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Jam and Jerusalem - Series 1-3 [DVD]

Sue Johnston , Dawn French    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sue Johnston, Dawn French, Maggie Steed, Jennifer Saunders, Sally Phillips
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 590 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QP2TVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Set in the small West Country village of Clatterford St. Mary, Jam & Jerusalem centres on community life and the comical misadventures of the members of a local Women’s Guild.

Written by Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders), this much-loved rural comedy stars some of the best-loved names in comedy including Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Pauline McLynn (Father Ted), Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones' Diary) and David Mitchell (Peep Show).

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Written by Jennifer Saunders and starring some of the best-loved names in comedy, Jam & Jerusalem takes an affectionate look at village life and the empathy and togetherness found in a local community where everyone knows everyone's business.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Gentle 3 Oct 2010
I absolutely love Jam and Jerusalem. Admittedly it does take a while to get into as this is far slower and gentler than Jennifer Saunders' other sitcoms. There is a greater depth within the writing this time as there are far more serious moments within all three series (which I shant tell you of course!). It's so good to see a cast that gel together and there is no awkwardness among the cast, it just looks natural - and they are all popular celebrities that make each character their own. What is even better is that the DVDs contain the specials that were also aired and some also contain picture galleries. All three series are definitely light and gentle and admittedly not 'a laugh a minute' but that works in this! It's definitely one to watch and treasure.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising comedy with touches of drama 27 Dec 2010
It takes an episode or two to get used this this comedy/drama from Jennifer Saunders. I wasn't quite sure at first how to take some of the characters - particularly Dawn French. But I warmed to this heartfelt comedy set in a small Westcountry village. The stories of the women of the WI are entertaining, but also tinged with a touch of sadness.

Sue Johnston is superb in this series... the glue that holds the whole thing together. Dawn French - endearing as always and Jennifer Saunders one liners were well timed and added nice touches to lighten some serious moments.

Well worth buying and sitting back and relaxing at home with. We found after we navigated the first episode or two we wanted to watch all the way through. For fans of French and Saunders this is a must, but also worth purchasing if you like a good well acted, well scripted comedy that also has a lot of heart.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality Jam 17 Dec 2010
By Chris
Fabulously written and beautifully perfomed this gentle comedy has the feel good factor. Revolving around a group of women in a local village, the storylines explore their differences and similarities, but ultimately show that the bond of friendship is stronger than anything. Definitely one to watch when you need to lift your spirits and feel the world is a good place. The whole cast shine.You will laugh and cry- sometimes at the same time- but you will feel a warm glow when its finished that makes you want to see it all over again
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitted Coffins 6 Jun 2013
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This boxed set comprises all three series of `Jam and Jerusalem', as well as the Christmas Special for the first series.

The focus of this witty drama set in a Devon country town is the recently-widowed Sally, played by Sue Johnston. In the opening episode she tells her best friend Tip (Pauline McLynn) to kill her if she ever joins the local Women's Institute. Tip agrees, stating that not only will she kill her, she will also knit her a coffin. This gives an idea of the kind of humour that permeates this gentle but often wickedly-funny series.

Other highlights include Caroline, the equivalent of the lady-of-the-manor, played expertly by the writer of the series, Jennifer Saunders. Caroline lives in the manor house and her husband John (never seen) earns oodles of money in the City, but rather than play the character as somebody imperious, instead she carries a subtle naivety that sees her talk in all innocence about going dogging down by the river, cottaging in Norfolk, rimming, and having a spit-roast. Her son `Mikey' (again never seen) is a pop star, and so Caroline can express casual annoyance about Sting playing his lute and Trudy reading her poems.

It's not all comedy, though, as serious relationships have their ups and downs. The town's WI itself appears always to be on the edge of collapse: what would they do without the ever-resent Pauline to stand in at short notice because the lecturer they had booked was unable to make it?

Don't be put off by Dawn French's take on `Sybil', a woman with multiple personalities. Dawn French's character is fun but nave Rosie; but under pressure she becomes the formidable and no-nonsense Margaret. There are hints that the origins of this transformation are due to some childhood trauma.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! 27 April 2013
By Rachey
An absolutely brilliant series! Jennifer Saunders writing delivers on so many levels, its funny, sad and heartwarming with some wonderful characters.
I wish the BBC would commission another series as it was just what T.V needed, a cosy, unoffensive but fantastically funny programme
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous! 5 Dec 2010
Absolutely loved it! Wonderful, eccentric characters who you really grow to love, played by an equally wonderful ensemble of comic actors. Leaves you wanting more, but at least if you own it, you can re-watch when you get J&J withrawal symptoms!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this? 13 May 2013
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I don't remember this coming on television but I'm so glad I caught up with this now. Depsite the sugary-looking cover and soppy name, this is very adult humour delivered by a myriad cast of some of Britain's most famous and talented tv comedians. I'm very pleasantly surprised - this is a comedy gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jam and jerusalem 19 Jan 2013
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top rate writers and actors should become a hope to see more of the same idid not eat all the cheese
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by S L GOOSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series with fantastic characters played by a host of ...
Excellent series with fantastic characters played by a host of star actors. Dawn French of course steals part of the limelight as the fabulous Rosie/Margaret and sue Johnston is as... Read more
Published 21 days ago by lynda osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and you will definitely know a character.
We love this box set, there are some hilarious and interesting and sad characters and as ever Joanna Lumley plays a fantastic roll. Read more
Published 29 days ago by andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comedy.
loved them all. So funny, but also quite touching at times.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs C L Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good humour
I love Jam and Jerusalem and wish they would repeat it on the TV. It needs time to get to know the characters but once you do it is compulsive viewing, very well written and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sureya
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
And yet sad at times. This is a wonderful series, the only bad thing I have to say about it is that there isn't another season! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD set
This DVD set covers all of the programmes in all series and enables us to watch over and over again what as an entertaining TV series
Published 4 months ago by E. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a watch
Great Box Set,Good humoured, great fun, so true to real life, No sex, No violence just every day life :-) Fab
Published 4 months ago by micky
5.0 out of 5 stars jam & jerusalem series 1-3
thoroughly enjoyed this, once you get to know each character with their individual ways & quirks it gets funnier & funnier. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jayho
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
I don't know how I missed this on TV, but glad I got the DVD. I loved the whole premise of the programme, the funny, but sometimes sad situations and the characterisations were... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gamma
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