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Press Gang: The Complete Series [DVD]

Julia Sawalha , Dexter Fletcher    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
Price: 39.98 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 1075 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KY2QDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,496 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This special boxed set contains all five series of the BAFTA award-winning PRESS GANG, originally shown on ITV in between 1989 and 1993. Starring Dexter Fletcher and Julia Sawalha, PRESS GANG was written by Steven Moffat (COUPLING and the new DOCTOR WHO) and is generally acknowledged to be one of the best series ever written for television.

Product Description

This special boxed set contains all five series of the BAFTA award-winning PRESS GANG, originally shown on ITV in between 1989 and 1993. Starring Dexter Fletcher and Julia Sawalha, PRESS GANG was written by Steven Moffat (COUPLING and the new DOCTOR WHO) and is generally acknowledged to be one of the best series ever written for television.


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Wonderful!! 22 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
I loved this show when I was a teenager! Life seemed so exciting in the Junior Gazette office! I idolised Linda Day (which now seems quite worrying as she was really mean!) and loved her relationship with Spike. I especially loved Colin and had a soft spot for Kenny too.
I used to be obsessed with this show if I'm honest, I'd tape it and watch it over and over again. But those video tapes are long gone and all I was left with were distant memories, until I received this amazing box set for my 32nd birthday last year - hurrah!
I spent a wonderful few days watching every episode, and yes some are better than others but Steven Moffat's script still sparkles with wit and intelligence. Everything about this series is of the highest quality, from the writing to the acting and directing.
I absolutely loved hearing the commentary from Steven Moffat and Julia Sawalha, it is really hilarious the way Julia remembers very little apart from kissing scenes with Dexter Fletcher! Steven Moffat however remembers everything and it is fascinating for a fan such as myself to hear so many little anicdotes about the making of the show.
If you were a fan of this show you must buy this or get somebody to buy it for you, you will LOVE it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 May 2007
Format:DVD
I remember watching this the first time round, when I had an unhealthy obsession with Dexter Fletcher.

Watching it now it hasn't dated - apart from the type writers,'mobile phones', and clothes - it's a cleverly written and funny show. There's a few things I didn't get as a kid and it's good to look back on it now as an adult.

Over 15 years on and I'm still laughing out loud at Lynda's acidic retorts and Colin's antics.

I recommend it to anyone who remembers it the first time round and anyone who loves clever kids tv.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 4 Sep 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After buying this I watched all five series in a week. Goes from hilariously funny to incredibly touching in seconds. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as good as the first time around! 30 Sep 2012
By sparrow
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter and I have really enjoyed watching these together, even though so many things have moved on the storylines don't seem to have dated and it still manages to be funny, moving and exciting. It is worth introducing to a new generation!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the memories... 12 Jan 2009
By Doktor Futtocks VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It makes me feel a bit ancient, finding that Series One was broadcast 20 years ago! I was very wary about revisiting this series, but I shouldn't have worried - it is as good as I remembered.

I bought this because, for some reason, I suddenly recalled the episode where Kenny keeps getting a wrong number. That did it; I had to watch it again!

The cast are what makes it sing, and I am surprised how many of the regular characters immediately sprang back into my mind and became just as familiar and much-loved as they did way back when.

Only 4 stars, though, as the later series didn't quite match the excellence of the first two. Mind you, it is still good, but I feel that Kenny was an important loss. He was the heart of the paper, just as Lynda was the boss, Sarah the conscience and Colin the Macchiavelli.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Show 17 Feb 2014
Format:DVD
Even after 20 years this show still stands tall as one of the most consistent and masterfully written t.v shows of all time. Not bad for a 'children's ' show.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back down memory lane 24 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
I used to have an enormous crush on Julia Sawalha, this show has reminded me why. The series was one of the best i enjoyed growing up as a teenager and pleased to see it made it to DVD. Great packing, would have loved for a documentary to have been included within the box set
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice trip down memory lane 31 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
I remember watching this the first time round when I was a kid and loving it. The writing is still strong and the storylines are interesting. Though of course the chunky mobile phones and typewriters dates it a lot.

The audio commentaries are a bit disappointing - Stephen Moffat the writer has some nice anecdotes and obviously trying to be interesting. But Julia Sawalha was very boring and kept saying "I don't remember what happened" and I got the impression she had blocked out the entire series from her memory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as I remember
This was an excellent programme when it was first shown and it more than stands the test of time. Great purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Zumbafan
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
one of the best drama serials made in my life time, and the odd thing is, it was for kids.
Published 2 months ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Just one fault
One episode, on disc 1, was faulty/jumpy and slowed down and stopped entirely at one point. It was only one episode though out of about 40 odd so i never bothered to send it back... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tommo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Was great to see the whole series together in one box set and a great price. Loved the show all over again!!
Published 10 months ago by Christopher Potticary
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good as I Remembered but disc labelling a non starter
I used to watch Press Gang avidly back in the day though I was much older even then than the demographic that it was supposed to be aimed at, but the sharp dialogue and great... Read more
Published 15 months ago by horatia_p
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Brilliant!
Hasn't aged, still one of the best-scripted programmes around and makes me cry and laugh out loud at the same time.
Published 17 months ago by Sharon McBean
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles?
I have watched most of season 1 and it's brilliant. The characters and dialogues make commonplace settings and situations exciting and funny even 20 years later. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER
Not all episodes are funny,some are down right lame.But most of them are funny,and quick witted.
The news crew is funny and entertaining to watch in their little everyday... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Thomas Roed
5.0 out of 5 stars A great blast from the past!
If you enjoyed this first time around, you'll like it even more now as you'll not have to wait a whole week for the next 30 minute episode! Read more
Published on 15 April 2009 by R. Sibbick
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