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  • Actors: Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Paul Reynolds, Mmoloki Chrystie, Kelda Holmes
  • Writers: Bill Moffat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260QZQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The crew of the 'Junior Gazette' returns in these 13 episodes from the second series about a group of teenagers running their own newspaper. Lynda (Julia Sawalha) and Spike (Dexter Fletcher) are at pains to keep their relationship secret from everyone else in the office, while Colin (Paul Reynolds) becomes obsessed with a mysterious girl called Cindy. Episodes are: 'Breakfast at Czar's'; 'Picking Up the Pieces'; 'Going Back to Jasper Street'; 'The Week and Pizza'; 'Love and the Junior Gazette'; 'At Last a Dragon'; 'Something Terrible (1)'; 'Something Terrible (2)'; 'Friends Like These'; 'The Rest of My Life'; 'Yesterday's News'; 'Rock Solid' and 'The Big Finish.'

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "longmuir" on 30 July 2004
Format: DVD
Press Gang is one of the greatest ever children's TV series, with clever plots, snappy dialogue, interesting and well-developed characters, and great performances. As the commentary discusses, it was blessed with a calibre of cast and crew rarely available for a series shown at 4:45 PM.
The second series begins with traditional plots based around the newsroom and its characters. The newsteam works overnight to rewrite an entire issue when their lead story is scuppered; Colin schemes to set up a chess championship and Lynda tries to recall what she forgot to finish 10 years ago. The tone becomes more serious, albeit still with a healthy dose of fun, when the characters and their relationships come more into focus. Recently-dumped Kenny finally snaps and forces Lynda and Spike to go on their first date, Colin tries to help a young girl who is being abused by her father, Sarah wants to resign and Kenny becomes a rock star. Just as Lynda and Spike get together, a near-fatal accident has Spike thinking about their future. Can Lynda convince him not to return to America? And as they leave school, will the Junior Gazette be taken from them?
This series has a good bit of everything that makes the show great. Breakfast at Czar's sets the newsteam against the odds; Going Back To Jasper Street is a nice little mystery; Something Terrible deals well with the serious subject of child abuse; The Rest Of My Life has great emotional drama; and At Last A Dragon and Yesterday's News exemplify Spike & Lynda's love/hate relationship, with all its snappy comebacks.
The DVD itself is an improvement on the first series, and my only disappointment is that it left me wanting even more - and feeling that the first series DVD missed some opportunities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bowers on 25 July 2004
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Whilst I would have bought the DVD even if it had contained no special features whatsoever (as was the case with the first series), I must say that the audio commentaries on four of the episodes by Steven Moffat and Julia Sawalha are some of the best I've ever come across. Also, what no reviewer seems to have mentioned so far are the numerous PDF files available if you slip the DVD into your PC - these include some of the original scripts, an episode guide, and, best of all, a Press Gang fanzine which contains a fascinating interview with the producer Sandra Hastie. All in all a great package for a great programme. Roll on series 3 to 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
Press Gang (Series 2) is perhaps the best piece of television you will ever see. Absolutely brilliant. This is not a kids programme despite appearances, it's a programme for anyone who has a love of brilliant writing, fascinating characters, humour, pathos and a classic love story. Unlike many kids programmes from this era, this DVD is not all about the irony factor, it stands up today just as well as it ever did and it's clear why this won critical acclaim and a BAFTA.
This series follows the Junior Gazette gang as they prepare to leave school, deal with life changing issues, question their course in life, face death, fall in love and grow up. All this plus some cracking one liners. What more could you want ? It's a big improvement from series 1 too, with everything coming together and the show really maturing.
The DVD is well put together and has some great extras. Scripts, a documentary and commentary from the writer and Julia Sawalha (Lynda Day) which is great fun.
Buy it now !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Down on 22 July 2004
Format: DVD
It's unbelievable that Press Gang is out on DVD. The second series DVD is overall a better package than the first with commentaries on select episodes and a few other extras. Interestingly there are also two soundtracks - one seemingly the original mono and the other a stereo remix (or original stereo - the original sound would have been stereo than broadcast mono on telly.) Cannot tell on my system whether the stereo is surround encoded though. Seems to differ episode to episode which sounds better. I also noticed less compression artefacts than on the first series DVD which is surprising since there is more content on these DVDS! Anyway, Press Gang is out on DVD. No more needs to be said except bring on the next three series!
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