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Offline NickNascati

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"The Borderers", tv series
« on: November 12, 2019, 03:24:36 AM »
All,
     While reading up on Border Reivers, I happened upon this BBC tv series from 1968 - 70.  I watched the first episode, and I think I will stick with it.  Shot on location, so it does look good in that regard. The Scots look fairly correct, the English not so much.

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2019, 04:28:36 AM »
Not the best Beeb costume drama, but certainly entertaining enough.

Offline Gungadin

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 06:09:43 PM »
Some episodes strangely stuck in my mind own through the years - the Sea Coal Man - for example. But one thing at the time I did not pay attention to but about which I am now curious is if the Kerr's were represented as left handed!
Fond memories but I don't think it made the best out of the beauty of the debateable lands and no doubt today I would be more critical. A bit light on blood, gore and violence if my memory serves me correctly.

For me the best inspiration all media taken together on the subject is GMF's "the Steel Bonnets"... but then I am an unconditional fan of GMF.
Strangely enough as well - and well removed from this subject - one of Tom Sharpe's novels - although full of typical Sharpe scatological humour - also captured something of the ethos of place and time. I think it is the "Throwback" that talks of the border clans and families ...

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 06:42:17 PM »
I've got this weird feeling that I've seen it before  lol

We shall find out as I've got the first episode bookmarked on YouTube!  ;D I actually have :)

Offline NickNascati

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 08:11:28 PM »
Gungadin,
                Yes, GMF's book is certainly the best reading on the topic out there.  I did find though a series by a writer named David Pilling that seemed to be well researched for historical novels.  I came across The Borderers when I was looking to see if there were any films on the subject.

Offline Gungadin

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2019, 05:19:16 PM »
Thanks - that sounds interesting - I must look for him.
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Offline Cat

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2019, 05:40:18 PM »
Thanks - that sounds interesting - I must look for him.

Oh yes, Steel Bonnets is must-reading!  Hmm, I'm not seeing Pillings books on either ABE or BookDepository.

For a different period, but best of the Beeb for costume drama, also look up By The Sword Divided on YouTube.
(Careful though, then you'll want to game ECW too...)
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Offline Etrangere1

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2019, 06:38:23 AM »
I remember watching By the sword divided in my youth.
I enjoyed it at the time, but worry it may not have aged well.

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2019, 12:41:47 PM »
Thanks! I'll look for it.  :)

Offline Cat

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2019, 05:27:12 PM »
I remember watching By the sword divided in my youth.
I enjoyed it at the time, but worry it may not have aged well.

I watched it last year, it's held up pretty well.  The second season isn't as good as the first, but still entertaining.

Offline henryv

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2019, 09:59:48 PM »
I've just watched the first episode myself, rather good for it's age.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2019, 10:01:54 PM by henryv »

Offline Metternich

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2019, 02:04:47 AM »
Thanks for the lead to The Borderers tv series.  I see that there are some episodes on YouTube and will watch.  It was The Steel Bonnets that inspired me to read more about the period (albeit so far it is the best book on the topic I have found) and to collect miniatures useable for it.

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2019, 02:21:54 AM »
I remember watching By the sword divided in my youth.
I enjoyed it at the time, but worry it may not have aged well.

It’s actually still pretty good :)

Will have to give the Borderers a go :)
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Offline NickNascati

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2019, 03:02:11 AM »
Sadly there don't seem to be many of the episodes actually available.

Offline Will Bailie

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Re: "The Borderers", tv series
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2019, 08:17:28 AM »
Inspired by this thread, I just watched the first episode on YouTube.  Quite alright, I thought, and nice to see a very young Michael Gambon - especially as I'm more familiar with him playing roles as an old man.