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Land Girls (2010)

Nathaniel Parker , Sophie Ward , Steve Hughes  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nathaniel Parker, Sophie Ward
  • Directors: Steve Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 223 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YOZNC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Land Girls" on IMDb

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Land Girls, a popular series from the BBC, follows four members of the Women's Land Army--women who worked on British farms during World War II for the war effort. Nancy (Summer Strallen), Joyce (Becci Gemmell), Bea (Jo Woodcock), and Annie (Christine Bottomley, The Street) find their lives turned upside down by their experiences--including pregnancy, adultery, losing a husband, suspicion of collaboration, racial strife, class schisms, and more--at Pasture Farm. Rattling off the story elements like that makes Land Girls sound by-the-numbers, but that's far from the case--though the subplots may seem familiar to any war-on-the-home-front tale, the treatment is intelligent, compassionate, and wonderfully acted. The central and supporting characters are skillfully drawn and vivid, while the script never gets mired in sentiment--for any moment that may feel a little pat, there's another that's bittersweet and rich with the contradictions of life. Particularly strong performances include Danny Webb (Alien 3) as a Home Guard sergeant whose patriotism sours into paranoia, Nathaniel Parker as the gracious but weak-willed lord of the farm manor, and Susan Cookson as a matron forced to betray the girls' privacy. All in all, a warm, compelling drama. --Bret Fetzer

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WINNER / Best Daytime Programme / Broadcast Awards

Doing their bit for the war

Set in England during the Second World War, Land Girls is a five-part drama that captures the sacrifices and experiences of four young women in the Women's Land Army. Sharing hardships and working alongside captured POWs, Annie, Bea, Joyce and Nancy toil in the fields to grow food for the war effort.

Commissioned by the BBC to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the start of World War II, Land Girls is a tribute to all the women who answered their country's call for service to do their bit on the home front, while their men were overseas, fighting the enemy.

Episodes: Childhood's End / Secrets / Codes of Honour / Trekkers / Destinies


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186 of 198 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some parts are not historically accurate October 31, 2010
By S. Sapp
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I ordered this series in honor of my mother's best friend, Evah, who was actually in the Land Army during the war, and married an American soldier & came to the US after the war to live & raise her family. She has always fascinated me with her stories of how she would work in the fields, and how the "Yanks" would behave towards the women in the villages. As I sat down with Evah & my mother to watch this, I was so disappointed when she pointed out several inaccuracies from the get go. Namely, the way the girls dressed as they were working in the fields. They were required to wear uniforms, & no girl would ever be in the fields in "short shorts" or "polka dot blouses". Also, if any of the girls got pregnant, they were sent home. They would not have been allowed to remain in the Land Army. Another inaccuracy was the fact that my friend hardly saw any black soldiers in her village. The units were not segregated at that point. She said there were never signs up saying "whites only". There were no American female Army Officers in charge of the men at that time either, because women were serving as nurses, or in clerical positions at that point in history.

I don't know why the producers of this series felt that they had to make it politically correct. It was blatantly meant to be an insult to the United States.

Having said all of that, I would recommend this series to anyone who loves British TV as much as I do. I would just want to warn you about the inaccuracies that were pointed out to me by my friend who was there, and lived it!
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit WLA 1940s January 12, 2011
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Excellent drama. Took me back to the 1940s when I was a young teenage sailor operating with the british fleet out of Plymouth, England. The Land Girls used to come to the railroad station to hook up with lonely, friendly Yanks. They were a happy bunch and very flirtatious. Just wanted to have fun with someone who could take them to tea or lunch. They really liked to pull our legs about things we knew nothing about. A perfect picture for a memoriable timein UK history.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Award winning drama with Nathaniel Parker October 11, 2010
By Susan
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Land Girls is a drama delving into the lives of four women of the Women's Land Army in England and how their stories interconnect. While sharing hardships and working the land, they build a unity that they'll remember a lifetime. The scenery is gorgeously filmed and Nathaniel Parker stunningly plays the Lord of the Manor along with his wife played spot on by Sophie Ward. This 2 disc series brilliantly captures the spirit of the Women's Land Army while dramatizing the personal stories of the four women and their environs to tug on the viewer's heart and mind. No wonder this wonderful BBC dramatic series won awards.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII British `DRAMA' as experienced through a few women January 28, 2011
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A DRAMA, not documentary, done expertly by BBC to honor the service women gave in WWII. It takes a rap for changes, such as costume color, but the experience of seeing a stunning filming of a very dramatic portrayal of the times is well worth the liberty taken for the sake of aesthetic license. The spirit of the times and of the ladies is there. There is an episode that shows almost all of the unpleasantries that also goes along with wartime. One episode continues to the next.

Of course viewers can recognize that not every soldier and civilian lived a life exactly like the characters of this fictional presentation. One uncaring Yank does not make an army of such. As in the wonderful series "Foyle's War", the episodes offer glimpses into the 40's time, and a taste of the home front war. It is sometimes so spectacular in visual imagery that one forgets it is wartime. The acting is spot on. Costumes convincing, sets true. You will be enriched, enlightened, see romance and humor, as well as suffer the losses felt by characters. You will wish for more.

UNFORTUNATELY NO SUBTITLES OR CC, or bonus materials.
5 Episodes (aired Sep. of 2009) each about 45 min. Each episode advances in time by about 3 months.
Childhood's End
The village of Helmstead changes with the arrival of Joyce and Nancy. Joyce has a new enlisted RAF hubby, Nancy is drafted to the fields. They join Annie and 17-year-old sis Bea at Hoxley Hall, that of Lord Lawrence & Lady Ellen Hoxley. Pasture Farm is also assisted by Frederick Finch and son, Billy. Women's Land Army Girls are overseen by Esther Reeves (her hubby a POW) who has a son with her, Martin. The secondary plot has Yank troops caught up in segregation issues, and one lady-loving Corporal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young women and WW II February 7, 2011
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I am a BIG fan of "Foyles War" and found "Land Girls" a continuation of the story of the young women who came to rural Britian to escape the bombing raids. I imagine that the story is very true-to-life for land owners, laborers and the girls who did a man's job on the farms. Forbidden love affairs keep it very interesting!!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disneyfied quasi history January 7, 2013
I would have thought that sexism was more pervasive than racism , but it was taken for granted that men were the 'real' people.
Having women doing 'a man's job' used to be a very complex subject, not without social conflict.
The cutie poses of these actresses immediately illustrate how far from history this treatment is.
Just Google 'women's land army' for accurate photos. Those women wore uniforms and were proud of it.
There was a concept of 'showing one's best form', which had nothing to do with looking coquetish, flirty or 'cute'.
Seems it must be easy to forget that every hour of every day in wartime,every little action could mean the difference between becoming a conquered people, or not.
I would not recommend this particular series, it has the Disney-fied feel of Irish spring soap commercials.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a present.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl L. Cowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Series- could have been a really great series
Entertaining and enjoyable series. However, characters are a bit one dimensional and the plots are predictable. Most of the acting is pretty good. Some, a little over the top. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grace Catledge
1.0 out of 5 stars Take the A Train - but not in this show
Didn't anyone notice that when the black American soldiers were thrown out of the dance by the very bossy GI woman (forgive me, Sheryl Sandberg), that the white English band struck... Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. F Fulbright
5.0 out of 5 stars Land Girls were a hit
Love the British programing and "The Land Girls " certainly entertaining. The stories seemed to be taken from actual records, very believable.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the mark by inches
Land Girls sounds interesting by the professionals blurbs, but watching it is a different thing.
Not that it's a rare thing to digress from the storyline of English women... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane Dryden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mini-series
I wish I had found these 7 years earlier, as I had a dear friend who was a member of the Women's Land Army during WWII. She may have liked to have seen this.
Published 8 months ago by Chuck Vellone
5.0 out of 5 stars You go girls!
In truth, it wasn't the girls that led me to this film, although as it happens, they are terrific. Rather, it was Nathaniel Parker. Read more
Published 8 months ago by candemonium
4.0 out of 5 stars Land Girls
I bought this as a Christmas gift so I will have to wait and hear about its quality after Christmas.
Published 10 months ago by Paula J Sherer
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST HAVE ALL SERIES
SUPER VIEWING FOR BBC LOVERS. I HOPE MORE SERIES BECOME AVAILABLE SOON.
YOU REALLY GET INVOLVED IN THE STORY LINE
Published 11 months ago by L.M. PETERSHEIM
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great
I watched all three series of this show, and overall I'm not feeling compelled to continue with it. I'm sure that it will appeal to some people who like BBC period dramas. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Liz
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