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Dick Turpin - The Complete First Series [1979] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard O'Sullivan, Michael Deeks, Christopher Benjamin, Billy Dean, David Daker
  • Writers: Paul Knight, Richard Carpenter, Sidney Cole
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 10 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AWS9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes from the first series of the TV show starring Richard O'Sullivan as the notorious highwayman. In 'Swiftnick' Dick Turpin helps out innkeeper Mrs Smith and her son Nick when the evil Sir John Glutton threatens them with eviction. 'The Capture' sees Turpin lured into a trap by the bogus Lady Kinnerton. 'The Champion' has prize-fighter Tom Bracewell lend a hand when Turpin comes to the aid of a village being terrorised by the fanatical Nightingale. 'The Poacher' finds Turpin and Swiftnick attempting to flush out a poacher on their manor. In 'The Pursuit' Turpin and Swiftnick pursue a highwayman and spend the night at the home of Mrs Bedingfield and her two beautiful daughters. 'The Blacksmith' sees the duo kidnap Sir John Glutton and offer him to Spiker in exchange for Turpin's imprisoned blacksmith friend Sam Morgan. 'The Imposter' has Sir John employ a man to pose as Turpin in order to sully his name with the locals. 'The Upright Man' finds Turpin attempting to help the widow of his hanged friend Ben Hawk when she is shunned by the community. In 'The Whipping Boy' the Duke of Hertford requests that top thief-taker Colonel Tobias Moat track down Turpin and Swiftnick after they rob him. 'The Hero' sees Nigel Ffoulkes-Withers posing as Turpin in order to prevent the arranged marriage between his sweetheart Phyllida Tranter and Spiker. 'The Turncoat' has Sir John Glutton ask Turpin for help in recovering some incriminating letters. 'Jail-birds' finds Turpin and Swiftnick captured due to the latter's impetuousness. Finally, in 'The Hostages', Swiftnick acts alone after discovering that Sir John is holding two children hostage at Rookham Hall.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rod H VINE VOICE on 14 July 2006
This must be one of the most greatly overlooked series that TV has produced. Overshadowed by the great Robin of Sherwood, also written by Richard Carpenter, this is in the same vein, providing great adventure stories with a good cast and interesting characters. Richard O'Sullivan proves he is more than just a comedy actor while bringing a certain charisma to the role. The only drawback here is that at half an hour, some stories seem to resolve themselves too quickly and strugggle to generate any real sense of danger or suspense. However, for a teatime series primarily aimed at a younger audience it is surprisingly well produced and has lost none of its appeal over time. These series, like much of Richard Carpenter's work, provided good family entertainment that appealed to all ages - something sorely lacking these days.

For those of us revisiting a fondly-remembered series, or those new to this altogether, this is well worth a viewing. Only gripe really is that the picture quality is not all that it should be. When older shows such as Doctor Who can be expertly remastered, we should be able to expect better than this. But don't let that put you off missing a treat like this show is...and for a double disc release containing 13 episodes it is still good value. ....
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar 2003
Sometimes you can have a certain amount of hesitation about watching television programmes from your chilhood. Afraid to spoil the wonderful images that you still have in your mind and to be dissapointed by a rather oldfashioned product. Watching Dick Turpin certainly won't put you through this agony. The series is still as entertaining and enjoyable as you remembered it. All the episodes have a good, strong en compact story. The stories develop in a lively pace and are full of action! The acting by no means outdated and of high quality.
Dick Turpin is the most succesful highwayman on the road and therfore also the most wanted. Gifted with a strong sense of justice and with the help of Swiftnick, his impulsive and headstrong partner, he protects the poor and the weak. This makes Turpin a real folk hero but very unpopular with the law. Thanks to his calm and relaxed manner he's always one step ahead of his enemies and get's himself out of many hairy situation.
In between robbing stagecoaches, saving damsels in distress and helping the common man Dick is also a person with an excellent sense of humour and enjoys a good laugh.
Dick Turpin, the first series, is without a doubt a dvd that will bring back some good old memories and will keep you watching!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Box on 14 May 2003
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!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By carl iredale on 5 May 2003
This was penned by the hugely magnificent Richrd Carpenter, he of Catweazle and Robin of Sherwood fame. Complete and utter genius. His ability to write period dramas is unequaled. But you probably know this already by visiting this page, so I'll cut with the sales pitch. If you watched this on a Sunday evenings (like we all did) thinking I'd better do my maths homework for tomorrow, then you'll LOVE this, for when you watch it, then like as not there'll be no maths homework to do. You can watch it with a free conscience! Neither does it have to be Sunday! Top banana!
Richard O'Sullivan is, as always, great (where is he now, one wonders?) Swiftnick is a great character (based, as most Carpenter stuff is, on legend/fact), and all looks period-y. Even the fact that the film looks like it's been stored in a puddle for 20 years adds to the feel of it. As one would expect from Carpenter....a great bit of television history. Get yer cash out..Stand and Deliver! Deliver I say......
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer called on 16 Feb 2006
For those of you looking for your next DVD acquisition and are reading about Dick Turpin for the first time, let me say here and now that this is one well worth considering!
A clever dramatisation of the legendary highwayman first shown on ITV in the late seventies and which has lost none of its original appeal.
Brilliantly played by Richard O'Sullivan who strikes a perfect balance between ruffian and gentleman (sad we dont hear more about him these days!) with a sidekick in tow called Swiftnick. Each story focusing on the plight of the two fugatives, are self-contained adventures in single 28 minute episodes - with an occasional two parter thrown in for good measure, and are surprisingly good.
Great family entertainment with lots of suspense, good strong dialogue and characterisations, and an outstanding cast. Set amid a wonderful countryside backdrop of woods and fields, this series really is well worth watching while pleasing to the eye. It combines escapism and drama to make some very enjoyable television viewing, and its slightly unusual genre is one I am glad to have as part of my ever burgeoning DVD collection! Go for it and enjoy!
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