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Clocking Off : Complete BBC Series 1 [2000] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Siobhan Finneran, Jason Merrells, Philip Glenister, Jack Deam, Lisa Millett
  • Writers: Bill Gallagher, Paul Abbott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: inD DVD Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYRQY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the first season of the BAFTA-winning drama written by Paul Abbott, following the tumultuous lives of the employees of Mackintosh Textiles factory in an unnamed northern town. In Episode 1, Stuart Leach (John Simm) returns after being missing for over a year. But has he really lost his memory as he claims? Episode 2 sees Yvonne (Sarah Lancashire) attempting to find a way out of her desperate situation by burning her house down and claiming the insurance money. However, owing to a tragic misunderstanding, she is unaware that her children are asleep inside... In Episode 3, the life of lowly shopfloor worker Kit (Andrew Sheridan) is turned upside down when his boss's beautiful wife Katherine (Christine Tremarco) seduces him. Episode 4 finds Steve Robinson (Wil Johnson) and his wife Sylvia (Diane Parish) becoming the victims of a vicious break-in - but the police, when they arrive, are more concerned with the illegal contents of the Robinsons' ashtray... In Episode 5, Trudy (Lesley Sharp) is in shock after the death of her father, and decides to make some dramatic changes to her life. Finally, Episode 6 sees Katherine finally leaving her husband, Mack (Philip Glenister) - and it looks as though he might lose the factory with her.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2008
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Just rewatched this through on the DVD, and it's brilliant to remember how good it is. I loved it the first time around on tv, love it again now. Fantastic performances, great storylines, brilliant all round. Six episodes on this two disc set. Worth watching for earlier glimpses of John Simm, Jason Merrells, Christopher Ecclestone, the brilliant Lesley Sharp and Philip Glenister. Set in and around the lives and loves of those working in a textile factory in Lancashire, with each episode focussing on one or two of the characters in particular, and the trials and tribulations in their lives. Really enjoyable, and something a bit different from the standard fare on the tv.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By sarahsarah on 3 Feb 2005
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Judging from the standard fare on our terrestrial TV, it seems to be an extraordinarily difficult task to make a drama series about the lives of ordinary Northern people which doesn't include hard-done by but strong women, hen-pecked blokes down the working mens' club, unemployment, redundancy and general deprivation. I lose count of how many times we have been subjected to repeat viewings of gaggles of cackling women gagging for Barcardi Breezers and male strippers, and "folk" who are as poor as church mice but with hearts of gold. And don't forget the crassness of the Northern nouveau-riche who put red wine in the fridge and wear Versace to go down Tescos. And although series such as "Cold Feet" have gone some way towards 'sexing up' the North, you will note that the only characters who make a success of their lives are those who have moved up to the North- the locals usually making up the comedy buffoon element.
However, "Clocking Off", while very definitely set in the North, has managed to overcome these stereotypes fostered by our Southern-biased programmers, and what we have is an excellent series of self-contained dramas featuring some of the most talented and watchable British actors around, including the always-brilliant Christopher Ecclestone, Leslie Sharpe, Ricky Tomlinson (admitedly playing the same character he always does but still effectively)to name but a few, and loads of faces you'll have seen many times on TV but perhaps can't put a name to. And although there are a few nods towards traditional TV Northern culture (perhaps to appease those who live south of Sheffield?) the stories are gripping, touching and brilliantly scripted.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Molly Brown on 3 Oct 2009
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The BBC does marvellous ensemble series and Clocking Off is one of their best. Led by the excellent performances of Lesley Sharp, Sarah Lancashire and Philip Glenister, each episode explores the different and often explosive challenges facing both management and workers of Macintosh Textiles with gritty intelligence, verve, humour, compassion and an ruthless eye for detail by its creator Paul Abbott.
Moreover, it hasn't dated at all - its freshness and honesty could stand up with anything that is being produced now. For me, it will always one of my favourites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Christie on 4 July 2011
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I reside in South Africa and asked my sister to recommend some UK TV series, as I am out of touch. I am halfway through watching the first series and am thoroughly enjoying it. However, I wonder why subsequent series are not yet available on Amazon as it is not a new series. I prefer to buy box sets of all the series, as it is cheaper that way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hawkeye on 30 July 2010
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Highly recommend this brilliant BBC series - each episode is a little gem in it's own right. All the cast are great, but look out particularly for the lovely Philip Glenister (now known forever as Gene Hunt) as Mack, stressed-out factory owner, and angst-ridden husband ...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By maggie on 6 Aug 2010
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Clocking Off is a wonderful series, an opinion based on just the first one, which is the only one available. Paul (State of Play) Abbott is a wonderful writer and keeps your interest high throughout this series of interconnected lives.

Why BBC won't release the next two parts is beyond me. There is a lot of interest on both sides of The Pond.

Very frustrating to get so into these characters and then know you can't follow them all the way, even though there are more series rotting somewhere in a BBC vault.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2004
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...this was! I used to watch this series on TV years ago and was really pleased when I found out that it was finally being released on DVD. It's a fantastic programme set in a northern textile factory and follows the life stories of the workers and management with very clever storylines and insightful writing. It has a great cast including the lovely Jason Merrills from Cutting It . Go buy it now !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 May 2009
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Having watched this on television, i was glad when it came out on dvd. This set of dramas are very well acted, and after you have watched one you can't wait for the next one. The only down side is there is only one series released, when will the rest be released?
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