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London's Burning - The Complete Series 1 [1988] [DVD]

Glen Murphy , Richard Walsh , Crispin Reece , Douglas Mackinnon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glen Murphy, Richard Walsh, Shirley Greenwood, Kim Clifford, Michael Garner
  • Directors: Crispin Reece, Douglas Mackinnon, Gareth Milne, Gary Love, Graham Moore
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009F68ES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All eight episodes from the first series of the popular fire-fighting drama. The regular crew are introduced throughout the series as they tackle dangerous situations, including a clothing factory that turns out to be a deathtrap, and when criminals interrupt the station;s Open Day.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotton gem from the eighties 11 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Wow, I brought the series on a whim - I used to watch it as a kid and enjoyed it then, but watching it so many years later I didn't realise how good it was. As previously mentioned it had a good mixture of black humour and gritty realism. The only offputting thing about the DVD is where the ad breaks were, there is a pause which can often last up to a minute. It probably could have been put together better and some extras wouldn't go amiss, but the series itself was excellent.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ITV's Greatest Hit Finally Released on DVD!! 22 April 2005
By Barry
After years of torment seeing Random, less popular series being commissioned ahead of it, one of the greatest shows (in it's original format)ever shown on ITV, London's Burning has finally been released in DVD Format. As one of the Shows biggest fans, I grew up watching the show from Series One, Right through to the disappointing final series in 2002. As a big fan I am obviously biased as to how good the show was but Series 1 will always be the best in my eyes- the stunts and shouts werent as spectacular or as big as later series but the wit, comedy and black humour mixed with the drama and emotion will never be beaten and I throughly reccommend this DVD to people who began watching the series in later years to snap this up and also to people who have never seen it as it is truly memorable TV, who can forget all the original cast? Bayleaf, Tate, Hallam, Josie, George, Kevin, Malcolm, Sicknote, Charisma, Tony and my Favourite Character of all time, Vaseline! I grew up with him as my hero and will never forget the times when his Boots Caught Fire, when He drove over the cat and at Christmas when he drove a Taxi into someones front room!! I associate many good times with watching this Series and I believe many more of you will too, I hope ITV start repeating this series to bring it to a younger audience as it is still well loved. Ladder 49 took this premise to the big screen and did well, Rescue Me however it cant even come close, The British do this best and London's Burning is a flame that will never be extinguished.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic series 12 Sep 2005
All I can say is I'm glad they decided to release the series on DVD. IT was one of the best Dramas around and still was until the utter failings of series 13 and 14 which killed off the series. The original series was by all means the better. You get good value for the money this is a 3DVD set (not the 2 disk that amazon says) Disk 1 is the pilot episode and episode 1, Disk 2 is Episodes 2-5 and Disk 3 is the xmas special. Well worth collecting this classic series and relive the old days of good solid dramas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST IT COMES TO DVD! 5 July 2005
ONE OF THE BEST TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME HAS FINALLY ARRIVED ON DVD! LONDONS BURNING WAS ALWAYS A HIGHLIGHT FOR ME (AND MILLIONS MORE!) UNTIL THE DREADFUL 14TH SERIES IN 2002 WHICH KILLED THE SHOW OFF.
FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF BLUE WATCH IN SOUTH LONDON'S BLACKWALL FIRE STATION, THE SHOW HAD EVERYTHING. FROM HUMOUR TO TRAGEDY, WITH AN ARRAY OF MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, SICKNOTE, BAYLEAF, CHARISMA AND VASELINE TO NAME BUT A FEW!
THE FEATURE FILM FROM 1986 AND THE FIVE EPISODES OF SERIES 1 ALONG WITH THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ARE ALL ON 3 DICS. HOWEVER THE ONE THING I FIND DISAPOINTING IS THE LACK OF SPECIAL FEATURES ESPECIALLY THAT THERE IS NO TRIBUTE TO JAMES HAZELDINE (BAYLEAF) WHO DIED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. APART FROM THAT ITS A GOOD BUY AND I RECOMMEND TO ALL!
KEEP IT COMING!
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