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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UQUSH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 12-page viewer’s guide with articles on the history of Cornwall, St. Michael’s Mount, preserving the Cornish language, seafaring in Cornwall, and Cornwall on screen
  • Photo galleries
  • Plus discussion questions at

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Editorial Reviews

Spend a Cornish summer amid glorious scenery and fascinating people

Cornwall with Caroline Quentin is a rollicking ride through southern England’s coastal playground, where surfers catch big waves, vintners harvest sun-ripened grapes, and pirates swarm over a medieval fortress. Host Quentin brings plenty of charming wit to this wide-ranging travelogue, but it’s the quirky locals and stunning scenery that truly steal the show.

The Cornish peninsula stretches into the Atlantic Ocean for hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline, where aristocrats live in centuries-old manors and beachcombers barbecue lobster by the water. At every turn, Quentin dives headlong into the summer festivities, joining the locals at a quaint village pub and cheering on a regatta composed of not-so-seaworthy vessels. The distinctively English spirit of carefree adventure and conviviality shines through every scene, as Quentin explores its history and attractions.

Actress Caroline Quentin starred in the hit series Men Behaving Badly and Blue Murder. Twice the winner of the British Comedy Award, Quentin has also presented several documentaries, including Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India and Restoration Home.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed January 5, 2013
By Curious
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Cornwall is one of the loveliest areas of England. I purchased this to remember our wonderful trip there, to see the sights once again of the place where my maternal grandparents came from. Rarely have I been so disappointed. This is a dvd of people going fishing, renting homes, operating vineyards and men looking silly with stuffed bosoms. My ancestors and my relatives there must be horrified at the portrayal of these lovely people. There were very few of the beautiful places I loved so much--other than some nice scenery on the coast by the cliffs, but the narrator gave no idea where these were. Mousehole is pretty but all we got to see was someone renting a tiny home there. I'm sure Dylan Thomas found many more interesting things there. Mt. St. Michael is beautiful but not the pirate event shown. Where was St. Ives? Tintagel, the supposed home of King Arthur? The palm trees and incredible garden in Penzance? The history? If anyone knows of a dvd that covers the history, the uniqueness and the many interesting places, I'll be the first in line to buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more scenery November 23, 2012
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There was a lot of repetition in this DVD. We saw the same footage repeatedly throughout the whole series. I would have preferred more villages and scenery than was shown.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where're The Interesting Bits? December 12, 2012
When you are faced with the incredible beauty of Cornwall and the fascinating great houses, why do you want to waste your time listening over and over again to the same information about eight subjects: a vintner, a chef, an organic gardener, a young couple with a successful beachside eatery, the gardening guild of Issy, the guide of St. Michael's Mount, and the owner of a historic home? Only the historic home held any interest for me; the others just filled the 8 episodes with the same shots over and over again, the same faces, the same phrases.

This was a real waste of an opportunity to be really interesting. Why not have tours of Llanhydrock, Trelessick, Fowey (!), St. Ives or any of the truly picturesque towns with their quaint streets? I mean, to get all the way out to St. Michael's Mount and only see the exterior walk to the Giant's Well made me positively howl in frustration.

Must've had a limited budget, and it shows. I wish I'd saved my money on this DVD, although Caroline Quentin made a charming narrator.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, Repetitive, Repetitive November 17, 2012
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If you are looking for a tour of Cornwall and its wonderful remote views and paths unknown to the average tourist - this is not it! The eight episodes are more of an advertisement for various aspects of touring possibilities - a winery, a campsite, a rental agency, Mousehole, and a few other spots. Each episode repeats exactly what went on in the prior episode.... all in all - lovingly made with a nice feeling about the Cornish folk - but we all know that already - and really would have liked to see more of the geographic and architectural treasures and have much less repetition. Not worth $40.00!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwall with Caroline Quentin March 15, 2013
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A pretty good DVD, but a bit repetitive with each episode. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the history/countryside as opposed to cheese making or wine making.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misnamed January 6, 2013
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This disappointed in that it only visited a very few of the many interesting places in Cornwall. There was a lot of repetition of characters and scenery. One visit to each site would have been sufficient, had it been comprehensive and not so disjointed. It almost seemed like a promotion for a camp site, a holiday rental agency, and a local winery. The St. Michael's Mount visit was the best part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Much Scenery February 7, 2014
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I ordered this for the scenery and was disappointed that there was not much at all. Brief scenes of beauty but most of it centered on people and some different sports they were doing IE fishing, camping, boating etc. Unbelievable to be included were scenes showing a house when a Realtor type showed up to appraise the listing/house (or so it seemed).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Cornwall, the jewel of England, lovely September 17, 2012
This in-depth Cornwall travelogue concentrates as much on Cornish locals as it does the enchanting awe-inspiring land and seascapes. It is so enticing; it should come with prepaid airline tickets and itinerary to Cornwall. Is it a documentary or is it a UK tourist advertisement? What a joy it would be to get to spend a summer in Cornwall, as did the humorous host, Caroline Quentin (Blue Murder: Complete Collection).

SDH SUBTITLES for all 8 episodes. Each about 22 min.
~~~~~1 Cornish region food, old properties, and meet some locals including surfers, wine grape farmers, even a fishing boat ride to supply day-caught sushi shops.
~~~~~2 Quentin, with her own Cornish roots, checks out a local bent on attracting seasonal residents; a German film crew on location; then the odd gig rowing event--cross dressing race.
~~~~~3 St. Michael's Mount is about as Medieval Magical as Cornwall gets. Smugglers and pirates also for this episode balanced, although, by dollops of Cornish crème.
~~~~~4 World Belly board champs come in all ages for the scenic surf of chapel Porth Beach. That's quite different than Mousehole, a place that attracts others.
~~~~~5 Historic 16th Century houses, Cornish locals' genealogy, and vast herds of fallow deer all provide a look back at tradition--including ghosts. Tin mining engine houses are a grande place to eat pasties.
~~~~~6 A country camping look where guests help on the farm activities/chores. Another look for a small home in Mousehole which demand high prices. A personal St Michael's Mount look too.
~~~~~7 St. Issey joins in the `Cornwall In Bloom' competition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
Beautiful country and was so glad to get to see some of it. I was hoping for more "sight seeing" kind of thing and not so much about local festivals,etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PMG
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cornwall
After watching the series "Doc Martin," my wife an I decided to buy this travelogue. Despite some repetition, we found it to be an excellent description by a seasoned... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert C. Whitten
4.0 out of 5 stars Filmed before the storms!
The southern part of England known as Cornwall has to be one of most romantic and beautiful places on the planet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, mythical, Cornwall
I love Cornwall, and so it is obvious why I selected these DVDs. (2) If you visit England take time out of your trip to explore Cornwall, it's beautiful, rugged, and full of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by enpointeagain
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done!
Gorgeous cinematography, and you get a really feel for this special place with Caroline Quentin! Wow! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Parisanne20
5.0 out of 5 stars vicarious vacation
I loved this dvd series! It was truly delightful to spend some vicarious time in Cornwall. It is so refreshing to meet the real people who live there and aren't actors, but every... Read more
Published 15 months ago by randi j winters
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a good look at a beautiful county.
This is a reasonably good first time look for anyone interested in this beautiful county.
What spoils it though is a lot of timewasting showing off upper class bed & breakfast... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John S. Good
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