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Lilies : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]

Kerrie Hayes , Brain McCardie , David Moore    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kerrie Hayes, Brain McCardie, Catherine Tyldesley, Leanne Rowe
  • Directors: David Moore
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 468 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O78BYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Set in the aftermath of the first World War, Lillies is a quality period drama that centres on the activities of the Moss family. It’s also, seemingly, a show that’s been brought to an end after just one compelling series.

Living in 1920s Liverpool, the Moss family consists of three girls--Iris, May and Ruby--and one boy, Billy. Trying to keep them in order is their father, following the death of their mother. The three girls, at the behest of their mother, are Catholics, and it’s they that Lillies concentrates the best of its time upon.

At times not an easy watch courtesy of a fairly uncompromising approach, Lillies is nonetheless a superior piece of drama, and one that’s brought together in this welcome and thoughtful three-DVD collection. Across the episodes of the series, the strength of family bond comes across as paramount, but there are still some bitter lows that the Moss’ have to tackle. And thanks to a talented cast, it’s rewarding to follow their antics and adventures.

It’d be a pity if, as it seems, the BBC don’t commission another series of Lillies, because there really is a lot to enjoy on the evidence of this debut season alone. If this, though, is to be it, then at least fans of the show, and those who missed it first time around, get a strong DVD set to enjoy. A consolation, certainly, but a good consolation nonetheless. --Jon Foster

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Lilies - The Complete First Series - 3 Disc DVD UK Region 2 PAL Import

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why no second series BBC? 10 May 2007
I loved this series when I saw it first on TV. It is so well-written and acted, such a refreshing change to the usual dross. Both funny and moving, this was such a treat, and I cannot understand why the BBC has decided not to commission a second series. Shame on you. I wish I could give it more stars.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!! 9 April 2007
One of the best dramas to come out of the BBC since Pride & Prejudice! So beautifully written and true to life in post war Liverpool, Lilies emcompasses all the great elements that makes an excellent period drama - humour, tradgedy and compassion to name a few.

Audiences all over can relate the Moss family in their struggle to over come family tradgedy, scandal and financial contraints, remaining strong throughout by the love and support of one another.

A highly recommended drama!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!! 5 April 2007
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The best drama the BBC has produced in years. The script and acting are of the highest quality. You fall in love with the Moss family, making you care for them. It's humour, drama and just wonderful storylines will completely addict you.

Excellent that it has been released on dvd, disgrace that there looks like no second series. I will just have to keep watching this and imagine who ends up with who!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a totally great series 24 Aug 2007
By Rosie
I didn't think I would like this series, the only reasin I watched it was because I was grounded and had nothing better to do. So I was totally suprised when I fell totally in love with the moss sisters and was so entranced by the series that I stayed in on friday nights to watch it even when I was ungrounded. I brought this DVD and watched again, and I loved it just as much second time round.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Series nearly ruins holiday 21 Aug 2007
Lilies was aired by the BBC on a Friday night, which happens to be a night I spend on the computer and, anyway, Lilies surely wasn't quite my genre even though I do watch most drama. Having missed the TV showing and after much searching for a muse to take on holiday for late night viewing while my wife slumbered (tendancies to insomnia no - just a sleepy wife), I settled rather reluctantly on this series after reading the reviews. We went on a cruise to Grecian isles and I need say no more than my wife almost kicked me overboard because my nose spent too much time in my portable DVD player watching this damn series. Simply it is the best non Andrew Davies drama the BEEB has produced since Poldark in 1976. The story is simple but gripping in its characterisation with one never knowing quite which way each character will develop. The cancellation of series 2 probably for budget reasons is a travesty. DO NOT MISS THIS !
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilies DVD 19 April 2007
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This is money well spent ! I watched the whole series on TV but I love the additions on the DVD. Superb acting, historically accurate and beautifully scripted. Once you've met the Moss family you'll never forget them !
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!! 29 Mar 2007
By Mrs P
This series is one of the most beautifully written and wonderfully acted programmes that the BBC have ever made. You just feel yourself falling in love with all the characters and being drawn into their lives.

I live in hope that the BBC change their minds and recommission a second series - shame on them for casting aside this wonderful programme!

Buy it now and fall under the spell of Lilies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilies deserves 10 stars 25 Aug 2009
I'm a huge fan of period dramas and this is probably my favourite one. I honestly cannot believe firstly that the BBC would fail to see how brilliant this series is, and secondly that they would choose to ignore the thousands of people who complained, emailed and signed petitions to stop this show getting cancelled. Then they choose continue with a series like Robin Hood which is absolute rubbish (and probably costs much, much more to make). Lilies is unique in that it is an original script, not adapted from a book or play, and not based on real figures. BBC period dramas in recent years such as Bleak House, Little Dorrit and Jane Eyre have all been adaptations of existing works. Lilies is also different in it's setting, both in time and place. I cannot recall any other period drama set in Liverpool or many others that deal with the years directly after WW1, even though it is a fascinating setting for a drama. Also, the fact that at this time modern values were starting to take hold makes the characters and situations more relatable to a modern audience. The series takes us through the ups and downs of a close-knit family made up of three sisters, Ruby, Iris and May, their brother Billy and their father. The Moss sisters are feisty and intelligent, and they don't sit around sewing and waiting for a rich man to turn up, as is the case in many other bonnet dramas. Lilies shows just how courageous and spirited the people of Liverpool were at this time, they had hard lives but they got on with life and were part of communities that looked out for each other. The characters are so real and the writing is brilliant and the acting is completely faultless. The series appeals to people of all age groups, I'm 19 and know several other people my age who watched Lilies and my grandmother also loved it. A brilliant series, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic.
Watched it all in one sitting!!!!! Great acting by all, great story loved it. Would buy a second series if there was one.
Published 1 month ago by S. Neal
1.0 out of 5 stars Verry dissapointing
Hi don't Like it because the language is understandebel and there are no subtitles
It is so irritating to have to give to an other person My English friend who also found it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tove Volmer
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD SERIES
Published 3 months ago by Dr. L. M. Madrid-issacharof
5.0 out of 5 stars upset this didn't have a second series
I loved this series of Lilies and bought the DVD. I was under the impression they were going to make a second series, but this has not come about which is a very great shame! Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Notarbartolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Great series, great characters, well-filmed, well-acted, thought-provoking. Wish there was a second one. Highly recommended, especially if you like good period drama.
Published 8 months ago by Ceamaradoir
2.0 out of 5 stars Superb actors, surprisingly violent contents
Two Stars for all the beautiful actors and for their efforts in this series about a family and life in the 20s. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maya Frey
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful series
This was a great series. I just do not know why they never made a sequel. The story line is a great one, the characters
All so different, yet they all never cease to enthral... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lesley Mansbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Because it is truly 5 star all round
Because it is worth it. The service and the production are great. No matter how many times I see it I still enjoy it and find something new. Thank you.
Published 12 months ago by Roseleen Kokkinou
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters!!!!!
Loved the english everyday life portrayed in this how things have changed.Beautifully filmed and acted...............thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Noaksey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous series
In my opinion this is one of BBC great mini series to be produced in the 21st century. Actors & actress's are wonderfully talented.I wish there was another series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by G & M
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