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The Paul Temple Black and White Collection [DVD]

Francis Matthews , Ros Drinkwater    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Francis Matthews, Ros Drinkwater, June Ellis, George Sewell, Blake Butler
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GHTSY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,898 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stylish, cool, incisive - protective of his loving wife Steve - Paul Temple was an exemplary crime writer turned crime solver who operated like a cross-between Miss Marple and Poirot with the slick cutting-edge style of The Saint. This collection captures the final five episodes of the classic TV series: The Guilty Must Die, Game, Set and Match, Long Ride to Red Gap, Winner Take All, Critics, Yes! But This is Ridiculous!


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars paul temple hits the spot 10 July 2012
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as a francis durbridge fanatic i was curious to know if the stories are as good now as in 1971 and the answer is yes they do great writing with a real good twist at the end this dvd is a must for all durbridge fans i recommend it as i enjoyed it very much being in black and white does not reduce the quality the picture is still great after 40 years hope you all enjoy it as much as i did
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition. 1 Oct 2012
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I do like TV from this era, and as has been said elsewhere, Paul Temple although very much of this era was also rather different to alot of what was on offer at the time.

This set of 5 episodes surviving in Black and White is a worthy addition to the set of the existing colour episodes. The stories are generally pretty good and the episodes are worth watching just to catch the guest casts.

It would have been nice if it could have had the same treatment as Ambassadors of Death but for such a niche release that was never likely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paul's Temple - of the Gods at the BBC. 1 Jun 2012
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As a fan of UK TV from this era, I am of course a little biased, but I also appreciate the differnces between television back in the there and then, compared to the here and and now. The 11-episode colour collection of the BBC's "Paul Temple" indicated that some good quality programmes had been lost - as is so often the case - especially those from the first two series of which only "The Games People Play" exists from Series one, only because it was entirely made on film. As the four series progressed it appears Sir Huw Wheldon expressed a view held by others at the BBC, that this was "the-type-of-thing-we-at-the-BBC-don't-do" sort of thing. And so, the by the time series four was laid to rest, Paul and Steve's adventures were based in good old Blightly, away from previous sunny and expensive-looking locations.

A slightly sad end for a flagship series that just over two years before was designed to splash colour into the living rooms of the masses when BBC1 switched over to it in 1969. And so it came to pass that no more was heard of this rather vulgar (i.e. popular) series. The videotapes from series two, three and four were sold to partner producers ZDF/Taurus Films, they were subject to some slight re-editing and being dubbed into German. The original masters apparently still exist in the German vaults, but the BBC would be charged an awful lot to gain them back which, when calculating potential sales doesn't work out very economically despite their place in BBC colour television history. We can only hope. Although the BBC produced black-and-white Telerecodings for foreign sales, over time these too were sent west, somehow leaving the five presented here (comprising the final five of the last series) to have miraculously escaped the BBC's archive junkings of the 1970's.
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