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Learners (BBC) [2007] [DVD]

David Tennant , Shaun Dingwall , Francesca Joseph    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant, Shaun Dingwall, Jessica Hynes
  • Directors: Francesca Joseph
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: IMC Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TYCX2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Bev (Jessica Hynes) is a downtrodden wife whos failed her driving test eight times. Desperate to pass, she feels frustrated by her husband Ians (Shaun Dingwall) approach in teaching her to drive. Inspired by glamorous driving school owner Fiona (Sarah Hadland), Bev is determined to succeed along with a group of other learner drivers. Chris (David Tennant), a devout Christian with the patience of a saint, is assigned as her instructor and its not long before Bev develops a crush on him, despite his geeky appearance.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Bev is a downtrodden housewife who's failed her driving test eight times, having only been instructed by her impatient husband Ian. After registering with a driving school, she develops a crush on her instructor, Chris. | ...Learners

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-weight but fun. 2 Mar 2009
I saw Learners when it was first broadcast, and liked it but not enough to buy it till the price had dropped a bit.

On second viewing it was better than I remembered. There are some great comedy moments, some touching scenes, and it is a good cast with no real weak links even down to the really rather small roles of the driving school's other learners and Bev's workmates. ("Ukrainian Ivana" is fantastic!)

I was especially impressed with the two children: good performances from these two youngsters.

Anyone who has seen David Tennant in anything else will not be at all surprised to learn that he plays geeky-but-cute driving instructor ably, with his usual wonderful comic timing and also his ability to convey compassion, pathos and sadness seemingly at will.

Hynes is sometimes a touch shrill but often very funny as multi-failing learner driver Bev. This is not maybe quite as convincing a performance or writing as she has produced elsewhere (notably in Spaced with Simon Pegg); it's above average, just not quite to her usual high standards. She does have some lovely moments, both comic and serious, and she pulls off several scenes that are very important to her character with aplomb.

Shaun Dingwell is also good as her longsuffering husband, though his character seems to flip between a sympathetic man who we pity and a bit of a good for nothing grumbler who shouts at his wife for being no good at driving. Realistic to a certain extent, but the two sides of this role never really mesh; a common problem with several of the characters.

The script is a little uneven, and I think many of the rough edges are due to this. I would agree with a previous reviewer who remarked that it doesn't know what it wants to be - drama, comedy, love story, what?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really impressed. 17 Nov 2007
My husband and I had heard about "Learners" and are big fans of Dr Who but hadn't planned to watch this. We caught the beginning by accident and ended up abandoning plans to watch a dvd as it was so good.

Wonderfully written characters who are quirky and real, a lovely story and something we will definitely watch again. My only complaint is that it didn't last longer!

I'd definitely watch anything else Jessica Hynes writes in future.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, no brainer. 14 Nov 2007
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
As someone trying to get through my test, I was looking forward to this as a bit of light entertainment. Bev has failed her test eight times and is hoping that her new instructor (David Tennant) can help her pass.

It started out well. Bev was likeable and her driving made for some real comedy moments. However, I did feel that the scriptwriter couldn't quite decide if it was a comedy or a drama. At times, there were some genuinely touching moments, but on the whole, this is really only an average programme. There wasn't really enough of David Tennant's character and far too much of the Buddest driving school owner, who started out being horrible and then rapidly had a personality transplant.

I feel that this was a good effort, but there was something missing. Certainly enjoyable, but instantly forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet film 26 April 2014
By Ali H
Saw this on the Beeb,then got the disc a while back It is all very low-key, ,but It has a certain charm,and actually improves with each viewing David Tennant is playing 'plain', but still has something about him! He couldn't do ' ugly',if he tried! If you take it for what it is, a low budget film where not-a- lot happens,it is a truly charming little film
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1.0 out of 5 stars not great 15 April 2014
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I wasnt really impressed with the story. The dvd is good condition but i cannot recommend the film at all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Film and Great Fun! 14 Mar 2014
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David Tennant plays a conscientious, asthmatic driving instructor who works with his learners' eccentricities to put them through their test - successfully whenever possible.

Fab film and great fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Learners 8 Dec 2013
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A bit lame! something to watch on a rainy afternoon. Where did the script writers come from - childrens' TV?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 17 Jun 2013
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Few funny bits, enjoyed this because could relate to her driving, love David Tennant, especially in single father. Worth a watch but maybe not one of my top ten favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but a movie not a series
I thought this was a series not a movie. it was pretty funny but overpriced for a short movie, but i did enjoy it.
Published 23 months ago by Sammie Kaie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough
I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. It was too shallow. There wasn't enough of anything to feel things for the characters. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by raven_guest
3.0 out of 5 stars Learners
Although not a brilliant film we thoroughly enjoyed it mainly because of David Tennant. He is such a good actor and in this film he plays the nerd to perfection. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by E. Lombard
3.0 out of 5 stars Above-average drama; nice little curiosity for Doctor Who viewers
This is a good, solid, above-average drama which veers - rather like Bev's driving - between drama and comedy. Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by jsteph
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I bought this DVD as I am a fan of David Tennant. I've always taken the view that anything he is in is going to be excellent but I could not believe how bad this one is. Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
I bought this for David Tennant's appearance, but the entire cast was very good. The movie is a sweet story.
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Harry Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Learners
Being a David Tennant fan anyway, not because he is Dr. Who but because he is a versatile actor, my heart was warmed by yet another example of him bringing a character to life in... Read more
Published on 13 April 2009 by Maria Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Geeks r Us
It stars DT, he's brilliant, what else do you need to know? If you are an avid fan this is a great addition to your collection. Read more
Published on 2 April 2009 by Ms. S. Griffin
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