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Gideon's Way - The Complete Series [Repackaged] [DVD] [1965]

John Gregson , Gerald Harper    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Gregson, Gerald Harper, Alfie Bass, George Cole, Ray McAnally
  • 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: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJEIAM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,005 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Gregson plays Scotland Yard police commander George Gideon in this groundbreaking British television crime drama, one of the first regular series to be shot on location. Includes all 26 episodes: 'State Visit'; 'The V Men'; 'The Firebug'; 'The Big Fix'; 'The Housekeeper'; 'The Lady-Killer'; 'To Catch a Tiger'; 'Big Fish, Little Fish'; 'The White Rat'; 'How to Retire Without Really Working'; 'Subway to Revenge'; 'The Great Plane Robbery'; 'Gang War'; 'The Tin God'; 'The Alibi Man'; 'The Wall'; 'The Thin Red Line'; 'A Perfect Crime'; 'The Millionaire's Daughter'; 'Morna'; 'Boy With Gun'; 'Fall High Fall Hard'; 'The Prowler'; 'The Reluctant Witness'; 'The Rhyme and the Reason' and 'The Nightlifers'.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking series 14 Oct 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
You may not remember this series. I didn't. It's from the days when police were the salt of the earth, everyone hated a bent copper, and villains were precisely that. That said, these programmes aren't simplistic: there's a reason for most criminal behaviour seen in these programmes (perhaps unlike real life) and no criminal is wholly bad. The stories are interesting and above the usual cops and robbers fare.

I like them particularly for the scenes of city life they show, Unlike the Saint, for example, there was no need in Gideon to show exotic locations. As it is, you see London as it was in the 1960s.

One correction to an earlier reviewer (I suspect he is kicking himself anyway): the author of the Gideon series was John Creasey, not Leslie Charteris. Creasey's prose was never a patch on Charteris'.

If you want a generous helping of bygone London, look no further than Gideon's Way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and nostalgic 21 Aug 2007
By Colby
Format:DVD
What a treat. This really brings back the memories of a Britain long gone.
Policemen walked the streets back then; didn't have personal radio's, police telephone boxes of Tardis fame sufficed for communication. They drove around in black Wolseley cars - equipped with the latest in radiophone technology. Seeing the decor of the houses featured in the series, interior design wasn't even a twinkle in the eye, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen would have had a field day. The location filming is a running documentary on Sixties Britain, shopping, fashion, attitudes, London Docklands before it went up market, cars(Humbers, Zephyrs, Jaguars,et al), London's gangland it's all in the mix.

Apart from the nostalgia the storylines are surprisingly gritty too, with endings that occasionally catch you on the hop with an unexpected twist in the tail. John Gregson is great as Commander George Gideon, warm and sociable with an uncanny knack of apprehending the villain in the very act of committing the dastardly deed. The medley of actors that appear will have your head spinning, from Finlay Currie near the end of his career to an early outing for John Hurt.

I loved this set for all of the above and more, it is British television at it's best.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Old Cop Show 5 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
This seven dvd set contains twenty six hour long episodes all made in glorious black and white from 1964. The series was filmed alongside the first episodes of the Saint starring Roger Moore, and based on the Gideon books written by Leslie Charteris or his nom de plume J.J. Marric. Script supervisor on the series was Harrry W. Junkin who also wrote on the Saint series
Starring John Gregson as commander George Gideon who had been in many British films including Genevieve and The Lavender Hill Mob.
The episodes contain many gripping plots and are full of familiar faces whose names you may not recall but remind us of the time when almost everyone watched t.v. and most people had a "did you see so and so last night" conversation at work the next day.

I love this set and it brings a smile to the face to see fire engines rushing to a fire with a firemen hanging out of the front window of the fire truck ringing the bell to warn traffic, and to see the old blue police boxes as in Dr. Who with the flashing blue light on top. There seemed to be a policeman on every street corner who ran to answer the phone.

Superb!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ITC show 7 Mar 2011
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This series was based on the novels by John Creasey. It is an outstanding series that has sadly been largely forgotten about. It is a most enjoyable set of stories. This DVD set brings together all of the episodes of this classic series originally produced by ITC. It was originally transmitted in 1965 to 1966 in the UK.
Gideon's Way is about the CID investigations of Commander George Gideon and his partner, Chief Inspector David Keen. They have both worked their way up through the Police force. They tackle all sorts of crime.
The series was made in Black and White and the Picture and sound are excellent. The directing, acting and production is very good.
This series doesn't rely on exotic locations. Instead we get a slice of life in sixties London. There are many outside location shots which give us a great insight into the real world of the mid sixties. These location shots were rare for a series of this era. Most other series would rely on brief clips taken from stock footage backed up with a few studio street scenes. This series is like a modern day show in that we are actually taken outside into the streets.
The series is also about a variety of crimes including petty crimes and domestic problems. It has an element of the ordinary which makes it stand out from other glamorous ITC shows. And yet the production still has a slick style that makes ordinary life situations seem just as interesting as the other sort of series with international locations.
If you liked other ITC shows you will definitely like this one. It has not been remembered as well as other shows like" The Saint" or "The Prisoner" but I suspect that this is because this show was made in black and white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing 30 Nov 2007
By TKr
Format:DVD
John Creasy left a still uncharted ouevre of well over 500 books. Given
that number it's not surprising that some of them are of indifferent
quality. The Gideon series to me were his strongest books: Creasy is
one of the few authors who can write realistic police procedurals from
the point of view of a manager rather than the ordinary copper. Gideon
is not only in charge of solving crime but also encounters leadership
issues and has a lively and large family. This makes the books original
reading. Plus in the Gideon books there is interesting comment on the
state of the nation- hardly surprising when you know that Creasy was
head of a political movement in the 60s. The TV series takes many
elements of the books. Needless to say that the 40/45 minutes format
does not manage to present a variety of cases at a given moment but
rather one case per episode. The interstinmg thing about the series is
that within this format there are hardly any flat characters
particularly amongst the bad guys. Although there is no sympathy there
is a lotof empathy in the complex character sketches: check out the
episodes "White Rat" with a great performance by Ray Mcanally as
psychotic albino gangster or the episode about a former concentration
camp inmate. That's what makes the series so special, this wealth of
character. I think only The Sweeney ever managed to get anywhere near
that. The stories are well paced, well told and there is an amazing
array of really great actors in this series. The other thing is that in view of censorship in the 60s Gideon's Way is quite amazingly open and realistic (particularly compared to US stuff of the time).
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