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Fanny Hill [BBC] [DVD]

Rebecca Night , Alison Steadman , James Hawes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rebecca Night, Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer, Emma Stansfield, Joanna Miller
  • Directors: James Hawes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00112GCBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,987 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Bawdy, lighthearted TV adaptation of John Cleland's classic novel by Andrew Davies. A young, innocent, orphaned country girl, Fanny Hill (Rebecca Night), moves to the city to seek her fortune, falls into prostitution, falls in love and works her way up the social ladder of 18th Century London.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet FA 8 April 2009
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I had heard a lot about the real 'Fanny Hill', but had never read it and I thought that John Cleland never really made any money for his efforts but a lot of lawyers have as this has been the subject of many a trial for obscenity. But thanks to a really helpful comment I have been told that he was actually hauled in front of the Privy Council and was offered a life pension if he never wrote again, so it actually did him a favour.It must show how far society has changed as this comes nowhere near indecent and on the 'filth' Richter scale gets about a 3.5.

That said it is stupendously made and as ever with the BBC there is a great attention to period detail. I think that may be where the overall problem is, in that the grime and filth that was typical of the period it is set in, has been airbrushed out. Compare it to 'The Libertine' The Libertine [DVD]for example, there is muck and detritus everywhere and one gets a real sense of what 'bawdy' means, this is lacking in this production which tries and succeeds to portray a classy courtesan rather than an opportunistic upwardly mobile whore. And I use the word in the period sense of being a working lady and not in the modern pejorative way.

Still it is a very pleasing way to spend an evening, and for costume drama lovers is pretty much a 'must'.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasing Romp 3 Aug 2009
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
I thought this was a fairly enjoyable costume drama, but not for those who easily offended by sexual content. I read the book after seeing it, as I was curious as how the two works compared and I must admit that the adaptation gave a lot more meat to the tale than the original story.

The costumes are beautiful, and Rebecca Knight did a good job in the title role, portraying both innocence and experience as the story progressed.

Hugo Speer put in a good performance as Mr H and came off a tad creepy and posessive.

Alison Steadman was a bit of a revelation as the bawdy house proprietor, but, played the part well.

I would only suggest adding to your collection if you are a die hard costume drama fan, otherwise it is worth a watch and a rental, and at the right price a purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanny Hill 14 Jun 2012
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An entertaining light hearted romp through the sexual expliots of a delightful young woman, her experience from poverty and naivety to sophisication and financial security somewhat rose tinted , but its wellworth a watch.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanny Hill 16 May 2008
By Jenny
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Fun. raunchy and enjoyable entertainment. The cast obviously had a ball playing it. Isn't that what this type of D.V.D is all about.? The scenery and costumes were a dream and so subtle. I had a very happy evening watching this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the dirty bitch 12 Feb 2014
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well I first saw fanny hill back in when it was first on tv and the I thought it was well worth buying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars By Gaslight 9 Jun 2013
By Fester
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An impressing romp. Well told and characterised. A period times fairy tale with a happy ending. Do not take seriously or look fr historical accuracy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fanny hill 24 May 2013
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have been looking for this for ages and have finally found and delivery was very prompt, and there was a wide choice to choose from as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD 9 May 2013
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A reasonable story line, costumes were lovely, acting not too bad. A DVD suitable for a girly night in and a giggle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I love it, saw it on TV now I have the DVD too.... great, funny, sad and most of all... very, very sexy! :)
Published 25 days ago by Felixcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Great TV series
Rebecca Night portrayed her very well.
Bought the DVD because I previously seen the series on BBC.
Worth buying DVD.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This product arrived on time and in very good condition. The case was not damaged and disc had no scratches on it and played beautifully. Defiantly recommend this product.
Published 5 months ago by Denise Honeyball
4.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
A very good production, well acted, costumes lovely, yes clothes were involved at times and a good representation of a classic.
Published 14 months ago by Concise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another must for the Georgian junkie. A really amusing although sometimes sad tale. An excellent interpretation of John Cleland's novel (evidently the first really naughty novel... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pippa
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good BBC Drama
Again a good BBC drama as always. And the actors and actresses that act in it are good to watch
Published 17 months ago by MICHELLE ALEXANDRA BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot o Drama
Cracking drama and good story. Brilliant acting and easy to watch. Not one of those drama's with a poor budjet.
Published 18 months ago by Dobobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
This arrived on time and is definitely worth a watch if you like period drama. It is a bit of an eye opener and good acting. Quite funny in places and sad in others.
Published 19 months ago by Nessie
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