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The Lake District: A Wild Year review – Cumbria in the very very fast lane

17 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Exploding flowers and blurry mowers are all very well, but it was the voice of Bernard Cribbins that made me yearn for the Lakes

Unless it’s a taster for a 12-part series to come, I’m not sure what the point of The Lake District: A Wild Year (BBC2) was. It showed a year of Cumbrian life, condensed via the magic of heavy editing and timelapse photography, into an hour, to no apparent purpose.

What do we gain by watching streams rush by at an unnatural pace, churchyards being hypermowed or – most especially – drystone walling speeded up? Dave Birkett, the national nonpareil of the art, was a blur as years of skill and centuries of tradition were accelerated into oblivion. You could do the 12-part series on him alone (he is also an expert climber and has rescued more than 800 sheep stuck on particularly peaky bits of the Peak District).

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- Lucy Mangan

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Friday’s best TV: The Lake District: A Wild Year; Piers Morgan’s Life Stories; The Team

16 February 2017 10:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A lyrical portrait of Cumbria’s changing seasons. Plus Boy George chats to he who must not be named, and the start of a handsome Euro city-hopping crime series

A month-by-month account of life around the Lakes that uses time lapse, slo-mo and tilt shift, as well as a lyrical narration by Bernard Cribbins, to build a portrait of communities respecting the rhythms of the seasons and the awesome local landscape. Sheep are herded and sheared; a dry stone wall is repaired; swimmers hit Windermere in spring, followed by tourists in summer; clouds roil overhead. It’s a vivid dream. Jack Seale

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- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs

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Deddie Davies obituary

2 January 2017 7:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who appeared in several popular TV dramas and sitcoms and memorably played Mrs Perks in the 1970 film The Railway Children

Deddie Davies, who has died of ovarian cancer aged 78, will be remembered as Nell, wife of the station porter Mr Perks, in The Railway Children, the director Lionel Jeffries’s lovingly made 1970 film adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s Edwardian novel.

The character brings the three children – played by Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren – into Perks’s home life, away from the railway station where they have their adventures. “It’s a birthday such as Perks never had, not even when he were a boy,” she tells them on seeing the gifts they have collected from villagers. When Perks (Bernard Cribbins) insists he will not accept charity, Mrs Perks looks on fretfully as they persuade him that the presents were donated with kindness and respect.

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- Anthony Hayward

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