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  • Actors: Anthony Valentine, Christopher Strauli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 708 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WOLEBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Raffles is young, handsome, popular with the ladies and moves in the best social circles in turn-of-the-century England. He’s in constant demand as a house guest at some of the grandest country estates and the darling of the cricketing fraternity. But little do his social friends realise, he’s also an accomplished burglar and safe-cracker.Anthony Valentine and Christopher Strauli star in this adaptation of E W Hornung's celebrated stories.

The First Step (1 of 13)
In the first episode of this highly enjoyable drama series, adapted from E W Hornung's popular stories, Bunny Manders seeks out the hero of his school days, Mr. A.J. Raffles after numerous years of being apart, and once again, one of the great partnerships of all time is forged.

A Costume Piece (2 of 13)
Raffles and Bunny continue their burglary partnership in this second episode. This time they are targeting Reuben Rosenthall. He is an unattractive, self-made millionaire, which naturally makes him an obvious target for Raffles, with, or without his partner Bunny.

The Spoils Of Sacrilege (3 of 13)
The third episode sees the unlikely couple furthering their adventures even more. Raffles seems more experienced in this particular line of work, and so knows when to expect the unexpected. However, poor Bunny is still a comparative innocent.

The Gold Cup (4 of 13)
The continuing saga of Raffles and Bunny and their criminal partnership sees Raffles giving the police, society and the Criminologists Club more than a sporting chance in this episode. He sets out to prove, very conclusively, that he is not the audacious thief that they are trying to track down.

Chest Of Silver (5 of 13)
In this the firth episode, the tension builds between the two partners. Bunny knows and appreciates that Raffles breaks all sorts of laws all of the time. However, he just wishes that sometimes Raffles would tell him exactly which law is about to break and why.

The Last Laugh (6 of 13)
Continuing of the saga of the jewel thieves, Raffles can never seem to resist a challenge or an appeal to his gallantry. However this time, a combination of the two leads him into deadly danger.

A Trap To Catch A Cracksman (7 of 13)
In the seventh episode of the series, Raffles' pride in his amateur status as a sportsman is damaged. He is determined to seek revenge. When his partner Bunny is sober, he can be an essential asset and a form of assistance, however, when he is not so sober.

To Catch A Thief (8 of 13)
Raffles is horrified to discover that he has an impersonator and, in turn, a rival. Sometimes impersonation is a subtle affair, simply like assuming another man's style. However in this instance, somewhere in the region of Mayfair, there seems to be another Raffles. The real Raffles is certainly not happy...

A Bad Night (9 of 13)
Raffles takes a break from his usual antics to take on the Australian test cricketers in Manchester. As a result, Bunny goes a-burgling on his own. However neither of the aspiring criminals have considered or allowed for the intervention of Netje, who is both enchantingly pretty and enchantingly rich. What effect will she have on our heroes?

Mr Justice Raffles (10 of 13)
Raffles returns to what he knows best, the art of stealing. He comes across an unscrupulous money lender, and not liking this new character's ways of business, he decides that justice must be done. However, it is going to be his kind of justice.

Home Affairs (11 of 13)
An unusual opportunity for Raffles arises. He is given the chance to take on not just the Home Secretary, but also Scotland Yard and his arch enemy Inspector MacKenzie at the same time. And so obviously the challenge is irresistible to our hero. However, it becomes a little unfortunate that when it comes to improvisation, his partner Bunny has quite a lot to learn.

The Gift Of The Emperor (12 of 13)
In this second to last episode of the series, Raffles decides to take a hand in the arts of international politics. Not wanting to disappoint, naturally, an interest is not the only thing that he takes.

An Old Flame (13 of 13)
In this, the final episode of the popular series, Raffles discovers that he has met his match. Lady Paulton is a rich, beautiful, eager and determined young woman. There is certainly no escape this time. Could Raffles' time as a jewel thief finally be up?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By martyn cros on 31 Aug. 2010
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Brilliant ITV series of many years ago......picture quality excellent and 4x3 . There is NO mention on the outer or inner boxes of ENGLISH SUB-TITLES but I can CONFIRM that ENGLISH SUBTITLES only are thankfully included on ALL the discs for those with Hard of Hearing .
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By nogl22 (Wimbledon) on 8 Sept. 2010
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Do you want stories of derring-do, danger and nerve, and a sense of having accompanied the hero, then Raffles is for you.

The author EW Hornung was a friend of Conan Doyle's and later his brother-in law.
But where Sherlock Holmes was a creation of unimpeachable integrity, Raffles is a gentleman thief! However, sympathy is drawn to Raffles because of his many virtues, and a sense that he is also being hounded by nasty elements which must be overcome. He is a match for Sherlock Holmes in gallantry and loyalty, and perhaps more likeable. His crimes are delicious fun.

The original stories were very intelligent, making plain some of the motivations and human weaknesses of the hero Raffles and his faithful pal Bunny. And like life, the stupid, the tragic and the unexpected all intervene, rather like difficult waves for the heros to navigate. Both thrilling and believable, you feel you are there. The stories move quickly and leave you hanging around for more!

The original TV series was great fun. 5 stars without hesitation. The stories are so good that it will not be long before BBC/ITV have a go at a remake.

I absolutely RECOMMEND viewers to read the short stories because they are ripping yarns for bed time.
NB - there were 4 volumes of stories - "Amateur cracksman" - the beginnings, "Black mask" - where he fakes his death after being uncovered, but makes an amazing comeback under a new guise. Other volumes were "Midnight thief" and "Mr Justice Raffles" I believe. I think that the TV series focused on the first volume but not entirely sure.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tin Tactoo VINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2010
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Brilliant if you like 'the old stuff' like I do - production values for its time quite acceptable but anything with Anthony Valentine in it can't be bad. I could recall some of the plots from having seen it when it went out years ago on TV and perhaps it may seem dated by today's standards(?), but its still entertaining.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2011
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I was 8 when I last watched Raffles and I used to love it! 42 now so thought I'd buy this entire series box set and watch them all properly and how glad I am that I did! Arthur J Raffles, socialite man about town and England cricket all rounder by day staying at the very respectable Albany in London. By night assisted by his friend Harry Bunny Manders he is the top cracksman/thief and master of disguise and accents whom steals primarily jewellery to fund his and Bunny's extravagent exsistance and being continuously hounded by the cracking Inspector Mackenzie whom suspects Raffles but just cannot nail him. . .or can he? As an adult I can now admire the dialog/script that was written for Raffles and I couldn't imagine anybody except Anthony Valentine and Christopher Strauli delivering it! Some of the accents that Anthony Valentine pulls off are spot on, brilliant stuff indeed! The locations are fantastic as are the period fixtures, clothes etc. There are 13 episodes which take in all of the short stories by E. W. Hornung, brother in law of Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes. The last episode is a corker! I'll definitely be watching this again at some stage in the future as they certainly don't make them like this anymore! Highly recommended viewing!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Film Nut on 6 Feb. 2012
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Seems to be some mixed messages about just what's in this box set

so wanted to confirm that this is the full 13 part 1977 series and also the 1975 pilot The amateur cracksman, which is on disc one before the first of the 1977 episodes

14 episodes in total

have also uploaded an image of the disc menu
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve on 14 Jan. 2011
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A great series from the 1970s with Anthony Valentine in sparkling form as Raffles the Amateur Cracksman, all round cricketer and sportsman. The producers spent a lot of money on this show, reproducing the atmosphere of Albany, the exclusive residence off Piccadilly where Raffles lives, and showing all fourteen episodes of derring do (not thirteen as advertised - the pilot episode based on Hornung's story 'Gentlemen and Players' is included).

Anthony Valentine is the definitive A.J. Raffles. Don't miss this excellent production of E.W. Hornung's heroic creation. And after watching the series, you may feel inclined to read Hornung's elegantly written stories about his eponymous hero.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ikinmoore on 19 May 2011
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I was a young 20 year old woman when this programme came out in 1977. I loved Anthony Valentines work in Colditz and Callan and wondered what he would make of the character as Raffles. He was brilliant. I loved it. If you like good quality period drama then this one is for you. Raffles is a gentleman burglar. He is teamed up with Bunny Manners(played by Christopher Strauli) where each time they go burglaring...something goes wrong..it would, wouln't it otherwise you would not have 13 entertaining stories. Written by Phillip Mackie, the diaglog is based on the original books. There are not too many changes from the books, although I won't go into details on that, as the television series did to keep true to the stories written by Hornung. I loved Raffles taking the mickey out of the police.....oh I could go on about the series however go and buy the DVDs as you will not be disappointed.
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