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Flambards: The Complete Series [DVD]

Edward Judd , Alan Parnaby , Michael Ferguson , Lawrence Gordon Clark    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Judd, Alan Parnaby, Christine McKenna, Steven Grives
  • Directors: Michael Ferguson, Lawrence Gordon Clark, Leonard Lewis, Peter Duffell
  • Producers: Leonard Lewis
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2006
  • Run Time: 740 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All 13 episodes of the popular Yorkshire Television drama. Orphan Christina (Christine McKenna) is sent to live with her crippled Uncle Russell in his country home of Flambards, where she meets his sons Mark and William. The atmosphere is not a happy one - while Russell and Mark cling to the old ways, the sensitive William is interested in the new flying contraptions known as aeroplanes. It is not long before Christina finds her sympathies divided between the warring factions of the household. When Christina and William leave Flambards, their future is uncertain and after a series of tragedies Christina is forced to return, alone, to the crumbling family estate, where an unexpected visitor bodes ill for her.

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Orphan and Heiress-in-waiting, Christina Parsons has lived with various aunts until she is sent, at age 17, to live with grumpy Uncle Russell and his two sons - Mark and William - in the crumbling family pile that is Flambards. Hopes that she will marry cousin Mark and use her inheritance to restore the family home are dashed as Christina finds him boorish and cruel, but in younger cousin William she finds a real friend. William likes all things mechanical and while Christina is happy to learn to ride, William spends his time dreaming of owning his own plane at a time when aviation is in its early stages.

The old system of Master and Servant is explored as Christina fights to stop stable lad Dick from being dismissed without a reference by her uncle for helping her rehome a horse, but when conditions in the home become intolerable she leaves, with William, to begin a new life together, working and living at an airfield. With new pals Sandy and Dorothy they are finaly free of the constrictions of life at Flambards and can be 'bright young things' - until the shadow of war closes in on their lives.

With fantastic costumes and detail to the period, Flambards on DVD is a delight from start to finish. Christina McKenna is an accomplished horsewoman as she proves when her character and namesake learns to ride, and bounder Mark (Steven Grives) begins to show a softer side when he escapes from his bully of a father. Sensitive William, (portrayed by Alan Parnaby), as a dreamer whose love of the new-fangled flying machines leads to challenge after challenge as he tries to earn a living.

13 episodes on 4 disks - sadly no subtitles - this is a worthy addition to the DVD collection of any fan of costume dramas. The haunting music, nicely paced story and splendid planes and motorcars of the early 1900's are a joy from start to finish and the temptation to view more than 1 episode at a time is hard to resist.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Feb 2007
I first read all the books in the series and was hooked from the beginning. I saw this series many many years ago and was delighted when i discovered it had been released on DVD. The story follows the fortunes of Christina and the house Flambards. Christina is an orphan who is sent to live with her Uncle and his two sons - her Uncle was crippled in a hunting accident many years ago and now lives his life through the hunting adventures of Mark and William (sons). The series begins with Christina's arrival at the house and William suffering a hunting accident that leaves him with a permenant limp- he is therefore unable to ride which greatly pleases William whos great passion is flying.Christina is an heiress and her Uncle plans for her to marry Mark and save the flambard fortunes. The series follows the fortunes of the family through pre and war time. I would highly recommend this series - only complaint is that Christina is really too old at the beginning - she hardly appears to age through out the series. I also wish that they had continued to film the last book in the series - Flambards divided
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a mere exercise in Nostalga 4 Jan 2008
I've learnt to stay well clear of retro TV. Fond memories of programmes can be easily blown away on a second viewing. And so it was with bated breath and more than a little hope and aprehension that I finally purchased Flambards, a show that I first saw in 1978 as an impressionable seven year old.

I needn't have worried at all. It's still stunning nearly thirty years on. After a slightly slow start the story builds and the excellent actors and beautiful period sets take you on a real journey. The music is stunning and totally haunting and the whole thing is wrapped up so beautifully you really do end up caring what happens to Christina, Mark and Will.

At times it feels like you're peering into a perfectly formed time capsule. It's a drama that's yet to be equalled by ITV.

If their execs sat down and watched this it'd give them a real insight into the art of how to make the perfect family drama series again.
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'Flambards' was first shown on ITV in 1979 and perhaps has not had the staying power of other series from that period, partly due, I think, to the haphazard nature of its original scheduling (different ITV regions showing it at different times) and it never being made clear who the target audience was.

The thirteen episodes fall into three definable sections.The first third deals with Christina's arrival, just before the First World War at Flambards, a run down country estate whose owner and his eldest son Mark live for hunting. The second third deals with Christina's marriage to the younger son William and his interest in aviation. The final section deals with Christina's return to Flambards and the changes wrought by time and the war.

The strongest scenes of the series occur in the first section which shows the conflict between the two brothers, Mark the huntsman and William the would-be aviator and the brothers' relationship with their domineering father. Interest dips in the middle section which concentrates on William's exploits as an aviator. There is an awful lot of early aeroplanes in flight which, whilst looking spectacular rather hold up the plot. There is also the absence of any conflict between the characters which made the first section so compelling. The series gets into its stride again in the final episodes with the return of Christina to Flambards, the development of the estate as farmland, and the employment of a German prisoner of war.

This is a slow paced drama, certainly compared to what we are used to on television nowadays. I have no problem with this. It is a pleasure to watch something that does not have a relentless, driving pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you whistle the theme tune (Mum. Mum. Mum.....)
Just as lovely as I remember, a fab adaptation of Peyton's books.
Published 21 days ago by S. Mcintosh
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present for granddaughter- much enjoyed second time around
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How wonderful to go back in time and revisit this wonderful series again Downtown Abby eat your heart out! Give it a go it won't disappoint
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3.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Not bad as it is of an old TV series but the quality of film a bit iffy and 1st part done twice. Arrived in good condition and on time.
Published 5 months ago by addicted spinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
Brought this as I use to watch it years ago , well pleased with the item, good recording, well packed , came on time, highly recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by cheryl james
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blast from the past
What a lovely way to unwind and watch something I recall from my childhood - it must be over 35yrs since this was on the telly

BUT - if you were not around in the 70's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by e mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Flambards: The Complete Series [DVD]
Very satisfied thanks. Can't understand why this series with it's amazingly haunting music was nevr repeated on television. Very pleased to see it again.
Published 8 months ago by DRG1707
4.0 out of 5 stars Good steady romp.
Foggy, early morning English countryside, fox hunting, turn of the century barnstorming..this mini series is a big surprise. Beautiful, languorous, and romantic.
Published 8 months ago by Anton Frisby
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
A real trip back in time. Loved the Flambards books & these dvds deviated only slightly from them. Just a shame they didn't go all the way up to the end of Flambards divided.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. H. Broom
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