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Juliet Bravo - Series 1 [DVD] [1980]

Stephanie Turner , Noel Collins , Carol Wilks , David Reynolds    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephanie Turner, Noel Collins, Paul Copley, Mark Drewry, David Ellison
  • Directors: Carol Wilks, David Reynolds, Derek Lister, Geraint Morris, Jonathan Alwyn
  • 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: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 784 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009OJ93G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,922 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Complete first series of the British television police drama. Inspector Jean Darblay (Stephanie Turner) is one of the few senior policewomen in the country, who takes charge of the station in the Lancashire town of Hartley. Fighting prejudice from the other officers as well as fighting crime, Inspector Darblay (known as 'Juliet Bravo' from her call sign, 'JB') has to prove that she has what it takes to run a busy police station. Includes all 16 episodes: 'Shot Gun'; 'Fraudulently Uttered'; 'The Draughtsman'; 'Coins'; 'Trouble at T'Mill'; 'The Runner'; 'Coming Back'; 'Cages'; 'Rage'; 'The One Who Got Away'; 'Expectations'; 'Home-Grown or Imported?'; 'Family Unit'; 'Oscar'; 'The Anastasia Syndrome' and 'Relief'.


All the episodes from Season One of Ian Kennedy Martin's BBC police drama 'Julet Bravo', first broadcast in 1980, starring Stephanie Turner as the newly promoted, and controversially female, Inspector Jean Darbley at Hartley's police station.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Bravo! 30 Sep 2005
My favourite drama when I was a kid. Always a big treat to stay up late on a Saturday night to watch Jean Darblay and co racing around in a mk 2 Ford Escort fighting crime in Hartley....
And on DVD it looks as good as ever. Yes, the clothes, hair and cars are ancient, yes, the idea of a woman inspector isn't as shocking as it was in 1980, yes, there are some guest appearences from various now aging soap stars which are worth a giggle or two but underlying all that sniggering is some fine acting, scenary and storylines. A few bits are unintentionally hilarious- two detectives in a vicar's mustard coloured Austin Allegro in a 'high speed' pursuit against a con man on a nicked moped being the best one...
DVD is nicely packaged but shame that no extras could have been dug up from somewhere. General viewing quality seems ok on my geriatric dvd player.
If you are an aging 80's kid like me, buy it. Worth every penny to see ball breaking Jean kicking arse with her dopey motley crew of coppers... roll on series 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE THINKING MAN'S LADY COPPER 24 Aug 2006
Was it really back in 1980 that this series starring Stephanie Turner shown ??. At this time I was just entering Secondary School and cop shows then seemed new and exciting. This though dated was a good series which lasted for an amazing 6 series. Women Inspector Darbley is in charge of Hartley Police Station in the Yorkshire division. The Guys at the station take a dim view of her taking over not least because she is a women. Which today seems daft but then I guess it was a new idea , how times have changed for the better !. The crimes range from con men on stolen mopeds chased by an Austin Allegro, to men with guns in hold-ups on a local farm. This is a very rural series much in the vain of 'Heartbeat' but set in the present time. As this first series was made in 1979 they drive very retro Escort MK2 panda cars. And the clothes and the hair now are a laugh , but this is a very good series and brings back alot of memories for me. Of coming home from school and sitting in front of the Tv on the cold winter nights of 1980 to watch this on the BBC. Of the Dvd there are no extras which is a shame , but this is a good buy if only to revel in the 1980's again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remember 4 Oct 2005
I enjoyed it. In fact, it was better than I remember. In my memory, it was annoyingly PC, and Jean Darblay was this kind of superwoman who was there to prove that she could be just as good as any man, but the first episode showed her to be a bit more human (she gets a dressing down from her superior and then goes and takes it out on one of her subordinates), and she had a chip on her shoulder the size of Derbyshire. The production quality was also a little bit better than I remembered. There were a lot more external shots than those horrible shot-in-the-studio-directly-onto-videotape scenes. There is a tiny note on the box that some parts have been edited for contractual reasons, but I haven't noticed it yet. I suppose there were probably a few pop tunes playing in the background which they had to replace.
And the price is great too - if you watch one episode every Saturday night (in a foolish attempt to recreate your youth), you get four months' worth for 22.49.
So why only four stars? This DVD loses one star for making me feel old. I keep looking at characters and thinking, "that teenage lass must be in her forties by now. Good Lord, she was the same age as me!"
Still, I'm looking forward to the next series. As that one should have two less episodes than this one, maybe they can dig up some old interviews with cast members or other documentary material about the show to put on disc 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1980 revisited 3 Mar 2013
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what a wonderful quality nostalgic trip. Loved looking out for local places we could recognise. The quality of the dvd is excellent. really enjoyed, and 16 episodes to go at!!!
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