The Village (2013 TV series)

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The Village
Series title over a view of the village
GenreDrama
Created byPeter Moffat
Written byPeter Moffat
Directed byAntonia Bird
Gillies MacKinnon
StarringJohn Simm
Maxine Peake
Nico Mirallegro
Bill Jones
Juliet Stevenson
Composer(s)Adrian Corker
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Griffin
George Faber
Charles Pattinson
Peter Moffat
Producer(s)Emma Burge
Editor(s)St. John O'Rorke
Anne Sopel
Location(s)Derbyshire
CinematographyDavid Odd
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run31 March 2013 (2013-03-31) – Present
External links
BBC1 series webpage
 
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The Village
Series title over a view of the village
GenreDrama
Created byPeter Moffat
Written byPeter Moffat
Directed byAntonia Bird
Gillies MacKinnon
StarringJohn Simm
Maxine Peake
Nico Mirallegro
Bill Jones
Juliet Stevenson
Composer(s)Adrian Corker
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Griffin
George Faber
Charles Pattinson
Peter Moffat
Producer(s)Emma Burge
Editor(s)St. John O'Rorke
Anne Sopel
Location(s)Derbyshire
CinematographyDavid Odd
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run31 March 2013 (2013-03-31) – Present
External links
BBC1 series webpage

The Village is a BBC TV series written by Peter Moffat. The drama is set in a Derbyshire village in the 20th century. The first series of what Moffat hopes will become a 42-hour TV drama was broadcast in spring 2013 and covered the years 1914 to 1920. A second series has been confirmed for 2014 which will continue the story into the 1920s.[1] Future series would be set in the Second World War, post-war Austerity Britain, and so on.

Plot[edit]

The Village tells the story of life in a Derbyshire village through the eyes of a central character, Bert Middleton. Bert has been portrayed as a boy by Bill Jones, as a teen by Alfie Stewart, and as an old man by David Ryall. John Simm plays Bert's father John Middleton, an alcoholic Peak District farmer, and Maxine Peake plays Bert's mother, Grace. Peake is a preferred actress of the writer, who has called her "the best actress of her generation", and she has featured in two previous Moffat series, Criminal Justice and Silk.

Writer Peter Moffat has spoken of wanting to create 'a British Heimat', alluding to Edgar Reitz's epic German saga Heimat, which followed one extended family in a region of Rhineland from 1919 to 1982. Unlike Downton Abbey, this version of history is a working-class history—"domestics are expected to face the walls when the master walks by".[2]

Production[edit]

The first series was filmed in and around Hayfield, Edale, Glossop, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Charlesworth in the Peak District, and in the grounds of Tatton Park in Cheshire, during October to December 2012.[3][4] The four first episodes were directed by Antonia Bird, her last work before her death the same year.

John Simm used local historian Margaret Wombwell's book Milk, Muck and Memories in his research for how the farmers from the period lived, and Moffat researched locally and at the Imperial War Museum.[2]

On 28 April 2013 the BBC Media Centre reported that "BBC One's critically acclaimed epic Sunday night drama series starring Maxine Peake and John Simm will return with six more episodes next year."[1] The second series began filming in Derbyshire at the end of March 2014 and is expected to wrap in July.[5]

A street from the series

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewing figures (millions)
1"Episode 1"Antonia BirdPeter Moffat31 March 2013 (2013-03-31)8.17[6]
2"Episode 2"Antonia BirdPeter Moffat7 April 2013 (2013-04-07)6.85[7]
3"Episode 3"Antonia BirdPeter Moffat14 April 2013 (2013-04-14)6.37[8]
4"Episode 4"Antonia BirdPeter Moffat21 April 2013 (2013-04-21)6.19[9]
5"Episode 5"Gillies MacKinnonPeter Moffat28 April 2013 (2013-04-28)5.88[10]
6"Episode 6"Gillies MacKinnonPeter Moffat5 May 2013 (2013-05-05)5.48[11]

Reception[edit]

The Village received mainly positive reviews after the first episode; the Independent said "the story was ostensibly small and specific", but "then it opened up, cinematically, to the world beyond with panoramic shots of the English countryside – vast acres of fields, hills and sky. These suddenly striking images gave it an epic quality".[12] The Telegraph remarked on the authenticity of scenes, commending how "The Village refused to foist contemporary relevance on its audience" and describing it as "the most accomplished new drama of the year so far".[13] The Daily Mail noted the attention to evocative historical detail, such as rabbits and other fresh meat hanging from a butcher's shop window and the servants turning away when a house member walks past,[14] though another article in the same paper quoted Twitter users describing the episode as a "misery-fest".[15]

DVD[edit]

A Region 2 DVD of series one was released by Entertainment One on 8 July 2013.[16]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BBC One announces second series as The Village moves into the roaring Twenties". BBC Media Centre. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (14 March 2013). "A very British Heimat: Will BBC drama The Village be as epic as the German saga?". Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "New BBC TV series being filmed in Dark Peak". Artsbeatblog.com. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, Roly (April 2013). "The Village". Derbyshire Life 78 (4): 118–121. 
  5. ^ "Filming starts on second series of BBC One's The Village". BBC Media Centre. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Mar 25 - Mar 31". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Apr 01 - Apr 07". BARB. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Apr 08 - Apr 14". BARB. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Apr 15 - Apr 21". BARB. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Apr 22 - Apr 28". BARB. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 30 Programmes / BBC1 / Apr 29 - May 05". BARB. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Akbar, Arifa (1 April 2013). "TV review: The Village gives viewers – finally – a proper, grown-up period drama". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Lawrence, Ben (31 March 2013). "The Village: the most accomplished new drama of the year so far". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Stevens, Christopher (1 April 2013). "Welcome to the fairy tale of the Middletons... no, not those ones: Christopher Stevens reviews last night's TV". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Infante, Francesca; Salkeld, Luke (1 April 2013). "A miserable start for The Village, the BBC's answer to Downton Abbey". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Village - Series One (DVD)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "BBC – The Village". TV Ad Music. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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