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A glorious look at rural communities

What makes the perfect village and why do we as a nation love them so much? From a shortlist of over 400 applicants, Penelope, and her team of 3 expert village judges scour the country for the very best, and crown one village ‘Village of the Year’.
From the village that hosts the most spectacular local championships, to sporting communities in the country, to the pretty village that prospered on the back of re-colonising and villagers who carry beer barrels across mountains and down dales. Village of the Year captures all that is great about our rural communities.
Penelope and the judges each visit a village to spend time with the quirky characters who populate local village life. They visit quintessentially traditional village fetes, all types of championships and even history festivals. Penelope discovers the origins of stunning local architecture and reveals curious rural pastimes, as well as forgotten traditions, bygone skills and home-grown specialities.
Village of the Year is joyous, celebratory, fun and fascinating – but with an added competitive twist. The series will culminate in a grand final where one amazing local village will be crowned Village of the Year.

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