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  • Actors: Michael Goodliffe, Alethea Charlton, James Hazeldine, Dorothy White, Ray Smith
  • Producers: Michael Cox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00345IODS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the 1930s to the 1960s, Sam follows the life of a young boy growing up in a Yorkshire mining village. But Sam reflects more than just one man s life it captures the qualities and textures of the time, weaving and exploring the fabric of a nation. It is 1934 and Sam Wilson is ten years old when his mother Dora leaves her husband and brings Sam to Skellerton, the Yorkshire mining village where she grew up. Her father, Jack, has been unemployed for more than eight years and her family has little enough money to support themselves. Will they manage with another two mouths to feed and how will Sam s childhood change?

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J.D on 30 Aug. 2010
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This a very good storyline with episodes of sadness and some humour. I first watched this series in the early 70's and although some of the story had faded in my memory,probably because I had missed a few episodes when shown on the TV, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode. Such wonderful exact detail put into the production, depicting the era and poverty, also the costumes and way of life. I became so attached to many of the characters, it was wonderfully acted. I was very sorry to come to the end of the story. A real five star Plus and one that I shall watch again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 1 Mar. 2010
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Sam was made in the 1970s and strangely it has been largely forgotten while many other classic tv series that were made at the same time often get repeated on tv. Set in a Yorkshire mining community in the 1930s, Sam is a boy who returns to his family home after his father left to go overseas. In this hard environment where few escape a life down t'pit Sam has to cope with the demands of his tough new life. In the first series the story follows a logical course without any contrived plots, as the daily demands of just surviving are enough to provide gripping drama. It's not all depressing though with the occasional flashes of warm humour from the excellent cast.

The subsequent two series move the story on past the war and the child actor is replaced with a young Mark McManus of Taggart fame. These episodes are perhaps not quite so enjoyable, being more conventional dramatically in the way the story of one man's life moves on, but they are still good quality stories with numerous familiar faces appearing. All 39 episodes are presented here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on 27 April 2011
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I AM SIXTY AND HAVE THEREFORE SEEN MY SHARE OF TELEVISION...THIS SERIES IS THE BEST. HAVING BEEN BROUGHT UP IN A PIT VILLAGE I CAN RELATE TO SOME OF THE SCENCES.
I THINK THE CHARACTERS AND THE SETS AND THE LOCATIONS ARE SPOT ON, I HAVE JUST FINISHED WATCHING ALL THREE SERIES AND IT WILL NOT BE LONG BEFORE I WATCH IT THROUGH AGAIN WHICH IS CREDIT TO THE SERIES AS I AM A DISCERNING VIEWER THESE DAYS!!!!

EXCELLENT ALL ROUND ALTHOUGHI WAS VERY SAD TO READ 'jack'AND 'ethel' DIED SHORTLY AFTER FILMING FINISHED...I AM NOT A SILLY WOMAN BUT IT REALLY UPSET ME THEY WERE SO REAL TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Panda on 29 July 2011
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I could not remember anything about this series although I saw it many years ago. I must admit that once I started watching it and getting into the different characters, I sat up late watching it. I found it was a series that at times you just had to see what was going to happen next.

It covers the complete life of Sam from a young boy to a grown man growing up in very hard times. If you enjoy series from days gone by I think it is worthwhile you getting this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Petey on 18 Sept. 2011
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I was in my teens when Sam first came on tv and I was instantly hooked. The story of the young boy growing up in a mining town in the north of England really touched me. Granada television did an excellent job of showing the lives of ordinary hardworking people facing the ups and downs of making a living and surviving the harshness of the 1930's. Sam as a young boy sometimes witnessing upsets and infidelity amongst the people he loved and looked up to was a credit to the young actor who played him.
I made sure I never missed an episode and when it was available on DVD it was without doubt a must have. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By david on 19 Jun. 2013
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I remembered sam on tv when i was eleven and my mum wasn't sure i should watch it, but after much pleading she relented and i got to stop up a bit longer. i was engrossed, enchanted yet realized while watching, how fortunate i was not to be scraping a living in such harsh times as that, and THAT was it , The way a writer could show you LIFE, real LIFE . the hardship, the squallor, the never-say-die attitude of the people eeking out an existance, the emotion, the gut wrenching sadness but most of all the uplifting of one's spirit when you see the character's come through their personel troubles to carry on the journey through their lives.Anyone and everyone who has access to this amazing television event should immerse themselves into it. I only wish sam, as a youngster had a more expressive part and we understood a little more of how HE felt about life.I could only give this a rating of five stars only because a thousand stars wouldn't do it justice. Buy it, watch it (repeatably) but above all Remember it !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Den on 20 May 2011
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Excellent viewing - laughed out loud at the "not putting my baby in a drawer " scenes.I remembered that from watching the series when it was first shown on TV. It was just as funny second time round! The first episodes need careful listening to as the speech is very quick,and the accent very thick! It improves as the series go on. (I am Yorkshire born and bred myself - and I found it difficult!)
Well worth buying and watching,though the end episodes are rather weak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 30 Aug. 2011
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Between 1973 and 1975 there was a TV series that was eagerly awaited each week. That series was "Sam" - the story of a 10-year old boy (Kevin Moreton)being brought by his mother to live with her parents in a Yorkshire mining village. As the series progressed we followed Sam and his determined efforts to escape a life down the pit and when Sam became a man (Mark McManus) we found to our horror that his life was even more complicated than it had previously been. An engaging period drama, this rates as one of the best things ever to come out of the ITV stable and stands the test of time.
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