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  • Actors: Clive Wood, Joanne Whalley, Susan Pehaligan, Constance Chapman, Robert Keegan
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E99AKG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All ten episodes of the classic 'kitchen-sink' drama about love and relationships in an industrial Lancashire town. Draftsman Vic Brown (Clive Wood) sleeps with Ingrid (Joanne Whalley), a young typist who works at the same factory as him, but soon loses interest in her. When she discovers that she is pregnant, Vic finds himself burdened with unwanted family responsibilities and an interfering mother-in-law (Clare Kelly).

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Wardle on 28 July 2009
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I have seen this series twice, once on ITV (repeats in the afternoon) in the nineties, and on Granada Plus on satellite about 10 years ago. I have read all 3 books which the full series is based upon; and is an excellent adaption of the books in 10 one hour episodes. The period of the times and the actors are perfect. Joanne Whalley, Susan Penhaligon, and Clive Wood are brilliant and faultless. The haunting music is also very good. There is only one question: Why has it taken so long to be released?
I have signed the petition online to have it released by Granada, and have obtained bootlegged copies online, but look forward to buying the authorized DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy O'Boogie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2010
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We have waited far too long for this made for TV version to come out. But it was worth waiting for. This is the ultimate version because the film (which is also good) only covers the first book. This version covers all three (A Kind of Loving,Watchers on the Shore and Right True End). I agree with another viewer who says the print is not brilliant but who cares?! It is the acting and the story that matters. The colours etc are perfectly adequate.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Green on 21 Jun. 2009
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I have just stumbled upon this (future) release and it is such good news that this series is finally getting a much belated release onto DVD.

I watched ever episode when it was first broadcast and this became my introduction to the kitchen sink genre which I now love with a passion (my favourite 2 films of all time are A Kind of Loving [1962] and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning [1960]). The TV adaptation of A Kind of Loving is superb and has the benefit of having the trilogy of stories written about Vic Brown - Stan Barstow's writing at his best!

The acting in the series is superb throughout. Clive Wood as Vic, and the wonderful charms of both a very young Joanne Whalley (later Whalley-Kilmer) and Susan Penhaligan (who was also in Bouquet of Barbed Wire).

This series did get a repeat viewing on SKY TV about 10 years ago and then was available as a 'bootleg' DVD which I bought a few years ago - still great but with inferior quality. I so much look forward to the release of this DVD set. Is it too much to hope that they may have a few extras with the set?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Ward on 11 Oct. 2009
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This is one the best series I have ever seen on television. First broadcast in 1981 I was allowed to stay up late (being 11 years of age) on a Sunday evening to watch it. Although at that age not understanding it all it enthralled me and led to a continued love of excellent drama about ordinary people and their lives set over a specific period. Likewise of other reviewers I caught it again about 4 years later when it was repeated in an afternoon, my Mum faithfully recording each episode on VHS for my brother and I. These VHS tapes have been watched and re-watched over the years with always the fear of them eventually breaking. I also signed the website led petition to get this fabulous series released on DVD and have only just now found it has been and am immediately purchasing it. The acting by all the leads, Susan Penhaligan, Joanne Whalley and Clive Wood is first class, with Wood being in every single scene of all ten episodes. Now it just remains for the books to be re-issued so I can purchase these again; my current books being held together by sellotape! Thank you so much for finally releasing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By barry aveyard on 16 July 2010
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The Vic Brown book trilogy had a lasting impact on me as a teenager in the 1970's. As a working class boy from a northern city who wanted to learn about classical music and theatre Vic Brown was a bit of a literary hero for me.

I loved this series when first shown in 1982 Clive Wood is an actor who has always worked but never seems to have had the recognition he deserves, he is absolutely right as Vic far better than Alan Bates in the film. In fact all the performances are excellent look out for Clare Kelly as Mrs Rothwell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Newbold TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2013
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Glad to watch and enjoy this, returning to Barstow's great work via the radio adaptation, repeated after his death in 2011, and of course the Vic Brown trilogy of novels - only the first of which, Loving, is available on Kindle so far.

I can shrug off the somewhat substandard quality of the transfer, and the "leisurely" and sometimes distinctly clunky pacing of the drama, as the authenticity of the novels as a slice of upwardly mobile, aspirant Yorkshire life in the 50s and 60s shines through. All helped by a superb performance by Clive Wood as the ubiquitous Vic, and a very young Joanne Whalley as an impossibly beguiling Ingrid, limbering up for a long career of scene-stealing as she shows currently as Pope's mistress Vanozza in the Borgias!

Interesting that it was Barstow himself who adapted the novels for TV, and fills out the drama very effectively by drawing in Vic's parents and family in a much more involved way. Ingrid, in particular, is given a voice within the space that the 10 fifty minutes episodes gave for character and plot development. Her helpless desperation as her marriage without foundations was finally crumbling is truly heart wrenching.

For me the main deficiencies of the books are the two-dimensional female characters and (I presume semi-autobiographical) fairly uncritical presentation of Vic, particularly his growing insensitivity and casual cruelty towards the enraptured Ingrid. Only the truly horrible Ma Rothwell, who possibly inadvertently comes across as a stronger, female equivalent of ineffectual, whiny, entitled Yorkshireman Vic seems to have any depth - and of course pours a fair amount of well-deserved grief on Vic's endlessly complaining head.
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