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New Scotland Yard - The Complete Series 1 [DVD]

John Woodvine , John Carlisle , Tony Wharmby , John Clements    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Woodvine, John Carlisle, Leslie Schofield, Sheila Gish, Milton Johns
  • Directors: Tony Wharmby, John Clements, Christopher Robson, Bill Bain, Paul Annett
  • Format: 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008000HDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring John Woodvine, one of Britain's most distinguished character actors, this LWT police drama series presents a grippingly authentic portrayal of detective work in London during the rapidly changing 1970s. Executive-produced by Rex Firkin (Budgie, The Power Game), this first series also featured ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) as advisor and scripts by Gangsters creator Philip Martin and Robert Banks Stewart (Shoestring, Bergerac).

The focus is on Detective Chief Superintendent John Kingdom, of the Central Office of the CID. Having worked his way to the top through a number of Greater London divisions, he knows the force and he knows the villains, and with a quiet authority he tackles some of the capital's most serious, high-profile, and perplexing cases; assisting the workaholic Kingdom is his equally efficient colleague, Detective Inspector Alan Ward (John Carlisle).

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Starring John Woodvine, one of Britain's most distinguished stage and screen actors, this LWT police drama series presents a grippingly authentic portrayal of detective work in London during the rapidly changing 1970s. Executive-produced by Rex Firkin, this first series also featured ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) as advisor and scripts by Gangsters creator Philip Martin and Robert Banks Stewart. The focus is on Detective Chief Superintendent John Kingdom, of the Central Office of the CID. Having worked his way to the top through a number of Greater London divisions, he knows the force and he knows the villains. With a quiet authority he tackles some of the capital's most serious, high-profile, and perplexing cases; assisting the workaholic Kingdom is his equally efficient colleague, Detective Inspector Alan Ward. ...New Scotland Yard (Complete Series 1) - 4-DVD Set ( New Scotland Yard - Complete Series One )


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4.4 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you're into nostalgia and especially TV detective dramas then you shouldn't ignore this series. Made by London Weekend Television in the early 1970s, I assume they were looking for their own version of the long-running BBC series 'Dixon of Dock Green'. The scripts are well written, the stories are handled well and the acting is great but it feels a bit stilted in places and that's probably because it was recorded mostly in studio. A few years later Thames TV would create 'The Sweeney', shot entirely on film and on location, and much more honest and gritty - meaning that 'New Scotland Yard' was somewhat left behind.

A nice series and definitely worth watching - but don't expect to be bowled over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Scotland Yard, Series 1 6 Dec 2013
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I did not realised how good this series was when I first saw it as a youngest over 40yrs ago as there was glut of police series from Z-Cars to Dixion of Dock Green. The real sad part was that the series was cancelled by LWT as they had aimed it for the US market too much and if they had not done so it would have worked better and sold better. The opening credits and scenes are almost a copy of "Hawaii-50"(which is the US telephone version of 999 ;this is before mobiles.) The series features guest actors like June Browne,(Dot Cotton in Eastenders), Sharon Duce, Jacqueline Pearce, Robin Ellis (Poldark),Billy Murray(the Bill), Kenneth Cranham and Winsor Davies, sure line of talent that should have made it a runaway success, but it was not to be. Sadly LWT pulled the plug but it can still be enjoyed on dvd for old fans like me and younger ones who are new to tv crime drama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the shadow of The Sweeney 6 Sep 2012
New Scotland Yard from London Weekend is a rather strange police procedural drama. Made in the early 1970s, it was part of the company's early drama output, and it was a really good idea that, on the evidence of the first series, wasn't given the attention and thought it deserved. Set in what we have to assume is part of the Yard's major crime unit (this is never really explained), the officers deal with the usual array of nasty criminal activity - murder, kidnap, arson, gangland goings-on - and is led by Detective Chief Superintendant John Kingdom, assisted by Detective Inspector Alan Ward. Kingdom is played by veteran actor John Woodvine, who tries his best in the role, but to me seemed to give a strangely under-powered performance. For such a senior officer, Kingdom is very hands-on, and even allowing for the passage forty years, I can't really believe that he would have had such an intimate role in each case; dramatic licence I guess, but it's not the only thing that stretches credibility in the show. Kingdom and Ward have an odd relationship, sometimes spiky and acrimonious, and at other times warm and supportive, but this uneven tone to the characterisation didn't seem to work.

Despite scripts by some top-notch writers of the day (Tony Hoare, Don Houghton, Robert Banks Stewart), and some skilful direction, the material and stories and really hampered by the slow pace and limits of television production at the time. The ideas on show here demonstrate the genesis of seminal works such as The Sweeney, which was able to fully respond to the need for face-paced action and movement when dramatising stories like these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful series 28 Jun 2014
A pleasure watching new Scotland Yard for the first time. A very compelling forty year old tv series

All the episodes wonderfully written.

The only flaw- would a high rank officer like Chief inspector Kingdom (woodvine) be involved in such mediocre crime cases like bank robbers or a Jewish female killer?

John Carlisle plays one of the strongest characters as the thin faced gaunt looking Gestapo youth leader inspector Alan ward. Inspector Ward happily shoots and slaps women and knocks out defenceless suspects

Episodes include A horse riding policeman accused of murder, a serial killer stalking women in their 30-and 40s and Hippy heroin addicts and lots of other great stories

A great drama Full of substance with well written and well made episodes.
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