British TV Series release thread

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Quint van der Vaart, Jul 8, 2001.

  1. Quint van der Vaart

    Quint van der Vaart Second Unit

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    Well I was wondering how many of you want several britisch
    tv sitcom's released on dvd.
    I am asking you to vote on the titles listed below.
    I want to send the results of this thread to Acorn Media which releases several English tv-series.
    Ok these are the shows I am talking about :
    DAD'S ARMY
    KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
    SOME MOTHER'S DO HAVE 'EM
    ON THE BUSSES
    ARE YOU BEING SERVED ?
    ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
    IT AIN'T HALF HOT MUM
    YOU RANG MY LORD
    TO THE MANOR BORN
    I am interested to know how many of you want these series
    on dvd.
    Moderators I know that this strikes a resemblence to the other thread but they are talking about US series the most
    so I hope you will keep this open to the public.
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Sorry, but I don't want any of those, but there are several others that I do want, and it's been over a decade since I've seen them, so most of the titles are gone. In particular, the one about the post-plague drama. I guess we need the Brits to chime in and help.
     
  3. JulianK

    JulianK Supporting Actor

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    Actually "Dad's Army" is already available in the US.
    A company called BFS Video has released a box set of three discs, containing 18 episodes.
    They've used some slightly edited master tapes, but the box is relatively cheap, and, IMHO, well worth picking up.
    As for Glenn's "post-plague drama" - that would probably be "(Terry Nation's) Survivors", which first aired in 1975.
    Here's just about the best episode guide for the first series of the show:
    http://time-screen.freeyellow.com/suv1epg.htm
    Be seeing you,
    Julian K
     
  4. Brion Lydon

    Brion Lydon Stunt Coordinator

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    Don't forget...
    Harry Enfield and Chums
    Brilliant
    Father Ted
    Goodness Gracious Me
    British Men Behaving Badly
    League of Gentlemen
    Coupling
    The Royal Family
     
  5. Michael Sliger

    Michael Sliger Second Unit

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    Since you want to submit this for Acorn's benefit only, this makes a list hard to do. Dealing with BBC programs, it is hard to tell which titles they will license to other companies or hold on to produce on DVD themselves later (which then would probably only come to Region 1 through Warner). We also have A&E making DVDs of UK TV shows. I guess I can come up with a list of shows I want to see in Region 1 that Acorn might be able to license.
    Blake's Seven (VHS tapes have been outsourced in the past in the UK and North America [BFS Video], the BBC may be waiting to see if the new TV movie gets made before relicensing the show)
    Dangermouse (two volumes out on DVD by P.T. Video in Region 2)
    The Tripods (Season 1 out on DVD by Second Sight in Region 2, Season 2 delayed due to rights issues)
    The Tomorrow People (the original 70's series)
     
  6. JulianK

    JulianK Supporting Actor

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    Brion -
    The first series of "Father Ted" is available from BFS, (and will soon be available, with commentary track apparently, in Region 2).
    The first season of "The League of Gentlemen" is also available in the US (and in the UK) on disc, with a very funny commentary track and deleted scenes. The Region 2 version is anamorphic widescreen (most UK shows are now shot in 16:9 widescreen).
     
  7. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

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    Michael - I believe season 2 of The Tripods is out later this month (23rd July). [​IMG]
    Basically I will buy any comedy series the BBC made from the 1970s back, and also anything written by John Sullivan, Jim Perry or David Croft.
     
  8. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Julian K - My thanks! I wasn't sure that was the title. I thought that 'Survivors' was just great. I'd also like to see 'Allo 'Allo & Good Life which was renamed to 'Good Neighbors' for its US release.
    Glenn
     
  9. Michael Sliger

    Michael Sliger Second Unit

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    Philip, the 23rd July date for Series 2 of The Tripods was abandoned about a month ago (though the online retailers were slow to pull preorders). Multiple indirect sources claim that there was a last minute rights issue. I hope that Second Sight can get the holdup solved soon even though the PAL to NTSC conversion ability of my Hollywood+ card is a little flaky. I haven't seen that season of the show in 12-14 years except for the first two episodes (which are probably the weakest of that year) from an off-air copy of mine. I'd still rebuy both sets if a NTSC version ever appeared.
     
  10. PhilipG

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    Michael - that is bad news indeed! [​IMG] I'm just glad I have the three Tripods audio CDs from Ken Freeman's website to keep me going till "whenever"...
    While I'm here let me also add The Box of Delights, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smilie's People, and Secret Army to the list.
     
  11. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    Definitely need the following:
    Harry Enfield & Chums
    French & Saunders (all of them please)
    Big Train
    Goodness Gracious
    Smack the Pony (look for this on Bravo)
    Mr. Bean
    Frye & Laurie
    Hmm, I guess I tend to mostly enjoy British sketch comedy rather than their sitcoms. Still it would be nice to get more British stuff over here, they've got lots of great stuff that I know would have some audience over hear.
     
  12. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    I'd like to see these on Region 1 DVD:
    DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET
    RIPPING YARNS
    RUTLAND WEEKEND TELEVISION
    THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
    THE MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES
    ADAM ADAMANT LIVES!
    THE CHAMPIONS (perhaps A&E will do this eventually)
    MR. BEAN (done properly)
     
  13. Jaime_Weinman

    Jaime_Weinman Supporting Actor

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    I would add:
    That Was the Week That Was
    A Show Called Fred
    Wodehouse Playhouse
    Yes, Minister
    Hancock's Half-Hour
    The Young Ones
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  14. Nigel McN

    Nigel McN Supporting Actor

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    come on, what about:
    Hale & Pace! (oh yes its utterly utterly rotten to be ginger)
    Red Dwarf
    Not the 9 o'clock news
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Mikel_Cooperman

    Mikel_Cooperman Producer

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    RED DWARF!!! PLEASE!
     
  16. Sarah S

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    I would especially shell out money for:
    Young Ones, The
    Red Dwarf
    Are You Being Served?
    French & Saunders
    Fry & Laurie
    Tomorrow People
    Box of Delights
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    All in the Narnia Series
    Good Life/Good Neighbors
    Mr Bean
    Dr Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
    Willing to try others at random!
     
  17. Steve Hauben

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    A big vote for "Are You Being Served?"!
    -Steve
     
  18. Bruce Morrison

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    I'd vote for:
    Yes Minister
    Yes, Prime Minister
    Porridge
    The Good Life
    Hancock (selection including The Blood Donor and The Radio Ham)
     
  19. Brian Baughn

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    The shows I would like to see released are:
    Campion
    Secret Army
    Colditz
    Frances Durbridge Presents
    Z Cars
    Wodehouse Playhouse
    When The Boat Comes In
    By The Sword Divided
    Allo Allo
    Out Of The Unknown
    Lovejoy
    Bergerac
    Survivors
    Blake's 7
    Day of the Triffids
    Jonathan Creek
     
  20. LisaH

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    Kinda corny I know, but I'd like to see The Robin of Sherwood series relesed.
     

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