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Ayah The Unthanks. A very English Christmas

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    Posted by Colin (U5740997) on Tuesday, 10th September 2013

    It being nearly that time of the year I was just settling down to watch an old recording I had made on my Xbox of "The Unthanks. A very English Christmas" when I stupidly,accidentally deleted it whilst stopping it to answering the 'phone. Does anyone know of a recording of it which can be bought please?

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 11th September 2013

    Here's the programme information - but I know that you know that Colin, I just had to look it up so I shared it with everyone else!

    Rachel and Becky Unthank continue their journey around England's hidden customs and dance traditions and into the dark heart of its winter pastimes. The follow-up to Still Folk Dancing After All These Years, which explored English folk dances from spring to harvest, this film explores English folk customs around the country though the other six months of the year.

    200 years of political intrigue and clashes with police authorities in Lewes on Guy Fawkes Night have created an awe-inspiring procession of burning popes and other effigies of the enemies of the bonfire, not to mention a heavy police presence to this day. Throwing the Yorkshire carols of Sheffield out of the church repertoire has only served to enhance the heart-stopping show of unrestrained joy found in the powerful singing at the Royal Hotel pub in Dungworth.

    The longsword dancers of the North East and molly dancers of East Anglia, who have gone collecting funds each year, are a reminder that no higher power puts food on the plate. Just as these customs rely on the communities themselves to mark each point with song, remembrance and a gathering together, the very need to survive lies in the hands of your neighbour.

    The Unthanks discover these stories through singing, dancing, meeting people who have grown up with these traditions and trying not to get set on fire.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 11th September 2013

    It was last shown

    Mon 4 Mar 2013
    BBC Four

    It isn't available on DVD, so I think your best bet is waiting for it to be repeated on BBC4.

    As it seems to be a seasonally based programme, it might well be repeated sometime during this winter.

    I can't confirm that it will be repeated, but it does seem possible.

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    Posted by Colin (U5740997) on Wednesday, 11th September 2013

    Thank you for both replies. This is what happens when you go out to a school reunion and break the habit of a lifetime by having a couple of medicinal whiskies and come home and decide to watch a much liked programme. You end up deleting it, think you record onto an Xbox when you mean digital recorder and can't spell "Aghh!"

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