I've been a huge Dick Turpin fan ever since the series first aired on Dutch television somewhere in the late 70s. The last time I had a chance to see it was in the mid 80s on Super Channel or something. So, naturally I was very glad series one was released on VHS and, later on, on DVD.
Okay, about that DVD then. Let's start off with the bad stuff: dvd extras--there aren't any. I would loved to have seen anything related to the series--photos, biographies, trailers, whatever. And the picture-quality isn't always up to scratch either I suppose.
So why give it 5 stars out of 5? Oh well, the series is just so fantastically good, isn't it? The storylines are great, the settings authentic and most of all, the actors--every last one of them--are great. How on earth have they been able to find all these charismatic actors and put them in one series? Richard O' Sullivan is perfect as 18th century England's most wanted highwayman. So is Swiftnick, Turpin's young partner in crime. Captain Nathan Spyker is the ideal opponent--you'll miss him in the 'Hostages' episode where Sir John has employed another steward. Sir John himself--"You couldn't catch Turpin if you had 20 regiments on the line and the villain was up to his neck in quicksand!"--brilliant. Even poor old Isaac is great.
Buy this DVD. You'll watch it over and over again. My only hope is that they will release the rest of the Dick Turpin series on DVD as well. That would be heaven on earth!