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Chigley: The Complete Series [DVD] [1969]

Brian Cant    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Brian Cant
  • Writers: Gordon Murray
  • Producers: Gordon Murray
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJVH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All the episodes from the classic 1960s animated series, set in the tiny village of Chigley, near Camberwick Green in Trumptonshire. Episodes are: 'Lord Belborough's Secret'; 'Bessie to the Rescue'; 'The Balloon'; 'The Fountain'; 'The Garden Wall'; 'Binnie and Bessie'; 'Lord Belborough's Lucky Day'; 'The Broken Bridge'; 'Clay For Mr Farthing'; 'Trouble With the Crane'; 'Apples Galore'; 'Willie Munn'; and 'A Present For Lord Belborough'.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stop-motion Barsetshire 14 July 2005
For beginners: Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley were all made in the late 1960s and chronicled the doings of residents in three nearby settlements. They were made using puppets in stop-motion. Each series expanded on the characters and landscape of the previous one; coming to it again as an adult I'm surprised just how much interlock there is, with a lot of characters from one series cropping up in another. (Pretentiousness alert: you could compare them to the way Trollope interlocks his groups of characters in Barsetshire.) The time in which they are set is roughly that at which they were made, or perhaps an old-fashioned version of it, but in the same way that a child will play with a mixture of toys and not care that model cars are built to different scales or that a cowboy is defending a model castle, there are anachronisms: the boys at Pippin Fort military academy ride in an army lorry but wear 18th century grenadiers' outfits, complete with pigtail.

How well do they stand up today? Well, my five year old watched them with huge enjoyment, which has to be the best test of all. They are certainly of their time; you won't find black or disabled characters and attitudes to authority are pretty deferential. You're unlikely, however, to find anything that positively grates and the target group, infants of pre-school and reception age, will enjoy it.

What you get with this set of DVDs is the complete set of three series. Full marks for completeness; that is, however, all that you get.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hours of gentle entertainment for toddlers 14 Jan 2003
By A Customer
With 9 hours of Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley (all the episodes from each series) this is very good value. Obviously a 2 year old is not going to watch a marathon viewing of it but it provides lots of story variety rather than a video with four episodes on and is of slightly better quality to view than the video. Quite a memorable watch for mum too!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for my 2 year old 22 Mar 2004
Our 2 year old daughter is now thoroughly enjoying the programmes her parents so enjoyed years ago. The simplicity of the animation and clarity of script makes it ageless and therefore still very watchable. Delighted that we can still share these classics today.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Praise for The Complete Collection 20 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Who would have thought that for a mere 19 we could own the complete Trumptonshire Trilogy? Aside from a few video glitches (the wobble in a few section is the worst of these) this is an extremely watchable set of DVDs. Having missed the series the first time round, now I have been able to see what the fuss was about. While the stop-motion animation by Bura and Hardwick is no comparison to Gordon Murray's earlier Rubovian Legends marionettes (1956 - 1964)(which I'd like to see on DVD too), this work stands as a children's classic, that should serve modern children just as well as their forebears. Try it and see for yourself...
An earlier reviewer wanted to see a R4 version. No need, as the set is Region 0, contrary to the product listing above. This set should therefore work quite happily in Australia.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for nostalgia but remember it is OLD! 20 May 2003
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Bought this partly for my daughter and partly out of nostalgia for the TV of my youth.
The rating of this item is not a reflection of the original programme content - this is just as good as I remembered (5 stars!). The narration is spot on and the stories have a simple, repetitive beauty that children love.
However, buyers should remember that these programmes were made DECADES ago. The quality of the playback is distinctly variable - some episodes are OK, but others are blighted by 'scratchiness' on the screen. Some episodes are noticeably darker than others. Worst of all, payback suffers from a sort of 'wobble' - this varies between episodes, but the worst ones made me feel a little sea-sick after a few minutes!
I can only assume that this is down to the quality of the original tapes from which the DVD was produced. I note that this is not a BBC product, and is not up to the standard of other collections I have seen (e.g., Bagpuss). Perhaps true fans should petition for a 're-mastered' edition from Auntie Beeb herself.
Pros: Gotta love those puppets. Brian Cant's narration. 39 episodes on 3 DVDs
Cons: video quality variable, with disturbing 'wobble' on some episodes. Very basic menu function only - no notes or accompanying info.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of some very happy memories 15 Nov 2005
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I bought all 3 DVD's mainly through years of 'ribbing'from my parents and sister alike about stories of my childhood and my love affair with Trumpton. You see, as a 1971 child, and one that was sports mad, not even a game of street soccer could ever stop me from running in to the sounds of "Dean, Trumpton is on".
Of course I purchased the set for my 3 year old son but a trip down memory lane was a factor for me and what a trip it was! The stories are still as I can vividly remember them - a make-believe world of goodness and friendliness, a world where the commuity holds together.
My son positively loved the characters and the models of the farmers truck, army wagon, fire engine and of Lord Bellboroughs "cho cho" and I strongly believe his speach and use of words have improved since viewing thanks mainly to Brian Cants clear and concise (and friendly) manner.
All in all I could not rate this highly enough for my son - he watches it so much I know the words (again!). One word - brilliant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
This was bought for sentimental reasons and in the hope of showing to any grandchildren I may have. Will show it to my children to bring back some happy memories of when they were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by PaulaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to my childhood
Bought this for my grandchild and frankly for me to go down memory lane. I t did not disappoint..... the old ones are still great.
Published 2 months ago by MR W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chigley
I have noticed the last 2 reviews before mind said how the quality was pretty bad. But you need to remember this show is from the 1960's, so it wont be as good of what we can now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Newt Beaumont
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Very poor quality DVD the picture seems to 'ripple'. and is instantly speckled by black dots. It looks like it's been. Opined from an old 8mm cine film!!
Published 4 months ago by Green fields
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Poor quality DVD pictures were very fuzzy. Looked like it had been copied from another DVD . Not very good
Published 8 months ago by Lady Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars My children watched the ser
My own children watched the original TV programmes and now my grandchildren are watching them. They thoroughly enjoy them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Grandson loves it, as do we...all over again! So much calmer than modern children's programmes and with great vocabulary and songs
Published 11 months ago by Stephanie Scotts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Series
A wonderful series, bringing innocent entertainment to children. A well made and wonderful production that is entertaining for children as well as for adults recalling a more... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh I did like to have a folk dance after the afternoon shift.
Where have all the old traditions gone? Spending time to have a merry dance after work each day, doffing your cap to the Lord and admiring his strapping great steam locomotive that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Seoulprovider
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Service was efficient with purchased item being received within a short space of time from ordering, and completely as specified
Published 16 months ago by Martin R Hamilton
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