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Alan Plater at ITV [DVD]

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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, James Bolam, Alison Steadman, Michael Gambon, Dennis Waterman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004KM2YJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Jarrow-born Alan Plater was one of Britain s most cherished playwrights. Equally at home either adapting existing works or crafting his own stories, the pinnacle of his prolific output is arguably the highly successful Beiderbecke trilogy starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. Plater excelled in the creation of credible, engagingly ordinary characters embroiled in drama and intrigue (exemplified in Beiderbecke s jazz-loving Geordie woodwork teacher, Trevor Chaplin); with a dry humour, class consciousness and frequent acknowledgement of the north-south divide, his skilful dialogue has been described as combining The voice of Coronation Street with the spirit of Chekhov . The winner of three BAFTA Awards, he received a CBE in 2005 and the Writers Guild of Great Britain Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. This anthology celebrates the diversity of Alan Plater s work for ITV, with a collection of single plays and classic episodes featuring outstanding performances by Helen Mirren, Kenneth Branagh, James Bolam, Alison Steadman, Michael Gambon, Dennis Waterman and Ray Brooks, among many others.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nelson on 2 May 2011
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Although any collection of DVDs featuring the television work of Alan Plater is to be welcomed this two-disc set rates only a qualified recommendation. The first episode of The Beiderbecke Affair (1985) will already be familiar to Plater fans, coming as it does from perhaps his most popular and characteristic series. Coming Through (1985) is an interesting, if flawed, film about the early life and loves of D H Lawrence (Kenneth Branagh, possibly miscast) with Helen Mirren excellent as Frieda Weekley, the married German aristocrat who became his soul mate. But much of the rest is somewhat routine : Christina (1981) from the Flambards series, for example, has lots of horses, a spirited Jane Eyre-like heroine and distinct echoes of Catherine Cookson, whilst The Intercessor (1983) from the Shades of Darkness series is a ponderous tale of the supernatural set in a remote Pennines farmhouse. As for comedy, The Party of the First Part (1978) is a rather mean-spirited, madcap situation comedy which eventually collapses under the weight of its increasingly desperate jokiness (Plater's Achilles heel). Somewhat better is Dawson's Complaint (1975), in which Les Dawson plays his lugubrious self as a 'little man' trying to obtain redress for the purchase of a ball-point pen that doesn't work, an absurd idea that is quite amusingly developed. There is a useful bonus from 1976 in the shape of an interview with Plater and two of his fellow playwights, Colin Welland and Alan Ayckbourn, all of whom talk revealingly and engagingly about their craft. It might be added that the colour quality and picture definition of the various items vary considerably.
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