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  • Actors: Geraldine McEwan, Charlotte Coleman, Kenneth Cranham, Elizabeth Spriggs, Celia Imrie
  • Directors: Beeban Kidron
  • Producers: Phillippa Giles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010TG1U8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A poignant, comic and totally original coming-of-age story adapted for the BBC in 1990 by Jeanette WinteRson from her Whitbread prize-winning novel.

Jess is the adopted daughter of a deeply religious woman. Growing up isolated and insulated in the north of England in the 1970's, Jess is told she's part of a larger plan. Her mother keeps her away from "Breeding Grounds" like schools, preferring to train her to spread God's word "to all the heathens in the hot countries."

Jess eventually attends school, but continually feels like an outcast due to her religious beliefs. Her small town life changes when she meets Melanie, a beautiful sixteen-year old, and she experiences love at first sight. As the two draw closer, Jess's mother sees the devil at work and determines to exorcise the demons from her daughter.

Faced with the ire of Pastor Finch and his congregation, Jess realises that she must soon decide between following her own heart or the path of life set out for her by others.

With Charlotte Coleman as Jess, Geraldine McEwan as her mother and Kenneth Cranham as Pastor Finch. Also starring Celia Imrie, Pam Ferris and Barbara Hicks.

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Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit transfers wonderfully to the screen in this BBC adaptation (with a screenplay by Winterson). Jess is the adopted daughter of evangelical Christians living in the northwest of England in the 1960s. Her mother wants Jess to be a missionary, but when she falls in love with Melanie, Jess begins to realise that there is more to life than church. When Jess' mother begins to suspect the girls of "unnatural passions" she tries to destroy their relationship with the help of Pastor Finch (Kenneth Cranham) and his congregation. But their efforts--including a terrifying attempt at exorcism--only push Jess further away. Jess eventually understands that the only way to survive is to escape, and she sets her sights on a place at Oxford.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is both a broad comedy and a moving coming-of-age story. Charlotte Coleman is perfect as the teenage Jess, attempting to reconcile her religious devotion and her adolescent passion, but the film belongs to Geraldine McEwan as Jess' mother. McEwan obviously relishes Winterson's script, and she creates a character both monstrous, ridiculous and surprisingly sympathetic. It's a difficult role to carry off, but McEwan succeeds. Her performance is the high-point of this award-winning, provocative film. --Simon Leake

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 April 2011
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I watched this series on television when it was first broadcast in 1990 so when I saw it was available on DVD I purchased it and it brought back many memories. Its portrayal of a small quirky, mostly pretty awful group of middle-aged bible- thumpers living in the English midlands is striking and there are two outstanding performances by Geraldine McEwen who plays the ghastly bigoted foster mother of a delightful innocent teenage girl played by Charlotte Coleman who incurs the wrath of her mother and her mother's religious group by revealing that she is a lesbian and was having a lesbian relationship with a friend.

It is a terrific film which is alternately very funny and shocking, not for the lesbian scenes love shown that are anything but shocking but for the cruelty and inhumanity of people who call themselves Christians and who persecute those involved to "cure" them of their tendencies by what can only be described as child abuse and torture.

By the end of the film the girls are driven apart but mother and daughter come to a kind of reconciliation that enables them to co-exist and to agree to disagree on sexuality and the love that has no name.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Grace Francis on 19 April 2003
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When the Television adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s classic ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ first hit the BBC in 1990 it was considered revolutionary to portray a lesbian love affair on the terrestrial screen. This is only one aspect of an amazing semi-autobiographical tale.
Jess is adopted into a Pentecostal family in the north of England and learns about life through her mother and her church. When her mother is forced to put Jess into a conventional education Jess finds herself very out of place.
By the time Jess reaches her mid teens she is a strong member within her church often preaching the word of the Lord. Soon she finds herself in conflict again, this time with her family – Jess has fallen in love with another girl.
Jeanette Winterson’s tale is not just a coming out story it is about having the strength to follow your heart and think for yourself.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 19 July 2009
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I was about ten or maybe eleven when Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit was broadcast on BBC2. With a Dad that worked nights, my Mum for some reason allowed me to watch it alone with her, despite its (some would say) raunchy subject matter.

Back then BBC Drama was peerless, and there are many programmes of that time that I have had the pleasure of discovering anew, or indeed have remained with me to this day.

Oranges, is one of them.

I recently purchased the DVD to watch it again for the first time in 20 years, the first time since I was 10, and its uncanny how much I can remember from that first viewing. Just the opening bars of that haunting theme tune transported me back to 1989 and sent the hairs up on the back of my neck.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a story that will stay with you, and a superior drama that once seen is never forgotten. I am proof of that, and I'm glad my Mum would allow me to sample such things even at a young age. I suppose it's made me who I am.

Hilarious (its laced with wonderful North West wit and observation) gripping, poignant and touching, with superb performances all round - in particular the lovely and talented Charlotte Coleman, who died far too young - it deserves your attention.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
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This film is of a very high standard in all areas- the acting especially- and the script is flawless and very true to the novel- as you'd expect as it was adapted for the screen by Jeanette Winterson! Hopefully you'll watch this in addition to reading the fantastic book- and if you haven't read it already, go read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shark Sandwich on 13 April 2010
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A classic, from the golden age of BBC drama when the corporation was not scared to genuinely push boundaries on mainstream television and yet, paradoxically, everything seemed so much more innocent. Briefly, the story centres around Jess, an orphan (played brilliantly by both Emily Aston and the late, lamented Charlotte Coleman) who grows up in an evangelical Christian family in the '50s. As she grows older, Jess realises that her sexuality and intelligence need broader horizons than her small town and strict religious upbringing can provide. It's gripping, wonderfully atmospheric and ultimately heartwarming. The acting is absolutely top-class, the treatment of the conflict between religion and sexuality is hugely engaging, and it has the classic feel of so many BBC TV period pieces, capturing small-town post-war Lancashire perfectly. My only minor gripe was the rather tame and hurried ending. Other than that - massively recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 2 July 2009
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I was about ten or maybe eleven when Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit was broadcast on BBC2. With a Dad that worked nights, my Mum for some reason allowed me to watch it alone with her, despite its (some would say) raunchy subject matter.

Back then BBC Drama was peerless, and there are many programmes of that time that I have had the pleasure of discovering anew, or indeed have remained with me to this day.

Oranges, is one of them.

I recently purchased the DVD to watch it again for the first time in 20 years, the first time since I was 10, and its uncanny how much I can remember from that first viewing. Just the opening bars of that haunting theme tune transported me back to 1989 and sent the hairs up on the back of my neck.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a story that will stay with you, and a superior drama that once seen is never forgotten. I am proof of that, and I'm glad my Mum would allow me to sample such things even at a young age. I suppose it's made me who I am.

Hilarious (its laced with wonderful North West wit and observation) gripping, poignant and touching, with superb performances all round - in particular the lovely and talented Charlotte Coleman, who died far too young - it deserves your attention.
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