Posted: 14/09/2012 at 13:16
(In case Frank & DK think I've not seen any of the programmes!) - I finally got around to watching Episode 1 on i-player last night, after I'd seen the second episode. As Frank says, it looks as though they've done a bit more research this time - though (to me at least) there are still mistakes which make me want to throw something at the TV - part of the script last night seemed (I thought) to infer that barley had been more commonly used for bread-making than wheat. I don't think that's the case. The sileage-making attempt was dire..........people would have been much more likely to try to line a pit/clamp with the corrugated iron rather than stand it on top of the ground - and as for how they pitchforked the greenstuff into it - well...............talk about passing the furniture in through a window whilst the front door's open....................... I see that Ruth still can't find the nailbrush - and she hasn't looked at any of the ample film footage of the war years in order to learn how to tie & wear what we called "a turban". I agree with Frank when he says that the kitchen range wouldn't have gone out, so there'd have been no need for the paraffin stove in a farm kitchen. Portable paraffin room heaters for elsewhere in the house maybe....
I suppose they had fun trying to make that mole plough - but I'd like to have seen what the blacksmith's own version would have been. Without some sort of brace + a whole lot more weight it was never going to work, was it? Considering this was supposed to be the early part of the war and farmers wouldn't yet have got used to having The Land Army around (and therefore seeing women doing things on the farm that were always hitherto considered "Men's Work") I was surprised to see Ruth driving the tractor at this stage of the series.
I suppose I'd have to say "improved, but could do better" if you asked me how I thought the two programmes so far compare with the previous series - but it does irritate me when I see things in the background that I know weren't around then - that coach-built pram was much later than 1940 I reckon, ditto the sort of hay-bale I saw one chap carrying.
Frank's version of how things really were is, as always, well worth reading. Thanks, Frank!