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Budgie - The Complete Series Boxset [DVD] [1971]

Adam Faith , Iain Cuthbertson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adam Faith, Iain Cuthbertson, Lynn Dalby, June Lewis, John Rhys-Davies
  • Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OP1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 26 episodes of the 1970s drama starring Adam Faith as petty crook Ron 'Budgie' Bird who constantly finds himself embroiled in petty scams and get rich quick schemes - none of which seem to end in success, and all of which seem to get Budgie in trouble with the police, and with his dodgy underworld boss, Charlie Endell (Iain Cuthbertson). Episodes are: 'Out'; 'Some Mother's Son'; 'Brains'; 'Grandee Hotel'; 'In Deep'; 'Could Do Better'; 'Best Mates'; 'Everybody Loves a Baby'; 'A Pair of Charlies'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 1)'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 2)'; 'Sunset Mansions, Or, Whatever Happened to Janey Babe?'; 'And In Again'; 'Dreaming of Thee'; 'And the Lord Taketh Away'; 'Louie the Ring is Dead and Buried in Kensal Green Cemetery'; 'The Jump-Up Boys'; 'Our Story So Far'; 'Do Me a Favour'; 'Glory of Fulham'; '24,000 Ball Point Pens'; 'King For a Day'; 'The Outside Man'; 'The Man Outside'; 'Brief Encounter'; and 'Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run'.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Budgie stars the late British pop star, Adam Faith, as petty crook Ronald "Budgie" Bird. Budgie has just been released from prison however this doesn't stop him delving into questionable scams and get rich quick schemes; which seemingly always end in failure. This constantly gets him into trouble with both the police and his underworld boss Charlie Endell, played by Iain Cuthbertson. Episodes Comprise: 1. Out 2. Some Mother's Son 3. Brains 4. Grandee Hotel 5. In Deep 6. Could Do Better 7. Best Mates 8. Everybody Loves A Baby 9. A Pair Of Charlies 10. Fiddler On The Hoof: Part 1 11. Fiddler On The Hoof: Part 2 12. Sunset Mansions Or Whatever Happened To Janey Babe? 13. And In Again 14. Dreaming Of Thee 15. And The Lord Taketh away 16. Louie The Ring Is Dead & Buried In Kensal Green Cemetery 17. The Jump-Up Boys 18. Our Story So Far 19. Do Me A Favour 20. Glory Of Fulham 21. 24,000 Ball Point Pens 22. King For A Day 23. The Outside Man 24. The Man Outside 25. Brief Encounter 26. Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run ...Budgie - Complete Series - 8-DVD Box Set ( The Loser )

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRITISH TV AT IT'S BEST 7 Jan 2007
By Aalui
This great series has not been shown on TV since the mid 80s. It's a really good series mixing action, drama, surrealism, contrived (but good) comedy and a bit of camp in Charlie Endell's gangster ways! A few episodes in the 2nd series dragged a bit, ie the Greyhound one. The 1st series was overall stronger except for a dull court episode. Adam Faith's laid back acting style gives it a more modern touch than some of the more kitchen sink type acting on other drama series. For 35 years old it's aged well, nice to see the 'Budgie Cafe' in episode one too. Some of Charlie's scenes are rather dark & the Soho bookshop setting is an unusual one. Budgie never wins as you'll find out, but it's all done with a smart style no other series has. Recommended buy, one you'll want to watch every day as it's kinda addictive.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essence of Seventies 22 July 2007
I was also aware of Budgie on the TV in the Seventies, but, in my mid-teens I had better things (or so I thought) to do with my Thursday nights thatn stay in and watch the television.

I caught up with it again at the dawn of Channel 4, and cannot for the life of me understand why it has never been re-broadcast. I believe it to be one of the best creations ever by British television, the sort of thing we'll never see again. The pace is slow, the scenes are long...but the characters develop and you really do care about them (or, in the case of Charles Endell Esq., fear them).

Budgie is a character it's impossible to dislike, despite his conniving ways and blatant lack of honesty (he does occasionally display scruples). Hazel, his "long-suffering girlfriend" (excuse the cliche) is brilliantly played by the beautiful Lynn Dalby. Other quirky characters (and character actors) come and go - Alfie Bass, Derek Jacobi and John Thaw among others. Faith plays Budgie as though born to the role. Not a natural actor, he makes this role by force of personality, and his collection of catchphrases - "Stone me, 'aze!", "Come in Budgie!" "I've stood for it, ain't I?" et al - never sound forced or formulaic.

Iain Cuthbertson's Charlie Endell is a mammoth creation. His effete, social-climbing Glasgow accent hides a vicious streak terrifying to see. He seems to have a soft spot for Budgie (although he employs him, he rarely gets any work or any profit out of him) but then totally hangs him out to dry to devastating effect in both the first and second series.

Georgina Hale makes the occasional appearance as Budgie's wife, hidden away in Watford.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars budgie 3 Dec 2012
By pete
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this is one of my all time favourite tv progs and adam faiths finest hour and i would recomend this set to anyone who enjoys minder,or only fools and horses ,as this was the forerunner to both
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia set! 30 Jun 2012
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Loved the series first time around. Great enjoying it again, amazing how much detail I remembered! DVD's all worked well, wish they could have left in the original adverts though as that would have brought back even more memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good 6 Oct 2013
By stephen
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I used to like watching this when it was on TV and missed a lot of it so decided to buy it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane. 17 Feb 2013
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It was a blast from the past for my partner and myself. Very underestimated and never shown on TV anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gamer 10 Feb 2013
By Gamer
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Present for a family it took ages to watch and they wanted it reallly badily so i got them it and they fully enjoyed it all and will watch it again in the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biased but I admit it! 13 Mar 2010
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Adam Faith can do no wrong in my eyes so I probably should not be giving my opinion of Budgie. I loved it when it was originally on tv in the 70's & I love it as much today. It's hard to judge whether Adam is acting or just being himself. He is perfect for this role & totally convincing as the hapless chancer Budgie Bird, but you can't help feeling affection for him & hoping that for once things will go right. Needless to say, they don't!

A strong supporting cast, primarily Iain Cutherbertson, who gives a classic portrayal of spiv Charlie Endell, & Lynn Dalby who does a sterling job as Budgie's long-suffering girlfriend plus & strong script ensure an entertaining series, with a gentler form of criminality than the thuggery & violence of today. I treasure it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam
Another side of a famous singer, much missed. Quite amusing at times although some episodes a bit heavy going
Published 19 days ago by phil6079
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I was very happy with this purchase as I always am with thing I get from Amazon and will always check to see if I can get from you before trying elsewhere.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. B. A. B. Ladd
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Faith as Budgie
Budgie came out in my time early 70s I had the same hair style /clothes
brought back a lot of memories

Paul Martin
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Paul E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars What a step back into the past
I got this for the memories, my twenty something children are now watching it, easy going plots and now I have it to watch over once the kids have finished!
Published 4 months ago by Clive Mucklow
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product
The dvd is perfect but the content is not as good as I remembered, my memories must have been rose tinted!
Published 9 months ago by JCEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series about a petty crook

Ronald "Budgie" Bird is a born loser - a petty crook who clings to the fringes of Soho's bent society. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars London lowlife in the early 70's... Amazing.
I was a baby when the Budgie series was first screened some 42 years ago, the show was repeated on channel 4 in in the early 80s, though I never took much notice of it at that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars classic TV
Can't believe it's taken me this long to buy this set. It was such a great show when I saw it on reruns 20 odd years ago. Adam Faith is such a lovable rogue
Published 11 months ago by Chris_Chelt
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't for the birds . . . . .
I bought the box sets of series one and two - last century, I think, 1990s anyway. This was before I discovered Amazon, the days when I
might spend an enjoyable afternoon... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rich for da Stars
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