Brass - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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80's comedy soap set in the north of England in the 1930's. Bradley Hardacre (Timothy West), owns the coal mine and almost everything else in the local town. His insatiable greed and lust for power, women and money knows no bounds. By contrast, the Fairchilds, at the other end of the social spectrum, live in a small house at the bottom of a hill, overlooked by the Hardacre's. When the children of both families start to discover each other, the stage is set for class war
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This is the premise of a inspired comedy from the early 1980s (apart from the final series, which was broadcast in 1990). The 32-episode series follows the fortunes of the Fairchild and Hardacre families as the relationships between their respective sons and daughters become intertwined in ever more bizarre ways. The whole thing is played very straight and deadpan, with suitably dramatic music and lots of theatrical touches.
Writers John Stevenson and Julian Roach hilariously exploit and discard one cliché after another, sending up Brideshead Revisited, Sherlock Holmes and Private's Progress among many other classic genres. In addition to the outrageously stereotyped characters themselves, brief glimpses of supposedly historical figures are also seen - `Murdoch' from the Utterley Bugle, `Fleming' in the laboratory and `von Braun' the fireworks engineer, among many others.
Quick delivery and sheer wealth of material means more than one viewing is needed to spot all the cultural and historical references. The acting is a delight throughout and the plot is enjoyably complex.Read more ›
Brass does for the flat cap drama what Mel Brookes did to Westerns and Frankenstein and did it in just as funny a way. Timothy West is supurb as Bradley Hardacre the ruthless owner of the mine, the mill, the munitions factory and the crutch factory. The story revolves two families, Bradley his crippled wife (or is she), two daughters and two sons named believe it or not Austin and Morris are one. The second are the working class Fairchilds, George who is loyal to Bradley and as thick as a plank, his firebrand wife Red Agnes, who hates Bradley but cannot help sleaping with him or as she puts it pressing his trousers and their two sons, who fall in love with Bradley's two daughters.
The humour is not subtle and is a send up of other nineteen thirties dramas. George for instance is pathetically grateful when Austin gives him a suger lump, 'Me own suger lunp and they said I'd never amount to anything'
Agnes has a job testing ballons by blowing them up one at a time. Bradley enquires about the dangers of ballon testers lung. Elseware Bradley complains that men trapped down the mine has spent their time waiting to be rescued rather that digging out his coal.
All in all a very funny series with Timothy West at his best as Bradley Hardacre one of the great TV comic figures.
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This is one of the best series I have ever seen. Set in a Yorkshire town during the depression it's the story of a boy brought up in the workhouse who makes good, on the backs of... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dave n Linda
Brilliant 'Northern' comedy set in the 1930s. Crazy plots and superb acting from all the cast, including some wonderful over the top scenes featuring Barbara Ewing, make this one... Read morePublished 28 days ago by clive john hardy
Thoroughly enjoyed it when it was first broadcast and decided I would like to do so again. It was hilarious and beautifully acted.Published 1 month ago by Jerry-san
Bought this as a present for an elderly relative who kept mentioning how much they had enjoyed the series when it was on TV. They were thrilled.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I remember watching this as a family years ago so bought this for my dad for his birthday. He said it's the best DVD I've ever bought him and he is really enjoying working his way... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claire
This is a great series,I can't believe it's never been repeated on national TV, the one liners are really funnyPublished 3 months ago by photo-grapher