Last night, viewers in the UK were treated to episode 3 of Poldark, a BBC tv drama featuring a scene with the main character, Ross Poldark, hard at work with his scythe.
Working hard he certainly was but there seemed very little in the way of results all his effort, no wonder he looked exhausted.
Now, I’m fully aware that the programme is a fictional drama rather than farming documentary and I’m not criticising the actors, however it’s always disappointing when traditional skills are badly portrayed as being inefficient, ineffective or worse. I would have been happy to give the actors some instruction so as to make the scene more believable and show them the satisfaction and relaxing efficiency of scything, as I do on my Learn to Scythe courses.
You can see Ross Poldark at work on iplayer for the next month (skip to 52min for the scythes) or enjoy this short film of real mowing in Cumbria.