‘OLD COUNTRY’ Jack Hargeaves’ TV programmes – series 1, 2 & 3 on DVDs (60 programmes)

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A unique opportunity to watch Jack Hargreaves’ ‘Old Country’ at £1.50 per programme. ‘Old Country’ was made independently for Channel 4 who broadcast Series 1 nationally two times and Series 2 and 3 only once. Here are all 3 Series, 60 programmes, on 12 DVDs, remastered for you from the original 1 inch format tapes by Dave Knowles, editor on the ‘Out of Town’ series on Southern Television and producer of the whole of the series of 60 ‘Old Country’ programmes. P&p will be added at cost at the end of your ordering.

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with Jack Hargreaves

3 series of 20 programmes

(60 programmes in all)

Visit again the quiet country spot that was Jack Hargreaves.

Following the 1981 closing of Southern Television (STV were the producers of Jack Hargreaves’ long running Out of Town series), Jack made 60 Old Country programmes, first with the independent company ‘Lacewing Productions’ (series 1 & 2) and then with ‘The Production Unit’ (series 3). Old Country was broadcast nationwide on independent television from 1983 – 1985.

Scroll down this post for the full list of the 60 programmes included in the 3 series of Old Country.

My husband, Dave Knowles, was the producer for all 3 series of Old Country, and before that he was the editor at Southern Television for Out of Town.

Jack had come up in television from the first days of TV broadcasting and he had his own highly successful ways of producing programmes. His first and highly successful series with Southern TV was Gone Fishing, which started in 1959. As with Gone Fishing, for Out of Town and for Old Country Jack only ever took one cameraman with him. All of the location filming was shot on film without sound, the cameraman working intuitively (and for the most part silently) with Jack. For Out of Town the cameraman was Stan Brehaut, and for Old Country it was Steve Wagstaff whom you can see on the Series 1 DVD cover. 

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OLD COUNTRY Series One DVD cover showing Jack in a cart with Steve Wagstaff, Cameraman.

When the filming was done, Jack would chat with Dave about the stories to be included in a programme, then Dave would edit the location pieces adding sound effects where needed. Jack would return to the edit suite to look through a batch of the edited pieces in case they needed any amendments and next it was the studio shoot with Jack’s shed.

I sat in on one of the studio shoots. When Jack got talking you couldn’t stop him – and you didn’t want to – he had a rare gift as a raconteur. In the pub his stories would have you crying with laughter. In the studio though he was not hilarious, just keen and knowledgeable in his favourite topic – the countryside.

Lights, camera up to speed, clapper board, and Jack did his introductory piece to camera. He then turned to look at the monitor which showed the edited location stories and commentated without faltering until he was counted out with a show of fingers – 10, 9, 8, … 2, 1, and Jack finished his story on the dot, turning then to the camera to round off the programme. What a gift!

Jack was a mine of information, but if a viewer saw to correct him, he always said, “That’s how you learn.” 

SERIES ONE:-

Disc 1

Programme 1 Walking sticks /Hurdle maker
Programme 2 Mayfly trout/Todber stone
Programme 3 Stow Fair/Flat cart
Programme 4 Garden/Cut Mill
Programme 5 Harnessing a horse/Decent dog

Disc 2
Programme 6 SheepFair/Dabchick
Programme 7 Fishing rod/Morey’s lake
Programme 8 Tarrant valley/Circus
Programme 9 Lurchers/Rabbiting
Programme 10 Cutting up a pig

Disc 3
Programme 11 Downlands/Cattle Breeds
Programme 12 Trolley drive/Fiddleford Mill
Programme 13 Pony drift/Goats
Programme 14 Brittany spaniels
Programme 15 Bygones

Disc 4
Programme 16 Driving/Bygones
Programme 17 Steam plough/Terrier show
Programme 18 Pigeon/Sturminster Mill
Programme 19 Thatching reed/Hound show
Programme 20 Pack pony/Turk’s pond

SERIES TWO:-

Disc 1
Prog 1 – Flapping /Harvest
Prog 2 – Blagdon Horse/Bass
Prog 3 – Grayling/Cart Building/Blacksmith
Prog 4 – Cart Painting/Butterflies
Prog 5 – Childrens Fishing Competition

Disc 2
Prog 6 – Cockles/Onions
Prog 7 – Foundry/Mackerel/Look See: Folly Tower
Prog 8 – Collar Maker/River Piddle
Prog 9 – Buttons/Turnout
Prog 10 – King’s Highway

Disc 3
Prog 11 – Steam Saw/Tench
Prog 12 – Barrelmaker/Onion Strings
Prog 13 – Birds & Mink/Pacing
Prog 14 – Two Lakes/Larmer Tree
Prog 15 – American Brook Trout/Trotting

Disc 4
Prog 16 – Rabbits/About the Countryside
Prog 17 – Deserted Village
Prog 18 – Cape Cart
Prog 19 – Plaice/Harness Racing
Prog 20 – Appleby Fair/Woolfes Climb

SERIES THREE:-

Disc 1
Prog 1 – Skittles part 1 / Part 2
Prog 2 – Sheep Dipping / Battlesden Cart
Prog 3 – Sheep Washing / Flower Drive
Prog 4 – Bantams / Manes and Tails
Prog 5 – Fjord Pony / Spinning

Disc 2
Prog 6 – Driving Event / Driving and Fire Engine
Prog 7 – Lessay Dogs / Gudgeon Fishing
Prog 8 – French National Stud / Lessay Fair
Prog 9 – Artificial Insemination / Potter
Prog 10 – Huntaway Dogs / Pole Fishing

Disc 3
Prog 11 – Boadiceas Horse / Duncliffe Hill
Prog 12 – Country Houses Part 1 / Part 2
Prog 13 – Chub Fishing / Horses and Cobs
Prog 14 – Eel Net / Dipper
Prog 15 – Long Net / Farm Sale

Disc 4
Prog 16 – Wickhams Fancy / Vets Examination
Prog 17 – Cider / Cows Feet
Prog 18 – River Care / Ponds and Wild Flowers
Prog 19 – Mink Hunt / Geese
Prog 20 – Pub Crawl Part 1 / Part 2

Jacks Country book front cover 6cmW 200ppi borderYou might also like the book Jack’s Country by Paul Peacock. This is the fullest biography of Jack Hargreaves, from his childhood when he was sent off to a farm to tame his undisciplined nature and tracing his career from the early days of radio, to his war service and on to his long time in television.

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