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Golden Hour: Season 1 [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Richard Armitage, Navin Chowdhry, Zoe Telford, Ciaran McMenamin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDM3VI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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TV-series, centering on the lives of a helicopter-based, hospital trauma team. The Golden Hour of the title refers to the maximum period of time that can elapse before the patient's chances of survival plummet.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melathys on 9 April 2009
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If you like the long-running British TV series "Casualty" and its spin-off "Holby" this one will definitely float your boat. Andrew Rattenbury (probably known best now for his adaptation of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and his work on "Hotel Babylon") created something wonderful in "The Golden Hour". Having read the other reviews on Amazon beforehand, I was prepared to be slightly disappointed but was pleasantly surprised. This is a gripping, funny and at times tragic drama with excellent acting from all four leads and brilliant guest stars.

Long before he turned to the dark side, actor Richard Armitage shone torchlight on the amazing work of the emergency services crews that work thanklessly (and often at the expense of their personal lives) to save others.

As brilliant as American shows like "ER" and "Scrubs" are, it would be nice to see more UK drama like "The Golden Hour" that depict the realities of ordinary life and the pitfalls we can all fall in to. Then perhaps more people would be prepared to help in a crisis rather than add to the trauma!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MISS MATHER on 13 Feb. 2009
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I only watched this series and bought the DVD because the divine Richard Armitage was in it. His character - Dr Alec Track - is fantastic but that is purely down to his great acting, the dialogue is not great, nor is the rest of the poor cast, who were good looking but not very convincing IMO. The flashbacks added depth and background but irritated me a little - too many of them shown too often. I fast forward them whenever I watch the series on DVD, but I do still watch it and enjoy it.

I think it is worth the money though and the 5 star rating, because it showed promise in episode 3 and 4 and I think it is a shame that there were no more episodes aired as it is hard to engage with some characters in just 4 episodes. Also IMO it is worth the rating and money just for the gorgeous and multi talented Richard Armitage, who steals every scene he is in, especially in the scene at the end of episode 3 where I defy any red blooded woman with a pulse not to have a mini swoon and want to be that patient!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jordan on 15 Jun. 2008
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I confess that I bought The Golden Hour through Amazon UK because I'm a huge fan of Richard Armitage. The premise of the series also interested me. But I can see why this series was cut after four episodes, for three major reasons. First, the acting by the performers playing the four major roles is not very good (RA's performance is the best of the four but--and it pains me to say this--is still a bit wooden), and perhaps is influenced by the terrible dialogue. Second, the piecing of flashbacks of the victims' stories into the drama of the rescues, although promising, is done with too much repetition and melodrama and messes with the pace of the action. Finally, medical procedures during the rescue scenes were reduced to gratuitous and clumsy displays of gore. I don't think medical dramas should be bloodless but a glimpse here and there might more effectively add to the suspense instead of long panning shots.

I gave this series three stars because it showed promise in the later episodes and I liked the way it was maturing. The fourth and final episode was the most absorbing. There was more focus on the doctor-patient interactions and less on the doctor love triangle. The flashbacks were less jarring and a bit less melodramatic and the story of the pregnant woman and her family was moving. There were still lots or problems but also noticeable improvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foxy on 16 Jun. 2009
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I think I'm yet another woman who bought this purely because Richard Armitage is in it. I remember watching the series when it was on tv and enjoying it, so I thought I'd purchase something a bit different to my usual choices (and of course Richard is an added bonus!).

Essentially this is a fairly promising drama about a team of rapid response medics. They are first on the scene to major accidents and attempt to treat victims as effectively as they can within the 'golden hour' in order to have the best chance of saving as many lives as possible. The acting is fine if a little wooden in places (not even the scrummy Richard escapes that) and the script decent enough. The main problem is the plot. It's not that the stories told in the 4 episodes are bad, just poorly constructed at times. The continual flashbacks, often showing the viewers something we've seen half a dozen times already, do start to become annoying towards the end of the 70 minute episodes.

Overall, I would say it was definitely worth watching, particularly if you're a medical drama/Richard Armitage fan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By London Matt on 24 Dec. 2008
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This was a quite brilliant idea for a TV series. The London Air Ambulance is exciting, sexy as hell and a fanastic setting for an ensemble cast drama.

Having worked with the London Air Ambulance, it would be very easy for me to critisise the technical elements of this drama. Some of whic are rather glaring (The LAA works in a team of one doctor and one paramedic...in this series we see only doctors)

Technically, the drama is an odd mix of extremely realistic medical procedures which were clearly researched in some detail, and then in the next seen we will see some glaringly obvious technical or procedural "that would/could never happen" type of error.

Then there is the drama itself: The episodes use a strange narrative technique of flashbacks, but we get to see the same flashbacks again, and again and again repeated throughout the episode.

The result is you find yourself screaming at the screen "COME ON! GET ON WITH IT!" as you watch a replay of the car accident for the 10th time.

This is sad, because actually the characters were reasonably engaging, and the series clearly had a big budget behind it. The costumes, locations and equipment are all great, and the special effects are of good quality.

A real shame, as I guess no one will again make a drama series about the London Air Ambulance, and its a real missed opportunity.
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