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Prospects - The Complete Series [DVD]

Gary Olsen , Brian Bovell , John Crome , Ian Toynton    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Olsen, Brian Bovell, Malcolm Tierney, Tony Haygarth, Colin Jeavons
  • Directors: John Crome, Ian Toynton, Peter Ellis, Bernard Rose, James Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009OIYC4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,780 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Created by Euston Films, the legendary Thames subsidiary whose hit series include The Sweeney and Minder, this razor-sharp mid-eighties drama stars Gary Olsen and Brian Bovell as East London likely lads who are always a few quid short of success and trying to make good in Thatcher's Britain.

Resourceful, lovable and ever optimistic, Pincy and Billy harbour an entrepreneurial ambition that Mrs Thatcher would surely endorse. But as the Docklands development begins to take shape, among the derelict wharves and impoverished streets of the Isle of Dogs the two friends can only lurch from one dodgy scheme to another; often on the wrong side of the law and in hock to everyone from the rent man to the local café owner, they're still searching for The Big One - something with prospects...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: All 12 episodes of the 1980s comedy drama following a pair of East End chancers trying to make it big in Thatcher's Britain. Pincey (Gary Olsen) and Billy (Brian Bovell) believe that they fit in well with the hard-headed, look after number one ethos propagated by Margaret Thatcher. However, whether the Conservative Party leader would approve of the variety of dodgy schemes they pursue in the Isle of Dogs in a desperate attempt to make it big is a matter of conjecture. The episodes are: 'The P to S Day', 'Partners in Brine', 'Uncle Harry's System', 'Dirty Weekend', 'Rodent Avengers', 'Standing On Your Own One Foot', 'Subterranean Pick Sick Blues', 'Frying Tonight', 'Four Men in a Boat', 'Follow the Yellow Brick Lane', 'Running All the Way: Part 1' and 'Running All the Way: Part 2'. ...Prospects - Complete Series - 3-DVD Set

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Fair play to Network for finally releasing Prospects a Euston Films classic which has slipped off the radar for over 20 years and depicts a London docklands/society which is now all but a memory. Brian Bovell and Gary Olsen are Billy and Pincy loveable duckers and divers from the Isle of Dogs who scratch, scam and steal a living whichever way they can in the middle of Margaret Thatcher's era of enterprise, money and the yuppie. The 12 episodes take in many of Pincy's ideas and scheme's which although scorned upon by Billy he goes along with and usually results in some sort of trouble and scrapes with local villain's like 'Stretch' (Eddie Tagoe), corrupt businessmen, racism and police detective Halforth (Ben Howard) which with comedic realism depict a sense of realism for many working class east Londoners in the mid 1980's.

It's a real shame Euston Films/Channel 4/ITV and the writer Alan Janes never got it together for at least a second series of Prospects which was rumoured to have been put forward as a replacement for Minder as in my opinion based on the quality of the episodes here and the popularity Prospects had when repeated on ITV in 1987 it would certainly have been a more interesting (arguably better) option than a Dennis Waterman-less Minder. Prospects also along with shows like One Summer, Scully, Boys From The Blackstuff, Auf Pet etc. also shows an alternative socially real 1980's to the wealth, greed and money making era many seem to picture it as and does resonate very strongly with anyone who was a teenager/youth from that background in that era.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great underated series 19 April 2013
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i remember watching this back in the eighties. tucked away on channel four i think. it stayed with me ,i kept checking to see if it was released on dvd , now it is and is as good as i remember.great cast led by the late great gary olson as pincy . always on the look out to make a few quid by some or other dodgy plan . aided and abeted
by his easily led mate billy ,played by the excellant brian bovell.all in all a great dvd package .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show 2 May 2013
Enjoyed prospects,brought back a lot of good memories of growing up in the east end to think there was really characters like these around in the 80s
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 28 Mar 2014
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a good watch to remind you of what life was like in the eighties. love billy and pincey, shame he passed away otherwise I would of liked to see their antics through their years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Enjoyment 23 July 2013
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I bought this DVD because i had enjoyed the shows so much when they aired on TV.Must say what great enjoyment i had watching them again after so many years!! Great,thank you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sun sets on the Thames 20 Jan 2013
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Another day comes to an end, quality tv show, should have been the new Minder but never quite got the recognition it deserved. Maybe a bit dated now but still worth the watch and the theme tune pure class. . . Buy it. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humourous 8 July 2014
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Very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 26 Jun 2014
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very good
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This brought back so many wonderful memories of how it was back then in the eighties.A top class act by these two who at one point were deemed the new Del Boy and rodders, it's a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by paul salvi
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic series.
One of the best series to come out of the 80s. Always sad that they never made another. But glad I've managed to get my hands on this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NYToeknee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series but picture & sound not DVD quality
Remember watching this on tv in the mid eighties , so was happy when it was finally released on DVD , but disappointed that the picture & sound wasn't remastered to DVD quality ,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rellew
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY poor transfer to DVD quality
This was essential viewing 'back in the day', and I was genuinely happy to see it get an official release.
I purchased it and was appalled by the quality of the DVD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alan Frehley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's TV
What Can You Say About Prospects ?
Forgotten TV Gem. Think Minder And Your Not Far Off.
Shame They Only Made The One Series,
So Buy And Enjoy
Published 12 months ago by D. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant forgotten series
This was one of the greatest comedy dramas ever made. Set on Londons Isle of Dogs it is the story of everyday life for two lovable rogues who have dreams of being successful... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. Bergman
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