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Jane Hall [2006] [DVD]

Sarah Smart , Stephen Mangan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Smart, Stephen Mangan, Daniel LaPaine, John Duttine, Nitin Chandra Ganatra
  • Producers: Matthew Bird
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All six episodes from the comedy drama series starring Sarah Smart as the hapless, unlucky Jane Hall. Struggling to find a job in her northern home town, Jane is convinced that she is ugly, boring, and completely useless. But after one blazing row with her parents too many, Jane decides to move to London, where she finds sex, adventure, friendship and fun driving a red London bus. Stephen Mangan and Daniel Lapaine also star.

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Artist: Sarah Smart
Manufacturer: Fremantle

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching. 7 Oct 2007
By dw23
Jane Hall is a witty comedy written by Sally Wainwright of 'at home with the braithwaites'. I found the Braithwaites highly addictive and is one of my all time favourite programmes, so I thought I would give this a go. Im glad I did.

Jane starts out as an unemployed, hopeless and rather geeky young woman still living with her posh and somewhat snobby parents, who view their daughter as much of a disappointment. After an argument, Jane takes off to London to become a bus driver, where at first she is bullied. Her parents are mistakenly impressed when they gain the impression Jane has a new boyfriend that works in the civil service, and that she may also be getting a job there. However, Jane's parents are soon disgruntled when they find out the truth. Despite this, as the series progresses, Jane takes on the form more of her alter ego- as she finds new romance, friends and even a heroic streak. Of course, things are never simple, and the series moves at a fast pace with one shocking revelation and twist after another, with well written characters- my personal favourite being the shy but eccentric Robert.

There are similarities with the Braithwaites, but in many ways Jane Hall has its own unique style. At times, it is almost like a soap opera turned comedy.

The only disappointment regarding Jane Hall is the series- only 6 episodes long- ends on a rather strange note. Things seem to be in full swing and then that's it, it ends, and you are left thinking "oh.. is that it?". I guess this was intentional, to create demand for another series, and it is a shame there where no further episodes.

I still personally prefer the Braithwaites, but Jane Hall contains many hilarious moments and is not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jane hall 8 July 2011
i became so entranced by this series i am crest-fallen that all is left in the air by having no second series. Sarah Smart is fabulous as always. In my opinion one of, if not THE, best British actress around whose works stand out.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate being forced to give titles x 20 Aug 2007
I never saw this when it was first aired on TV. It wasn't till later as an Amazon recommendation for fans of the Braithwaite series that I decided to give it a try. I personally enjoyed the Braithwaite series but this appealed to me more. Perhaps because of my age and my own northern background, but mostly because I think that Sarah Smart makes this series what it is. I've seen Sarah's performances in a few TV dramas before, like the Braithwaites and also Sparkhouse and find her acting believable and performances appealing. The character Jane Hall is far more likable, than some characters she has played in the past, and this makes for a good main character that the audiences can empathise with, but I do love how passionate and emotive her characters can be. Sarah Smart has become one of my favourite actors now and I eagerly look forward to her next role. Back to Jane Hall now, I'd like to mention, the performances of the rest of the cast were also well played and I rate British performances highly when it comes to delivering entertainment and a real peak into ordinary lives. It really shows audiences that even the most seemingly mundane of jobs or cultures can hide great stories within them.
Lastly I want to say that I rarely write reviews but when I do it's to show my appreciation for what I feel is undervalued and not appreciated enough, so for the acting talent that makes Jane Hall what it is, thank you and keep it up. Some of us value you highly, but don't have loud enough voices or speak the right words to be heard x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky 6 Oct 2013
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I worked on the music for this, and found the second bunch of the series much better directed. It was slow to get going, and quite inconsistent. The voice of who was making it and what it was saying was not always clear. Lovable in place, laughable in others!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :) 10 Aug 2013
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Haven't seen this in years so I bought it for a re-watch, I wasn't disappointed. A good stand alone series, I just wish they'd made a second.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Classic 14 July 2013
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Great drama from the 2007 an excellent show with an excellent cast more drama like this should be produced by ITV.
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