We want our own hill 

Binge watching a TV series with a friend (Doctor Foster – the series’ name, not the friend’s, and yes, it was quite good, if you’re asking), we both commented at the same time when this scene came on:

Photo taken of my TV while watching

English movies and TV shows often have a scene where the characters sit on a hill overlooking London or the town or the village. 

Are there that many empty hills in England?

Does everyone walk up them to think or have deep and meaningfuls?

Well everyone from the village/town/London can’t be up the hill. Because the scenes rarely show any other people. 

Here’s two scenes from The Full Monty. 


Here’s a scene from the TV show Stella. 

Here’s one from Brassed Off. 

Can you name a movie or TV show with a similar scene?

Look out next time. They’ll turn up. 

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12 thoughts on “We want our own hill 

  1. As you can imagine in vertical Launceston, I have my own hill:) It is a block down the street, then straight up. There is a bench under an oak tree and a lovely view of the town and valley. I must make the effort to go and sit up there whenever I am having a crisis:)

  2. Whenever I think of an English hill I always think of Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel.
    But I can think of many scenes from Outlander that feature a hill overlooking a town or city. It’s a key part of the storyline and the main character realising she has time travelled – that the lights of the town aren’t easily seen at night from the hilltop.

    • Your comment made me listen to the song. Haven’t heard it for ages. And I looked up Solsbury Hill. I always thought it was Salisbury!!! There you go. Wrong for all these years.

  3. We went to Primrose Hill in London for the first time last year. Before we went, we chose a restaurant that was off the back of the hill. Judging by the map, it looked to be within walking distance, but we worried that when we got to the hilltop, we’d see a steep cliff face and have to walk all the way around! We had a laugh when we climbed the hill and it was a gentle slope of 200 feet! Most of Nova Scotia is too forested for these kinds of views. We do have one location that looks just like them – but it’s about a 90 minute drive.

    • That is funny. The English have such a different perspective of the scale some things – as in wilderness and hills and distances. A slope of 200m!? In that case my whole area has hills. But like you, we have trees rather than open vistas. And at parks or overlooking the harbour and city, there will be packs of people. Has Rom’s sense of space changed by living in Canada?

      • It was 200 feet – 65 metres! It took Rom a long time to adjust to the vastness of the space here, but oddly, he often felt more closed in because of the forests alongside the highways. It was a bigger adjustment to the lack of traffic. From Rom’s old place in Sussex to Heathrow, London (a distance of 55 miles/90 km) an ideal ride (knowing the directions perfectly and no traffic) was 1 hour; in traffic, easily 3 hours. Our city centre is so small, it never takes more than 30 minutes to get out of it, and then there are no other big cities for 14 hours 🙂

      • An acquaintance travelled in North America, I think it was IS or may have been Canada, where the forests went for miles. She said it felt claustrophobic driving on the roads and never seeing “a view” or a gap.

      • I once drove the Trans-Canada Highway for 700 km in Ontario along the north of Lake Superior, and it was very claustrophobic! I can see why folks from the Prairies love their big skies.

  4. I recognise the two hills in the Full Monty as that is my home city Sheffield! We lived up a hill there at Stannington – one side looked over Sheffield city and the other way the Rivelin Valley and the Peak District – fields, valleys, woodland and rivers – a perfect mix. We now live in the Pennines a vast range of moorland terrain – Huddersfield being our main large town and Holmfirth (Last of the Summer Wine country) our immediate neighbour – we are full of hills and vistas just like the program is you have ever seen it. The difference in the feeling of space, I am told, is the closeness of the horizon here to you or the states. It is almost impossible here to see for miles and miles.
    Hubby’s journey to Leeds each day only 24 miles away takes an hour and a half at rush hour about 30 mins on an empty motorway. Although we live in a large country village (which is itself actually a very small town because it once had a market each week) we are in the country and 6 miles from the main large town but my journey into work each morning takes me 25 minutes because of congestion – when you have lots of hills you have fewer roads to take you anywhere!

    • I would love to live, if only for a couple of years, on a hill overlooking the Peak District. Or where you currently are. It has been my dream to live up north. It won’t happen because Mr S has no desire to leave Australia and I couldn’t leave him for that length of time. And even if he wanted to, he probably wouldn’t get a visa for that long. (I can get a British passport.)

      I wouldn’t want to be working and battling the traffic though. Sydney traffic is the worst in Australia and your travel times are similar here. Luckily I don’t have far to go for work though my 15 min journey can take 45 min some mornings.

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