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  • Actors: Peter Egan, Alan Browning, Donald Burton, Timothy West, Rosemary McHale
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXHJMI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collected episodes of two late '60s gang drama series. 'Spindoe' was a spinoff from an earlier Granada drama 'The Fellows'. At the end of that series, Alec Spindoe (Ray McAnally) had been sent to prison but here he is on the outside yet again. After his time inside, he attempts to pick up where he left off but a bigshot crime Czar and a private dick are dogging his every move. Features six one-hour episodes. 'Big Breadwinner Hog' followed the rise of a career hoodlum, Hog (Peter Egan), against a backdrop of the London gangland. Unapologetic and brutal in its depiction of violence, the series was so ahead of its time that it was eventually pulled from screens before the end of its run - the only programme to have achieved that honour at the time!

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Iredale on 19 Feb. 2008
Big breadwinner Hog is a forgotten gem, or perhaps something that was brushed under the carpet at the time. It caused a huge stink after episode 1, which is very violent, and concludes with someone getting a bottle of acid thrown into their face, complete with agonising screams! Hog is a vicious arrogant character, a product of the late 60s in his 'mod gear', and is a fascinating piece of tv. Spindoe is also a great addition, in a similar vein, with the lead character Spindoe being released from prison, only to find his S.E. London manor is now in the hands of others. I got this a while back now, but it is a welcome addition to other fab Network releases. More like this please...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John I. Mccutcheon on 14 Feb. 2010
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These two exciting BBC serials, "Spindoe" with Ray McAnally and "Big Breadwinner Hog" starring a youthful Peter Egan, are exciting, gritty and give a convincing portrait of gangland London. Any resemblance to the Kray twins reign in the East End is purely coincidental, of course.
The violence in both serials is blunt and uncompromising, which caused many viewer complaints when these shows were first broadcast. These days it would hardly qualify for a PG rating at the cinema. The true violence is in the amoral attitudes of the gangsters being portrayed.
A first class package deal.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Jones on 26 Mar. 2010
If Big Breadwinner Hog is remembered at all today, it is for the infamous acid throwing scene in the first episode which was the cause of the shows demise - as a result it was allocated to late night slots and dropped all together in some regions. It's a shame because it is a great series - outstanding performances all round (but special mentions to Alan Browning, Timothy West and a wonderfully off-balance Peter Egan in the lead), an engaging plot and a gritty look all stand in its favour. The real praise, though, must surely go to Robin Chapman, whose brainchild Hog (and also-included Spindoe) was. Drawing heavily on the themes and language of Jacobean Revenge Tragedy, especially John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, Chapman weaves a dark and bloody tale of the criminal underworld of the swinging 1960s, full of complex, very human characters. That the series was dismissed as violent rubbish, and subsequently forgotten, is a travesty - that Network have once again worked their magic and lovingly packaged the entire series is a god-send.

The DVDs are excellent - picture and sound quality can be a little rough, but this is only to be expected in a little-loved series over forty years old, and I'm certain this is the best quality possible. Extra features include a very complete photo gallery and two bonus episodes of shows Robin Chapman worked on (one featuring the first appearance of Alec Spindoe). The accompanying booklet is closer to a small book in itself, with a truly fascinating essay on the history of the programme and a fairly complete biography of Chapman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 22 Dec. 2012
Hog is an upcoming gangster in latter 60's London and his disrespectful, dandy and cocky approach inevitably lead him to disagreements with the established underworld. However Hog is both ambitious and cunning, not to mention dangerous, which gains both interest and anger from two established firms. Soon Hog is poking his nose everywhere but with the leading firm trying to spring their leader from prison, a rogue hitman becoming a 'security' threat and the cops following the bloody tracks of all involved, can Hog's luck hold out in time for him to take "more, much more!". . .
Superb 60's tv crime series. Packed full of humour, double crosses, satire and violence. I didn't see this when it first came out because i'm not old enough ("Thank god, eh grandad!"), needless to say i thought it was brilliant.
The story is good, dialogue solid, the characters interesting, well acted (if a little melodramatically handled in some cases) and completely amoral. It's got a decent jazz score and the action (sometimes very nasty, considering its vintage) is frequent and fun. Its controversial past drew me to this but i have to say it's much better than you would think given its shady reputation and with Hog's slow dehumanisation by the actions of himself and the others around him, it hardly glorifies its subject matter and certainly deserves to be seen by a much wider audience. To anyone who enjoys decent crime drama this comes highly recommended. And although many of these followed it, it reminded me of some of the characters/situations from: Performance, Gangster No1, The Smoke series (Barling), The Sandbaggers and the novels of Ted Lewis!
The Network release, though varying in quality slightly, from episode to episode is a top package and well worth the brass!
As an after edit i would also like to add that Spindoe, the bonus series, is also an excellent bit of TV and easily the equal of Hog!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adie Barrett on 10 May 2013
Peter Egan is one of my favourite actors who has shown many characters during his career. "Hog" is one I'd not seen, save the one tiny clip on Channel 4's "TV Heaven" back in 1992 - yes, the infamous acid-throwing scene. Legend can easily grow disproportionately to its actual status, so Network giving me the chance to review it for myself is most welcomed.

There is storytelling, and there is storytelling. Seen finally in context, it retains its horror and might not have passed censors was this ever destined for the cinema. It hammers home how dislikeable Hog really is, in a way not dissimilar to how Francis Urquhart ends up at the end of the televised "House Of Cards". Hog's inhumanity gains pace, leaving his closest associates behind in ever increasing numbers and speed as the series progresses. Yet by episode eight there were still surprises in store. The series' violence was apparently toned down in later episodes after an outcry - nevertheless, there are still moments of nastiness that even today remain genuinely disturbing. And as ever, it's great to see familiar faces among the cast that remain fresh in my mind, and here they are seen getting their teeth into the kind of parts I've rarely had the pleasure of witnessing them in before.

ITV should be congratulated for taking a chance on broadcasting this, even though over the decades they have been quick to kill shows showing (in their opinion) little promise or viewers to justify advertising fees. Nevertheless, "Hog" was put to death during its run by being removed to later at night, or even taken off the air altogether in some regions.
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