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Land Girls, Series Three (2012)


Land Girls

When first I read about this award-winning afternoon drama, I was curious about it. Now in its third series, it was out to prove there is more to it than pretty faces in this series of five hour-long episodes.

Working the country farmland where it's quiet makes it easy to forget there's a war raging. But the women of Hoxley manor don't remain untouched. They're mourning the loss of one of their own in Rose Bailey. A land girl working on the Finch farm, she was one of the victims of an isolated bombing, and none of the girls take it well. In particular it hits the young, red-headed Iris Dawson (Lou Broudbent), who was billeted the same day as she was, hard.

Though she doesn’t take the her loss of privacy well, Lady Hoxley (Sophie Ward) has given permission for her home to be used as a hospital and into the chaos of admitting the wounded walks Dr. Richard Channing (Dominic Mafham), a former beau of the proper Lady Hoxley. Coinciding with Dr. Channing’s arrival is Mr. Tucker (Paul Ritter), the brother of the disgraced Dennis Tucker. Needing work, Frank hires on at the Finch farm that is now run solely by the land girls and Farmer Finch (Mark Benton). Frank’s presence stirs up trouble with a neighboring farmer who accuses the now missing Dennis of attempting to kill him. More conflict arises between the two when Farmer Storey’s son takes a shine to Iris and Frank assumes the role of her protector.

The "mother" figure of the land girls, Esther Reeves (Susan Cookson) has her hands full. Her own secrets now have revealed a different side to her “makeshift family” and her son, Martin (Mykola Allen) is growing up while his father is a POW. Meanwhile, Joyce (Becci Gemmell) is faced with heartache and the impetuous Connie (Seline Hizli), in the midst of planning her wedding to the local vicar, Henry (Gwilym Lee), is faced with her own past when trouble comes a-calling.

TV REVIEW | Land Girls, Series Two (2011)

Though it may not have much “substance,” Land Girls has enough charm to keep its viewership happily under its spell. Everything is quite lovely to look at including the costumes though bloggers and trivial tidbits say they are far from authentic, the sets and situations the characters are put in has to be period authentic to the 1940’s, even if it is in minor customs. All of the characters continue to be easily likable. Connie continued to be a source of humorous antics as we watch her fall more in love with “Vic.” Played by a new actor this go-round, I couldn’t help but miss Seline’s chemistry with the actor who portrayed Henry in the second set. She is still obviously in love with Henry (even willing to sacrifice her happiness for his safety), but she and Lee aren’t nearly as cute together. Then, keeping with the character line, one normally strong character becomes less of an upstanding pillar of ethics, and is knocked down a bit in our estimation because of choices she makes.

Plotting is so much stronger than viewers give it credit for. Each series has progressively grown in the best sense and it makes me sad that there isn’t a fourth set on the horizon although if nothing else ever appears on our screens, the ending is one of happiness. In the beginning, this show was thought of as clichéd and a sweet-natured WWII era piece of fluff and even with some clichéd story-lines, Land Girls has come a long way. The themes are darker and the mysteries more catching – even tricking us into a false sense of security. If you haven’t introduced yourselves to the Land Girl’s who kept the home fires burning, check out this delightful series.

CONTENT: There are minor implications that Connie wants a sexual relationship with her fiancé though he treats her with nothing but respect claiming she is “worth the wait.” Gossip reveals she was intimate with former flames and a married woman likewise engaged in a one night stand resulting in pregnancy [she has an abortion that makes her ill]. One other couple is shown in bed together, clothed. There may be a minor profanity or two. Two characters are beaten up, one dies; another man dies from being shot in the back. There are a few shots of wounded men in the hospital with a variety of injuries, some act out because of wounds that have made them mentally unwell. The series is rated TVPG.
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  1. Thank you for your wonderful topics :)

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  2. Sounds like an interesting show! :D

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  3. love love love the new name (I actually don't know how new it is, but it's the first time i've seen it, it's been so long! I apologize for that!) thank you for your comments, great review, I've never heard of this before!
    Juliet

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  4. Entrumpelung - thank you for dropping by. :-)

    Lydia - it is! I always enjoy it as cute and "relaxing" programming.

    Juliet - thank you! It is relatively new... since late July or so. I have great fun playing around with the design and such. Sure - I always enjoy dropping by to comment. Thank you for commenting - visit whenever you can. :-D

    This series is sweet. It's one of those that just makes you smile and is relaxing without the same intrigue of, say... Foyle's War. Enjoy if/when you see it!

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  5. A World War II series spotlighting war-torn Britain and ladies instead of soldier gents?? I love the '40s era and I am so watching. Thanks for your insightful review, Rissi! Must. Rent. :-)

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  6. This is worth checking into, Gwendolyn. Since it first began it has transitioned into more than just "cute" fluff. Let me know what you think of it. :-)

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  7. I've seen this on netflix instant and been intrigued, but I wasn't sure if it would be worth the try. (my family and I were recently disappointed in another lesser-known WWII miniseries.) Now I know I at least have to give it a try. =)

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  8. Oh, really...? Which series was that?

    Contrary to my initial opinions, I thought I'd detest BBC going more with latter eras in their costume dramas but I've come to love the 20's - 40's, mainly thanks to 'Downton.' It is a different era, yes, but I think it has a lot to offer.

    This series is sweet with some nice mystery and such thrown in for good measure; although S3 leaves me disappointed in one character... I got over it. ;-D I'd love to know what you think of this if / when you see it, AnnaKate! :-)

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