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Hazell - The Complete Series [DVD]

Nicholas Ball    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Nicholas Ball
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042PG0R6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Nicholas Ball stars in his best-known role as a tough, charismatic private detective in this hit Thames series, first aired in the late 1970s and created by journalist and novelist Gordon Williams, and future England coach Terry Venables. Hazell paid homage to classic film noir while boasting rounded characterisations, sparkling Cockney dialogue and highly credible action scenes, all set in the kind of seedy London locations that would be revisited in Minder - the series created by screenwriter Leon Griffiths following his work on Hazell; other high-profile writers here include Trevor Preston (The Sweeney) and author Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost). Following the curtailment of his police career after an injury and subsequent slide into alcoholism, the newly reformed James Hazell sets himself up as a private eye. Utterly ruthless when he needs to be, Hazell is also blessed with a breezy charm, effortless style, robust sense of humour and the ability to think on his feet - vital when tackling blackmail, missing persons cases, organised crime and the drugs trade... or dour Scottish CID adversary 'Choc' Minty (played to perfection by Roddy McMillan). Desmond McNamara stars as Hazell's cousin and assistant Tel, with Barbara Young as landlady and sometime employer Dot - one of British TV's first regular gay characters; a memorably raunchy theme, composed by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay, provided a Top 40 hit for blues/rock singer Maggie Bell. This set contains all 22 episode from both series.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Nicholas Ball stars in his best-known role as a tough, charismatic private detective in this hit Thames series, first aired in the late 1970s and created by journalist and novelist Gordon Williams, and future England coach Terry Venables. Hazell paid homage to classic film noir while boasting rounded characterisations, sparkling Cockney dialogue and highly credible action scenes, all set in the kind of seedy London locations that would be revisited in Minder - the series created by screenwriter Leon Griffiths following his work on Hazell; other high-profile writers here include Trevor Preston (The Sweeney) and author Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost). Following the curtailment of his police career after an injury and subsequent slide into alcoholism, the newly reformed James Hazell sets himself up as a private eye. Utterly ruthless when he needs to be, Hazell is also blessed with a breezy charm, effortless style, robust sense of humour and the ability to think on his feet - vital when tackling blackmail, missing persons cases, organised crime and the drugs trade... or dour Scottish CID adversary 'Choc' Minty (played to perfection by Roddy McMillan). Desmond McNamara stars as Hazell's cousin and assistant Tel, with Barbara Young as landlady and sometime employer Dot - one of British TV's first regular gay characters; a memorably raunchy theme, composed by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay, provided a Top 40 hit for blues/rock singer Maggie Bell. This set contains all 22 episode from both series. ...Hazell - Complete Series - 6-DVD Set


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Early 80's Cockney Drama 20 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
As a fan of shows from the 70s/80s i had thought about buying Hazell for a while, i was intrigued to hear that the show was co-written by former England Manager Terry Venables.

Actually he only co-wrote 2 of the 22 episodes. The others were written by established writers of the time including former Sweeney/Minder writers inc Tony Hoare, Trevor Preston and Richard Harris.

It is great seeing how London looked 30 years ago and it is good to spot famous actors including Michael Elphick, Larry Lamb, Ken Hutchinson and Dave King who all appear throughout the 2 series.

Nicholas Ball is terrific as private eye James Hazell and Roddy McMillan and Desmond McNamara are great as Choc Minty and Cousin Tel

Overall if you liked Minder you will love Hazell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective show 13 Mar 2011
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Despite having never seen Hazell before until buying it on DVD, I thought it was a great programme, and Nicholas Ball was superb as the programme's main character James Hazell. There was also some great acting from other people such as Roddy McMillan as "Choc" Minty and Desmond McNamara as Hazell's cousin (and sometime assistant) Tel. Very highly recommended indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good to look at this again 24 April 2013
By conquer
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i did see this program on a black and white set when it first came out...( in the 70's ) some of the programs are realy good, all about the hard streets of london.... but about 30% of the programs are a bit plain... 30% are very good and 20% are Very very good and 20 % are the best you will ever see..... this was the program maide before they maide minder.... if you like minder you will like this..... BUT it is not the same type of program as minder...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical 70s TV drama 30 Jan 2014
By ROCA
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ou will like this.Typical of the type of drama series produced in the seventies. If you liked series like "Budgie" you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 8 Jan 2014
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I got this as a Christmas present (after dropping a few hints). What a pleasure to watch these episodes again. Excellent storylines, decent acting thoughtful and quite gritty.
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