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Nightingale's Boys - The Complete Series [DVD]

Derek Farr , Pauline Yates , Richard Everitt , Les Chatfield    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Derek Farr, Pauline Yates, Anton Rodgers, David Swift, John Carson
  • Directors: Richard Everitt, Les Chatfield, Peter Plummer, Roger Tucker, June Howson
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WEQ1GY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nightingale's Boys shows what happens when a master at a northern grammar school, Bill 'Tweety' Nightingale, tries to organise a reunion with the boys of the 'star' class of his career: the 1949 sixth form. Nearing retirement and aware that his gifts are fading, Bill fondly regards the class as the high point of his career, and now hopes to recapture some of its alchemy; as this seven-part series unfolds, we see just how the likely lads of '49 turned out - and whether Bill is doomed to disillusion.

Derek Farr - like several cast members a former teacher himself - brings great sympathy to the role of Bill Nightingale, a radical who had fought in the Spanish Civil War, and a distinguished master with 35 years' teaching experience. Each drama focuses on a particular member of his favourite class, with Anton Rodgers, Ronald Lewis, David Swift and Bernard Gallagher among the noted actors portraying the sixth-formers in adult life; writers include award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal, Arthur Hopcraft (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and John Finch (A Family at War).

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Nightingale's Boy's shows what happens when a master at a northern grammar school, Bill 'Tweety' Nightingale, tries to organise a reunion with the boys of the 'star' class of his career: the 1949 sixth form. Nearing retirement and aware that his gifts are fading, Bill fondly regards the class as the high point of his career, and now hopes to recapture some of its alchemy; as this seven-part series unfolds, we see just how the likely lads of '49 turned out - and whether Bill is doomed to disillusion. Derek Farr - like several cast members a former teacher himself - brings great sympathy to the role of Bill Nightingale, a radical who had fought in the Spanish Civil War, and a distinguished master with 35 years' teaching experience. Each drama focuses on a particular member of his favourite class, with Anton Rodgers, Ronald Lewis, David Swift and Bernard Gallagher among the noted actors portraying the sixth-formers in adult life; writers include award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal, Arthur Hopcraft.


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By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In our house Derek Farr was a popular actor and if he was in something no matter what then we sat and watched it. I had only left the upper sixth myself in summer 1974 and I remember thinking this was just like the school I had attended and Derek Farr was like so many of the older approaching retirement masters. The boys in the class were just like those who were in my sixth form and the scene in the pub in the film episode was spot on with a master spying his under age students drinking in the local bar.
The idea of Nightingale having his favourite year is also spot on as we were frequently told of this and that year being the best for whatever the reason. The storyline is well worth following as we see how individuals from the class of 1949 have got on and this is against how Nightingale has aspirations for them and now he has his own turmoil and big decisions to make. The scandal was that he had taken a 19 year old mistress and subsequently left his own wife and children when they were old enough but never divorced. The crunch now is that he is approaching retirement but his mistress is still young and being promoted and should he up sticks and move to Slough with her and and as he says become her housekeeper. This is a study of boys achieving success through their teacher or not as the case may be and the disillusionment of the teacher at not achieving everything he wanted to. Along the way we get some fine actors and some good stories and this is how good drama used to be on TV. It may be a little wordy and the traditional family settings may not now be the usual but back in 1975 this was how things were and along with sitcoms made our viewing most enjoyable. This Granada series has stood the test of time well and it is good to see so many well known faces. My favourite episodes are the one with AJ played by John Carson as it reminds me so much of the sixth form antics and the one with Big Sid played by Ronald Lewis as the man who wants to rebel but conforms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nightingale's Boys 19 Sep 2013
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I remember watching this while in UK in the 1970's as a young man. It had kind of a haunting charm that I wanted to revisit after the passage of much time. I not disappointed. Product quality and delivery were very good.
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