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Thread #108262   Message #2251347
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
02-Feb-08 - 07:39 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
The action is set in a West Country village, but it could just as easily have been in the Yorkshire of Calendar Girls (which is clearly one of the inspirations for the series), so Kate's accent doesn't really clash. There is nothing particularly South of England about the WI.

My gripe about Dawn French's character is because in my view it just doesn't fit, it belongs in a different kind of comedy show. "Just stop moaning and enjoy the show" - the trouble is I think the show would be a great deal more enjoyable without this character, and I know I'm not alone in that. "It's only telly" makes as much sense as "it's only a song" or "it's only a play" or "it's only a meal". True enough, everything is what it is - but that's no reason to despise it, and see it as not worthy of attention.

As for "The Village Green Preservation Society" - I think this is much more affectionate rather than simply mocking, even in Ray Davies original sardonic version. Aware of the absurdity of the attitudes being listed, but in the last resort being on their side against the things they stand against. A good choice as a theme song.