Land Girls Series 3
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WINNER / Best Acting Performance (Female) Sophie Ward / Royal Television Society Awards
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Set in rural England during the Second World War, this highly popular, award-winning drama returns for a third 5-part series and continues to follow the lives and loves of the Land Girls who are working the fields in the Women's Land Army. New Land Girl Iris (Lou Broadbent) joins Joyce (Becci Gemmell) and Connie (Seline Hizli) on the farm, while Lady Ellen (Sophie Ward) turns Hoxley Manor into a hospital after the local military hospital is bombed.
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.
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An excellent mix plots in the storyline keeps the viewer interest. 5 episodes (originally shown during a single week) connect in a continuous war adventure that would be considered an epic if on a longer and wider land scale. It's a small community of farms but the outside horrors of war begin to reach the furors around Hoxley Manor. Old complaints of changes to period clothing colors seem to fade as the depth of the characters swell like cabbage fields.
NO SUBTITLES again. BBC cares little about hearing & dialect impaired but continues doing well with this war drama series, released 2 months after airing on DVD.
1 HOME TO ROOST---Hoxley gets converted to a hospital after the local is bombed. Dr. Channing (Dominic Mafham) at the head, oops a former Lady Ellen lover. Frank (Paul Ritter-`Vera') to the Story-Tucker feud which newest land girl Iris (Lou Broadbent) gets caught up in. Finch wrecks Mrs. Gulliver's (Carolyn Pickles) victory garden and is blackmailed to replant. Table turns when treasure found. Connie's (Seline Hizli) about to mate the Vicar till bad-past Danny (Joe Armstrong) appears. Joyce's John (Nicholas Shaw) hospitalized at Hoxley with amnesia. Thus a stage of plots is set for the remaining series.Read more ›
We've been fans of British television for quite some time (As Time Goes By, Foyle's War, etc.), and find the shows so well acted, and in the case of period drama, very well researched. We also appreciate that the shows aren't generally 'dumbed' down for the American audience.
From what I've read on other sites, quite a few people griped and complained about historical inaccuracies, which I suppose the writers/producers/set designers should have paid more attention to (like on Foyle's War), but all in all, this is still a good series, paying tribute to a part of the war effort that truly was important, and mostly overlooked.
That said, we didn't feel that series 3 was quite as good as the first two. Some major characters seemed to fade into the background (such as Mr. Finch), whereas in the first two series they were interesting and highly entertaining.
Other characters seemed to have been brought in simply to irritate - Mrs. Gulliver comes to mind. Someone who considers herself the conscience of the town, but is really nothing more than a busy body who spreads gossip and then calls herself a 'Christian' woman.
By the way that series 3 ended, they either planned it that way, or knew they were headed for cancellation. All of the loose ends were tied up, though there was obviously more storyline left for Dr. Channing, who we learn some interesting secrets about. It seems those will need to be left to our imagination. Maybe that was the point.
I do recommend the show. It's well done, well acted, and entertaining.Read more ›
The last episode in Series 3 was the coup d'gras -- every character was silly and immature. So much so that the only drama was that it was easy to predict every shallow conflict and shallower reunion. I found myself retitling the program 'Land Morons'.
I'm sorry this program disintigrated. The WLA and wartime England is an endlessly fascinating drama on many levels and Series 3 did not measure up at all.
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Middle-brow Brit show is still better than most U.S. productions. However, there is a fair share of over-acting and little care with consistency from one season to the next. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Birder Girl