The Village anyone?

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PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:01:27

Just starting, I'm looking forward to this.

diddl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:05:56

I'm watching-but confused alreadyblush

Is the guy supposed to be 112??

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:09:28

Watching, why aren't they allowed to sit?

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 31-Mar-13 21:10:59

Watching . Just for John Simm .

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:11:19

It's upsetting already. Don't know why ther aren't allowed to sit. John Simm is a nasty piece of work.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:11:39

Not sure it's going to be relaxing Sunday night show I already want this bastard to die a slow painful death.

I'm in, dad is nasty!!

This is so disturbing, nightmares tonight after watching this. Horrible bully.

Not really liking this so far sad

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:15:26

No me neither. It's going worse.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:16:49

Bastard...I'm a leftie.
Are there any decent men in this villiage or are they all abusive bastards?

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:17:38

Wed be buggered at school n them days 3 of us are left handed !!

I want Mr Selfridge back, too depressing for Sunday night.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:18:38

Now a nasty rich bitch....

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:20:21

Ah the teachers nice smile

Nice teacher, that's about it so far.

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:21:13

toughasoldboots it's gone from one extreme t' t'other!

diddl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:21:21

I was also watching for John Simm.

I wasn't looking all that closely-were there not enough chairs??

Or is it a power/abuse thing?

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:22:21

Power I thought

HumphreyCobbler Sun 31-Mar-13 21:22:28

this is rather depressing

Where are the heart warming stories of life in a village??

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:22:44

Not enough chairs I think.

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:23:42

It's a power thing.

Not particularly gripping so far.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sun 31-Mar-13 21:24:13

Nice version of 'I vow to thee my country' though.

I thought power, it has 5 more minutes and I'm giving up.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:24:51

ging tell me about it ging! I'm thankful I was born in the 1980s!
My mum was a young mum but she still remembers the comments about lefties at her very strict catholic school, so she was always particular about people not making comments to me about it. Including getting snotty with teachers who whined I rubbed along the page and messed it up.

At least the other teacher was nice.
I love period dramas but this one needs a bit less misery for me to want to continue with it.

kansasmum Sun 31-Mar-13 21:25:06

Sadly I thought this would be depressing and I'm not wrong. BBC dramas ain't what they used to be!

dingit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:25:55

I thought this would have a feel good factor, like call the midwife hmm

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:27:20

Thinking same tickety boo not understanding why they've started off so bad and harrowing. It's not entertaining, it's upsetting. Not happy, thought it would be a CTM replacement or at least 'How Green is my valley'.

I Vow To Thee My Country best bit

I am giving it 5 min too and I will suffer Dave or something unless it improves.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:27:51

For farmers of that era they seem to have a large (if sparse) house.
Love the young teacher defying the HT.

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:27:56

Its real Life thats why. Not everything was warm fire and a communial pic nic after church on May day .

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 31-Mar-13 21:28:18

And just turned over.

I know but I want a bit of escapism.

moggiek Sun 31-Mar-13 21:30:34

Spectacularly underwhelmed ....

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:31:37

Naughty little shit peaking at them.

Me too Oldboots I don't mind a bit of misery as long as it is mixed in with some nice stuff too.

Southeastdweller Sun 31-Mar-13 21:32:19

Too depressing for Easter night but will watch to the end.

dingit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:32:35

Had enough.

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:32:39

He he cheeky little boy grin

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:32:55

How about a bit of voyeurism?

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:33:44

Are with tough I can't see this getting another series, got no chance of lasting the 100 years.

There isn't anyone likeable in it, 'Cept maybe mother.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 31-Mar-13 21:34:15

Hanging on in there...

diddl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:34:21

Oh bloody hell-I've just read that it's to span 100yrs-42eps!!

No way!

That's me off!

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:35:50

Whos the young lady ?

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:36:24

42 eps well it better bloody cheer up!

dingit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:37:55

Think its 6 weeks to begin with.

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 21:38:29

I presume it goes straight into the Great War from here.

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:38:40

42 episodes?!

Even Maeve Binchy and Catherine Cookson managed better than this!

Criky, I don't want to turn off in case something good actually happens but this is s*

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 21:40:18

There's only 6 episodes. Think they are planning on making the other's to span 100 years. Based on this I can't see it happening unless it cheers up a bit. I know it's a reflection of real life but we all have real lives and want entertaining and, as someone said up thread, a feel good factor. It's Sunday night or God's sake, haven't they learned from Downton and CTM??

dingit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:41:02

Juliet Stevensons looking really old.

diddl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:41:19

OK, haven't bothered to turn over yet but not really watching iyswim.

Why is Martha at "the big house"?

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:41:27

Oh I'm liking the female teacher more, I love a good suffragettes.
Hating the ritch bitch more now she's shown she has no mind of her own.

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:42:27

Who is she anyway?

It's a bit cliched.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:43:22

Now the sons an bloody snob too.

So far the only likeable have been both teachers plus the business man plus the kids.

dingit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:43:51

I think I have wasted an hour I could have spent reading my trashy chick lit novel.

Southeastdweller Sun 31-Mar-13 21:43:57

Really looking forward to Downton coming back in September.

Don't think I'll bother watching this next week unless the preview looks more upbeat. Escapism is what I need on Sunday nights.

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 21:44:24

All 'father' needs is a scythe.

Am not paying full attention, but am a bit lost. Not sure how the characters fit together here.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:49:20

NO not the army!!!

Well I've just watched a boy masturbating whilst sitting next to MIL. That was awkward.

Agree this is a bit depressing. Hope it picks up.

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:50:57

iwas lol that's the biggest laugh this program has given me so far, poor you.

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 21:52:12

iwasyoungonce it's not exactly Lark Rise to Candelford, is it?

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:52:20

I'm hoping father will meet a nasty comeuppance.

That ginger girl is trouble too.

And I wish she would put that bloody dog down!!!

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 31-Mar-13 21:52:52


Ooh she did blush

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:12

Enjoying the sex with mil next to you, now??!!

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:38

Lol just what I said ticketyboo grin

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:51

Oh err its all gne a bit Lady Chatterly...

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:55:00

ship [bugrin] poor iwas

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 21:55:12

Bet she's preggers and years later Bert gets involved in incestuous relationship.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 31-Mar-13 21:56:19

Sod of a teacher

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:56:20

How can she marry him hes going to war !!

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:56:32

sad most of those poor boys won't be coming home.
No chance of it being less depressing.

Too little to late daddy!!!

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 21:57:54

gin I think he means when he gets back. But none of them are coming back...

ShatnersBassoon Sun 31-Mar-13 21:57:58

Yes, it was a bit awkward trying not to react when I'm sitting next to my mum when the boy was masturbating. I just reached for the Radio Times and said "Not sure I can stick 6 episodes of this".

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 31-Mar-13 21:58:34

I know Bairn. Sigh.

Gosh now stones are being thrown at a 'German Dog'

It's over, I have enjoyed this thread more than that bloody programme!

gingeme Sun 31-Mar-13 21:59:54

Phew that was hard work sad

LittleBairn Sun 31-Mar-13 21:59:55

Ok I admit I'm having a little sob, the lovely teacher giving him the photo.

gallicgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 22:00:00

Hardly compelling.

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 22:00:57

'Compelling' = serious waste of money

BaconAndAvocado Sun 31-Mar-13 22:05:19


The little boy was amazing, those enormous eyes! Thought Maxine Peake was superb as usual. It was gut wrenching in parts but extremely heart warming in others. Another winner from the Beeb.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 31-Mar-13 22:06:07

Yes, the bit with the lovely teacher and photo had me sobbing!

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 22:06:58

Bacon Are you by chance the commissioning editor? grin

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 31-Mar-13 22:09:44

I will be watching again. Even though it was tough. I felt there was an honesty in it that is perhaps glossed over in Downton and Larkrise.

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 22:09:55

Big disappointment. Nothing making me want to watch next week. As ticketyboo says, the thread was more entertaining than the program.

Don't care enough about the characters, even Bert, who is supposed to be the central character is poor (the script not the actor).

Maxine Peake and John Simm can't save this dirge.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 31-Mar-13 22:10:03

And I did enjoy the thread grin

diddl Sun 31-Mar-13 22:10:46

Heart warming?

Must have been when I blinked!!

Who was the businessman talking about shoes?

Was all a bit stereotypical, wasn't it?

Also, if it's Bert's memoirs-how does hw know what went on at "the big house" when he wasn't there??confused

SirChenjin Sun 31-Mar-13 22:10:57

Not quite the light hearted period drama DD and I like to watch together on a Sunday evening once we've banaished the smelly boys to other parts of the house! Still v good though.

Missed the first 10 minutes of it - was the old man at the end the younger brother in old age?

It was a good thread, not enough in the programme to grab me.

PenelopePisstop Sun 31-Mar-13 22:11:35

Bacon there was nothing heartwarming about it. And definately nothing emotional! Have you got links to the program?

girliefriend Sun 31-Mar-13 22:13:52

I didn't think it was that bad grin but yes call the midwife it is not!!

Thought young Bert was a good little actor and reminds me how lucky we are not to of been born in that time!! Was shock at how left handed kids were treated - had no idea sad

Felt a bit sorry for the dad, think he has lost his way a bit, what did he do that he hasn't been forgiven for?

The worst bit for me was when the boys threw stones at the little dog angry

I thought it was good, sad though.

That wee boy is gorgeous, he's going to be a heartthrob when older.

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 31-Mar-13 22:28:53

On another matter: Foyles war anyone? Or am I clutching at straws post-Downton?

ithaka Sun 31-Mar-13 22:38:05

I watched it purely because it was set in Hayfield & I used to live there. Lovely village - but the series looks a bit gritty for a Sunday night.

LineRunner Sun 31-Mar-13 22:39:18

I went off Anthony Horowitz after Questiontime and then realised I've never much liked Foyles' War either.

greencolorpack Sun 31-Mar-13 22:41:53

I thought, aww they will all end up dying in world war one and then I saw their civilian homelife and thought that the bombs of the Somme might come as a blessed relief to these poor boys of the village!!!

Why does the main character little boy grow up from a brown eyed child to a blue eyed old man? I always notice stupid things like that.

Maryz Sun 31-Mar-13 22:43:19

dh's brother was beaten to give up using his left hand sad. Luckily the policy changed the year before dh started school.

I suppose it had to be depressing. I don't know what they will do with the house owner (the old man whose face had been burned) and I assume they will cover the war, but it's the younger boy's memoirs so they can only cover how it was at home (lots of telegrams saying young men are dead I presume).

So maybe not so cheerful hmm

BrandNewRetro Sun 31-Mar-13 23:26:14

It took a bit of getting used to but I liked it. When John Sim started caressing his floor was when I realised I was won over.

Clayhead Sun 31-Mar-13 23:39:03

I liked it, am intrigued.

Darkesteyes Mon 01-Apr-13 00:25:51

I liked it too. i like my drama gritty and realistic. I wasnt tuning in expecting to see a Hans Christian Anderson version of the past.

Love John Simm and Maxine Peake. Two of the best actors this country has.
Theres an interview with Maxine in the latest issue of Psychologies for anyone on this thread who might be interested.

Darkesteyes Mon 01-Apr-13 00:31:46
DrCoconut Mon 01-Apr-13 01:07:24

About the standing up. It was normal in many families especially old fashioned chapel goers for children to eat standing up. My mum remembers getting a chair as a real rite of passage. And that was in the 60's. I'm guessing it was much more widely practised back when this is set. Therefore making the older boy stand is a way of putting him in his place and reminding him who is boss.

Still18atheart Mon 01-Apr-13 01:28:02

I didn't think it was brilliant but I thought it was good. Will watch again, according to the reviews next weeks is less depressing.

AllOverIt Mon 01-Apr-13 07:34:45

I liked it. It was really realistic.

Many men joined the war at the beginning as they were so impoverished. They knew that by joining they'd get three meals a easy, and the pay was relatively good. No one knew what a bloodbath it would turn out to be.

In terms of chances if coming back, statistically over the 4ish years of war, 'only' 1 in 5 died. However the Pals Battalions that Joe was joining meant that if one operation went badly for their particular unit, huge numbers of men from one particular village would die or return injured. That's why you sometimes see large numbers of names on war memorials in seemingly small villages. It's also why they eventually stopped Pals Battalions.

DCIlouisemonroe Mon 01-Apr-13 08:34:01

Well I tuned in not expecting to like it generally hate period dramas.

Liked it....

ProfYaffle Mon 01-Apr-13 08:47:39

I enjoyed it too. I'm not a fan of the more cosy period dramas. I liked seeing a realistic portrayal of working class life.

I'm researching my family tree at the moment and just about everyone married at 20/21, like an alarm goes off and they just grab the nearest person of the opposite sex and right age so they can get married on cue. I often wonder what sort of marriage those people lived through and imagine many of them ended up like this one.

diddl Mon 01-Apr-13 09:11:52

Well, after all I said I will probably give it another tryblush, as it is the sort of thing I usually enjoy.

Although I didn't like the father, I'm wanted to know what has gone wrong.

Is he drinking because its gone wrong with the farm?

Has it gone wrong because he drinks?

Didn't the wife help with the farming-would she have done?

Did anyone ever watch Heimat?

ProfYaffle Mon 01-Apr-13 09:17:49

I wondered that too, why wasn't the older son working on the farm? Why wouldn't he keep the younger one off school to work on the farm? (not ideal but better than starving surely) What was the thing she has forgiven him for? And the neighbour who paid his slate in the pub, does he know something about why he's in his current mess? I felt sorry for him when he was laying on the floor.

BrandNewRetro Mon 01-Apr-13 09:20:41

What was Heimat?

I'll be watching again too, I'm hoping life will get better for people overall as the century progresses.

Really looking forward to how they deal with the 70's/80s!

BrandNewRetro Mon 01-Apr-13 09:21:37

I felt sorry for him when he was laying on the floor too.

ProfYaffle Mon 01-Apr-13 09:30:53

Heimat's a German TV programme with a similar format, went on for hundreds of hours or something. I've not seen it.

diddl Mon 01-Apr-13 09:31:21
carabos Mon 01-Apr-13 09:33:22

Turned it off after the "Lady Chatterley" sex scene. Honestly how unoriginal was that. The little boy was horrible, the female teacher was horrible, the father was a caricature, the Juliet Stevenson character was a caricature. In all, tedious and one- dimensional.

Pan Mon 01-Apr-13 09:40:10

This is my part of the world, so it was nice to see it and do a bit of location spotting.
But it was pretty relentlessly grim, and as carabos says too many of the characters were uni-dimensional, though the following episodes can put that right.
The pacing was awful though. But what a massively impressive cast!

PuppyMonkey Mon 01-Apr-13 09:47:23

I liked it too. The little boy lives in the area I cover on my local newspaper and I had to interview him the other day. smile

Those saying you didn't like the father - have you thought maybe you're not supposed to like him?.confused

Pan Mon 01-Apr-13 09:50:24

I'm expecting some redemption of the father - surely he can't be this menacing for another 5 episodes!

eatyourveg Mon 01-Apr-13 09:57:08

Didn't hear I vow to thee my country, the soundtrack to the trailer, it was a lovely version but wasn't at the opening titles. Had I fallen asleep and missed it being played at the end?

LittleBairn Mon 01-Apr-13 10:16:45

puppy well obviously we are not supposed to like him otherwise they wouldn't have made him an abusive bastard...

It's just cliched crap that men in them days were well ard but meant well but led a poor tough life.
I fully expect he will have full redemption by end of the series. But I won't be buying into it abusive bastards are always abusive bastards regardless of era and hardship.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 01-Apr-13 10:18:59

Well, perhaps we will make that judgement if it turns out you are right about the plot. but until then, lets just wait an see what happens

5Foot5 Mon 01-Apr-13 16:54:58

Well I thought it wasn't too bad either. It's the eve of the Great War and a poor rural area so I think grim is what you should expect really.

I am going to give it a bit longer.

zukiecat Mon 01-Apr-13 18:17:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DadOnIce Mon 01-Apr-13 18:21:53

Why were there two teachers? It seemed like a big class of boys for such a small village.

Toasttoppers Mon 01-Apr-13 18:37:37

I really loved it, there was no divorce for the working classes then, life was very hard.

There is a place for heart warming Lark Rise to Candleford stuff but we still need gritty dramas.

For real grittiness try reading Her People and where there's life by Kathleen Dayus and The Road to Nab End by William woodruff.

smokinaces Mon 01-Apr-13 20:46:25

I enjoyed it. I don't like downton or call the midwife, but this i liked. So sad seeing them all waved off to war :-(

LittleBairn Mon 01-Apr-13 21:03:56

dad I would have though big famillies are common place in those days so lots of boys.

My great grandmother had around 15 that survived infancy, my granny always complained she was a right grumpy cow. So would I have been had I been forced into a situation of raising 15 kids with little money! These shows always make me greatful for family planning and divorce.

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Apr-13 21:18:20

I really liked it. I hope they do get to make more of it. I do feel that some of the characters were a bit cliched - abusive Northern father, rich bitch in the big house. But I do like that it focuses on what village life was like in that period - this is the sort of village all my mum's family were living in at the time. Period drama that shows working class life is almost always urban or focused on 'upstairs downstairs'.

FairPhyllis Mon 01-Apr-13 21:19:36

Meant to say: however I don't think Sunday night is a good time for it to go out. On Sunday night people want heartwarming and escapist.

KurriKurri Tue 02-Apr-13 18:44:18

I quite liked it although found it a bit slow. Don't mind that some characters are nasty- that makes it more real IMO. All that stuff about kids being forced to write with their right hand was definitely going on when my parents were at school. My grandma went into the school and told them if they tried to make my left handed uncle write with his right hand she'd come in a make hell for them. We also had a neighbour who'd been forced to write right handed and she ended up with a terrible stammer sad

Having said that, - I grew up in a very rural community, my Dad was from a poor working class back ground and used to scythe our lawn because it was 'quicker than mowing' grin - I'm a big fan of John Simm, but his scything sucks big time - stop going over and over the same bit mate, you'll get more done! No wonder your stacks went mouldy. grin

WireCatWhore Tue 02-Apr-13 23:57:22

I just watched it.
I liked it.

Ellenora5 Wed 03-Apr-13 15:13:13

I watched it last night, I'm on the fence at the moment, I will watch next week and see how it goes.

DadOnIce Wed 03-Apr-13 15:33:50

It is a bit "eee, it's grim oop Noorth." It can only get grimmer as the fallout from World War I happens... And then if it makes it as far as Series 3 we have the Great Depression to look forward to.

KurriKurri Wed 03-Apr-13 19:07:22

Little Bert doesn't seem to have a Yorkshire accent (or even a 'generic northern' one - is he adopted?

Pan Wed 03-Apr-13 19:32:48

The series wasn't filmed or supposed to be in Yorkshire tho' - it's filmed here in the Derbyshire 'Dark Peak' area, and iirc the boy's accent is pretty reasonable.

DadOnIce Wed 03-Apr-13 19:34:58

It does seem odd the way he says some words in a very different accent from his brother.

KurriKurri Wed 03-Apr-13 19:47:43

Oh - that would explain the non Yorkshire accent Pan blush <note to self - pay some attention to programmes before you slag them off! grin>

But - I still maintain the young lad has a different accent to the older boy, - and that is not realistic, one of them is surely wrong.

Pan Wed 03-Apr-13 20:04:54

s'okay - it isn't supposed to be specific to any region, I don't think. tbh I hadn't noticed the accent thing with his older brother. Which is a bit late for me now, given that the Somme is waiting for laddio.......[verysadindeed]

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Apr-13 20:13:50

The little boy is from Nottingham and therefore he has something approaching the right accent for Derbyshire where it's set.

PanicMode Thu 04-Apr-13 13:24:36

I only just managed to watch it last night- I agree with whoever upthread who said it was cliched, one dimensional, predictable nonsense, with terrible pacing. Not sure I'll be watching the next one, which is a shame as the cast is good.

Anifrangapani Sat 06-Apr-13 00:12:30

He is speaking right for Hayfield. The farm house used has been a farm house since year dot - but not in Hayfield, just across the hill.

boxershorts Sat 06-Apr-13 11:47:34

good but too slow and predicatable for people of my age

I watched it last night and loved it.

I also love Downton and have been known to watch Larkrise. But glad to see a show that is a bit more honest about how shit life was for people then.

Womwn were not respected. Children had their place. We look at the father now and see an abusive man but actually, in that era he wasnt abusive. Schools hit kids, do you think they are going to find locking the child in a cupboard wrong?

I think the big house is also where Secrets of Crickley Hall was filmed.

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:13:16

Let's see what tonight brings (more misery probably wink)

rubystiles Sun 07-Apr-13 20:27:37

Going to watch tonight, hopefully it will be a bit less depressing! The big house is where Crickley Hall was filmed, it belongs to friends of mine and the BBC asked to use it again after they'd finished filming Crickley

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:34:18

Whereabouts is it ruby? Is it near Hayfield?

rubystiles Sun 07-Apr-13 20:40:07

It's in Chapel en le Frith so not too far from Hayfield!
They changed so much in the house it was almost unrecognisable - the drive at the front of the house was added in as it was all grass before and all the wood on the staircase has been added it so the house looks a lot 'darker' than it actually is

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:42:16

My DD's IL's have just moved to Hayfield and we went to visit a couple of weeks ago. It's a lovely place, I'm watching out for their cottage!

rubystiles Sun 07-Apr-13 20:53:22

It is lovely! Perfect setting for dramas like this

Pan Sun 07-Apr-13 21:02:09

placing my scythe..

3MonthMaid Sun 07-Apr-13 21:10:50

I'm confused already...

fossil971 Sun 07-Apr-13 21:12:26

I'm confused too, can anyone fill in? I missed most of last week because the DC wouldn't go to bed!

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 07-Apr-13 21:12:47

Baby? Maybe it's the dachshund.

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:13:37

I watched it last week and I'm confused. It was same last week, hard to follow.

gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:15:08

Baby? Huh?
Dachshund is a good guess although I did wonder if she would be pregnant after last week's rumpus.

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 07-Apr-13 21:16:40

What's with the dark haired girl fancying that man?

What's with the teacher girl??

LadyHarrietdeSpook Sun 07-Apr-13 21:17:35

Maybe it's not fancying. God knows what's going on.

I feel like I've missed something too confused

So the dog is in the grave but why is churchmans daughter gone for abusive man ?

AllOverIt Sun 07-Apr-13 21:18:19

I'm confused. Who is that teacher woman?

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:20:11

I think she's trying to save him from drinking.

Is the minister her father? Missed that.

Methodists don't drink do they?

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:21:08

Yes he's her father.

Where are middletons sons? I missed the first 5 minutes.

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:23:05

Joe's enlisted.

He's alcoholic, it doesn't care what denomination you are

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:23:33

Am thoroughly confused now - why was she naked? What was on the bed?

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:24:12

The dead dog was on the bed - she must've dug it up?

gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:24:30

The oldest son went to war Bea.

I thought the minister was the teacher girl's brother.
Realising I don't know anyone's name.

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:24:50

Ah ok. Did Middleton do something to Cora? Is That her name?


gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:25:20

Hurrah! Called it!

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:25:34

Ministers defo self righteous girls dad

gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:26:36

Caroline is the ginger girl. She had sex with Joe Middleton just before he left.

difficultpickle Sun 07-Apr-13 21:26:37

Why did Middleton chew on a brush at about 5 mins in tonight?

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:27:19

I am trying desperately to like this. But it's bloody hard

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:29:24

I don't know bisjo. Am losing will to care.

Was that when he drank the water she used to wash the floor because it has beer in it <vom>

Hate that teacher, hope he comes to a sticky end

I presumed there was alcohol in whatever she was scrubbing the floor with and he was sucking on the brush to get every last drop, but I'm also confused!

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:32:56

glaikit yes. He would drink anything that had a trace of alcohol in it. Sad isn't it.

difficultpickle Sun 07-Apr-13 21:33:20

It is relentless isn't it?

Thanks Glaikat I think that must be the answer.

Not sure I'm going to carry on watching. I just don't understand why the teacher is so abusive to Bert all the time.

AllOverIt Sun 07-Apr-13 21:33:45

That teacher is evil. I'm hoping he gets sent off to France for his comeuppance....

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:35:45

I think he is because he can be hmm

PenelopePortrait Sun 07-Apr-13 21:36:00

Feel same bisjo.

Hope John Middleton goes and beats the sit out of that teacher. If this is going to turn out a decent program then that surely must happen?

gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:37:03

Argh missed some while making butties.
What did the teacher do this time?

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:37:42

Beat him up and crushed his fingers hmm

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:39:06

Oh I've only just realised - is grace prehnant??

gallicgirl Sun 07-Apr-13 21:39:43

That's right nasty. Wonder if its accurate that everyone ignores the violence.

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:41:27

My dad says he had a wicked teacher at school in 40s hmm

BeaWheesht Sun 07-Apr-13 21:46:55

Ps I know this a lot earlier than 40s but I mean it obviously went on

My grandma had her left hand broken by a teacher to stop her writing with it sad

NuhichNuhaymuh Sun 07-Apr-13 22:08:43

Thought he'd upped and offed to the boozer with the money to start with.

Inncogneetow Sun 07-Apr-13 22:14:26

Does anyone know the name of the actor playing the churchman? I'm sure I've seen him at the RSC a couple of times.

Pan Sun 07-Apr-13 22:31:44

Wow! So much going on! The Middletons will make royalty yet. It's a historic biog!

Pan Sun 07-Apr-13 22:34:50

He was also that v poor spy thriller "Hunted" last year, on BBC1.

He was creepy in that, gave me the heebee jeebees

Idontknowhowtohelpher Sun 07-Apr-13 22:58:45

I was trying to work out why the detective looked familiar - so I googled him. Joe Armstrong - Alun Armstrong's son! A real family resemblence. I bet you all knew that already...

highlandcoo Sun 07-Apr-13 23:05:35

Yes, also spotted that Idon'tknow - very like his dad but more attractive don't you think?

I'm enjoying this series. We go walking in Derbyshire a lot - don't know it well enough to recognise specific locations but the general feel of the area is very familiar.

I knew John Simms and Maxine Peake would be good but think the young boy is excellent too.

Toasttoppers Sun 07-Apr-13 23:44:00

I missed the first three minutes, can anyone tell me who Peggy was? A relative?

Clawdy Mon 08-Apr-13 08:24:44

Were those boys handing over sixpence each to little Bert? That was a lot of money in those days! His mum was struggling to find tuppence for her food in the local shop. One boy was asked to give only a penny because he was poor,I'm sure that would have been as much as any child then would have been able to find.

Ellenora5 Mon 08-Apr-13 09:35:21

I was on the fence last week, still sitting on it this week, I really can't make up my mind as to whether or not I like it. I'll probably stick with it. If it wasn't for this thread I would be very confused.

alemci Mon 08-Apr-13 09:44:22

why did it take the pregnant girl all that time to look for the dog? wasn't it hurt when she was with Joe and that was 5 months ago. bit confusing.

also is she meant to be not very bright?

FoxyRevenger Mon 08-Apr-13 10:03:39

I just watched both episodes last night. It was as if they were each written by different writers, the characters were really changed, it made no sense.

And the stereotypical characters...the flighty hysterical maid, the upper class girl seducing the poor but handsome
servant lazy!!

And I thought it was very handy that John Simm tried to kill himself in full view of his own back garden. As if. And the bit where the wee boy cut the dead woman's wrist. As if times a million.

I'm giving up!

Mrsrobertduvall Mon 08-Apr-13 10:34:15

I kept thinking her washing would Dry nicely on the line grin

Inncogneetow Mon 08-Apr-13 10:54:14

Thanks GlaikitFizzog

gazzalw Mon 08-Apr-13 11:02:26

I think you will probably find that a lot of these hmm things happened more than we might imagine - including servant/master/mistress 'seductions' and all the rest.

I think it is nitty realism of that era.

I watched it last night but thought it was as bleak as the first episode, just in a different way really sad.

But why did Bert slit the wrists of the old lady? Didn't get that bit at all...

I have a feeling that it will 'grow on one' but we will probably have to watch the whole 100 year saga to get the full measure of it....

Gazzalw, the old lady made him swear to do something she whispered to him, after she said she was worried she would be buried alive.

TomDudgeon Mon 08-Apr-13 11:27:51

Joe Armstrong was in Robin Hood. The recent one with Richard Armitage

Sunnymeg Mon 08-Apr-13 11:57:09

The old lady asked Bert to make sure she was dead before they buried her. That was why he cut her wrists in front of the paying audience.

gazzalw Mon 08-Apr-13 12:09:23

Thanks for that SquirtedPerfumeUpNoseInBoots and Sunnymeg - it makes sense but not very nice for the children to witness....;-(

Ellenora5 Mon 08-Apr-13 15:49:09

I kept thinking about the washing aswell MrsRobertDuvall. I was in bed watching and thought, I loved a windy day tomorrow I would get loads dry. Maybe if I focused more on the story instead of the washing I would know what the hell is going on.

Was that not Jonas Armstrong Tom?

complexnumber Mon 08-Apr-13 16:20:02

Jonas Armstrong was Robin Hood. Joe Armstrong was Alan A Dale. That's all I can contribute to this thread as I haven't seen The Village.

Really enjoyimg this. I must be a weirdo.

Only bit that confused me was the first time all the boys gave sixpence. Why?

susiedaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 16:48:19

I found the second episode odd almost like we have missed some info on the characters from the end of the first programme,

susiedaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 16:49:29

I think all the boys gave money to see the aunts dead body.

Maryz Mon 08-Apr-13 16:59:38

I've just watched the second episode and I'm trying very hard to care.

But can't really.

It's just so slow, practically nothing happens and the things that do happen are either unlikely or unpleasant.

NuhichNuhaymuh Mon 08-Apr-13 17:02:40

I'm not sure about tge sixpence thing either. it was a lot of money the, was it to see Yoing Bert slit the old lady's wrist?

Also other things I don't understand are;

why Berts older brother didn't appear to work on the farm

Why Martha suddenly seems so intense about drnking rules, and interested in Bert

why the villagers rounded on Bert because the daughter of The House was pregnant, I mean I know that he got his wife's sister pregnant and she killed herself, but why did they care? Especially seeing the general attitude to life and respect for women isn't coming across as all that high

susiedaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 17:05:50

I couldn't understand that either, why is Martha suddenly trying to counsel bert???

KurriKurri Mon 08-Apr-13 17:12:46

I thought Martha was getting involved with counselling John because a she cares about Joe, and because she cares about Grace (all the women have a sisterhood thing going on in the bathhouse).

I think they rounded on John when odd girl got pregnant because eh was seen talking to her and grabbing hold of her, and he went to the house for slops so is a known drunkard.

PenelopePortrait Mon 08-Apr-13 17:15:21

There is something just not right about it. It's got all the ingredients to be be great but it isn't. It's hard going, mystifying and most of the characters are unlikeable. John Simm and Maxine Peake are doing their best but they've not got much in the way of a decent script to work with.

How Juliet Stevenson keeps a straight face with some of those lines I'll never know. I expected Victoria Wood to pop up at any moment.

The vicars daughter and the pub scene? What was that all about?

And the detective? what as the crime ? The dead dog?

Won't be watching again it's too much like hard work. I'd rather walk round Rochdale with a nail in my shoe.

NuhichNuhaymuh Mon 08-Apr-13 17:21:08

Oh yes Kurri, I get why they rounded on him was supposed to be because of the pregnancy, what I don't get is how come they cared to do so. it doesn't seem fitting to the rest of the attitudes that have been put across.

Am I making any sense?

KurriKurri Mon 08-Apr-13 17:31:21

Nuhich yes you are making sense smile - I guess it is because it is a daughter of the Big House, - I don't suppose anyone would care if it was a village woman. And I suppose the Big House people themselves can't believe it could be anything other than rape because, how else could she possibly have got pregnant?? grin

But having said that - the plotting is pretty woolly!

Maryz Mon 08-Apr-13 18:03:42

I don't believe they would have brought in a detective to publish the fact that she was pregnant and to find the "rapist".

In those days she would have been spirited away to have the baby in secret, surely?

And I agree about the script being pretty crap - what there is of it anyway. Most of the hour was no script at all, just meaningful glances and meaningless long stares at not much hmm

AllOverIt Mon 08-Apr-13 20:29:07

Why were the sixpences going around the first time though? Something to do with getting caned?

KurriKurri Mon 08-Apr-13 20:56:26

Maybe Old Bert is just making it all up for a laugh. grin

PenelopePortrait Mon 08-Apr-13 21:01:22

Only trouble is kurri no-ones laughing, we are all to depressed.

pooka Mon 08-Apr-13 21:03:52

Oh i watched both episodes on iplayer earlier and.... really really enjoyed it!

Waaaaaaayyy superior to downton.

Cinematic. Love John Simm and Maxine Peake. Thought the boy was great. Caro mad as mad can be. Want to know what happened to her father's face. The MP son is creepy and the younger son is going to shaft Joe now he knows he is the father, and that the methodist woman turned him down.

The first lot of sixpences was a sort of book on who could get caned the most I think. Or who could wind the twat of a teacher up the most. confused

I get the feeling joe isn't coming back though, just something in the way old bert spoke about the postcard. I could be wrong, many things don't make sense. I felt like I'd missed a couple of episodes last night, there was no obvious flow from last week.

42 episodes...................

I thought the boy was Bert and the father was John. confused

I think the crime being investigated was the alleged abuse of Caro. They were suggesting it had been going on for a long period because she was 5 months pregnant and then he was "witnessed" attacking her that day. Shes not of sound mind, so I suppose any sexual activity could be seen as rape.

susiedaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:29:26

Yes you're right the father is John its the younger son that's bert, god im hopeless with the names of characters!!

AnnieJumpCannon Mon 08-Apr-13 21:55:32

Caro (line?) isn't very bright. In the first episode she was mindlessly repeating the ends of her mother's sentences at the dining table during a conversation.

I wondered why John Simm tried to kill himself in full view of his own back garden if he really wanted to kill himself. Then I realised there weren't that many other trees nearby. Or maybe he wasn't thinking straight.

The bit where the wee boy cut the dead woman's wrist... but maybe he was so desperate to make some money that's what spurred him on. Also he always seemed to have the knife on him so maybe he was pretty handy with it. He handed it to his mum to cut the cord when she'd had the baby.

Why Berts older brother didn't appear to work on the farm - in the first episode Bert's older brother was the waterman at the big house, before he enlisted. Bert said in his narration that it was the beginning of Joe trying to escape the farm.

Peggy is still a total mystery confused

PseudoBadger Mon 08-Apr-13 22:06:24

I think John Simm's character's hanging was attention seeking - the ultimate woe is me. Obviously it would've been successful after a few more minutes, but if he'd really wanted to do it then surely he would've jumped off the box a bit harder and done the job.
I really like the programme. The last few minutes of this episode had me captivated, from when Bert gave the money to John, then you saw that instead of pissing it away he'd bought a cow, and then they were all so happy with the baby....

Who is Peggy?

susiedaisy Mon 08-Apr-13 22:46:42

John Simms character gives me the creeps, he is an abuser who is intimidating unpredictable and attention seeking one minute then tries to be a family man the next, good acting!!

ohthedandy Tue 09-Apr-13 09:17:44

I'm sort of enjoying it, but having to ignore a lot of stuff I really don't think makes sense - the boys having sixpence apiece, Caro not being sent away somewhere to have the baby, calling a detective (?!), Grace not having tuppence for a loaf but going to the bathhouse - surely that cost money. And would a large village/small town have a bathhouse - I thought it was all the tin bath in front of the range in those days.

I'll probably continue to watch - perhaps the new baby will herald a little more joy!

AllOverIt Tue 09-Apr-13 11:08:52

There seems to be some gaps in the storytelling and some characters need fleshing out to make sense.

sherazade Wed 10-Apr-13 10:55:45

please can someone explain to me why the villages had to face the walls when the wealthy family walked through?

I'm starting to like Martha, couldn't stand her to begin with but she is growing on me.

Ellenora5 Wed 10-Apr-13 13:33:59

sherazade, I think it's because he doesn't want anyone to see his face, he always has a scarf thing wrapped around it. Must be badly disfigured.

sherazade Wed 10-Apr-13 17:14:46

ahh ellenora5, that makes sense, thanks.

AllOverIt Wed 10-Apr-13 21:09:51

You saw how disfigured he was last episode. He came out into the hallway upstairs.

pooka Thu 11-Apr-13 09:02:35

Apparently he has hideous scarring from Zulu war.

TomDudgeon Thu 11-Apr-13 10:13:02

I'm guessing the villagers comply otherwise they'll get booted out. I really wanted someone he had no control over to refuse to turn away

Idontknowhowtohelpher Thu 11-Apr-13 14:18:57

Didn't the detective just stand and look at him?

Machli Fri 12-Apr-13 00:50:29

Well just caught up with both episodes. I am enjoying it.

Why was that maid panting and covering her mouth though confused?

The Allingham brothers look really alike don't they. The younger one was in About a boy, played Rachel Weiz's son.

diddl Fri 12-Apr-13 19:46:29

What has the guy playing the shoemaker been in-it's driving me mad!!

KurriKurri Fri 12-Apr-13 20:11:57

diddl - he has been in Red Riding, Shameless and prisoners Wives - was it any of those?

diddl Fri 12-Apr-13 21:04:42

Never seen any of those, no!!

diddl Fri 12-Apr-13 21:12:17

He's been in a couple of things that I've watched-Life on Mars & Spooks, but I don't think as a main character in either & I thought I'd seen him quite a few times iyswim.

Maybe I'm thinking of someone else.

I was also wondering why the villagers cared so much about John supposedly raping the daughter from the "big house"?

Maybe they knew about his SIL?

Or because the girl was not "quite right"?

girliefriend Sun 14-Apr-13 21:42:27

Anyone watching tonight? I am confused, where is her baby? And how is the rich girls baby 6 months old already?!!

difficultpickle Sun 14-Apr-13 21:45:49

I'm thoroughly confused.

Is the big house the same house as the one used in the Secret of Crickley Hall that was on last year?

girliefriend Sun 14-Apr-13 21:48:53

I am confused and even more confused

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 14-Apr-13 21:52:26

I am properly crying at them taking Caro's baby.

girliefriend Sun 14-Apr-13 21:56:08

I am not quite believing the teacher being an objector...

Who did they give her baby to? Was it just a random couple?

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 14-Apr-13 22:00:32

Looks like it. Bastards.

notahappycamper Sun 14-Apr-13 22:10:57

I am lost confused

louisianablue2000 Sun 14-Apr-13 22:11:30

I really like tonight's episode, it's obviously growing on me. Can't believe they gave the baby away after all these months, it would have been kinder to do it at birth surely?

Ellenora5 Sun 14-Apr-13 22:13:55

Ah here, I'm close to giving up, can't get to grips with it at all, why did they give the baby away, why was the horse in the pub, why why why am I still watching this programme.

See you next week people blush

difficultpickle Sun 14-Apr-13 22:15:15

I've answered my own question - it is.

Clawdy Sun 14-Apr-13 22:29:19

The horse was in the pub so the army couldn't take it for their own use - which they were allowed to do. Baby given away because they deemed it impossible to keep an illegitimate child,I imagine,though I do wonder why they didn't do it soon after birth as was usual. sad

Inncogneetow Sun 14-Apr-13 22:52:32

Yes Bisjo: both programmes were filmed near where do grew up.
I'm enjoying The Village, apart from his regular interjections: "Ooh look, it's so-and-so" hmm
I don't know these places or care and was too busy sobbing tonight.

Inncogneetow Sun 14-Apr-13 22:52:52


GypsyFloss Sun 14-Apr-13 22:53:11

This has grown on me. I thought tonight was fab. When Joe turned up unexpectedly I cried. When they read the death by firing squad notice I cried even more. And as for the wiggley line as code for going over the top...It was all so brutal for those poor young lads.
Thanks heavens for the horse in the pub...I needed a bit of cheering up by then smile

NuhichNuhaymuh Sun 14-Apr-13 23:25:14

I'm averting my eyes as I didn't see tonight. Is it repeated (in Ireland so can't use iPlayer) just come back from 5 hour stint in a&e with ds1 to discover The Village didn't record

diddl Mon 15-Apr-13 06:45:10

The baby thing was weird, wasn't it?

How well known was it that she's not "quite right"?

I don't really get why Joe had sex with her-because he was going away, didn't realise she could get pregnant?

gazzalw Mon 15-Apr-13 07:06:17

It was more of a case of Caro coming on to him I would have said. He didn't seem particularly bothered about the baby, did he?

Why couldn't the teacher go to prison? I had no idea that conscientious objection was not always accepted and that a man could be shot for cowardice/deserting without so much as leaving his village. That was doubly sad as he was such a lovely guy too....

diddl Mon 15-Apr-13 08:54:12

Oh i agree-but I was hoping he would refuse her!

Perhaps it didn't occur to him that it was his baby?

I thought that if you objected & it wasn't accepted, you could be given a non combatant role.

It would be hard I think in such a place, where young men have "voluntarily" gone off because they can't get work & their family can't afford to feed them, & then to see an older man resisting it.

When so many did just accept it & go, I can see why it would be hard to have your objection accepted.

Why hasn't the horrible bastard oldest son from "the big house" been called up?

And got exception for his brother-yet he can sit in judgement of others!!

gazzalw Mon 15-Apr-13 09:27:28

Well let's hope the 'big house' older brother, at least, gets his comeuppance at some point. The younger one is rather weak but essentially not a bad person, is he?

You are probably right that Joe didn't 'twig' that the baby is his. I'm pretty sure that at some point, further down the line, Caro's baby is going to resurface, unbeknownst to the Middletons and the 'big house' family.

I think maybe the baby was given away because Caro didn't seem to be bonding with her, rather than necessarily because of the stigma associated with the illegitimacy of the birth. As you've pointed out, upthread, if it was to do with the stigma, you would have expected them to have given the baby away at birth....

Yes, I guess the Authorities would have had to make an example of upstanding members of the community (as teachers would have been) not doing their duty. Leading by example and all that.... Still, I thought I was quite au fait with WW1 History and it shocked me that someone could be denied conscientious objector status and be court-marshalled and executed for defying call-up without so much as leaving Britain....

diddl Mon 15-Apr-13 09:47:53

I'm also thinking though-if this is supposed to be Bert's memories-how does he know about what went on at the "Big House"-when he wasn't there??!!

So that's how they g"get away" with stuff-it's what he's heard & embelished over the years!!

diddl Mon 15-Apr-13 09:50:28

Oh & the guy with the shoe factory-saw a guy out jogging yesterday looks just like him!!

His youngest was at kindergarten with mine-think that may have been who I was thinking of when I said he looked familiarblushgrin

Finallygotaroundtoit Mon 15-Apr-13 14:17:40

I've come on to see if it's worth watching last nights recorded episode.

The grimness and confusion was putting me off. Looks like it's a no.

Guessing that babies would be left with mum to breastfeed (no formula) and only removed when either they started weaning or it was clear that both would actually survive the early months sad

HumpheadWrasse Mon 15-Apr-13 14:28:13

Just caught up with the latest episode. I think it's wonderful so far, really enjoying watching.
The baby stayed with Caro til he was weaned, we saw her feeding him near the beginning, a counterpoint to Grace who wasn't allowed to feed her baby.
I thought the teacher wasn't court-martialled/shot, that was just scare tactics?

alemci Mon 15-Apr-13 15:03:23

did the calvary officers try to get the dairy from taking the Middletons' milk so that the army could have the horse. I thought the milk was ok in the end?

Also Grace's baby didn't seem to be around. did he/she die as there was no evidence of a crying in the house etc.

BanoffeeSplitz Mon 15-Apr-13 15:13:04

I came on here to find out if the teacher had been shot or not - I couldn't work it out. I thought he was going to be, then after the scene with Bert & the camera I wasn't sure.

I didn't understand the bit about the garlic blush - I get that it would taint the milk, but were they trying to grub it up by the roots overnight? How would that work, surely the cows had already eaten it?

diddl Mon 15-Apr-13 15:13:24

She took the baby to be looked after whilst she worked at the factory.

Character played by Anabelle someone whose son joined up with Joe-asked Agnes to marry him as he was leaving, but was killed.

I thought they weren't going to shoot him confused

He said the name of someone condemned to be shot and them said it happened confused

So I was left with the impression they were just taking him to war

gazzalw Mon 15-Apr-13 16:08:44

Don't take my word for it - I was watching it in bed.... Might need to rewatch the last five/ten minutes of it again.

GypsyFloss Mon 15-Apr-13 22:46:45

I think they said the name of someone else to threaten him but took him to war.

Not sure about Caro's baby tbh. Would have thought she'd have had a wet nurse and that's why the sight of her trying to feed the baby prompted the mother and son to do something about the situation?

That pair looked very cosy when they were talking about her...I wonder if the father of the child is really Joe or someone closer to home?

I also wondered why the father (John Simm ) is now being nice to younger it cos their money worries are a tiny bit easier?

There's definitely loads of gaps to fill in .

gazzalw Tue 16-Apr-13 07:35:01

Maybe Caro was 'known' around the village? If she was so bold with Joe then chances are that she could have been bold with others too!???

Joe didn't seem to 'click' that he could have been the father of the baby, did he?

Well I hope the schoolteacher wasn't about to be shot....

Maybe we just saw the Father in a depressed/worried state in the first couple of episodes and now he's come out of it? The whole atmosphere in the farmhouse seems to have changed since the birth of the baby, don't you think?

diddl Tue 16-Apr-13 08:55:10

Well I guess that Grace bringing in a regular wage is a help.

Plus they sold some land & bought a cow.

And yes with Caro-maybe he thought he wasn't the first, or that he was & it couldn't happen the first time!

But she seemed clued up enough to know that it was his...

louisianablue2000 Thu 18-Apr-13 19:30:37

in the first world war the concept of conscientious objection was new and they were treated terribly. There's a good discription of what happened to a specific group of COs here

louisianablue2000 Thu 18-Apr-13 19:37:42

WRT Caro BFing until the baby was old enough to wean, that wasn't what happened. There were milk substitutes about, they were very dangerous for poor babies (the death stats for Foundling Hospitals are shocking) but if you were rich they weren't too bad because the correct procedures (sterilisation etc) were more likely to be followed, and by this point in history wet nursing was a no-no because rich parents were worried about disease.

PenelopePortrait Sun 21-Apr-13 21:04:50

Right. Missed last week due to hols. Didn't want to waste an hour of my life watching it on I player.

DM says last week was better, so am trying again.

Here goes :-)

nellyjelly Sun 21-Apr-13 21:08:25

Oh shit the baby is ill. Can I bear 60 mins of this?

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:11:47

Doesn't anything go right for that family??

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:13:16

What is that he's giving the child?

girliefriend Sun 21-Apr-13 21:14:16

Now whats going on? confused

nellyjelly Sun 21-Apr-13 21:16:29

Wtf happened to that cow?

PenelopePortrait Sun 21-Apr-13 21:17:03

What's happened in that barn? Don't say John Sim is going to get he blame?

Why is nothing bloody explained properly??

PenelopePortrait Sun 21-Apr-13 21:20:18

Did they not have an proper Chrimes to investigate in those days?

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:20:19

I think we're all just a bit dim grin

He is a very unappealing character.

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:22:07

OMG the posh girl's doctor is horrible...

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 21-Apr-13 21:24:47

Is That Tim from Corrie?

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:26:08

Oh its Tim from Corrie.

And that's surely Alun Armstrong's boy?

<it all finally clicks>

girliefriend Sun 21-Apr-13 21:26:22

grin at Bessie!! I think you must be right!!

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:26:29

x posts, ah ha!

girliefriend Sun 21-Apr-13 21:27:44

Did he stab the cow? Why would he do that?!

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:29:16

This is so bleak..

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:31:23

Have we even got as far as the injurious guilt-inducing wheelbarrow race yet?

God this is so depressing.

Ok. I am giving up and turning over.

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 21:35:58

Remind me who Tim was in corrie...

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:36:10

He has got the same nose as Alun Armstrong

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:36:44

Was Tim the doctor or the factory owner's son?

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:39:41

Tim in Corrie is Faye's real dad who has turned up. Faye is Anna's adopted daughter (Anna who lives with Owen The Builder).

That is definitely a young Alun Armstrong. Eyes, voice, cadence.

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:41:11

Tim from Corrie seems to be playing a farmer in this.

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 21:42:38

Can someone tell me what's going on! Am refusing to watch after being upset by it last week, but would quite like to know what happens.

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 21:43:54

I'm so confused - I'm watching it a bit behind - what did John take from barn and who killed the cow?

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:45:28

Why the fuck am I still watching it?

Aaahh! angry

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:46:53

Here's the distressing scene they warned us about. Awful.

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:47:02

John took the cow medicine for his sick daughter?

Here comes Doctor Monster.

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:47:19

Fucking hell, that's disgusting

holidaysdistantmemory Sun 21-Apr-13 21:48:01

That's it, have invested enough time in this, its dire and insulting to call this entertainment. Don't care about any of the characters enough to want to see what happens. Turned off.

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 21:48:38

Ooh is he called Tim?

I left the room - why are they force feeding Caro?

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 21:50:01

What did he just do????

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 21:50:20


LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:50:41

No he's not called Tim in this.

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:51:17

What is that doctor bloody well up to?

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:51:40

I think he was taking off his belt hmm

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 21:52:22

Argh I've missed bits and am about 1/2 hour behind. Caro has just been laid down by the horrible doctor.


AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:52:56

It's like they've written it to be as bloody depressing as possible rather than to keep us hooked into the story.

Losing the will to live....

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 21:53:23

Sorry I meant I didn't realise he was called Tim in corrie.

Yes I thought it was th belt coming off.

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:54:23

The boy is dead cute though

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 21:54:53

I'm not watching this week as I was rather put off by the thought of an upsetting scene in an already depressing story. What was the upsetting scene?

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:55:21

Oh my fucking god. Not the cows.

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:56:54

allocerit I was thinking the same thing - what a sweet little boy

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:57:03

Um. Take your pick. Cows slaughtered, force feeding girl who is refusing food, doctor raping patient (we're led to believe)


Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:57:32

Sorry I meant alloverit

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:57:43

The upsetting scenes seems to be the forcefeeding of a young woman and some coy allusions to her rape by her doctor. All in the name of entertainment.

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:58:06

Now a list of the Somme dead gone up...

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 21:59:01

And a suicide...

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 21:59:24

Glad I've given it a miss.

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 21:59:36

Bloke just blew his brains out.

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:00:01

But Joe's back so happy ever after...

RhondaJean Sun 21-Apr-13 22:00:20

Why did he shoot himself?


Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:01:03

Another 2 years of the war though if that was the battle of the somme

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:02:14

Yes. Two more years of FUN for The Village... * sigh *

couldwinterstopnowplease Sun 21-Apr-13 22:02:29

Wow that was cheery.

I don't understand - I thought she had read that Joe was one of the dead on the list but then he was shown walking home?

Young Bert is an amazing actor isn't he?

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 22:04:38

I think Maxine was showing ambiguous emotion, showing off her lovely acting in the face of the actual script.

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:04:51

No he wasn't on there.

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 22:05:54

Who shot himself? Are the two teachers who went to war still alive? Was it Caro being force fed?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 21-Apr-13 22:05:55

I certainly feel uplifted after watching that!!

Glad to be me and now!

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:06:04

Young Bert is awsome. I'm watching just for him really.

I must be mad...

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:06:41

AWESOME. Fricking autocorrect

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:08:08

Posh dad with scarred face shot all the cows then himself

Caro was force fed

No idea about the teachers. Let's hope nasty bastard stays in France

louisianablue2000 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:10:21

Wasn't Joe walking home in a dream sequence as he died at the Somme? Surely he would have been cleaned up a bit before he came home? Very depressing this week after last week being not so bad. But oh so beautifully shot and I like the gaps in the story telling, that more like real life isn't it, sometimes we don't know why things have happened.

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 22:10:28

Thanks AllOverIt. I predict Nasty Badtard will live and be even nastier. Lovely teacher will die rather than raise a gun to defend himself (or be shot for cowardice).

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 22:11:14

Sorry for that typo, obviously meant to say bastard but got fat fingers.

Man with scaring killed himself after killing loads of cows - not sure why.

Don't know what happened to the short horrible teacher, nice teacher already dead - got shot for being a conscientious objector last week I thought.

Caro was force fed and possibly raped, probably had a condition called 'hysteria'.

I'm still not sure what happened to the first cow - was that the scarf man too?

optionalExtras Sun 21-Apr-13 22:12:55

I am baffled by its minimalism.

So who stabbed the cow? Why did the old guy shoot the other cows?

I'm only watching for the fabulous young Bert too...

What do they do with the babies when they go for their baths?

optionalExtras Sun 21-Apr-13 22:14:35

Don't think nice teacher was shot, I think he went to prison maybe?

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:17:27

The ending is ambiguous. Just re-watched it. His name isn't on the list, I don't think.

It goes to slow motion as Joe's walking to the farm and then fades to back. Could signify death... Maybe...

They read him a thing that said about being shot for not obeying then made him get dressed in uniform so I took it as either got shot for cowardice/not obeying or thy made him go to war

wasuup3000 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:18:36

Anyone would need anti depressant medication prior to watching this....need to see if that funny itv programme on at 7.30pm is anywhere on itv player for a bit of light entertainment now before bed!!

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:18:51

Yes, think he was shot, but wanted to walk by himself so the kids didn't see him being escorted.

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Sun 21-Apr-13 22:18:54

I wondered if Joe was dead too, and muddy walk home was a dream like sequence referring to the Somme....??

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 22:19:10

No, nice teacher was forced into conscription. They made out they were going to shoot him to scare him, and said that would be what happened if he didn't obey. He refused to obey, young soldier punched him. Forced him to do as he was told. Can't help but think he was maybe a former pupil - for a split second it looked like he was scared for the teacher and was actually forcing him to do as he was told in order to save his life.

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 21-Apr-13 22:20:29

Ok, I'm doubting myself now...

mrswimpeydimple Sun 21-Apr-13 22:21:19

Nice teacher was sentanced to firing squad last week. I thought it was farmer Tim that did the first cow. Not a clue what's going on with hidden face man and was properly confused with Joe scene at the end after his mum's reaction. I like ut but more for the history than the entertainment.

I wondered about joe because it went all dream like and then silent?

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:22:41

Nice teacher didn't look to me like he was going to firing squad. I thought he was just being forced into conscription

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Sun 21-Apr-13 22:23:26

I think it was farmer Tim who did the first cow. Scarf man was orf his rocker as they say in the big house

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 22:24:44

It says on Wiki that Joe comes home briefly.

They did say something about firing squad a dawn but with reference to major someone who disobeyed so ambiguous as to whether he got shot or not I think.
I have to say the Wheelbarrow race with the old man randomly interjected gurning scene did make me laugh. V expressive face...

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 22:25:28

(Reduced to Wiki ffs.)

storynanny Sun 21-Apr-13 22:25:57

What was all the cow stuff about and why is dad in prison? I had a phone call half way through so have totally lost the plot.

Why would farmer Tim kill the first cow?
I thought it had a bad birth at firs as looked like something bloody comin out its bum but it was gashed?

Line runner - is that episode specific because he came home briefly last week

Story - we're not sure either and we watched the whole thing!

LineRunner Sun 21-Apr-13 22:28:23

Bloody Wiki.

optionalExtras Sun 21-Apr-13 22:28:52

Dad is in prison because someone stabbed one of the cows (in the udder, they said) on the same night that he stole the medicine from the cowshed.

No idea why old scarred guy had it in for the cows. Or himself.

Clawdy Sun 21-Apr-13 22:29:16

I assumed the scarred one has done for all the cows and it will be realized Bert's dad is innocent. Joe is home on leave,but looks very's gripping but there are too many unfeasibly nasty people in that village,even the church craft woman!

GypsyFloss Sun 21-Apr-13 22:29:32

I agree that the teacher was forced to war rather than shot.

Tonight was very grim. Only Bert's huge brown eyes saved it for me ...and even that is spoiled a bit by old Bert having blue eyes, as pointed out upthread grin

AllOverIt Sun 21-Apr-13 22:30:54

And his eyelashes. Don't forget the eye lashes....

GypsyFloss Sun 21-Apr-13 22:31:27

Yeah, big cow eyes smile

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 22:33:57

Young Bert has eyes just like my dd. He's a brilliant actor.

I thought Joe had survived by his mums reaction - I couldn't see on the sign because she read the second row from Mu_ onwards but I presumed shed already checked the first row and not found him.

Don't know why it faded to black and silence though...

I quite fancy Joe after this and my mad fat diary even though he is v young

He does have beautiful eyes.

GypsyFloss Sun 21-Apr-13 22:37:18

I'm also not quite getting John's quick conversion nor the minister's daughter spending so much time alone with him. Would that have been acceptable?
When he was praying in the cell it made me think of him as The Master...slightly manic and fervent .

racmun Sun 21-Apr-13 22:39:44

I reckon the list didn't mention Joe so his mum think all is well.
But I wonder if he has been killed on the battlefield and the shot of him walking home and fading away is what he dreams of in his dying moments. He looked all covered in mud and grey also he didn't have any bags with him like last time he came home.

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:40:21

beawheesht I think he was also Newt in Hollyoaks, if that cures your crush...

Casualty Sun 21-Apr-13 22:45:13

With this programme if you turn away even for just 5 seconds you lose track of what is happening.

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 22:50:49

Bessie - I know but I fell in love with him in my mad fat diary and struggling to forget that!

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 22:51:31

Am off to wiki him and hope he's older than I think....

Still18atheart Sun 21-Apr-13 22:51:45

I'm a little confused. Why does that women have something against Margaret?

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:52:05

<whispers> you know it is pretend though?


I really liked my mad fat diary, too

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:53:05

He was born in 1991! I am almost old enough to be his mother <scary>

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 22:53:18

Bollocks - he's 10 years younger than me! I must stress he is not my usual type at all!

I'm amazed at how quickly Mary improved from scarlet fever - just with one droplet of medication?

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 22:54:43

Also why are the ministers daughter and the horrible church craft woman so alike? I struggle to tell them apart!

smokinaces Sun 21-Apr-13 22:59:20

No he cant have been Newt from Hollyoaks!! Hes quite fanciable now!!

I agree about him dying. I rewound it on Sky+ to watch again - hes clearly got blood on his jacket etc, and the fading to black and silence makes me think he died and that was his last walk home in his head.

Old scared man is George/Cora's father. George was excused from going to war because he was a "dairy farmer". I think he killed the dairy because he was ashamed of his son not going to war - by killing them all, there is no excuse for George now and he wont shame the family name.

smokinaces Sun 21-Apr-13 22:59:58

should be a question in there - old scarred man is George/Coras father/grandfather isnt he? Silly fingers

staticlunge Sun 21-Apr-13 23:01:34

Think Joe has died sad

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 23:04:50

Well wiki says he hasn't but who knows

Bessie123 Sun 21-Apr-13 23:07:09

I didn't get that Joe had died. I thought he had just come home on leave.

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 23:11:28

Joe hasn't died see here bbc link

Ah yes George's (name?) exemption is that he's a farmer!

Still18atheart Sun 21-Apr-13 23:33:46

Yep he was Newt in Hollyoaks, he was this emo kid then he had a massive makeover and suddenly became really hot then left soon after, from what I can remember.

AllOverIt Mon 22-Apr-13 07:28:01

That link proves it then. Maybe the fade to black and silence was to feel the gravity of all those village men dying on the battlefield...

GypsyFloss Mon 22-Apr-13 07:36:48

So ....did the scarred man shoot the cows on the order of Caro's mother so that George had no excuse of being a farmer and then did he kill himself cos he knew the horror that he was sending his youngest son to?

I don't Joe is dead, I think Grace's face showed tearful relief. However I think Joe's walk home reflects the mud of the trenches.

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 07:39:31

Wasn't there a time that even farmers were called up?

Especially one as young as George-who doesn't actually do any farming?

Anyway he could go if he wanted to, couldn't he?

The stuff with Caro & the Dr was hideous.

Can't believe they let themselves be pushed around by him so much!

At the beginning when old Bert said that he decided that Joe would be OK if he won the Rondo, he then looked downcast, so I assumed that Joe wasn't OK.

So at the end, thought that he had gone AWOL tbh, & that the paper that was put up might have said "missing in action"

The Lord from the "Big house"-guess it was him who injured the first cow?

So did his memories of the war send him mad, or was he always so-hence Caro?

louisianablue2000 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:15:02

I'm now thinking Joe has gone AWOL as well, which is why he is in his boodstained uniform with no luggage.

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 10:26:25

Unless he is home on leave & is shell shocked & just jumped on the next available transport iyswim?

Or home for R&R after going "over the top"?

difficultpickle Mon 22-Apr-13 10:27:29

If he has gone AWOL he'll be shot as a deserter sad

BeaWheesht Mon 22-Apr-13 10:41:14

If you go to the link I posted from BBC and look at next week it gives some clues...

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 11:27:13

I don't like the sound of that!

Can't help thinking that something will happen to Joe whilst home on leave!sad

NuhichNuhaymuh Mon 22-Apr-13 14:40:28

That's what I thought, Joe had gone AWOL. certainly not leave so soon after last (though don't know time scale), doubtful he'd be let home for R&R either.

I think old Bert look downcast because Joe lived through the Somme, deserted and was shot OR if he is on leave again he's totally broken by what he saw, and was lost to his family anyway.

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 14:50:27

I think something bad happens to Joe.

I'm thinking he dies-and not a hero.

Paul(?), his friend, died in trenches, young teacher an CO, older one finally allowed to join, brothers from the "big house" exempt due to occupations, their father finally kills himself because the war has reminded him of the horrors he saw, so that's just about all possibilities summed up!

So Joe to be the deserter?

The young teacher-has he spent the time in prison-as he was led away by MPs?

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 14:52:03

JO is certainly not attractive
I dont get the fan stuff

AllOverIt Mon 22-Apr-13 16:04:25

The link suggests he has shellshock so I think there'll be the repercussions of that. The Joe that they knew has died, in a way hmm

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 16:06:09

yadda yadda

I Want to know about snood man and why he shot them horses

and where the POsh mother got this idea about the therapist from and why isnt HE at war?

Still18atheart Mon 22-Apr-13 16:10:43

I'm also think Joe has gone AWOL. And is shell shocked.

Why isn't that inspector/ detective guy who was dtd with the Caro look alike not at war??

AllOverIt Mon 22-Apr-13 16:20:02

If he's over 41 then they didn't go...

Bessie123 Mon 22-Apr-13 16:21:58

He doesn't look over 41. But what's that saying about knowing you're getting older because policemen are looking younger..? grin

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 17:03:05

I think the police was a "protected profession"?

Wasn't it Agnes he was with?

AllOverIt Mon 22-Apr-13 17:45:52

It was the fiance of the son that died in the trenches

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:08:37


LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:09:21

Hasnt the copper got a fake leg? From Boer war mebbe?
actually scratch that, he is too young

PenelopePortrait Mon 22-Apr-13 18:44:34

Well I fell asleep. Riveting this is not.

AllOverIt Mon 22-Apr-13 18:47:11

The therapist was definitely too old. The cut off was 40

Still18atheart Mon 22-Apr-13 23:33:08

I thought that the inspector was more of a private detective type and that he wasn't actually employed by the police.

I think the teacher was warned with the firing squad and then sent to war.

The scarred man shot the cows and then himself so that George would go to war. Still puzzled by the fact that the older brother isnt away. Why is he exempt?

No idea who mutilated the cow. Probably Tim from Corrie.

Joe wasnt on the list but his mum was torn between being happy that hes still alive, and not being able to show it because so many other men from the village were on the list.

Joe will have shell shock, turn to drink and essentially become his father.

It is really depressing. And I have to watch it alone with no distractions. If you miss even 30secs the whole thing gets confusing.

The mother in the big house has realised whats going on with Caro so hopefully next week will see a stop to that. Were people really so trusting and blind to things back then?

GypsyFloss Tue 23-Apr-13 06:44:18

I presume the eldest brother was called up as he seems to be the local MP or similar? This week he as talking about what 'his people' wanted and he also sat on the panel that judged the teacher.

I agree that you can't miss even 10 seconds of it and certainly there's loads left to interpretation.

diddl Tue 23-Apr-13 07:58:53

I have a feeling that there is something wrong with Bairstow's(?) leg-so maybe just not fit enough.

Why would killing the cows mean that George has to go to war??

Won't they just buy more?

I think also that there were some exemptions that you couldn't exempt yourself from iyswim.

Although I wouldn't have thought his was one.

GypsyFloss Tue 23-Apr-13 14:17:49

I dunno Diddl , I was wildly speculating trying to work out wtf was going on and it was all I could come up with grin

diddl Tue 23-Apr-13 14:28:48

Actually, if the detective is working for the eldest son of the "big house"-that might be why he hasn't been conscripted.

But I think that he was in the pub once-asking about John with ref to Caro & said something thenabout why he hadn't been calledup?

GypsyFloss Tue 23-Apr-13 15:18:52

I think you're right about his leg, he does have quite a limp.

His work for the big house is quite hush hush isn't it? He's so very sly. I can't decide who is more scary...him or the "doctor".

NuhichNuhaymuh Tue 23-Apr-13 17:08:32

George is exempt because he's a 'farmer' isn't he? Though he's not really.

I thought Caro's mum was more jealous than bothered by her daughter's situation (I have fully immersed myself in the misery and dispair!)

Clawdy Tue 23-Apr-13 18:33:33

Yes,I think Caro's mum is jealous and cares very little for her daughter's well-being. Hope I'm wrong,that's a very disturbing story-line.

pacificjade Tue 23-Apr-13 21:28:55

Just caught up on iplayer. Have to say I think it's really good.

It is quite confusing & open to interpretation, but I wonder if it's meant to be like that because we're getting Bert's story. He can only tell what he saw &, i assume, what he picked up from the village gossip.

jodee Tue 23-Apr-13 23:33:33

Just caught up with this and don't think I will bother again, nothing makes any sense!

Clawdy Wed 24-Apr-13 14:11:56

I know it's meant to be Bert's story, but the Big House story is separate as he can't know what went on with Caro and the therapist,surely? Or will another ,later story-line explain how he knows?

MarthasHarbour Wed 24-Apr-13 21:53:08

Just caught up with it all on iplayer. I may be in the minority here but i think it is brilliant! The production is so good, i think the parts that lack dialogue are really clever and make you really think.

There bit when John tried to hang himself, and Grace and Bert ran to him, there was a really touching scene when Bert was helping John off the noose and said really softly 'daddy daddy'. I was almost sobbing!

I think that the nice teacher was conscripted and not shot, the MPs scared him with a threat of death by firing squad.

Re the cows... John went to steal the cow medicine for Mary, other farmer (are we calling him Tim from Corrie?) saw him coming out of the shed, framed him by mutilating the cow. John gets arrested. Dont know why snood guy kills all the cows.

Joe is not dead because-i read Beas link Grace did that face because Maxine-Peake is a brilliant actress she wanted to leap with joy but couldnt because the rest of the village went down in the Somme, Joe was walking through mud as a homage to the Somme sad the shell shock was evident last week.

Little baby Mary is so cute, and young Bert is beautiful smile

MarthasHarbour Wed 24-Apr-13 21:54:16

And yes that scene with Caro being force fed was horrific sad

Still18atheart Thu 25-Apr-13 00:00:04

Martha I agree with you on the shell shock being evident in Joe last week.

diddl Thu 25-Apr-13 07:53:47

I#d wondered if the other guy had done it as he wanted to frame John & take over the farm.

But couldn't quite think that a farmer would deliberately injure livestock.

But what about Bert's bloody shirt?

Is he still staying with Margaret & it's not even Johns?

Or he found it?

John cut his hand on the door of the cow shed. Thats where the blood came from.

diddl Thu 25-Apr-13 08:09:17

Of course-I thought he'd just tied something around it-didn't realise it was on his shirt as well iyswim.

knottyhair Thu 25-Apr-13 09:49:59

De-lurking. Pretty sure the teacher was sent to war, not executed. Older brother isn't conscripted as he's an MP? He arranged for George to be exempt due to being a "farmer" against George's wishes but then George agreed to stay when Caro begged him not to go. Detective bloke (who was Alan A Dale in Robin Hood) has a limp so can't fight. Am really "enjoying" the programme (if that's the right word) despite the almost unrelentless misery!

pacificjade Thu 25-Apr-13 11:12:24

Clawdy, I think that there would certainly have been village gossip about what happened at the big house. Servants would know & would pass on details wouldn't they? I think Bert is telling what he and the other villagers heard. Some bits they would guess at and not all of it would make sense as they didn't know the whole story.

MarthasHarbour Thu 25-Apr-13 12:19:36

pacificjade yes i was going to make the same point, remember one of the maids is more than a little gossipy grin

also, can i just say that i would definitely have DTD with Joe Armstrong given his moody ways and sexy glances. Which is all actually a bit wrong as at the same time i marvel at how he is the double of his dad Alun... hmm blush

Disclaimer-I would definitely NOT do Alun Armstrong

MarthasHarbour Thu 25-Apr-13 12:22:45

Hang on - this wiki entry re Joe Armstrong cant be right:

''In the 2013 drama The Village, depicting life in a Derbyshire village in the early 20th century, he plays Stephen Bairstow, a detective scarred by his experiences at the Front in World War I.[8] The character was originally a minor one, but writer Peter Moffat expanded the role because he was impressed with Armstrong.[9]''

Detective Bairstow isnt serving in WW1 - could it be the Boer War?

diddl Thu 25-Apr-13 12:46:52

Could he already have joined up & been injured before he came to the village?

PenelopePortrait Sun 28-Apr-13 10:29:40

That explains why ever misdeed needs the weight of the force smile. I do like him though.

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:03:25

Here we go. More misery.

Disclaimer of misery this week!

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:07:25

I honestly don't know what's going on.

PenelopePortrait Sun 28-Apr-13 21:10:24

I'm not watching, given up. The trailers and reviews for tonight's episode did not entice me to give it any more of my time. A shame though.

There are probably a few die hards watching but no where near what was anticipated. If it had lightened up just a tad and was easier to follow, then it would've been more of a success. IMO.

Still want to know wtf happened with the cows and shooting

Detective cuntchops is still there.

What's happened with their baby girl?

Bessie123 Sun 28-Apr-13 21:26:53

I'm not sure I can face all the misery this week. I have watched it up till now but it is so depressing i might turn over - everyone has a limit, right?

GypsyFloss Sun 28-Apr-13 21:29:08

This has grown on me so much, it's wonderfully acted. And I am crying already . Poor Joe sad

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:30:52

It is boring me now.

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:35:25

Dis any of that Juliet Stevenson speech make sense to anyone? About falling of her horse and Waterloo?

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:35:54

<too fed up to type properly sorry>

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 21:46:23

Right as usual totally confused

Where is the baby? I missed the first 10mins or so.....

Why has know one noticed poor Bert is missing?

Am finding this bit about poor Joe so sad as I think its probably quite realistic sad

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 21:48:38

Baby is fine!

It's the Rest of the poor sods we need to worry about!!!

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 21:49:37

Tim from Corrie put that rather well.

zukiecat Sun 28-Apr-13 21:50:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 21:50:27

Thank God for that, just tried to google 'the village - where is the baby?' grin

Have they farmed her out to someone?

I am slightly judging the mum on not realising Bert is missing with a broken leg!!

Loveleopardprint Sun 28-Apr-13 21:52:33

Why has nobody noticed that Bert is missing?!

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 21:52:44

I can't believe people were heartless enough to shoot people so obviously traumatised sad

Mind you Joe suddenly seems a bit better...... grin

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 21:54:06

About flipping time!!

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 21:56:10

I actually like it blush
Am lover of anything to do with the wars though.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 21:57:53

No, I think the baby has been continently forgotten for the sake of some scenes grin

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 21:58:48

Conveniently.... Obviously!!

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 21:59:44

god how awful sad

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 22:00:21


GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:00:57

Shot as a deserter.
My god times were hard then.

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 22:01:07

sad sad sad sad

Feel totally depressed now, same time next week ladies?

zukiecat Sun 28-Apr-13 22:01:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ExcuseTypos Sun 28-Apr-13 22:01:52

I've given up on it. I have recorded though, just incase.

Is it worth watching? Are they're any happy bits?

Loveleopardprint Sun 28-Apr-13 22:01:56

She only asked about Bert after her bath when she was drying off!
Not a great mother!

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 22:02:25

No, there are no happy bits.


ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 22:03:17

Not. One. Single. Happy. Bit.


Obviously joe just needed a shag to get him back on his feet. Accurate portrayal of PTSD cure confused

At least this isn't glorifying war.

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 22:04:06

Unhappiness tempered with misery.

VenusStarr Sun 28-Apr-13 22:04:41

That was the best episode so far. It seemed to make more sense, rather than jumping from story to story with no conclusion. Shame it's taken til episode 5 to get better, it finishes next week!

Not one single happy scene

girliefriend Sun 28-Apr-13 22:04:42

I think its worth watching as so well acted but not very cheerful no.

However sometimes it is good to remember some of the brutalities of the past.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:04:57

Not many happy bits in the Great War i don't suppose.

Afrodizzywonders Sun 28-Apr-13 22:05:10

No more Joe sad

Very sad episode.

ExcuseTypos Sun 28-Apr-13 22:05:39


I'll give it a miss then.

It's such a shame because the acting is great, it's filmed beautifully. But the script and plot are awful. It's just all too much for a Sunday evening.

Loveleopardprint Sun 28-Apr-13 22:05:40

Blimey!! Thank goodness it finishes next week. Can't take much more!!

dollyindub Sun 28-Apr-13 22:06:09

Brilliant performances, but bleak as hell.

Still18atheart Sun 28-Apr-13 22:07:15

That's truly the most harrowing thing I've ever watched.

ExcuseTypos Sun 28-Apr-13 22:07:40

I agree it's good to remember some of the brutalities of the past girlie

But not for the whole episode, every single week.

Afrodizzywonders Sun 28-Apr-13 22:07:52

Wiki says that this could be the first episodes of what would be a 42 hour drama.....

BaconAndAvocado Sun 28-Apr-13 22:08:20

OMG! How bloody awful!

I wish someone would,have shot the head doctor at the big house instead!

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:09:29

I know its not Downton or All Creatures Great And Small wink but I like gritty realistic drama,sunday night or not.
Only very recently have 'deserters' been pardoned and 'shell shock' been recognised .Many of our families would have known of such cases or experienced them themselves.Next year marks 100m years since start of the conflict so we do well to remember.

AnnieJumpCannon Sun 28-Apr-13 22:10:43

But it's coming back for a second series!

I like it.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:11:49

Baby Mary survived scarlet fever last week,small ray of happiness there!

AnnieJumpCannon Sun 28-Apr-13 22:11:52

... partly because all these things affected my granny. She named my dad after her brother who was killed in WW1.

diddl Sun 28-Apr-13 22:13:29

Well I was confused about George.

He found & shot the injured cow.

How long after that did the father shoot the rest of them and himelf then??

As George was away at war??!!

Joe was a deserter then because ofcarrying Bert?

If not for that, would they have taken the Drs word that he was ill?
(The real Dr?)

'Tis all a bit far fetched-can't get out of bed-then has sex with Martha & finds & brings back Bert & the MPs happen along at that moment!

BaconAndAvocado Sun 28-Apr-13 22:13:48

I like it too and it does make Downtowm Abbey look very fluffy now!

I like the strong female characters such as Maxine Peake and Juliet Stevenson. And little Bert is just gorgeous, those eyes!!

The relationship between Joe and Bert was extremely touching.

ExcuseTypos Sun 28-Apr-13 22:13:56

Id want to shoot myself if I had to watch 42 hours of that misery.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:14:08

Similar here,Annie

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:14:42

We don't know if Jo is shot.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:15:28


ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 28-Apr-13 22:15:41

Well... Am off to bed.

(And hugging my children as they sleep peacefully, sobbing quietly to myself at the sheer luck at being born this half of the century)

AnnieJumpCannon Sun 28-Apr-13 22:17:03

I think he will be, though.

It's going to be really fun next series, roaring 20s.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:17:10

And I second your thoughts,ship

GeorginaWorsley Sun 28-Apr-13 22:18:05

Not sure roaring twenties hit rural Derbyshire,but should be interesting!

AnnieJumpCannon Sun 28-Apr-13 22:19:33

Well, I think they see bananas for the first time!

thenightsky Sun 28-Apr-13 22:20:07

How come 'young' Bert has brown eyes and 'old' Bert has blue eyes? confused

MarthasHarbour Sun 28-Apr-13 22:20:11

I'm with Georgina 100%. That was a god awful episode and had me blubbering. But WW1 wasn't all rosy, we would be criticising it if it wasn't true to life.

I think it is bloody brilliant!

Baby Mary made an appearance in the first scenes. And in a small village 100 years ago I can see how Bert could disappear unnoticed, Grace was busy dealing with 2 jobs, the house, baby and Joe. Margaret didn't even know Bert was on his way over.. I grew up in a small village in the 70s and can totally see it happening then!

Brilliant acting, historical accuracy, production and everything!

GypsyFloss Sun 28-Apr-13 22:21:14

I agree that was very harrowing but truly fantastic acting. I have been watching with my DD who is just about to sit her GCSE history exam , all about the period.

My mum had a family friend who had deserted in WW1 and managed to escape being shot as he was Irish & returned to Dublin & managed to evade detection. She still tells me his story of shell shock and deserting and tbh up till now I never really gave it much thought nor understanding.

Hmm the cow and scared face man blowing his head off in the barn didn't get explained did it.

Hate the dr in the big house. In fact I don't like any of the males in this aside from joe and bert. They're all dicks.

Clawdy Sun 28-Apr-13 22:23:43

MarthasHarbour exactly my thoughts. It's amazing. I was gasping with shock at those last few moments.

louisianablue2000 Sun 28-Apr-13 22:32:53

I suspect if they'd spoken to the real doctor he would have been treated for shellshock. Admittedly the treatment was awful, on a par with what happened to Caro. Thought the MP treatment of Grace was terrible.

It was relentlessly depressing this week wasn't. But I thought the depiction of the shell shock was so good, the photography is fab. I wasn't quite convinced about Juliet Stevenson making the comment about the grocer's impotence. Although I thought the horse riding story was great.

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:34:14

I fwd past weepy bits. Dullo

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:35:19

Shell shock not widely diagnosed. Vcertainly not in the sticks.
Plus a lot less understanding and sympathy IMO.
Typical rewriting of history.

GypsyFloss Sun 28-Apr-13 22:36:22

I don't think he would have been treated tbh , I think there was only one way that was going to end. As Georgina said upthread it's only recently that shell shock was recognised.

diddl Sun 28-Apr-13 22:36:35

Yes, I wasn't sure why she did that?

Surely she#s not jealous of Caro & the Dr?

Pissed off as her son is in charge now?

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:37:23

No. It was at the time. But only at the end. And not in Derbyshire I'm sure!!

louisianablue2000 Sun 28-Apr-13 22:37:43

Oh, was also going to say I think Joe going to find Bert was showing how brave he was, going to get his brother was like him going out to get a friend from no-mans land. The relationship was so strong it helped him overcome his symptoms (which are mental not physical).

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:39:29

Bert is like an unlucky talisman. First he makes the conchie teacher go to war, now his brother.

diddl Sun 28-Apr-13 22:41:40

But in the pub, the MPs were already calling Joe a deserter, weren<#t they?

So will John lose his faith & turn to drink again?

And that bloody Martha!

How could she be encouraging John to do nothing but "spread the word"?

diddl Sun 28-Apr-13 22:43:31

Oh yes-Bert had found the bloody shirt which got John put in prison also, hadn't he?

So was it because of Bert that the code was settled on?

Still18atheart Sun 28-Apr-13 22:47:48

Trying to figure out if I like the union man or not. He seems nice, at the moment.

Yes i know he doesn't women working in the factory after the war. However, I'm guessing that was the general thought back then. That the men will come home and go back to their job, as though nothing has happened. Bearing in mind,that we are talking of a time before women had the vote.

diddl Sun 28-Apr-13 22:51:49

Although the factory is supplying army boots-so how much work will there be for the men who come back?

Are Agnes & the Bairstow married?

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 22:53:43


smokinaces Sun 28-Apr-13 23:03:18

Bert does seem to be coming across as the death of somebody constantly.

Not liking the idea of Joe being shot. It's all very harrowing.

Still18atheart Sun 28-Apr-13 23:08:03

That is a good point diddl. but didn't many factories start by making one thing, then started making things for the war effort, then go back to making the original thing after the war was over.

Moln Sun 28-Apr-13 23:23:26

Did I miss an episode?

Does seem to skip chunks of info and leave use to fill in with presumption, cow shooting dad I'd now buried I take it and they worked out he injured the other cow

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 23:33:19

I also am slightly weirded out by Caro's 'therapy' appearing to have worked.

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 23:35:46

And the lady of the manor turning all bitchy mac

Still18atheart Sun 28-Apr-13 23:41:06

Also disturbed that Caro has seemed to have fallen for with the evil head doctor.

smokinaces Sun 28-Apr-13 23:45:27

I love the way George says the name caro though.

I agree the time lapse jumping can be very confusing. Next week we jump from 1916 to 1920.

smokinaces Sun 28-Apr-13 23:45:59

Anyone else betting Martha has a mini Joe next week?!

Still18atheart Sun 28-Apr-13 23:49:35

It would be handy if they had a title saying what year we are in.

It confuses me that the vicars daughter and Baristows wife?!? look similar

And that Caro and Baristow's wife's 'friend' both look sort of similar too

LineRunner Sun 28-Apr-13 23:53:25

I thought the horrible doctor was the horrible school teacher at one point.

Still18atheart Mon 29-Apr-13 00:31:05

They need a cast list, with a who's who and who does what, a la Jilly Cooper.

caroldecker Mon 29-Apr-13 00:34:01

shell shock was recognised by 1915 - 80,000 were treated for it in WW1, including Seigfried Sassoon

GypsyFloss Mon 29-Apr-13 07:30:40

Oh a mini Joe ....will Grace assume it's Joe senior who is the father? If there is a mini Joe, that'll be two mini Joes out and about. Wonder if Grace will want to keep baby#2...

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 12:22:52

I wondered if Agnes and Bairstow had married.

I am also weirded out by the psychiatrist and Caro. But it is a classic, she is beautiful and vulnerable, he has 'cured' her so she loves him, he is chuffed to bits because can control her. I think over the years there will be a lot more to that story.

I have to say i wept last night, it was horrific. I also think that there will be a story whereby Grace and John want Joe to be honoured on a village plaque. Which of course he wont. Because he was a 'deserter' hmm

Hope Margaret doesnt turn her back on Grace <investing too much thought into this>

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 12:23:49

I have to say i wept last night, it was horrific. I also think that there will be a story whereby Grace and John want Joe to be honoured on a village plaque.

i mean along with all the others - like on a mini cenotaph IYSWIM

diddl Mon 29-Apr-13 12:30:39

So Bairstow is working for Lord Edmund & trying to get gossip/dirt-on anyone or just the factory boss?

So, if the wife only told Agnes about the impotence & now those at the big house know, won't Bairstows cover be blown?

Martha-that's not going to happen if he was shot as a deserter, is it?

Imagine how insulting that would be to the relatives of ones who died in action.

diddl Mon 29-Apr-13 12:31:40

Sorry, didn't see your post above the one I quoted from.

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 12:40:47

thats ok diddl you know what i mean though? in their eyes he did his bit and went to the front and got shot for being too sick to return to the front. it would be 'right' in their eyes to have him on the list of those fallen, but the village and authorities wouldnt have it.

This makes my evenings spent in the old village hall for Girl Guides/Brownies all the more significant, i used to see all those dusty flags and medals and think 'meh'. God i wish i could go back and see it differently sad

diddl Mon 29-Apr-13 13:20:47

Oh yes.

It was-well to me-a bit confusing.

So he came home on leave-legitimately-was on his way back-although wouldn't have made it.

Brought back by Bairstow-SS diagnosed by Dr.

Who then at the big house absentmindedly said-"I wonder if I should tell the authorities?"

So I think it was all up for him then-let alone being seen carrying Bert!

I guess it would add more interest to a story re a memorial if there is a deserter in the mix.

Plus they've managed to incorporate a deserter without him actually deserting!

Wonder if the CO school teacher will be back next week?

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 14:21:20

I know - i was yelling at the TV - 'get an army doctor in' angry

i actually love the fact that they are spanning the entire 20C. I would love to have known the past comings and goings in our village and who is who amongst my friends although-my mother does her best to fill me in on the gossip but that is only from the 60s onwards! grin

Another thing i thought of last night. I like the whole argument with John and 'Tim from Corrie' about the farm. It got me thinking of Heartbeat, where there is always a story about two neighbouring farmers hating eachother because of some feud over ownership at the turn of the century! I can see that one spilling over too.

Right thats it - i am hooked grin

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 14:54:15

He deserted by not returning at end of leave
they would have an address for him


The point i KEEP trying to make about shell shock is that although it was diagnosed in 1915 this would have been with specialists, NOT GPS in Derbyshire and there was also a lot of contradiction as to its nature - physical etc.
the idea that locals meekly say " oh yes its shell shock" is unrealistic.

diddl Mon 29-Apr-13 14:55:18

I suppose I didn't feel that last night's story really worked-that it was a bit forced to enable some other plot device iyswim.

But thought that the acting by the guy playing Joe was really good.

And when his mother was holding his face & giving him a kiss on the top of his head & was shaking.

So-the roaring 20s next!

Wonder how roaring it gets in The Village??!!

Maybe confined to "The Big House"?

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 15:28:37

nehru i dont think anyone is missing your point hmm no-need to be shouty

I think shell shock was only mentioned once last night, and even then it showed how people confused the symptoms. Remember the GP tried to explain it and said to the Middletons that it was probably toxins from a shell, and Grace said (after speaking to Joe) that there was no shell, so that couldnt be it. So the GP will have heard of it but didnt understand it himself, remember this is 1916 so he will have heard mutterings about it (it was published in the Lancet in 1915)

Even at the dinner table in t'big house they didnt mention SS, only that he didnt return because he was sick, and creepy doc said 'well he isnt a malingerer'

We all seem to be mentioning SS more on this thread, because of knowledge in hindsight.

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 18:53:23

Fair dos.
Tbh I'm still baffled by the cow thing.

Still18atheart Mon 29-Apr-13 19:50:02

I thunk everyone is baffled about the cow thing. perhaps it will be revealed next week

caroldecker Mon 29-Apr-13 20:10:28

So, out of 306 deserters shot in WW1, 2 came from this village?

PenelopePortrait Mon 29-Apr-13 20:34:32

carole yes because it's Misery Central and we haven't had enough yet.

diddl Mon 29-Apr-13 21:04:46

why 2, carol?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 29-Apr-13 21:07:37

I don't think the teacher was shot but I do think the village has one hell of a collection of stereotypes!

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Mon 29-Apr-13 21:13:10

I take it no one's read next week's synopsis - one burning question answered but very vague about another big issue. In fact, I think it could be a red herring...

Do you have a link Mean?

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Mon 29-Apr-13 21:17:30

No, it's from a tv listings app on my phone sad

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 21:24:06

grin nehru - he just shot the cows - thats probably all Bert can remember so they had to shoe horn it in! grin confused

mean you are being very - erm - mean!! Give us a clue as to the listing!!

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:28

Massive Spoiler Alert

I was right about the War Memorial! <could be 6th sense but probably pretty predictable>

Aaaaahhhh. I see.

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 21:33:42

But whats the red herring wannabe <ponders> i think mean has seen another synopsis that tells more hmm

Not sure about the red herring. confused

PenelopePortrait Mon 29-Apr-13 21:38:00

Another joyous episode to look forward to then. Not.

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Mon 29-Apr-13 21:44:13

Oh balls. The version I saw was very vague about Joe. Mentioned they were grieving and that the war memorial was missing a name, so wondered if the Middletons were grieving, say, the loss of a cow and that the missing name on the memorial was the evil teacher - but the BBC synopsis makes it clear about Joe. Dammit - for a moment I was hopeful!

MarthasHarbour Mon 29-Apr-13 21:51:32

Bugger - sorry mean shouldnt-have posted that link

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Mon 29-Apr-13 22:04:14

Don't worry, was going to look at the Bbc one later anyway! smile

Ellenora5 Mon 29-Apr-13 23:21:14

I gave up last night, after ten minutes I couldn't take anymore, far too dreary for me. I will have a look here next week to see how it ended, thanks people smile

BanoffeeSplitz Tue 30-Apr-13 00:12:14

Just watched this week's episode - what a harrowing ending sad.

To cheer myself up slightly, I have decided that the female interviewer that Old Bert talks to at the beginning of each episode is a descendant (granddaughter?) of Caro's baby, researching her family tree & discovering that Joe Middleton is her great-grandfather.

She's going to write to the MOD to get him a posthumous pardon, and in 36 episodes time, the series will end with his name being added to the village war memorial.

I bloody hope the actor who plays Old Bert sticks around long enough for them to film all 42 episodes - he's great.

BanoffeeSplitz Tue 30-Apr-13 00:15:10

When I watch it on iPlayer I have to click 'yes' to 'Adult Content'.
I swear for one of the episodes there was a glitch and it was described as 'Adult Humour' by mistake, which made me giggle (mirthlessly).

MarthasHarbour Tue 30-Apr-13 08:56:06

I like your thinking banoffee smile

Ellenora5 Tue 30-Apr-13 09:31:55

You could have a point there banoffee, that would be good alright. Is there really 42 episodes altogether, it will go on for years.

Still18atheart Tue 30-Apr-13 11:40:01

How can there be 42 episodes if it's finishing next week. or are they going to do seven series of 6 episodes each or something

diddl Tue 30-Apr-13 12:26:52

I think it's meant to record the changes in the village for 100yrs, as told by Bert-isn't it?

So I think yes, 7 lots of six covering various periods is the idea-whether or not it actually works out...

Nehru Tue 30-Apr-13 15:40:24

That's funny. I think the old bert is very am dram

smokinaces Tue 30-Apr-13 19:33:30

Wonder if young bert will be a different actor now if he's meant to be 18 in Sundays episode?

So teacher comes back. And joe is dead :-(

No mention of Martha though. Still reckoning baby somehow.

And banoffee I like that idea :-)

float62 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:53:08

I lived for a time where a village used to be, there was very little there but before WWI it was a village - a manor house, farms and labourers and their houses, a pub and school; only the church remains and the walls of the lanes where a village used to be, the pub became a house in the 1920s, the farms disbanded as the manor too. There is a very long list of names in the church and after time I could feel and hear the spirits of the men because I lived on the land they used to live on. They didn't want to be forgotten.

diddl Wed 01-May-13 08:25:48

"No mention of Martha though. Still reckoning baby somehow."

If so & it being the 20's & her the vicar's daughter-might they have moved away?

Or she went away for a while & came back sans baby?

Or marries George?

PenelopePortrait Sun 05-May-13 19:34:20

Well will it have a happy ending? grin grin

Can I bear to watch?

diddl Sun 05-May-13 19:43:51


All of them will have lost someone in the war.

The nice teacher will be back-Bert will be happy to see him, but all others will ostracise him!

The men will be taking the women's jobs!

PenelopePortrait Sun 05-May-13 20:14:14

You forgot the policeman - what's he going have to investigate?

It's weird isn't it, I'm actually going to watch something that I'm not looking forward to. What's that all about?