The Last Hunt
Hunting is steeped in tradition. With everyone dressed impeccably in their hunting colours and sitting high on their huge hunting horses, hunting has an image as an elitist sport. The reality is very different. To those who support the vale of Berkeley the hunt is vital. Economically it directly and indirectly employs people. Socially it is an adhesive for the rural community, with parties and balls as well as the twice weekly meets. Environmentally the tradition of hunting preserves the countryside, with the hedges and coppice woods that act as covers for the fox every mile or so.
There is so much that is unknown about the hunt to those who are outside the community. From what the Huntsman and Whipper-in actually do, to the intricate etiquette and dress code. Through these programmes the characters show how the hunt is established, why it works as it does and how they do not want their way of life to be destroyed.
This season of hunting will be interrupted by the parliamentary act that passes into law in February. Follow the Berkeley hunt as they initially fight the ban, then are shocked and out raged when it is passed and finally how they cope when the ban eventually becomes law.
This is a high end observational documentary series. The driving narrative of the impending ban gives pathos and emotion to the story of the hunt. The characters featured are rich and varied. This is the only in depth programme that is being made to document this important final season of hunting.
Format: 3 x 60"