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One Summer - The Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [1983] [DVD]

David Morrissey , Spencer Leigh    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, James Hazeldine, Ian Hart, Matthew Grey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Complete edition of the British television miniseries, a coming-of-age drama written by playwright Willy Russell and starring David Morrissey, in what was his first screen appearance. Billy (Morrissey) and Icky (Spencer Leigh) are two Liverpool teenagers. Sick of the unemployment, poverty and gang violence in their rundown city, the two boys decide to escape to a peaceful valley in Wales. However, they don't quite find the rural paradise they were expecting, and instead have to contend with the attentions of the sinster Kidder (James Hazeldine).

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them. ...One Summer 2-DVD Set

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Television Classic 4 April 2006
By J Casey
I first watched this twenty odd years back when I was thirteen and it has stayed with me since. I've eagerly kept me eye out for repeats or video/DVD release and finally my patience has paid off.
Unbelievably it is even better than I remember it and, being at a different stage in life, I relate to it in a different way. It is powerful, touching, uplifting and tragic. It is also interesting to watch the fine acting of David Morrissey at such a young age. A must see.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one summer 28 Feb 2006
By trigger
I first saw this series on channel four when I was ten.
Being from the city of Liverpool,I was instantly absorbed and could relate to the events in the characters' lives.
Basically it portays two deprived and discontented young men in their last year of school,about to be immersed into the big hostile arena of a city without work and one that's succummed to despair and industrial decline.
In an attempt to discover adventure and contentment they descend upon an unsuspecting welsh village and instantly become notorious,mostly for all the wrong reasons!.
They encounter hostility and warmth in equal proportions.
The usual mis-conceptions about Liverpudlians are prominent with comments such as "I'd better nail everything down that's moveable" and the suscpicious expression on the face as they say "you're from Liverpool,aren't you?".Compelling viewing,I only wish it was released alot sooner.
As I said earlier,the last time I saw it was back in 1983 when I was ten,but I remembered it to this day.
A very convincing performance by all the actors,particularly David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh,whom exhibited a maturity well beyond their years.
A well written series,truly distinctive,thoroughly absorbing,buy it,you won't regret it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it 22 Feb 2007
By Amanda
I remember loving this series back in 1983 and last year I emailed Ch4 to ask if they had any plans to release it on DVD. They said no. And lo and behold here it is!

I have just finished watching the second disc and I loved it all over again. Laughed out loud in parts and cried at others.

As someone else said, at first it doesn't seem to have aged well, but this is only in the first two episodes. (Grim reality of some youngsters lives in Liverpool, very depressing). The other three are as fresh as if it was filmed yesterday. Stunning scenery in what should be Wales, but is actually filmed in Yorkshire.

Brilliant acting by James Hazledene (what a loss he is) and David Morrisey. Loved the 'specials' at the end of each disc. Really interesting narrative by 'Billy and Icky'. Well done guys. No bull, just a genuine, affectionate look back at a wonderful production.

If you remember this the first time around, buy it. It will take you back to what you were doing in 1983. If you don't remember it, buy it and enjoy one of the best drama's Britain ever made.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Adventure 3 Jan 2006
I watched this on Channel 4 about 15/20 years ago and it remains with me to this day. This is an heartwarming adventure about two lads on a adventure to Wales. It pretty much touches on everything, violence, fear, romance, hope and tragedy. Take a chance on this DVD, which you may never have heard of, instead of the usual Hollywood hyped blockbuster and you may well find it a rewarding experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One summer you won't want to forget... 29 Jan 2008
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At the time of its original broadcast in 1983 this was the programme everyone talked about at school, which was no mean feat considering that the last episode was transmitted before the start of the school term.

This is down in no small part to the engaging performances given by David Morrissey as Billy and Spencer Leigh as Icky; their rough demeanour clashed with just about everyone they came into contact with regardless of whether they were at home or in Wales, where they run away after Billy fears arrest and Icky fears losing his best mate and guardian.

The choice to use film instead of video paid in spades as the contrasting urban and rural landscapes were captured beautifully, as was the mood of these communities (despair in Liverpool, anti-Scouse animosity in the local village). As the series develops you find yourself empathising more with these Scallies, especially as they find a refuge in the home of Kidder (played with subtle composure by the late James Hazeldine) who is also something of a runaway himself.

There is little humour, surprising considering that it was written by Willy Russell (who refused to have his name appear on the original credits due to an `artistic' disagreement with the producers), but Icky, as hopeless as he is, does provide some spontaneously funny moments that provides a little light relief. But there is some tragedy and drama thrown in for good measure which impacts not only on the main characters but also on those of us who fall for their rough charm and hope that they make it.

Following in the aftermath of Boys from The Black Stuff, one of the best drama series ever, it has been overlooked somewhat. This DVD release at least affords the opportunity to judge One Summer on its own merits, and there's plenty to commend here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia 11 Oct 2007
By Red Rob
In the 24 years since this series was first shown, I've never forgotten it.

Having just left school, and desperate to leave the small mining town I lived in, I identified strongly with the lead character, Billy, who yearned for a place that promised happiness away from all the crap that surrounded him.

Billy, and his reluctant-but-loyal sidekick Icky, did find an escape. To rural Wales. But could it last?

Yes, it has dated, but 'One Summer' is an excellent piece of drama that shows what it was like to be young in the early eighties, when the future seemed bleak and there was nothing to look forward to except a life of misery and crime.

Yeah, I know. How far we've come.

I can only hope for a DVD release of 'Our Day Out', which was another classic Willy Russell TV drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I had never hard of One Summer before, but decided to take a chance on it as I'm enjoying currently watching some of Network's DVD and have to say I totally fell in-love with One... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Newt Beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
brought back some great memorys of my youth watched this every week like clockwork gutted that it did not run for longer ,delivery on time.
Published 1 month ago by simonblue
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Great value, excellent gift for my brother, brought back some funny memories of when we first saw it. x x
Published 2 months ago by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars One Summer - The Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [1983] [DVD]
This TV show was on C4 when it started broardcasting in the 80's. Great cast, great story and great scenery. Takes me back to when I was 19. Great show
Published 2 months ago by Andrew S
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Never saw this when it was originally on t.v. in the eighties. Heard someone on local radio talking about it so bought it. Really enjoyed it - black and funny comedy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lesley Stenhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
It was fantastic, i remember watching this as a 10yr old boy, I've often looked for it over the yrs to no avail, wen i came across it i just had to watch it staight away, for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars One Summer
I can relate to this as I was going through the same experiences in Deeside North Wales and I was 16 at the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karl Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Catching up
Remember watching the first two episodes years ago and not seeing the rest. Thoroughly enjoyable with nice performances young actors who went on to bigger things.
Published 10 months ago by Pw Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars ace
as shown on time all good stuff of days gon bye, ss s s s ss sss s s s
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