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Public Eye - The Complete 1969 Series [DVD]

Alfred Burke , George Sewell    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alfred Burke, George Sewell, Deborah Grant, Stephanie Beacham, Terrance Rigby
  • Format: Black & White
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163WIU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Complete first series of the gritty, downbeat private eye television drama. Alfred Burke plays Frank Marker, a former investigator recently released from prison after being convicted of a crime he didn't commit. After relocating to Brighton Marker takes a job in a building firm, but his old skills are soon called on as he uncovers evidence of petty theft. Initially resisting attempts by a local agency to recruit him, Marker finds himself tracking down a missing girl before reluctantly setting up once more as a private investigator. Includes all seven episodes: 'Welcome to Brighton?'; 'Divide and Conquer'; 'Paid in Full'; 'My Life's My Own'; 'Case for the Defence'; 'The Comedian's Graveyard' and 'A Fixed Address'.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Black & White, Booklet, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Public Eye is a private detective series starring Alfred Burke as Frank Marker. The series originally ran on the ABC network during the 1960's, resurrected by Thames in 1969 and then produced a further 6 series before the show ended in 1975. Season 4 Season 4, Episode 1: Welcome to Brighton? Original Air Date-30 July 1969 Season 4, Episode 2: Divide and Conquer Original Air Date-6 August 1969 Season 4, Episode 3: Paid in Full Original Air Date-13 August 1969 Season 4, Episode 4: My Life's My Own Original Air Date-20 August 1969 Season 4, Episode 5: Case for the Defence Original Air Date-27 August 1969 Season 4, Episode 6: The Comedians' Graveyard Original Air Date-3 September 1969 Season 4, Episode 7: A Fixed Address Original Air Date-19 June 1969 SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Public Eye - 1969 Series - 3-DVD Box Set ( Public Eye - Nineteen Sixty Nine )


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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives Up To Expectations! 22 July 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For fans of this series, 1960's nostalgia, but quality television in general, this is an absolute treat. This DVD set focuses on the fourth series from 1969 set in Brighton (almost all the earlier episodes are sadly lost.)
I had never seen these episodes, all but one in black and white, but had been hugely impressed by the later colour ones. I never seriously thought I'd be let down but even I was delighted by the quality of the seven stories. They really form a serial rather than a conventional series as they track Marker from his release from prison (following a wrongful conviction) through his parole and eventually setting up his own inquiry agency.
For those who have seen the later series, the same qualities are still present but amplified. Marker is a loner with the right principles but here he is more introverted, more bitter and resentful. The stories show his rightful frustration as the authorities and most of the public refuse to trust him and dog his every move. He is determined to plough his own furrow, refusing to make the "friends" that the "experts" such as his well-meaning probation officer feel he needs. He encounters the familiar stories of misery, corruption and vindictiveness which he handles skilfully but wearily.
There are some recurring characters that help the continuity and contrast. Mr. Hull, the probation officer (John Grieve) tries to help Marker but often has his hands tied by the official rules. Helen Mortimer (Pauline Delany), Marker's landlady, is the only person with whom he develops a warm but not especially close relationship. There are hints that it could have developed further - certainly on her part - but it remains firmly platonic. In two episodes Stanley Meadows plays Rylands, a dodgy private detective with whom Marker is uneasily placed.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful release. 17 July 2004
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Format:DVD
Network are really setting the standards for DVD releases and the Public Eye DVD, which has been eagerly anticipated, does not disappoint.
Public Eye is a TV series about a down at heel Private Investigator called Frank Marker which ran from the mid sixties to the mid seventies. It was not glamorous it was not flashy it was not full of action. It was gritty, earthy and, dare I say, realistic. As Callan was an anti-hero in the series of the same name then so was Marker here. Marker was a Private Eye with scruples but would twist the knife if he had to. Very much a lone wolf he had friends and contacts but still ploughed his own furrow.
The series here is the 4th which is based in Brighton after his release from Jail. The episodes are all excellent quality not only in terms of picture but also in content.
The third disc contains an episode from the first series, a clip from a missing episode and several lovely extras pulled together by the wonderful people from Kaleidoscope. So take a bow Messrs Perry, Coward and Petford. The DVD release is worth buying for the extras alone.
The booklet contains an excellent article by Adrian Petford on the enigma of Public Eye as well as plenty of other information and there is a short story from Roger Marshall which is well worth reading.
A quintessentially British TV series. If you like British TV and British TV drama you will like the plot driven stories on offer here.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's survivor 1 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
This is one of the very few TV series which deals with the down to earth problems we all face in life seen through the eyes of a down at heel private eye. At the very outset of the first series it was clear that Marker had more or less 'seen it all' however by the time this series starts he has to recover from a spell in prison. In 1969 Brighton had seen better days and reflects Marker's personality and situation. The gaunt spare figure of marker and the minimalist jazz-based signature tune perfectly fit the lone private eye constantly looking into, but never being part of, mainstream life.

If you never see another 1960's series see this one. It is unique.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
I had never heard of this show until I listen to crime writer, Sam Millar praising the hell out of it on the radio saying he based his Karl Kane PI on Frank Marker. The show is a delight. Gritty and realistic. Hard to believe it was made in the sixties! A true gem of sparse and to-the-point scenes. Terrific writing. The acting is outstanding, and frighteningly real. Makes modern-day shows look embarrassingly like cardboard and irrelevant. A classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR... 27 July 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
They really dont make them like this anymore.Ok,NO tv is made like this anymore,but I mean the quality,the class,the acting,the.....Allright,there is good stuff today,but this takes us back to another era.As you know eager readers,Alfred Burke plays Frank Marker Private Enquiry Agent,jailed in the last series for a crime he didnt commit. The series opener sees Frank preparing for release after doing 12 months,and heading for Brighton,where he finds himself staying in the guesthouse of Mrs Mortimer,whom he finds friendship in,and a oh-so-nearly-romance(I would have!). The seven episodes see Frank in various jobs,including working for someone elses Detective Agency,before finally going it alone by the end.This is pure gold,great acting from the sublime Alfred Burke,and some great support from the guest cast,and regulars.Do yourself a favour and get this now,you WILL NOT regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is...
Wonderful series. If you're checking this out you probably already know about Frank Marker so there's little point in doing a review of each story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Wrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Eye 1969 series.
Very good series with the irreplaceable Alfred Burke and a support cast providing stories in a low key style
yet always holding the attention.
Published 4 months ago by DerekS
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable period drama
Now getting to be a cult program,and deservidly so.Alfred Burke is an exelent actor,and interprets the charector with a sure toutch
Published 6 months ago by Mary Holton
5.0 out of 5 stars best private eye series ever made
amazing that it does not seem to date. different attitudes prevailed when the series was made but it still strikes accord as marker weeds out con men, missing persons and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rodney Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Full marks for Marker
Used to watch it as a kid, liked it then love it now. Alfred Burke is an excellent actor and his Frank Marker is a very believable person.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Drake
4.0 out of 5 stars Marker, Down At Heel
I have all the other seasons that still survive and this was a good addition to my collection. I think Marker is one of the best t. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve T
5.0 out of 5 stars The inimitable Public Eye
As before, they are classic vintage. Others have said it all for me - I would watch it again and need to get one more set, then the series is complete. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sue Weston
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable series
I did enjoy watching this. Not being familiar with the series at the time, it was a pleasant discovery and will no doubt buy the next series to see how Frank Marker moves on. Read more
Published 14 months ago by John Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it always rains
About as far away from the glamorous end of enquiry agents as it's possible to get, Frank Marker inhabits a succession of dingy offices, investigating apparently mundane cases. Read more
Published 17 months ago by What the Butler Saw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of the series!
Bought this one on the strength of my liking the first one and I was NOT disappointed! A continuation of the series and in colour!
Published 19 months ago by Mr. A. M. Hutchings
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