Monday, August 29, 2011

YouTube Video Recommendations

In the past Shawn and I have enjoyed watching some BBC television shows that recreate life in different time periods. Each series has actual archaeologists and historians living the life of that time period for a full year. These shows are available for free on YouTube. So far we have watched Victorian Farm, which is about life in the mid-19th Century.

We've also watched Edwardian Farm, which is about life just after the turn of the 20th Century.

We have enjoyed both of these series immensely. They're delightful to watch while being educational at the same time.

We've also been wanting to see a third series that was made using the same historians/archaeologists, but it hasn't been available on YouTube. Well, this week Shawn just happened to check again and we were excited to find that it's available! So, we're now in the process of watching Tales from the Green Valley. It is about life in the year 1620.

I can't recommend these enough. What's especially nice is that these are made with actual historians...professionals that are enthralled with life in the past. Other shows that we have watched have had more of a drama-filled "reality tv" feel to them and we just simply do not care to watch that kind of show. This is a wonderful change from the norm. If you do get to watch them, let me know what you think!


  1. I love these shows too! I haven't heard of Tales From The Green Valley, but I have seen the others. You might also enjoy a BBC series titled, The 1900 House, also available on YouTube. I family tries to live as they did in 1900, but based in the town. There are things of value we can still learn from this series, but I much prefer the shows set in the countryside, as I'm sure you do too.

  2. Brenda,
    Thanks for the recommendation! We'll be sure to watch it as well when we're finished with Tales From The Green Valley. There was another series that we stumbled across one evening, but I haven't been able to find it again. Perhaps you've heard of it. It was an older BBC series that featured life during World War 2. It showed how everyone "made do" with what they had available since new supplies were cut off. I think it was called something like "Wartime Kitchen" or something similar. If you stumble across any other shows similar to these, please let me know. We truly enjoy them.

    Take care,

  3. Wow, these links are exciting! I think I found what you're looking for and it's on YouTube:

    Wartime Kitchen & Garden (Episode 8, part 1)

    We'll have to search for the other parts.