In 1972, rural France was an unknown land to most Britons. Michael Croucher, then head of the famed BBC Bristol documentary unit, journeyed through the region filming the everyday ways of the countryside and village life. The result is this enchanting series which visits seven places-each revealing different aspects of a strange, beautiful terrain and its people. As a vivid record of France in a time past, a rural idyll that has all but disappeared, it is unsurpassed.
Goosey, Goosey, Gander Memories of the 1970's in the south of France. It's called the land where the stomach is king', a place where ambition is aimed at the table. Pengord, the home of truffles, walnuts, geese - and men who are equal to them.
Frenchman's Holiday A lighthearted journey from the mountains to the plain-down the Dordogne.
New Wines and Hard Times On the edge of the Aubrac mountains in Central France as winter approaches, the grapes are being picked and the cattle are making their long slow, sad way from summer pastures down to the valleys.
The Blacksmith, the Baker, the Blood Pudding Maker And also an English castle on a French hill surrounded by the little town of Najac.
Then Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail A market town, a wedding and the last of the copper beaters, all in Villefranche de Rouergue.
Desastre, Catastrophe, Cataclysme, Apocalypse A very English occasion - the days it rained on the Fete at Carennac.
Add Penicillin, Stir Well Sheep and high plains-cheese and tanks, a remote, strange landscape-and farmers turning into revolutionaries to defend their homes.