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Britain's Best Drives [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L7XNKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Actor Richard Wilson takes you on a nostalgic trip down some of Britain's most beautiful roads. From Tintern Abbey, via the valleys of Cumbria, to the mountains of Snowdonia, Wilson takes a selection of classic cars including a Mini, Austin A30, and Morris Minor, along some of the most scenic routes in Britain.

Product Description

To celebrate 50 years since the first motorway was opened in the UK, Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) is going to undertake six of the most visually stunning drives that were outlined in Motoring Holidays in Britain (1959), following the routes as described in the book, meeting people along the way and seeing how much the routes (and Britain) have changed.


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Belieeeeve It.... 12 May 2009
I saw most of this series when it went out on BBC Four earlier this year and couldn't wait to get the DVD. Richard Wilson is so entertaining, the drives are fascinating, the scenery spectacular and the wonderful classic cars just complete an all round great series. The DVD is also packed full with extra footage that wasn't included in the series that just adds to the overall enjoyment. Heartily recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Best Programmes are on the BBC... 5 April 2009
By AH
After what seemed like a bit of a barren period for the outdoors, this is one of a number of recent excellent BBC series, including Monty Halls' Great Escape, Railway Walks, Yellowstone, and of course anything narrated by David Attenborough.

Richard Wilson is at home as a presenter; informative, engaging and nowhere near as grumpy as his Victor Meldrew character would have you believe. He meets young and old who have lived and worked in the locations on his tour - with occasional opinion on whether life was better in the 50s, or now. Why the 50s? Well, he's using 1950s guidebooks to see if what were considered great drives back in the "golden age of motoring" can still hold their own today. Short passages from the guidebooks intersperse Wilson's narrative and interviews.

Each of the six journeys is taken in a different classic car from the era, and having owned only one manual car in his lifetime (and that was a long time ago), amusement is provided by Richard Wilson's constant struggle with the gearboxes of the fifty year old cars. Will that Triumph TR3A with the dodgy first gear (so Mr. Wilson says!) make it up that massive climb in the Lake District? How will he fare when he begrudgingly takes an overnight stay in a VW Camper?

The cars take a backseat though, with the focus being on the people, the social history of the areas and the locations themselves. Stunning scenery abounds, with my personal favourites being The Trossachs (one small criticism of the series is that the visit to his sister in this episode seemed a bit out of place) in Scotland and the North Cornish Coast, journeys I'd love to take myself one day, but even if you wouldn't, this series is well worth watching for the aforementioned people, history and locations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great travelogue 25 Nov 2009
when i buy a uk dvd, i am looking for really gorgeous scenery and this one has it. i'm american and not familiar with richard wilson, but i have enjoyed him. the cars are fun and will interest my husband. there is just the right balance of mr. wilson meeting and talking with people, and the touring. i am thoroughly enjoying it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much appreciated (but very expensive) present! 12 May 2009
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I bought this DVD for my parents as they'd seen the last couple of episodes on BBC4 but had missed the first ones. They absolutely loved it, and although the series is now being repeated on BBC, this DVD has some unshown footage so is still worth buying.

It has caused them great expense though, as after watching the Scottish Highlands episode in particular, they booked a holiday there for later this summer as they just had to see the stunning scenery for themselves!

If they were to be a tiny bit critical of this DVD then my father would have liked a bit more emphasis on the cars (him being a classic car enthusiast) but it is titled "Best Drives" rather than "Cars" and there are so many beautiful places and scenes to try and cover in each episode that I suppose it's inevitable the cars take a bit of a back seat.

All in all though they can highly recommend this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable..! 14 Jan 2011
By SeaWasp
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My jet-setting days long behind me, I now do all my "travelling" courtesy of my recliner chair, a huge wide screen TV and a steady supply of travel dvds from my friends at amazon.
I am enjoying this program immensely. Along with Mr Wilson's company and commentary we meet interesting local characters along the way and are treated to snippets of 1950s period footage, pop songs and British Light Orchestration. All very pleasant and nicely put together. It would be easy to watch the whole 2 dvds in one sitting, but I prefer to spread the pleasure over a week to one drive per day. There are some wonderful picturesque landscapes here, small villages and ruined abbys in the mist... not to mention those great old cars, with which Mr Wilson seems to be having gear-box difficulties from time to time. He stalls the motor now and then and, in one instance, left the driving to a handful of amiable Goths he had just met.

Wonderful stuff and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Best Drives 19 Sep 2009
This DVD makes you realise exactly how much of a bad driver Richard Wilson actually is as he crunches his way through the gears of some of the classic cars and camper-vans. The vehicles are amazing and those of a certain age will be reminded of their youth (I certainly was).The scenery is absolutely stunning and after watching this DVD I feel inclined to go out and drive the routes just to experience them for myself. If you like the countryside and also enjoy classic vehicles, then this DVD is for you. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 5 Jun 2011
By J.Ward
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I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT OF THESE DISCS, BUT THEY WERE/ARE REALLY GOOD AND RICHARD WILSON IS VERY GOOD, DRY AND AMUSING YET INFORMATIVE WITH IT - LOVELY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britain's best drives 17 Sep 2011
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Bought this d.v.d. as I missed it when it was on t.v. Its one of the most enjoyable ones I have. I've done a couple of the drives before, and its nice to re live then in my living room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 11 days ago by walterp
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY SERIES
I purchased this, having missed the series on TV. It is six lovely drives in different classic cars around beauty spots in Britain. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RAMBLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Best Drives
This is a WONDERFUL collection ... In particular to myself with 50 year's of motoring under my belt and having driven many of these type of vehicles and happy memories .. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
If you enjoy Richard for his Meldrew character and expect him to be like that to some extent in this,then you will be disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Truth hurts
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful
An excellent series with a very interesting presenter Richard Wilson. A great reminder of how things were once upon a time
Published 7 months ago by John K Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool. Very nice cars!
Great scenery, fantastic cars, guarantee you will love this DVD if you love old cars and beautiful British country side
Published 7 months ago by sarahmagpies
5.0 out of 5 stars Britains best drives.
Richard Wilson is fantanstic in this tour around Britain in the old classic cars. Coming to grips with a gear box is hilarious. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gillian Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Roads, lanes and automobiles
Wonderful DVD of the TV programme. Reading a must for people who like to travel in the UK. Richard Wilson has that kind of voice that persuades you to give these routes a try -... Read more
Published 9 months ago by old age traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
The dvd arrived in the time stated. It was well packed. My auntie like to watch tv shows like this. She said she would by more dvd like this in the future.
Published 9 months ago by whitecliff
5.0 out of 5 stars motoring dvds
great old route journeys in classic cars meeting people on them talking about driving in the past and the places.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Michael A. Brady
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