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Queenie's Castle - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] [1970]


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  • Actors: Diana Dors, Lynne Perrie, Bryan Mosley, Tony Caunter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025X3APC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Diana Dors starred as Leed's family matriarch Queenie Shepherd in this nostalgic slice of British comedy history. This release includes the complete first series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
The first three episodes are a bit slow - but by episode four of this first Season, this Sitcom has come into its own, and was one of the funniest in the Set.

I recall watching this Series at the time it originally aired and have not seen it in the forty years since. (gosh - doesn't it make one feel old...!) I loved Diana Dors - even as a child, and I guess that's why I watched this back then, and had to have it now, but unfortunately, unlike many old comedies from the same period they are also releasing; I don't think this has aged particularly well, and so some people may be a little disappointed.

Some episodes definitely seem to 'struggle' a bit, and so this may be for Dors fans only. It does not help either that not only have they not been re-mastered, but several episodes are in black and white. This was due to the notorious colour Strike back then which went on to disrupt many other hit TV Series, including 'Upstairs, Downstairs', 'Nearest And Dearest' and so many others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Stevens on 7 July 2009
Format: DVD
Having watched the first series in 1970 I had given this a mythic status,even remembering the theme tune, so was understandably both thrilled and nervous to see all 3 series on DVD release. The opening sequence is one of the highlighhts of the 1970's for me, watching magnificent Diana parading through an incredibly grim Leeds, passing what appears to be piles of rubbish in the street, to get to her council flat in 'Margaret Rose House'-Heaven.
The actual programmes are as dated as you would imagine, but if you buy this, you are hardly after 'Friends' style 'rat-tat-tat' comedy writing. Good to see Lynne Perie as head of the tenants association, and Kathy staff as a neighbour. Coarse and unsophisticated and very enjoyable. An interesting point, the 3rd and 4th episodes are in black and white, managing to make the opening sequence even grimmer than colour ( a plus in my view). I know this happened with the 1st series of Upstairs, Downstairs due to strikes. A sign of the times indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am currently discovering 'Queenie's Castle', a wonderful Yorkshire TV comedy series starring the late, great Diana Dors as the show's matriarch.

A big hit back in it's day, it certainly looks a little dated now, but does not deserve to be forgotten, I really enjoyed it.

I have purchased all three series, and the show was definitely just finding it's feet with the first series, originally broadcast in 1970. The first two episodes just seem like ways to introduce the characters to the viewers and what their personalities are like, the scripts aren't hilarious, and not much actually takes place. However, by the third episode - Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall were onto a winner.

Diana Dors was very good as Queenie Shepherd, the brassy mother to three layabout sons (one of whom is ''Our Judd'' from the film 'Kes') who live with her and her brother-in-law Jack (played by Tony Caunter) in their flat. The sons are workshy and the ultimate problem family. They are a particular source of concern to the local resident's association head and arch enermy of Queenie - the local busybody Mrs. Petty (played by Lynne Perrie, the mother in 'Kes'). It is only Queenie that can control her boys and will always take their side no matter what they (and so often do) get up to on the streets. Bryan Mosley also appears as the pub landlord, and seems right at home. Lynne Perrie's acting wasn't very good during the first series, but she vastly improved in series two and three, her voice also became 'posher' to suit the character she was playing.
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