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North Square [DVD] [2000]

Rupert Penry Jones , Phil Davis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rupert Penry Jones, Phil Davis, Helen McCrory, Kevin McKidd, Victoria Smurfit
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 488 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00684ULJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,836 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Barristers. They are young, educated, soft on the inside, hard where it counts. Don t let the wigs fool you, when you stand alone in court, when your life is on the line, these are the people you want between you and the jury. The North Square chambers are finding their feet, fighting for a large piece of the criminal justice business in Leeds. Working for his barristers or maybe the other way around is their manipulative chief clerk. Ruthless, obsessive, with a razor sharp mind and a cosh-like sensibility, Peter McLeish loves the business and the business loves him. Featuring a powerhouse cast including Phil Davis, Rupert Penry Jones, Helen McCrory, and Kevin McKidd, North Square, first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2000, is a gripping legal drama that takes you into a closed world steeped in tradition and blows it wide open.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Barristers. They are young, educated, soft on the inside, hard where it counts. Don't let the wigs fool you, when you stand alone in court, when your life is on the line, these are the people you want between you and the jury. The North Square chambers are finding their feet, fighting for a large piece of the criminal justice business in Leeds. Working for his barristers - or maybe the other way around - is their manipulative chief clerk. Ruthless, obsessive, with a razor sharp mind and a cosh-like sensibility, Peter McLeish loves the business and the business loves him. Featuring a powerhouse cast including Phil Davis, Rupert Penry-Jones, Helen McCrory, and Kevin McKidd, North Square, first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2000, is a gripping legal drama that takes you into a closed world steeped in tradition and blows it wide open. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...North Square - 3-DVD Set

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You only need 2 words to recommend this: Phil Davis 30 April 2012
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I remember thinking at the time how typically wrong-headed it was of C4 finally to give the magnificent Phil Davis such an excellent platform, only to pull the plug after one series! Viewing it again following the long-awaited DVD release, I'm simultaneously gratified and frustrated all over again. This superb and criminally underused actor is the heart, soul and icing on the cake of what is already a beautifully written and staged ensemble piece. The edgy humanity of the character he's called on to embody, plus the dialogue he's given and his delivery of it: these are pure joy, quite stunning. Indeed, a great cast and witty script move things on engagingly across the whole season towards a stunning revelation regarding Davis' character and an exquisite show-down with Helen McCrory. It really is a fine, if all too short-lived, example of great UK TV and, as I said, proof if anyone really needed it of just how much range, authority and charisma Davis has at his disposal. How any exec could think North Square "too American" with someone as authentic as Davis at the core is beyond me. Yes, it does have affinities with US output - but that's with the high quality stuff that so often eclipses our home-grown efforts. All the more tragic, then, that North Square had such a short outing. Still: there's plenty to savour here, so let's just be grateful for that.

Update March 2013 - In a recent article referring to his own Oscar success, Daniel Day-Lewis ranked Phil Davis as one of his favourite actors, alongside Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Marlon Brando. Quite right, too!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem Finally Released 5 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
I remember this series with great fondness. Together with the likes of GBH, North Square was produced by Channel Four. Unlike AB's series, it could have been continued and was cancelled because of some damned fools, choosing that they didn't want such dramas, (termed as being too American at the time) on their channel. As has been said, it could have been budgetary concerns, but whatever the reason North Square remains one of the best series C4 ever produced.

Look at the cast and people behind the series. People who are now household names started on NS and the quality shines through every episode. In fact, series like Silk probably wouldn't exiist without NS. So, if you like quality legal dramas, fine acting, great plots, etc. buy this series. If only they'd stuck with it, I'm sure it could have run for years. As it is, it goes down with other missed opportunities, foiled by the people who went on to make Big Brother and Coach Trip.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just terrific TV 5 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
North Square was gripping, funny and pretty much all of its alumni have gone on to great things over the past decade because it brought together a crack team of young thesps plus Phil Davies. The writing was sharp and witty, and I've checked with barrister friends: it is certainly tweaked and twiddled, but actually, yes, there is a valid depiction of how our legal system works.

Really worth the time and such a shame that the new head of Channel 4 just took against it and pulled the plug on the show. I can't remember of the name of the person in question, but it was a woman who must have had her head in a very dark place. This was a terrific piece of original drama and a shame that we have had to wait until Silk to get the basic premise back on the box.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 May 2012
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This is brilliant! I remember when this was on TV, and have been waiting years for it to come out on DVD. And I wasn't disappointed. Its quick, clever, funny and very entertaining. If you like legal dramas, I would thoroughly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There should be more of it ... 13 May 2012
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I'm a great fan of Phil Davis and the first and only series of North Square reveals his extraordinary talent at it's searing best. It is incomprehensible that this series was not continued as it is certainly one of the smartest pieces of television I've ever seen. Maybe it didn't have a wide popularity but then neither have most of the outstanding TV series which require a bit of brainpower to watch. Only a little courage would have been needed to continue with this brilliant project for the enjoyment of those who "got it".
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Currently lambasting one and all for reviewing programmes not yet out on dvd but still on it's actual first run on tv,I can comfort myself that I can refute slightly a perfectly fair charge of rank hypocrisy due to North square being in the public consciousness for a good eleven years - it aired on C4 for one series in 2000.

Created by Peter Moffat(Criminal Justice and Silk,a kind of North Square for grown ups)the series centred around a legal practice in Leeds with particular emphasis placed on resident high flyers Rupert Penry Jones,Kevin McKidd and the excellent Helen McCrory and the chambers "fixer" Phil davis.

As to authenticity not a clue but watching this bunch of hedonistic,barely principaled and colourful characters was very agreeable.Fast,funny and at times alarmingly amoral,the show had it's electrifying selling point in Davis who has never had a part before or since that so suited his rat like features and brusque manner.His character was alternately paternal,sinister,hilariously amoral and breathtakingly quotable(no spoilers here).At times he could overwhelm the drama and North Square could lose some of it's focus.

There are reviews all over Amazon bemoaning "series cancelled before their time"-Jericho,Firefly,Flashforward etc etc but not many for british dramas.Inexplicable in 2000 and still today(C4 must have had cashflow problems or the cast must have hated each other - nothing else seems remotely sensible),North Square was high gloss,quality nonsense and its dvd release could not be more welcome.

For any Phil Davis devotee,an absolutely essential purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good show
Published 1 day ago by Brian W Christensen
3.0 out of 5 stars north square
I'd watched this on youtube and enjoyed. sent a copy to my daughter too, but found it less enjoyable on second viewing. Perhaps it compared less well to early Silk series?
Published 2 months ago by F J Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Moffat is a genius.
The greatest TV program that C4 have ever made. The original Silk but far more witty & tongue in cheek. Bloody brilliant
Published 2 months ago by Mr NJ Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars gritty drama
This was very interesting viewing. The downside was it is a few years old and I haven't heard of any new episodes being made so it left quite a few questions unanswered for me in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars North Square
I prefer "Silk" to this although it was very well acted. I felt this showed the legal profession in a rather tawdry light
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Leaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed it - watched a bit gave it back.
I bought this for a friend who then loaned it to me . It is amazing how writers develop. This is Silk but not as we know it. Silk is wonderful but this is almost OK. I loved Silk. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars WIGS & WARTS
Law chambers in Leeds, its chief clerk Peter McLeish the master manipulator - "family" kept under firm control, enemies soon to be licking their wounds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series
Even though we've seen this before the action and interplay between characters is excellently shown. Just waiting for Session 2 to be released!!
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable
After reading all the reviews, I purchased an all region DVD player so I could watch this show. It was expensive to buy it but well worth the investment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. D. Harbertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series but quality not good.
This was a great series and I cannot understand why there was not another series.
But considering it was only 2000, the picture quality was quite poor and varied quite a bit... Read more
Published 5 months ago by webwise
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