Are you a fan of Catherine Cookson's novels? Were you a fan of these dramas when they were originally shown on TV? Or are you simply a fan of Sean Bean, Ray Stevenson or Jonathan Cake? If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions then this is the collection for you. Full of the feisty heroines, dastardly villains and working-class heroes that we have come to associate with Catherine Cookson at her best, this collection will provide hours of entertainment, and is probably best enjoyed on a rainy afternoon with your feet up and a box of chocolates on standby.
Give or take a few dodgy wigs the quality of the adaptions is generally very good, although some of the novels have understandably been shortened or changed slightly for the purposes of televisual drama. The picture quality is acceptable, although maybe not as super sharp as modern dramas, and there are no extras on the dvds, just subtitles and scene selections. There are quite a few famous faces amongst the cast members, including Nigel Havers, James Fox, Emily Mortimer and Sean Bean, and perhaps the only real downside is the inclusion of 'The Storyteller', an hour long drama about Cookson's own life. Interesting enough, but I personally would rather have had another adaption of one of the novels.
Nevertheless, on the whole this collection offers some top drama at a reasonable price, and includes two of my favourite adaptions: The Fifteen Streets and The Girl. Definitely worth purchasing if you're a Cookson fan.