At Home With the Georgians
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Amanda Vickery narrates and guides the viewer through 3 hours divided into; `A man's place' - explaining how his home showed and demonstrated his success as a man and his place in society; `A woman's touch' - the way the lady of the house made this home hers and the change in design and decorating in this time period. ; and `Safe at home'- the dangers for a home owner and how they guarded and protected themselves and their property.
The viewer is given tours through various Georgian homes and looks at Vickery go through many letters, diaries and lists of Georgian life. There are some reenactments and speaking parts other than Vickery, but one might grow tired of hers being almost the only voice in this program, talking and reading without another voice for most of the time
A viewer has to be really interested in Georgian homes and decorating to appreciate this set; but if you are, this will be extremely interesting and enjoyable.
I thought the dvd was informative but had some problems with it. First, the DVD did not appear to have subtitles. This was a problem for me, because one of my family members is hard of hearing and she has particular trouble with accents. Second, at times I felt the presenter manner felt a bit like she was editorializing and leaping to conclusion. I felt sorry for the historical figure she commented looked unattractive, and jowly, and how disappointed she was in his appearance. I would have preferred a more objective narration. I also found the modern music piped in during certain key revelations to be a bit strange and distracting. I know the music was meant to emphasize her point, but it felt oddly out of place.
I did find interesting in particular the discussion of single women and their lives. The home A la Ronde was beautiful.
Overall, while I found it informative, I'm not sure it is worth a re-watch. Perhaps if it was narrated differently.
But I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in watching docu-drama type of films about British History.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining and informational. Glad I purchased this DVD for my own pleasure and also surprised to find many aspects of this time in history
that I was unaware of.
Excellent gift for my brother who collects antiques of this period. I'm thrilled to find something as unique for him.Published on December 19, 2013 by Leisha
This seems to be a very well researched series, with a host who knows her stuff and brings her subject to life. Excellent production values, great visuals, good re-enactments. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Blacklace 50
This dvd collection was a great value and terrific to watch. This is wondeful series to watch for the BBC fans!Published on March 26, 2013 by joyce1