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Sam Complete Series 1-3 boxset [DVD]

Kevin Moreton , Mark McManus    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Kevin Moreton, Mark McManus, James Hazeldine, Dorothy White, Ray Smith
  • Producers: Michael Cox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 1974 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00345IOEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,775 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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? What happens in Sam s life, through post-war Britain, the search for his father, the passing of people he loves, the ever-changing industrial world and a life of austerity that found itself in the 1960s as a country that has never had it so good make this a both compelling and engaging drama. Some stories can take a lifetime - and some lifetimes can tell a story. This is Sam s.


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4.8 out of 5 stars
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 30 Aug 2010
By J.D
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
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining series 29 July 2011
By Panda
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars SAM 27 April 2011
By Sandy
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam 20 May 2011
By Den
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old But Good 10 Aug 2010
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. Although made in the seventies it doesn't have a dated look or feel to it. Was interesting seeing a young Taggart ....ie Mark McManus .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Stand Out! 15 April 2012
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The first Series starts out kind of slow,Sam as a young boy.
When Mark McManus comes in as Sam in the second Series the show really takes off.
I would rank it up there with Upstairs Downstairs,it is that enjoyable.
I found it very hard not to sit up and watch it all night long.
You really get caught up with the Series, it is that well written and acted.
The filming locations give it a very believable feeling about the the whole Series.
The Writing is really remarkable,John Finch does a fantastic job.
The dialog between Mark Mcmanus and Michael Goodliffe will leave you stunned.
A very eye opening piece of historical drama.
The video and sound quality vary at times due to it's age.
It should be restored as it would be well worth it to buy it again.
Good service from Amazon UK and the Royal Mail/Canada Post as always.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britsh drama at its best 30 Aug 2011
By Robert
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice to curl up and watch some oldies now and
quick delivery, nice to curl up and watch some oldies now and again
Published 1 day ago by Jean R.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I watched sam many years ago and still love it, to buy it and watch again has been incredible, I still cry as I did years ago . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Parker Sonnet
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AS REAL LIFE. IN LOVE WITH GREAT FOREIGN TV
I'm American and I am in love with this DvD.. Watching foreign TV is amazing and fun. I'm in awe of how great the storytelling and love the actors roles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by noah
3.0 out of 5 stars Complaint about Sound Level
I have only watched 2 dvd's in the series and I am disappointed with the sound level on the product. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ROBERT BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Remark
Watch the series when I was a kid love it then. And still love it brings back memories when i was at pit still not much change from the thirty s to the seventies
Published 15 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama
One of the best TV series ever produced, on top 5 together with The Forsythe Saga (of the sixties) and A Family at War.
Published 20 months ago by Robban
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1970's TV series SAM
I missed this series when it was on tv in the 1970's because I was at boarding school. There is a lot of dialogue and I suspect the poverty shown is not as bad as it really was in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nicky Cymru
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling viewing
Like a lot of people I watched this when it was originaly broadcast but it meant not a lot to me. Having recently begun my family tree and now researching generations of miners... Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by Jacqui
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Enjoyable
Most enjoyable viewing, a change from the usual crime sex and violence of today. gives a realistic view of the period and changing times and attitudes after the second world war in... Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by D. W. Trehy
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