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Classic TV on DVD- The Lists: British TV

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by TVonDVDJunkie05, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Pathfiner

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    I would class both 'The Avengers' and 'The New Avengers' as: 'crime/mystery' shows


    there are sci fi flavoured episodes in each era of the show(s) (i.e. 'Dragonseed', 'Immortal Clay', 'The Cybernaughts', 'Return of.../Last of...', 'Invasion of The Earthmen', 'Thingamajig', 'Man Eater of Surrey Green', etc) but these were exceptions and mostly it was a crime based series with mystery overtones, plus some more surreal episodes circa 1967-69 period


    - the 1961 original 'Avengers' of Ian Hendry & Patrick Macnee (of which currently only two episodes & a first act of the pilot episode are held) was a very straight crime series, but the final episode of season one ('Dragonseed') was set in a nuclear power station with the first sci fi overtones.
     
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    Last night was Comic Relief: Red Nose Day in the UK. Through that there was a new Mr. Bean and another new Vicar of Dibley! Hoping that someday these would be available on DVD or Blu-ray. Especially as Shout! Factory is releasing a new "the Whole Bean" DVD set this spring!
     
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    Whe's Tales of the Unexpected?
     
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    Should be there yes (R1 from Acorn), a great show with some truly excellent episodes.
     
  5. TVonDVDJunkie05

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    It has been added.


    According to Amazon, 4 volumes were released back in 2005/2006 but there should be one more volume to complete the series. I wonder why they didn't finish releasing it, they released four volumes so it must have had decent sales?!
     
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    Whose line is it anyway? stopping at Season 2 is like Thanksgiving Dinner stopping just short of the turkey and dressing. The show hits the mark at the point and never stops from what I remember. I hardly even watched the US version, I felt it was good but too good, but the UK is a treasure of things that work, things that don't, people trying to be funny and failing or hitting it out of the park, endless references I don't get, people I remember from other things, people i'd never seen before but became an instant fan of, and there's a huge empty space on my shelf where the whole series belongs. :( (with that said, I do have them all... but i'd sure like the real thing... give the rights some shout! or someone so I can get it, it's one of those i need to have to continue to go on after hard days)
     
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    You need to add All Creatures Great and Small.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Creatures_Great_and_Small_(TV_series)


    Also like I already said (And I see someone else actually beat me to the punch, and shares my sentiments towards it as well), The World at War, a British documentary series that aired in 1973 & 1974 about WWII (And in many ways, is their counterpart to America's Victory At Sea from 20 years earlier), is available.


    If Wikipedia is to be believed, I noticed when checking when it first aired that it was supposedly the most expensive series ever made up to that time. We're not just talking about something like we think of today for documentaries, but prime time television.


    I think it counts.
     
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    Casualty and The Bill
     
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    By the way, Doctor Who is not complete on DVD. We're still missing one recently recovered episode that was slated for release - but it slipped.
     
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    While there have been several British series that were adapted for the U.S., don't forget one that went the other way to create Law & Order UK.
     
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    I saw the British TV movie "Ghostwatch" the other night and it was amazing. I can see why it caused trouble when they first broadcast it. I like how they indicated that the TV broadcast itself was creating a seance all over the country. It clearly was in the tradition of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, and must have influenced Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. The other program paired with it, "The Stone Tape" was good, but not on the same level of scariness.
     
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    I watched the first disc of the new release The Mystery of Lord Lucan, and the disc looks great. Interesting, and ongoing apparently, story of murder among the aristocracy in the 1970's.
     
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    I wish there could be something British soap to come out on DVD to be seen in the U.S.:

    Coronation Street: 1980s DVD Set Collection
    1980 - Episodes: 1957, 1961, 1980, 1983, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2029, 2030, 2033, 2034, 2042, 2055, 2059, 2060, and 2061
    1981 - Episodes: 2062, 2069, 2077, 2078, 2079, 2084, 2093, 2097, 2099, 2100, 2110, 2120, 2122, 2132, 2134, 2138, 2150, 2154, 2161, 2163, 2164. and 2165
    1982 - Episodes: 2166, 2172, 2178, 2182, 2183, 2184, 2185, 2187, 2197, 2200, 2207, 2209, 2210, 2216, 2225, 2226, 2228, 2232, 2240, 2254, 2267, and 2269
    1983 - Episodes: 2270, 2273, 2275, 2276, 2283, 2284, 2285, 2287, 2290, 2304, 2305, 2307, 2308, 2311, 2314, 2315, 2321, 2322, 2324, 2326, 2329, 2330, 2332, 2333, 2336, 2342, 2351, 2352, 2353, 2354,
    1984 - Episodes:
    1985 - Episodes:
    1986 - Episodes:
    1987 - Episodes:
    1988 - Episodes:
    1989 - Episodes:
     
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    I understand both Man of the World and The Sentimental Agent -early Sixties espionage series- came out a few years ago on DVD in the UK.
     
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    And since then, that missing episode has been released, and BBC America has funded the animation of a completely missing serial to give us another entire release from the Troughton era.

    /yeah, the disc is due out at the end of the month as I type, but it's out in the wild.
     
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    I wish there could be something British soap to come out on DVD to be seen on DVD players in the U.S.:

    Coronation Street: 1980s DVD Set Collection
    1980 - Episodes: 1957, 1961, 1980, 1983, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2029, 2030, 2033, 2034, 2042, 2055, 2059, 2060, and 2061
    1981 - Episodes: 2062, 2069, 2077, 2078, 2079, 2084, 2093, 2097, 2099, 2100, 2110, 2120, 2122, 2132, 2134, 2138, 2150, 2154, 2161, 2163, 2164. and 2165
    1982 - Episodes: 2166, 2172, 2178, 2182, 2183, 2184, 2185, 2187, 2197, 2200, 2207, 2209, 2210, 2216, 2225, 2226, 2228, 2232, 2240, 2254, 2267, and 2269
    1983 - Episodes: 2270, 2273, 2275, 2276, 2283, 2284, 2285, 2287, 2290, 2300, 2304, 2305, 2307, 2308, 2311, 2314, 2315, 2321, 2322, 2324, 2326, 2329, 2330, 2332, 2333, 2336, 2342, 2351, 2352, 2353, 2354, 2356, 2366, 2367, 2369, and 2373
    1984 - Episodes: 2374, 2375, 2377, 2381, 2384, 2389, 2392, 2394, 2400, 2402, 2413, 2419, 2420, 2423, 2428, 2429, 2430, 2431, 2436, 2441, 2443, 2446, 2450, 2451, 2452, 2453, 2454, 2455, 2457, 2461, 2466, 2469, 2470, 2471, 2473, 2476, 2477, and 2478
    1985 - Episodes: 2479, 2480, 2481, 2483, 2486, 2487, 2488, 2490, 2491, 2493, 2495, 2496, 2498, 2500, 2504, 2506, 2509, 2510, 2511, 2514, 2515, 2516, 2517, 2519, 2522, 2524, 2526, 2528, 2529, 2530, 2531, 2535, 2536, 2540, 2546, 2547, 2548, 2549, 2550, 2552, 2556, 2557, 2559, 2562, 2564, 2571, 2580, 2581, and 2582
    1986 - Episodes: 2583, 2584, 2586, 2589, 2590, 2595, 2598, 2600, 2604, 2609, 2611, 2612, 2616, 2617, 2619, 2621, 2623, 2625, 2627, 2629, 2630, 2631, 2632, 2634, 2637, 2640, 2641, 2642, 2643, 2647, 2652, 2654, 2655, 2658, 2662, 2663, 2664, 2665, 2666, 2668, 2669, 2672, 2673, 2674, 2675, 2676, 2677, 2678, 2679, 2681, 2682, 2683, 2685, 2686, and 2687
    1987 - Episodes: 2688, 2690, 2696, 2700, 2704, 2706, 2709, 2716, 2724, 2729, 2731, 2743, 2746, 2749, 2750, 2755, 2758, 2759, 2762, 2767, 2776, 2779, 2782, 2789, 2790, and 2792
    1988 - Episodes: 2793, 2794, 2795, 2800, 2808, 2809, 2813, 2819, 2823, 2825, 2826, 2827, 2830, 2831, 2838, 2846, 2855, 2860, 2873, 2880, 2881, 2884, 2887, 2890, 2894, 2895, and 2896
    1989 - Episodes: 2897, 2900, 2902, 2909, 2910, 2913, 2920, 2923, 2926, 2930, 2935, 2948, 2956, 2960, 2962, 2965, 2967, 2972, 2975, 2977, 2980, 2982, 2983, 2984, 2990, 2993, 2999, 3000, 3001, 3002, 3005, 3008, 3009, 3010 and 3011.

    I hope that DVD Set Collection that I predict could be release soon here in the United States.
     
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    Apart from years ago on BBC America, and later on Dish On Demand (and maybe now, streaming), Coronation Street has not been very widely seen in the US, so it doesn't have that much of a following. I think the chances of any Coronation Street on Region 1 disc are exactly zero. Reposting lengthy episode lists, frankly, doesn't add much to this discussion.

    If you want any of this show on DVD, you should simply buy a cheap region-free player (you can get one for $50 or less) and just import the Region 2 sets from AmazonUK. That is what I do with most of the British shows I want to see. I don't have to wait for a US version, and they're often less-expensive than any eventual US set would be anyway. And, if you have a PAL-compatible TV and player that will output the native signal, the UK disc will be better picture quality than a US one would be.

    There's a big 12-disc set available on Amazon right now. With shipping, it could be yours for less than US$25.00.
     
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    Should add Wodehouse Playhouse to the list, but I'm not sure in what category... it's not really a "Britcom" but a comedy anthology series.
     

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