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Nearest And Dearest - Series 1 [1968] [DVD]

Hylda Baker , Jimmy Jewel , June Howson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hylda Baker, Jimmy Jewel, Bert Palmer, Joe Gladwin, Madge Hindle
  • Directors: June Howson
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XT1KA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


All six episodes from the first series of the British television comedy, about Eli and Nellie Pledge (Jimmy Jewel and Hylda Baker), a brother and sister who inherit their father's pickle factory in the north of England. In this series, Nellie throws herself into the challenge of keeping the business going, while Eli is more interested in gambling and chasing women. Episodes are: 'It Comes to Us All'; 'Lead Me to the Altar'; 'The Danger List'; 'Take a Letter'; 'You Make Me Feel So Young' and 'The Wrong Side of the Sheets'.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old-fashioned comedy at its best! 26 Aug 2007
This is the very first season of the classic vintage 60s TV comedy starring Jimmy Jewel and Hylda Baker - 'Nearest And Dearest'.

Though Jimmy and Hylda immediately fell into their character roles as Nellie and Eli effortlessly, Madge Hindle (Lily) and Joe Gladwin (Stan) would take a couple of episodes to 'feel their feet', and were very 'theatrical' in the portrayal of their characters at first. Apart from this, this season sets the trend for what would become one of the most popular TV comedies ever made!

It's important to remember of course that these were recorded before a live audience - hence the slip on some dialogue (no re-takes) and of course poor Hylda Baker's long-term memory problem would hinder her lines which would become much more prominent over the six subsequent seasons. This would also result in much ad-libbing, and so one should not be too critical here.

Six great and hilarious episodes in this collection - many of which scripts were used again, and almost word for word and put together to make up the spin-off movie of the same title that was to be filmed four years later. Some well-known stars popped up in this first lot; including; Daphne Heard (Upstairs, Downstairs), Margaret Nolan (Carry Ons) Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers) and Bill Waddington (Coronation Street)

Some viewers may notice that in the very first episode, Joe Gladwin for some reason wears a toupee! In a later episode in one of the subsequent seasons, he is also seen wearing his false teeth! Nothing unusual in that, only that in every other episode made - he never wears any!

Wonderful innocent and entertaining comedy from an era long left behind in the mists of time... Watch them over and over again!

This first season does not include any bonus material.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Miss Baker 17 Sep 2005
A prim northern spinster battles with her dissolute brother after they jointly inherit their father's pickle factory.
"Nearest And Dearest" belongs to an age when TV sitcoms were somewhat less polished than they are today. However, even 40 years ago this must have seemed a slapdash affair. Your jaw drops as you watch stars Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel (who allegedly hated each other off-screen) shamble about, corpse, mis-time their business, miss their cues and trample each other's laughs. Both clearly grope for their lines at times (Baker is the worst offender here) - often desperately adlibbing to cover fluffs. On the evidence of this DVD they never went for more than one take or perhaps, given the choppy editing, these were the best takes they got!! Technically the show is poor with shoddy camerawork and mike boom shadows frequently cast over faces of the cast. Yet despite all of this "Nearest And Dearest" is a total joy and praise-be that Baker's finest hour has finally been issued on DVD. Watching this first series you get a real sense of two seasoned professionals just doing their stuff. Most of the humour is crude, forced and politically incorrect but there are many laugh-out-loud moments and Baker's trademark malapropisms - which would feature more prominently in the show's later seasons - are a joy.
Picture quality on this DVD is mixed. The black & white videotape masters used are in reasonably good condition given their age, though some episodes are in better shape than others. All suffer from occasional dropout lines and other visual glitches, though these are rarely distracting. The pilot episode is particularly gloomy and has a white stripe running down the left hand side of the picture throughout, but this is a small price to pay for its survival.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Response To The First Review 21 July 2006
The other thing Network should be credited for is leaving the VT clocks on all of the episodes. If you play an episode and then look at your DVD player's clock, you'll see that it starts around 20 seconds rather than at 0. If you rewind the episode as soon as it starts, you'll see the original studio VT clock.

Network *did* actually do some work on restoring these episodes. Although they still suffer with several video glitches and dropout, the original's were far worse and would have been unwatchable if Network hadn't done some sort of basic cleanup on them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riot! 26 May 2011
By Sortean
Thoroughly enjoyable in numerous ways. A laugh a minute!
What a pity they don't make them like this any more...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to A.J. Wilson's Review 10 Dec 2006
This release contains all the episodes from series one, and the series two release contains all the episodes from series two. The reason they don't contain the episodes A.J. Wilson mentions, is because they are from series five and appear on Network's release of series five where they belong. They were filmed in monochrome due to the ITV colour strike at the time(1971). Therefore there is nothing wrong with these releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nearest and dearest 11 Jan 2014
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nearest and dearest series 1 1968 dvd quite a nice little comedy tv set,in its day,perhaps not any more,now.mrs s.
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