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Connie - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Stephanie Beacham takes the title role in a drama of intrigue set in the cut-throat world of the rag trade. Her performance as a feisty fashion entrepreneur led directly to her phenomenal success in The Colbys and Dynasty, and dominates a series bristling with razor-sharp humour and boasting a plot full of surprises. Also starring Pam Ferris, George Costigan and Brenda Bruce, Connie was originally screened in 1985, and features a theme song co-written by the Oscar-nominated Willy Russell (Blood Brothers, Educating Rita).
Eight years ago, Connie 'retired' to Greece to run a taverna with a local Adonis. Now, her return to her native East Midlands and the industry she loves sends ripples of fear through the dingy offices of her former rivals; they all guess, correctly, that she wants a slice of the action. But who will give her the all-important toehold? Her family and friends are no help and what nobody knows is that although Connie came back on a first-class ticket, she got off the plane wearing a simple cotton dress, nursing a bandaged hand and clutching a handbag containing nothing but tissues, a lipstick and ten drachma.
The people who cheated on her, in or out of bed, had better watch out!
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Picture: Network has done a good job on this and everything looks clear and bright and makes it a joy to watch. 4/5
Sound: The real bugbear of this DVD set. As others have commented it is quiet and muddy, something with which I agree. Network really dropped the ball here. 1/5
DVD content: Lacking. A few promo pictures and the exclusion of subtitles is a shocking omission by Network. It's not as if you haven't had the time to work on this. 1/5
The show: The star here isn't Stephanie Beacham who has the key scenes, but Pam Ferris as the conniving scheming Nesta who wears some fantastic outfits throughout the show and steals it from Stephanie. It is convoluted, wordy and overblown in places but that's part of its charm and adds to the pleasure of watching it. Note must be made of Brenda Bruce who provides more than able support role as Connie and Nesta's mother. 4/5
In conclusion: Although it has its problems this has been a joy to watch. Welcome back Connie, it's good to see you again.
An enormously entertaining, at times high-camp drama that pokes scorn at the avarice and solipsism that defined the Thatcherite 80s. Connie offers up some fantastic, scenery-chewing performances combined with razor-sharp dialogue and set against the bleak, urban backdrop of the industrial East Midlands.
The cast are mostly on top form, and Stephanie Beacham shines in the title role as Connie, the prodigal daughter returning to her home turf after an eight-year sabbatical to grab a slice of whatever's on offer. However, as a previous reviewer noted, it's Pam Ferris's highly-charged performance as nasty Nesta, Connie's embittered step-sister, that steals the show: Ferris dominates every scene she's in like a designer-clad drag queen on speed.
The plot is, at times, convoluted, and a fair amount of extraneous 'chatter' helps pad the series out to its 13 episodes, but overall, this is a strongly-written, well-acted drama that captures the greed and 'glamour' of the 1980s with a flourish.
I really enjoyed watching this series again.
Apart from the fabulous Stephanie Beacham, it features some really nice shots of Nottingham and Mansfield market place. Not to mention the 80s fashions and cars!
It's worth the money to revisit those clothes!!!!!!
That said, Connie is still Connie, the script (when you can hear it) is still funny and entertaining, the cast are stunning, the settings appear unusually authentic, and the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. They don't make them like this any more.
When Connie was broadcast on ITV, we missed the last episode, so for all this time we'd been wondering how it ended. In spite of everything that's been said about the quality of this box, we now know, and it was worth the effort! I won't be returning this box, though I will try playing it on an older DVD player next time, which may be more forgiving of its faults.
The three stars has to be for finally getting it released, and too see the series again, which actually, is really good to see again, and the poor quality has stopped this being a 5 star release
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Daughter and I were actually in this series, but I haven't watched it yet so for all I know we could have been cut out. Read morePublished 22 months ago by misspag
The sound on the DVD wasn't good. Thought was another type of movie. Not very pleased with the item orderedPublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by pili
This series takes you back in time with good views on life in Nottingham where a good deal of it was filmed.Good strong characters and storylines. Read morePublished on 18 May 2013 by Mr. M. Harrington
Found this boring and a waste of money only watched half of it. Must admit to not having seen
Have tried to find this dvd for some time and was very pleased to finally obtain it. It is dated but in a really good way and takes one back in time, quite some time, even though... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by nigel
I think you guys need to look at your playback equipment or may be ensure you choose stereo as it sounds fine to me.Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Terry Barker