An episode of Old Country on Channel 4 in the early 1980s. I am immeasurably grateful to the fan who, 20+ years ago, recorded these on their VHS videos and got them to me a few years back transferred to a CD so i could start posting them on the internet. I hope this gives pleasure.
This is a film that I'd show anyone, but especially someone suggesting that JH was an early geographer of the dwindling space left for blokes in an increasingly feminised world. Jack's agenda - for Out of Town and Old Country - was to comment, from a studio 'shed', without nostalgia or sentimentality on accelerating distortions in relations between the city and the countryside and be entertaining. He described the remnants of a world gone - actually, though not psychologically - across the US, the UK and most of northern Europe by the 1950s. By the time he was broadcasting, our countryside - widely viewed as a recreation area for cities - was offering employment to a tiny percentage of the population. Jack was well aware that divisions of labour in pre-industrial agricultural economies gave more interdependent but separate space for men and woman, spaces which in an urbanised world have to be negotiated.
Out of Town DVDs are now available from outoftown-dvd.co.uk
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