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Children's Ward - The Complete First Series [DVD]

Ian McCulloch , Carol Harvey , Nick Mallett , Rod Natkiel    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ian McCulloch, Carol Harvey, Andrew Hall, Nina Baden-Semper, Tim Vincent
  • Directors: Nick Mallett, Rod Natkiel, Alistair Clark
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W2FZJI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,045 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

One of the major success stories of ITV s children s programming, this BAFTA award-winning show ran for over a decade and detailed the trials and tribulations of staff and patients at a children s ward in a busy hospital. Co-written by award-winning writers Paul Abbott (Shameless) and Kay Mellor (The Chase), the series pulled no punches and was loved by adults and children alike for its realistic portrayal of mature themes in a sensitive manner. This set contains the complete first series as well as the original Dramarama pilot play - Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: One of the major success stories of ITV's children's programming, this BAFTA award-winning show ran for over a decade and detailed the trials and tribulations of staff and patients at a children's ward in a busy hospital. Co-written by award-winning writers Paul Abbott (Shameless) and Kay Mellor (The Chase), the series pulled no punches and was loved by adults and children alike for its realistic portrayal of mature themes in a sensitive manner. This set contains the complete first series as well as the original Dramarama pilot play - Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Children's Ward - Complete Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Children's Ward - Complete First Series ) ( Children's Ward - Complete Season 1 - 2-DVD Set )


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best children's show ever created 6 July 2011
Format:DVD
What we have here is the first series of what must surely go down as one of the longest and most successful children's programmes ever committed to TV. Although it may appear to be aimed at the younger generations on first glance it is actually so much more than that. People of all ages will be able to enjoy Children's Ward as it is a very emotional, at times hard-hitting and a very mature programme.

The series follows the day-to-day running of the children's ward in the fictional hospital of South Park in Manchester. The medical team consists of diligent and hardworking Head Nurse Dave Spencer, the motherly and understanding nurse Mags, the youthful but mature nurse Diane Meadows and veteran medical practitioners Dr. Charlotte Woods and consultant Dr. McKeown, whose first name is never revealed. Rounding off the team are inexperienced student nurse Gary Miller and cantankerous old Jack Crossley, the master of the sweets trolley. Together they assume responsibility of a group of ill or injured children who periodically come and go as the series progresses.

The main patients are Keeley Johnson and Billy Ryan who are initially at loggerheads with each other owing to a clash of personalities. The development of these two characters is one of the core points of the entire series as they both embark on voyages of discovery owing to the uncertain natures of both their ailments. I won't give too much away but suffice to say that before the show ends both confront their personal demons and triumph over some very daunting odds.

The writing in this series is nothing short of fabulous. Each of the characters, both patients and staff, develops considerably over the course of the series and their individual journeys are brilliantly covered in an unbiased fashion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally About Time! 23 May 2011
By MsMoose
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was only watching some very old episodes of this the other day on YouTube Ahhh the memories of my childhood come flooding back this was the highlight along with Byker Grove of coming home from school and now it's finally coming out on DVD... I can't wait to get my hands on the official DVD release to drool over a young Tim Vincent again with his broken leg, and that nurse whose now the cross dresser in Coronation Street! :p
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING - Even Better Than Remembered! 18 Sep 2011
By Jon
Format:DVD
This dramarama (pilot for the show I believe) is on the DVD, and it contains different cast members than the actual series. I didn't think it would be half decent but how wrong I was!

Then, moving onto the actual series, it just gets better and better with every episode. It doesn't shy away from reality,and can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

I will definitely buy all future series for the show, and after you buy this dvd you'll want to as well!

Jon
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember 16 Aug 2011
By anon
Format:DVD
Finally!! I had been wondering for years if Children's Ward would ever be released on DVD so it was a very happy moment when it was, I can only hope more of my favorite childhood dramas follow suit.

It's just as good as I remember it being in the '80s, my mum even joined me in watching a few episodes as she too was a fan back in the day. :) There are a lot of familiar faces in this.

NB. For the hard of hearing amongst us, this DVD does not contain subtitles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last 4 May 2011
By jonty9
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
at last this great series is being released on dvd, i used to watch this every week and it starred a very youg tim vincent
will be waitng excitedly for it to arrive and will be great to watch again..i hope that every episode gets released..
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 24 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I brought as danny dyer is in one of the episode briefy but it was fun to watch it all again as i use to watch this on tv.
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