by Paul Peacock
This biography traces Jack Hargreaves‘ life story from his unlikely start (he was sent away to live on a farm by his mother, who could think of no other solution for his unruly behaviour), to national fame for his TV programmes Gone Fishing, Country Boy and Out of Town broadcast by Southern Television (Southern TV), followed by Old Country broadcast by Channel 4.
Jack succeeded in all his work ventures – advertising, journalism, the NFU, radio (IBC), showcases for the Windmill, then war service in the Royal Artillery, his communication skills being put to good use with the first mobile broadcasting unit, and after the war by almost seamless transition on to civilian radio and then television.
His private life did not go so smoothly. He was ‘… captivated by the opposite sex and this led, inevitably, to a number of affairs.’ Perhaps it was not surprising for such a complex man.
Paul Peacock’s writing style is easy to read and the book is illustrated with 38 photographs, some that have never been published before.
Jack’s Country is the new edition of the book originally entitled Jack Hargreaves – A Portrait contains an updated section, a new Appendix, a new chapter by Dave Knowles (editor of Out of Town and Old Country), and additional photographs. This is the fullest biography of Jack Hargreaves taking his life story through to the last TV series he made, Old Country.