OVER 30 lost episodes of Out of Town featuring presenter Jack Hargreaves have been released on DVD for the first time, after being tracked down by TV enthusiasts.
For over 20 years Out of Town was a television programme that provided a window on country life in rural Britain.
Fishermen and farriers, horsemen and horticulturalists were prominently featured as presenter Jack Hargreaves took the Southern Television cameras around the country, in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, to explore pursuits and activities many of which have long since disappeared.
When broadcast by ITV, these programmes soon won a large following for the entertaining and informative way that they gave a gentle insight into country life, but as time has passed since the last transmission in 1981 they have become a nostalgic, historical, record of life in Britain from a bygone age.
Hundreds of programmes were broadcast by Southern Television but they were feared lost when the company lost its ITV franchise in 1981. Apart from 28 episodes that were recreated by presenter Jack Hargreaves in 1986, using extracts from films used in the original TV programmes with new footage filmed by Jack, it was presumed that all other examples of the original Out Of Town series had been lost forever.
In 2012, after extensive research by Jack’s stepson Simon Baddeley, Simon Winters, the classic television organisation Kaleidoscope, and Southern Television archive expert David King, 34 complete original episodes of Out Of Town – not seen since their original broadcast in 1980 & 1981 – came to light and are now being made available on DVD by Delta.
Over twenty eight hours of Out Of Town are presented on 10 DVDs. Only edited versions of some of the location films that are included have been seen on DVD – featured in the 28 programmes produced in 1986 – but the significant part of them are being presented in their original form for the first time since they were broadcast three decades ago.
Each disc also includes a special feature which allows the viewer to enjoy off-air studio comments and countdown clocks.
The limited edition collectors’ box set comes in an engraved presentation box with an exclusive booklet which offers an insight into Hargreaves’s life and how the lost episodes were discovered, and includes charming photos of Jack whilst filming on location.
The contents of the ten DVDs are as follows:
Volume 1: Coarse Fishing and seven other original films
Coarse Fishing / Yerro’s Operation
A River for All Seasons / Bass Fishing
Pebbles / Tidal Mill
Chalk Hills / Chalk Springs / Stagecoach
Volume 2: Gean Tree Furniture and seven other original films
Gean Tree Furniture / Southern Television Sea Angling Championships
Garden Competition / Dry Fly Fishing
Model Making / Teaching Fly Fishing Techniques
The Theft of the Countryside / Fell Ponies
Volume 3: Heavy Horses and six other original films
Heavy Horses / Fly Fishing in June
Gypsy Caravans / Fishing for Pollock
21st Anniversary Programme
Sheep Farming / Bite Indicators
Volume 4: Into the Past at Appleby Fair and seven other original films
Into the Past at Appleby Fair / Private Rivers
Fishing for Barbel / Ferrets
Pigeon Decoy / Fishing with a Dog Knobbler
Freeze Branding / Perch Fishing
Volume 5: Pony Riding and eight other original films
Pony Riding / Next Generation / Wild and Cottage Gardens / Sheep Fair / Barbel
Pannage / Dry Fly Fishing on the River Test
Wheels / Grayling Fishing
Volume 6: Sheep Dogs and five other original films
Sheep Dogs / Guns
Multiplier Reel Casting / Hounds
Corn Threshing / Eden Vale
Volume 7: Blackmore Vale and five other original films
Blackmore Vale / Breeding Lurchers
Annual Agricultural Show / Pheasant Shooting
Old Railway Line / Cloudburst at the Agricultural Show
Volume 8: Pigeons and six other original films
Pigeons / Fishing for Next To Nothing
Fishing for Minnows / Kingfishers / Corn Flail
Summer Fishing / Village Fair
Volume 9: Fish Hooks and five other original films
Fish Hooks / Gardening Earthworm Farm
Southern Fishing Competition In Ireland / Rabbit Catching
Observing The Country / Working Dog Show
Volume 10: Saving The Countryside and five other original films
Saving The Countryside / Going to Market
Sheep Farming / Centenarian Angler
Parsonage Down / First English Culture
- Out of Town – The Lost Episodes with Jack Hargreaves is out now, priced from £149.99. For more information visit www.outoftown-dvd.co.uk/