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Dramarama: Spooky - The Complete Series [ITV] [Network] [DVD]

Faith Brook , Nicholas Ball , John Woods , Richard Handford    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Faith Brook, Nicholas Ball, Suzanne Neve, Terence Rigby, Wilfird Brambell
  • Directors: John Woods, Richard Handford, John Stroud, Vic Hughes
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W2FZLQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Providing a showcase for some of Britain s most accomplished screenwriters, Dramarama was an acclaimed 1980s anthology series which became a staple part of children s television viewing and is still widely remembered today. Spooky aired shortly before the main series was broadcast, exploring the supernatural vein that would appear throughout Dramarama s run. These outstanding screenplays venture into the dark corners of the imagination to create some of the most spine-tingling scenes ever seen on children s television! Nicholas Ball, Wilfrid Brambell and Colin Jeavons are among the performers; high-calibre writers include BAFTA-Award winner Paula Milne, Grange Hill contributor Jane Hollowood, and authors Leon Garfield and Alan Garner, both recipients of the Carnegie Medal for children s literature.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Providing a showcase for some of Britain s most accomplished screenwriters, Dramarama was an acclaimed 1980s anthology series which became a staple part of children s television viewing and is still widely remembered today. Spooky aired shortly before the main series was broadcast, exploring the supernatural vein that would appear throughout Dramarama s run. These outstanding screenplays venture into the dark corners of the imagination to create some of the most spine-tingling scenes ever seen on children s television! Nicholas Ball, Wilfrid Brambell and Colin Jeavons are among the performers; high-calibre writers include BAFTA-Award winner Paula Milne, Grange Hill contributor Jane Hollowood, and authors Leon Garfield and Alan Garner, both recipients of the Carnegie Medal for children's literature. ...Dramarama - The Complete Series ( Drama rama )


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A full list of the stories 15 Aug 2011
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Broadcast in 1983, and preceeding the forthcoming "Dramarama" series by a few months, the anthology collection "Dramarama Spooky" gets things off to an entertaining start, with a collection of seven, 25-minute supernatural dramas, a goodly mix of the spooky and menacing, with intelligent and thought-provoking stories provided by the likes of Paula Milne, Jane Hollowood, Leon Garfield and Alan Garner (The Owl Service).

Aimed at a young audience, the plays manage to achieve an effective level of atmosphere, with good performances from a cast that includes a number of familiar faces. The series kicks off in impressive fashion, with the atmospheric ghost story "War Games With Caroline". The fourth story "The Ghostly Earl" has a more humorous, light-hearted feel. Although I found some stories to be better than others, overall this is an entertaining collection, a series intended for children maybe, but with plenty for adults to enjoy as well. Although I'm more than old enough to remember this series, I never saw it first time round so my review is not clouded by nostalgia.

This collection is reminiscent of the 1970's supernatural childrens TV series "Shadows" (another Thames TV production). So if you enjoyed those tales, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending "Spooky" for your perusal.

Picture and sound quality are good, no subtitles. The only extra is a 2-minute image gallery. The inside of the DVD case features an episode synopsis, which I have included below.

*WAR GAMES WITH CAROLINE - The year is 1983. Kevin, a schoolboy addicted to war games, is visited by the ghost of a girl begging for help amid the terror and confusion of a real war. The date: October 1943.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 mediocre episodes, 3 good, 1 excellent 23 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
This series has been compared to an earlier Thames production, Shadows, which had aired from 1975 to 1978. 5 years had passed since then so you might expect a very different world, but it's alarming how similar Spooky is to its predecessor. It's still shot on tube cameras and the actors are still RP. There are differences: bluescreening has improved, camera work is slightly slicker, editing is better, titles look much cleaner, and the electronic music is clearly digital. But crucially, it still feels like the 70s, as if you're watching the last of that era of television.

The storytelling is also slightly more grown-up than in Shadows. Shadows had its great episodes (The Waiting Room etc.) but its worst episodes were generally so because of an excess of childishness. In Spooky, there's a new layer of "knowingness"; you sense the writers are playing with the medium in a way that never occurred to the Shadows writers. Not that this makes the stories any better - indeed, given time this postmodern knowingness did serious damage to TV drama, especially children's, which eventually became totally sarcastic and trivial. At their best, Shadows and Spooky have a kind of seriousness, a willingness to trust children, that was soon to be lost and will likely never be recovered. We're all too clever nowadays!

Now a few notes on each episode...

War Games With Caroline
This is a competently written and directed episode that, sadly, just doesn't have much going for it. The story is thin and predictable. Would perhaps have been better as a 10-minute piece. Nice sets, adequate performances, special effects for their own sake.

The Exorcism of Amy
A badly written and bizarrely made episode which, in the end, doesn't even make sense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-living my childhood... 4 July 2014
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Re-lived one of my oldest memories with the drummer boy episode. The others weren't as good, but for people my age this is a good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dramarama spooky 29 Sep 2013
By Im
Format:DVD
Excellent service and product from amazon. The series itself (7 one-off dramas) is of erratic quality but the first programme "War Games With Caroline" is simply outstanding and, alone, justifies buying the dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars spooky! 29 Aug 2013
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very good as i remember it when i was a kid though looks slightly dated now and sound quality not great though original spooky stories that brought me back to childhood
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