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A life of quaintness and calm – until the inevitable fault lines are revealed, plus a very British history of architectural conservation

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It is hard not to picture the commissioning meeting, somewhere deep in the bowels of the BBC.

Ollie: What about something on the Amish?

Tabitha: Ollie, everyone's done the Amish. The Amish are, like, totally Ovah, 'kay? There was, like, this film, yeah, about 10 years before I was born called Witness which was all about them? And how they raised barns and washed in bowls and had really scrummy furniture, yeah? And Harrison Ford couldn't stay with them because he couldn't bring himself to disregard the Nicene Christology. Or because he was a Philadelphia cop and fundamentally unsuited to the life. I forget.

Ollie: Ok. [Runs finger down list of Anabaptist splinter groups.] How about the Mennonites?

Tabitha: Just the Amish in brighter clothes. »

- Lucy Mangan

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