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At Home With the Braithwaites - The Complete TV Series [VHS] [2000]


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  • Actors: Amanda Redman, Peter Davison, Sarah Smart, Ishia Bennison, Julie Graham
  • Writers: Sally Wainwright
  • Producers: David Noble
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • VHS Release Date: 10 April 2000
  • Run Time: 292 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8JG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,186 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When forty-year-old Alison Braithwaite (Amanda Redman) wins £38 million on the lottery, she decides not to tell her family, opting instead to set up a business dedicated to helping others. However, Alison is not the only family member with a secret: her bank manager husband (Peter Davison) is conducting an extra-marital affair, one daughter is experimenting with lesbianism, and the other is planning to drop out of school and run away with the boy next door. The truth will inevitably come out, but can the Braithwaite family survive?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. R. BUXTON on 15 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
The second series of the braithwaites is an expected development of the first, with the dysfunctional bunch from Yorkshire struggling to come to terms with winning their millions from the Euro lottery. Alison (Amanda Redman) is coping with husband David's (Peter Davison) cheating with his secretary, and her passion for his brother Graham. Her middle daughter Sarah (Sarah Churm) is still unsure if she wants to marry rough and ready Phil, and how to bring up their baby. Charlotte, Alison's youngest, is showing signs of great unhappiness at the confusion in the household, not helped by Virginia (Sarah Smart), whose confusion between her two lovers (nice Tamsin and nasty Megan) leads her to behave in an even more daft fashion than normal.
Towards the end, the smouldering love affairs and resentments between the main characters boil over into shocking melodrama. But there's plenty of comedy too, mostly character-based. All the main cast are great, led by a more feisty Redman than was seen in series 1. The moment when she slaps Virginia, and the scene where she sends Graham packing will get you cheering, not to mention when she looks like she might just think about her own needs for a change, rather than her demanding family's.
The only slight flaw, for me, is that the wonderful double-act of prim, sensible Pauline and roguish Marion is more in the background in this run. But how else could you fit in all the family's disasters and dilemmas? Hell, buy all first 3 series if you can get them for good quality comedy-drama - only the 4th showed signs of running out of steam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas Perkins on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is my all time favourite TV program ever!! You can now get Series one on VHS and DVD in the UK or on DVD in the USA from Amazon and also Series Two on US DVD from Amazon!! If you can play US Region 1 NTSC DVD's this is a must have!! I don't think TV has ever been the same since the last series of the Braithwaites ended! I wish that ITV would make another series of the Braithwaites or at least one more one off special episode. I am thinking of starting a petition to send to ITV and Yorkshire Television to get more Braithwaites so if you agree and would like to see more please make your views known here or anywhere else you can!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The British have always been the best at comedy, and At Home With The Braithwaites would be one of their crowning glories. I only saw the second series on TV, and I bought the first as soon as the series ended, I was addicted! The acting is phenonmenal, especially Sarah Smart who plays Virginia. Every episode was exciting as the last, and I can't wait for the second series to come out so I can buy that too!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I've watched every episode of At Home With The Braithwaites and ever since the first programme of the first series it has been brilliant. I am the BIGGEST fan of the Braithwaites and I really hope another series will return to our tellys. My favourite actress is Sarah Smart who plays Virginia. She is so funny!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
At home with the Braithwaites is an excellent TV show - the entire first series is really, really good, and this is definately one of ITV's better shows. The acting is really good - especially from Sarah Smart (Virginia Braithwaite), Amanda Redman (Alison Braithwaite) and Sarah Churm (Sarah Braithwaite). The story lines are always interesting and funny, but the swearing is really colourful, but that dosent matter. I would seriously recomend anyone to buy this box set..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
My main comment: "when is the next series coming out on video? Please don't keep us hanging on!" Excellent storyline, characters and actors. It proves UK TV can still come up with the goods.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. R. BUXTON on 30 May 2005
Format: VHS Tape
"At Home With The Braithwaites" is a show that, in an ideal world, could just run and run. 4 series were made, all of a high quality of acting, writing, and performing. Funny, tragic, quirky, and consistent, with virtually every character in it developed, flawed, and sympathetic in some way. What more could you want?
The story is simple - a kind housewife - played by Amanda Redman - wins the lottery. Her family, however, are all troubled in some way or another, and she dreads adding to their confusion by admitting she has the money. Soon, though, the news becomes public anyway...
What's great about the show - and what got me hooked straight away - is the quality throughout, both in terms of making potentially unlikeable characters likeable, and in giving them interesting storylines.
The acting is top notch from the established 'stars', like Peter Davison as the grouchy, guilt-stricken, cheating husband, and from Lynda Bellingham and Sylvia Syms. But Sarah Churm is great too as the 'middle daughter', Sarah, who finds herself falling in love for the first 'proper' time, and perhaps the honours are stolen by Sarah Smart as the eldest, Virginia, who Smart, by all accounts, plays brilliantly. Virginia is the bolshy young lesbian who struggles to tell her family of her 'leanings', and also with her loneliness and foolishness.
Highly recommended, and if only more shows were up to this standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I think that this programme is just so great. and i enjoy watching it as i think everyone who acts in it is really good
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