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6 Degrees Entertainment

Land Girls: The Complete Collection
(Susan Cookson, Becci Gemmell, Jo Woodcock, Mark Benton, Mykola Allen, et al / 6-DVD / NR / 2021 / PBS)

Overview: Follow the lives, loves, highs, and lows of members of the Women’s Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.

As men fought on the battlefields, women from all walks of life worked the farms that fed the nation, doing their part to keep the home front running.

DVD Verdict: I totally love any BBC period series and lap them up especially when I can watch them in one hit! In my opinion, Home Fires, was a much stronger series with great actors and great dialogue for the characters grew and you could bond with them.

Sadly here in Land Girls, I immediately got disappointed, with the whole American segregation thing. Not again, I thought, but thank goodness it did not last long!

Young girl meats Yank. Falls pregnant. Oh hum! The last episode was good, damn, I wish that had been the first, but still chock full of historical and medical inaccuracies, sadly.

And not to give too much away, but the one with the detached retina was enough to make you shake your head! Also, the whole abortion bit, with the doctor from the makeshift hospital coming to save a botched procedure!

He would have to report it. No two ways about it. I mean, come on now, just how did Joyce, who was a hairdresser before the war, became a land army girl and then a nurse? Did I miss her doing 4 years somewhere?!

The shining stars were definitely the leading ladies of the series. Especially of note was the fine acting prowess of Susan Cookson as Esther Reeves, the senior WLA lady, and her specific moral challenges she encounters.

In contrast, Celine Hizli (Connie Carter) performed her role with the finesse of a D-Day invasion. Interesting to watch Mykola Allen (Martin Reeves) mature through the series as his real-life puberty developed in real-time on screen.

OK, yes, fine, Land Girls is a daytime soap opera (which must surely have been a given to anyone who started watching it from the off), but the position of women in Britain during the war and the dynamics that could and did occur are a part of history that also shapes the future for that society.

Despite all that, I really did enjoy the series (which was created for BBC Daytime broadcast and received several Daytime TV Awards) and hope for more to come, but as this is the Complete Collection I fear my hopes are still in vain.

This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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