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Flambards - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1979]


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  • Actors: Christine McKenna, Rosalie Williams, Steven Grives, Frank Mills, Alan Parnaby
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24GF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Flambards - The Complete Collection is a 4-DVD box set containing all 13 episodes from the 1979 TV series based on the award-winning novel by K M Peyton and adapted for television by playwright Alan Plater (Dalziel and Pascoe, Beiderbecke).

A world in conflict and a time of change. Flambards is a delightful tale about a young orphan called Christina. Set in the years surrounding the First World War, Flambards is a deeply moving story of growing and loving in a world that is continually changing. Christina has been moved from home to home for most of her life, until one day she is sent to live at Flambards, the once grand country home of her domineering, disabled Uncle Russell and his two sons Mark and William.  However, much as Christina is hoping to find a loving new family, she soon discovers the inhabitants at Flambards are an unhappy group, torn apart by bitterness and jealousy. England in the early 1900s is in a period of change and life at Flambards epitomises this conflict of cultures.  Mark and his father cling to the traditional obsessions of horses and hunting, whilst William is a quiet and reflective boy with new and progressive views. Christina soon finds herself caught between conservatism and radicalism as she comes to learn more about her new family and finds not only love but a whole new meaning to the life that she now lives.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2003
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I searched high and low to find Flambards again and that melody which I've been humming since 1978.
To watch the drama again was an absolute delight after all these years but lived up to every memory I have of those Sunday afternoons glued to the TV screen with my box of tissues!
It remains a charming series with excellent acting, first-rate story line and I wonder why it has never been repeated.
To anyone buying any of the videos, you simply must buy the full set or the two videos each containing 6-7 episodes. Prepare for a long afternoon/evening as it's difficult to break away from the suspense and emotion of the storyline.
Probably the best drama I've ever watched and I couldn't recommend Flambards highly enough.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "cathanosinnaigh" on 12 Jan. 2001
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This second half of the Flambards series follows Christina's journey from the crumbling, feudalistic world of her crippled Uncle's country estate to the dangerous and exciting new world of flying machines, motor cars, the suffragette movement and the First World War. Having eloped with her flying cousin Will, against the well-laid plans of her Uncle, she has to deal with the unromantic reality of work and the lack of it, excitement that is closer to fear, and a love which Will can only partly reciprocate. Eventually Christina finds herself returning to Flambards under very different conditions, and with her newly inherited wealth, begins bringing the old place back to life. As with the first video, in this the star of the show is very often the beautiful Yorkshire countryside (near Ripon), and the magnificent country house used in the title role. We meet some new and charming characters, such as Sandy, the dashing young pilot whose mother is always in prison for her suffragette activities, and Sandy's emancipated girlfriend and general good-time girl, Dorothy. A little bit of history creeps in from time to time amidst the melodrama, but this is largely metaphorical. An enchanting pseudo-historical drama based on the subtle, thoughtful books by K.M.Peyton, with unforgettable music by David Fanshawe. Well worth adding to your video library if you don't mind a little bit of silliness amongst the gold.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "atsuko61" on 19 Nov. 2004
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I watched this with slight hesitation to start with, as one would feel if one had read the original story in the book first. But soon I was totally involved and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like other reviewers I also encountered the story for the first time when I was in my teens (but only in Japan and translated into Japanese but with the original illustratons!) and it stuck in my mind ever since. All the actors and actresses are delightful to watch and they portray individual characters very well and equally it portrays the era/society they lived in with those beatiful and well crafted scenes with hunting, airplne, cars etc. Totally recommendable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2003
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I searched high and low to find Flambards again and that melody which I've been humming since 1978.
To watch the drama again was an absolute delight after all these years but lived up to every memory I have of those Sunday afternoons glued to the TV screen with my box of tissues!
It remains a charming series with excellent acting, first-rate story line and I wonder why it has never been repeated.
To anyone buying any of the videos, you simply must buy the full set or the two videos each containing 6-7 episodes. Prepare for a long afternoon/evening as it's difficult to break away from the suspense and emotion of the storyline.
Probably the best drama I've ever watched and I couldn't recommend Flambards highly enough.
- BTW The 4th book of the series is now available and I'm ordering it instantly. Hopefully, there may be another Flambards series which will include this - but I hope it won't spoil the charm of the first series by Yorkshire Television!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2004
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Why did Flambards stick in my mind ? I was only 9 when I first watched this and it's just as good now all these years later.
The only thing I would like to of seen on the DVD is extras, Biogs and all the other things you normaly get on DVDs. All you get are the broadcasted episodes....thats is. Only because of this I can't give it full marks.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
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I cannot imagine why so many people do not remember this series! The tune "Song Of Christina" has always been a whistle of mine almost everyday since 1978. You cannot get away from it and makes this series addictive. A lifelike piece of acting but it is the tune that no-one can forget. I recommend this series to anyone who has not seen it before.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Bennie on 12 July 2004
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I watched this series as a child and it stood out in my memory so much that I had to buy the DVD. The story of Christina, William and Mark and their exploits in and around Flambards are as wonderful and inspiring now as they were back in the late 70's. Why can't they make drama series like this nowadays? Wonderful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2001
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This is quite simple the best drama series ever to grace British screens. The acting is superb, the characters well-rounded to the point of being close friends and the historical backdrop thought-provoking. Why this series has vanished from the halls of television fame is a mystery to rival the Marie Celeste
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