CLASSIC BRITISH DRAMA
DVD AND BOXSET GIFT IDEAS
There are many forgotten classics here, so why not treat yourself to a DVD and have a cosy night in watching your favourite series from years gone by, or a series you never got around to watching but always wanted to!
Boys From The Blackstuff
gritty drama dealt with the struggles and pain of living in a bleak,
recession-hit Liverpool during the early 80s. This series truly captured
the essence of what it was like to be working class living under the
In this follow-up to the ITV Strangers series (see further down the page) the scruffy (and now retired) gravelly-voiced cop George Bulman (Don Henderson) should have been mending clocks in his antiques shop. However, he couldn't resist teaming up with a university drop-out Lucy McGinty (Siobhan Redmond) who is addicted to criminology, to form a private detective agency. This is certainly one of those quality eighties TV series that you rarely see these days.
I certainly remember watching this series with my parents back in the day. This was set in a time when a female taking the role of a senior policewoman was still a very rare sight. Set in a Lancashire police station, Inspector Darblay (first played by Stephanie Turner) not only had to fight crime, but also prejudice by the other officers. In series 4, Darblay was replaced by Inspector Kate Longton who was played by Anna Carteret.
Sadly, no boxset is available, but it's well worth buying the first series, at least, if only to take a nostalgic look back at how very different policing used to be in the early 1980s. Oh, and the acting is top notch, too.
This is a chilling drama that certainly packs a punch, and doesn't hold back on showing us what could so easily have been a sickening reality at the time.
This flawless drama is based in three decades, the 1980s, 30s and 40s. The story deals with the troubles of writer Philip Marlow, and both the script and production can only be described as fantastic! The old cliche "they don't make 'em like this anymore" certainly rings true - a Dennis Potter masterpiece!