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Hadleigh - Series 4 [DVD] [1974]

Gerald Harper    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerald Harper
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QXZ7T4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes from the fourth series of the ITV drama series starring Gerald Harper as the handsome and wealthy James Hadleigh. After inheriting a country mansion and a considerable fortune, Hadleigh soon tires of the sedate lifestyle of a country squire and finds himself torn between his passion for risky adventure and beautiful women, and his love for his new country estate. This series finds Hadleigh endeavouring to preserve Melford Hall for future generations, whether it involves the selling of rare jewels, a German treasure hunt or renting Melford out as a film set. Episodes are: 'The Story of a Panic', 'God Save Us from Moralists', 'Bloodline', 'Echoes', 'Divorce', 'The Charm Factor', 'Film Story', 'Hong Kong Rock', 'A House of Gamblers', 'Time Out', 'Incident', 'Favours' and 'Broke'.


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5.0 out of 5 stars FALL OF THE HADLEIGH EMPIRE? 26 Aug 2009
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Having almost given up on Hadleigh after Series 1 ( I still stand by what I said in that review ), I am really glad that I decided to stick with it. It has made excellent viewing and Gerald Harper has been brilliant, as has Ambrosine Philpotts as Lady Helen.
This is the fourth and final series and everything seems to be going wrong for Hadleigh. His wife Jennifer, whom we never actually see again, wants him to divorce her and he reluctantly agrees. His love life seems doomed to failure. On top of this, he ill-advisedly gets involved in a business transaction which goes completely wrong and leaves him facing bankruptcy and the prospect of losing Melford Hall. His various attempts to raise money are to no avail and the future looks bleak. What is to become of him?
There are some familiar faces in this series including Stephanie Beacham, Peter Sallis, Gordon Jackson and Michael Elphick. The gap left by Hilary Dwyer as Jennifer is more than adequately filled by Jenny Twigge as Hadleigh's god-daughter Joanna Roberts. Oh, and Hadleigh's manservant Sutton has lost much of his pomposity -- he actually smiles now! The ending is extremely satisfying.
Included on Disc 4 is an hour-long documentary on the making of the series with contributions by Gerald Harper, Jane Merrow, Peter Dennis, Jenny Twigge and John Laurimore, as well as producers Terence Williams and Jacky Stoller. I had not realised that Gerald Harper played James Hadleigh in a previous series called 'Gazette' ( 1968 ) which ran for 13 episodes before giving way to 'Hadleigh'. If it still exists, hopefully Network will release it at some stage.
Amazingly, Gerald Harper is now 80 years old.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 'til last 10 April 2009
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The last series of Hadleigh is finally released. The story lines just get better and better. This differs, in some respects, from the type of plot in the first three seasons; the excellent characterisation is still present but there is now continual theme running throughout where Hadleigh has to fight for the survival of his country estate. Brilliant!

This release also boasts a few extra's including a season-by-season review by some of the actors and production staff, including Gerald Harper himself.

What a great pity that there wasn't more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They saved the best till last. 20 July 2009
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Season 4 is, by some way, the best of instalment of the 70s drama, Hadleigh.
The previous 3 series certainly had their merits, not least in terms of the strong character performances that defined much of their appeal; and the writers' highly topical approach to the themes that gave detail to the storylines; but, series 4, from the first episode, looks to completely shake up the direction of the drama and places Gerald Harper's character in a totally different situation.
I thought the pace of this series was better considered and the variety, and thematic content , seen in each episode was certainly a change from the more pedestrian approach to the staging of the action in the former instalments.
If you're after decent 70s, soap-styled drama, then I dont think you can get much better than Hadleigh, season 4. Shame it had to end after this one ........I really feel they could have stretched out another instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye James 4 Aug 2013
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Fourth and final series of Hadleigh, the fifth including the main character who first appeared in the earlier Yorkshire Television drama, Gazette.

The early episodes deal with the break-up of his marriage to the beautiful Jennifer. Hilary Dwyer who played Jennifer had fallen out with producer Jacky Stoller which necessitated her dedparture from the series. This absence disrupted the balance of the series and the relationships between the other main characters. James, Lady Helen, Sutton and Charlie Caldwell. Without Jennifer and her frequent tantrums, butler Sutton becomes almost a cipher and the father-in-law-son-in-law conflicts between James and Charlie Caldwell are less meaningful. The introduction of Jenny Twigge as goddaughter Joanna is not sufficient to make up for absence of Jennifer.

The main storyline is James speculative £1 million investment in a merchant bank. The 1975 stock market crash leaves him in financial trouble. Given his apparent affluence its hard to believe that even such a loss could lead him to being declared bankrupt

The endeavours of James to ease his financial situation and his relationships with new girlfriends fill the rest of the series, reaching an unsatisfactory conclusion. The two main storylines led to the scriptwriters being boxed into a corner, and with the decline in viewing figures, there would be no more Hadleighs.

The extras contain two features of outstanding interest. The first is the commentary by Gerald Herald and Jacky Stoller on the final episode, Broke. The second is the documentary, The Lonely Man on the Hill, again featuring Gerald Harper with a number of the actors from the four series(Hilary Dwyer who played Jennifer is missing)and the two producers reminiscing on the origins and the development of the drama.

The series a good watch, but not of the same quality as series 3, and a reminder of one of top 1970s ITV dramas.
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