very spooky! But then again great minds think alike and all that! There was certainly a lot of clothes envy with me too- ah the knitwear!
    Very true with them not showing the hardships- all a little to airy-fairy, but then again you don’t want anything too depressing for the daytime viewers. Land Girls the film is little more realistic, me thinks.
    Tups xxx

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  4. I MUST set the sky thingy to record this! I'm a total sucker for any ww2 programmes.

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  7. Oh I totally agree that a later slot would have been a great benefit...but nonetheless, I LOVED this series! And have massive clothes/hair envy...particularly Bea's wedding dress. It was the most beautiful one I've ever seen! xx

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  8. Loved this series. I just bought it over Christmas and really enjoyed seeing it - now I am looking forward to S2's arrival in my mailbox. =)

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