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Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [DVD]

Kevin McNally , Pete Postlethwaite , Michael Apted , Jim Goddard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin McNally, Pete Postlethwaite, Denis Lawson, Sheila Gish, Miriam Margolyes
  • Directors: Michael Apted, Jim Goddard, Peter Gill, Alan Clarke, Philip Saville
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CKQCL54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This hard-hitting anthology series continued the single-play format that had proved so successful with ITV's legendary Armchair Theatre, presenting six contemporary plays by writers at relatively early stages in their careers.

The plays are both compelling and provocative: Stephen Poliakoff's Hitting Town is an intense portrayal of siblings who find refuge from their bleak lives in one incestuous night; Roger McGough's The Lifeswappers is a darkly comic take on the theme of exchanged identities; Howard Brenton's The Paradise Run centres on an inexperienced soldier in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

These and other powerful screenplays feature strong performances from Kevin McNally, Pete Postlethwaite, Denis Lawson, Sheila Gish, Miriam Margolyes and Ray Winstone; directors include Alan Clarke, Philip Saville and Michael Apted.



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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By D. Evans VINE VOICE
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I have always been fascinated by the single play. Partly because I vaguely recall some of them when I was a kid, partly because many of them are no longer available - now wiped, partly because the format doesn't exist on modern TV anymore. The BBC's Play for Today and the earlier Wednesday Play (although I am too young to really recall that) were major components of the 60's and 70's TV schedules and it would be unthinkable that there would come a time when the single play would disappear completely from the box. It did actually linger on in some format or other into the 80's and 90's (BBC2 `s Screen Two) but by then it wasn't a regular virtually weekly feature as it had once been. Of course there were so many single plays produced during those apparently halcyon years that it stands to reason that many would have been stinkers. We tend to remember classics such as Cathy Come Home, but how many were quite rightly forgotten?
Although the quality single plays are mostly associated with the BBC ITV also produced their fair share, most notably in the Armchair theatre series. This series Plays for Britain broadcast in 1976 is a sort of sequel to the earlier Armchair theatre. As very few single plays are available on dvd, apart from work by the likes of the most lauded practitioners such as Mike Leigh and Dennis Potter I purchased this to see if my interest in the format was justified. I can unequivocally say at least on the basis of this dvd it most certainly was not. Nostalgia is frequently a deceptive beast and so it proves here.

Despite the fact that we have some extremely highly regarded writers and directors I can honestly say that these plays were a wonderful cure for insomnia, not one of them sustaining my interest for any length of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plays for Britain. 8 April 2014
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At a time when we produced innovative thought provoking dramas. Excellent performances and writing, not all of this is comfortable viewing, some difficult issues are tackled.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated 17 Nov 2013
By Mac
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A bit disappointing - variable quality of dramas which were not as good as I recall when shown on TV a little dated
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3 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 22 Sep 2013
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Giving up on these review if they force you into writing a set number of words, lose a star for that !
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