A whimsical odyssey across rural England as author and broadcaster Nigel Farrell decides to escape the frustrations of the city and sets off in search of the perfect village. The task isn't as easy as he'd imagined but, 2,000 miles after setting off from London, and just as he's beginning to think there's no such village, Nigel stumbles upon the most peaceful village in a place he least expected.
In 1989 this fellow is fed up with city life and goes in search of the perfect village. He finds several towns where "time stands still" filled with pensioners and sheep. The premise is thin, but the focus is on the scenery and it is beautiful to see these nods to history that manage to plug along. As a viewer in 2014 I kept wondering what happened to those villages in the past 25 years and wished I could see updates.
I lived in the east of England about eight years ago. Furthermore I had a red Morris Minor( identical interior and exterior to the vehicle he drove) shipped to the United States when I moved back. This is a charming look at village life circa 1990 England, which is noticeably different to how most Englanders live. From the scene with the fox hunt dogs to the morris dancers, a torrent of emotions came back to me. My England days probably have been the best days of my life so far. Those that criticized the film probably don't have a firm grasp of british culture or humo(u)r. This was made for the British audience, not Americans. If you want to start learning about England I'd suggest watching Rick Steves, or read some Bill Bryson, who would explain the differences between America and England alot clearer. Ironic that we both even came to the same conclusion to the most livable arraignment, that is, a small village right next to a gigantic metropolis. Like he said the best of both worlds. On a side note, I just read that Nigel Farrell, the narrator, died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, rest in peace.
What can I say; I'm an anglophile. I loved it. I'm 72 years old and I'll never travel again. I went to Great Britain in my twenties and though I'm an American and proud of it; I occasionally dream of the sedate, predictable old England of Agatha Christie. I certainly wouldn't fit in there, or be accepted, but I hold out a silly fondness for it. Go figure.
Originally saw this on PBS when it came out. Loved it. Great spots visited. Great alternative to the usual trappings of London. If less time spent on scripted adhoc moments, and more real villages and rural life scenes, it would be damn near perfect! Sadly the presenter passed away recently.
If you have ever been to England I am sure you will enjoy this lovely romp through many picturesque villages. I have actually been to one of the villages featured and was very surprised to see it shown. Such a different way of life. Can't imagine living in a small town that hasn't built anything new since the 1700's!
A must for any Anglophile. The film provides a very interesting look at various picturesque villages within England. Highly recommended for anyone who likes vacationing to England and enjoys English culture. RIP to the lovely tv presenter in this doc, Nigel Farrell.