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Redcap [DVD]


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  • Actors: John Thaw, Keith Barron, Michael Robbins, Leonard Rossiter, Warren Mitchell
  • Directors: Raymond Menmuir, Peter Graham Scott, Bill Bain, Guy Verney, Laurence Bourne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 1150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XJSD3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,673 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Thaw takes the first starring role of his career in Redcap, playing Sergeant John Mann of the Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch. Made in the mid 1960s at a time when the British Army was still highly active, Redcap's stories cover investigations in Germany, Malaysia, Cyprus and Borneo and feature guest stars of the calibre of George Sewell, Peter Bowles, Edward Fox and Brian Cox.

Not seen since its original transmission, this set contains the complete first series and the surviving ten episodes of the second series, featuring scripts from both Troy Kennedy Martin (The Sweeney, Z Cars) and Julian Bond (The Saint, Ruth Rendell Mysteries).

SPECIAL FEATURES
Strictly by the Book: The surviving twelve minutes of this missing episode, recovered from an engineer's test reel of film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2014
Running for two series in the mid 1960's, Redcap was the first starring vehicle for John Thaw. He played Sergeant John Mann, a member of the Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch. At the time, the British army was still very active worldwide, so Mann travels the globe - Germany, Malaysia, Cyprus and Borneo amongst others - in order to investigate various cases of misconduct and military indiscipline.

Despite the globe-trotting nature of the series the programme never left the UK, as it was a largely studio based production. This isn't a criticism though, as flashy foreign visuals were not what the show was about - instead Redcap offered well-written and well-acted stories that still have impact today.

The script editor for the first series was Ian Kennedy-Martin (later to create The Sweeney, amongst other notable programmes). He assembled a first rate roster of writers - including Richard Harris, Roger Marshall, Troy Kennedy-Martin, Julian Bond and Leon Griffiths - who were responsible for the high standard of scripting (maintained in the second series).

There was also plenty of talent in front of the camera across both series, with Keith Barron, Michael Robbins, Glynn Edwards, Yootha Joyce, Leonard Rossiter, Mike Pratt, Ian McShane, Warren Mitchell, Windsor Davies, Brian Wilde, Hywel Bennett, Richard O'Sullivan, Colin Blakley, James Grout, Graham Crowden, George Sewell, Brian Cox, Peter Bowles, Philip Madoc, Edward Fox and Donald Hewlett all guest-starring.

The bulk of the episodes are sourced from 16mm telerecordings made from the original videotapes - presumably for overseas sale. Generally, these are in pretty good shape - although a number of episodes do have very visible tramlining on the third part of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Doherty on 4 July 2012
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More than a decade before he was hard-nosed DI Jack Regan on THE SWEENEY, more than two decades before he was cultured DCI E. Morse on INSPECTOR MORSE, John Thaw, still in his early 20's, starred as a cop in his first TV series, REDCAP. As Sgt. John Mann of the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police, Thaw's character was both soldier and police detective, investigating crimes both major and minor in every part of the world that the British Army had a presence.

Studio-shot, and apparently broadcast live, REDCAP (not to be confused with RED CAP, the 2003-04 series in which Tamzin Outhwaite also played a sergeant in the SIB) doesn't have the visual clarity of a filmed series, but it more than makes up for it with excellent scripts, and fine performances. It's startling how authoritative Thaw is, easily projecting leadership, decisiveness, and toughness though only a few years out of his teens.

The military background of the show is unusual for a police series, and makes it possible for Sgt. Mann to solve cases in locales as diverse East Berlin, Cyprus, and the Far East (though, as I mentioned, it was mostly studio-shot).

Highly recommended, for the gritty, pacy scripts, and for Thaw's electrifying performance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 8 May 2012
this is the kind of entertainment that is sorely lacking in this day and age. what we have in this series "redcap," is the ability to provide tightly-scripted plots with some brilliant acting.
in his first regular starring t.v role, john thaw plays a military police officer who is sent to different parts of the world and investigates cases of assault, soldiers who are absent without leave, armed robberies, allegations of systematic beatings, murder and almost any other reported crime that occurs at an army barracks.
the thing that struck me when i watch this series, is how most of the characters in any given episode, prove to be thoroughly unhelpful and obstructive. it is mainly down to officer types who would rather brush the current investigation under the carpet and forget about it all. of course, john thaw as sergeant mann, will not let the matter drop until he has solved each and every one of his cases to the best of his ability.
john thaw has been superbly cast and given his very young age at the time(22 when "redcap" was first broadcast), he injects plenty of authority and maturity into his character. his take on sergeant mann, although tough and harsh at times, is also possessed of a compassionate streak as he hates injustice but also loathes the idea of criminals escaping their crimes unpunished.
considering that the british t.v archives are in somewhat of a mess with a good deal of programmes missing or destroyed, happily "redcap" is hardly affected. 26 episodes of this series were made and 23 currently exist. as a special feature, approximately 12 minutes that was recovered from a missing episode has been added in this dvd set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Shanks on 19 Jun. 2012
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I was very pleased to locate this product on Amazon. It was despatched and received quickly and I was soon able to enjoy it in the comfort of my own home.

Considering how old the original was made the quality of the picture was very good.

I would be happy to recommend this pack to anyone who likes pplice drama, from a bygone age, starring a young John Thaw.
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