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Sam - Series 1 - Part 1 [1973] [DVD]

Michael Goodliffe , Alethea Charlton , Gerry Mill    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Goodliffe, Alethea Charlton, James Hazeldine, Dorothy White, Mark McManus
  • Directors: Gerry Mill
  • Writers: John Finch
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 245 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HC0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The first five episodes from this Seventies television drama. Ten-year-old Sam is brought to the Yorkshire mining village of Skellington in 1934, when his mother, Dora, leaves his father and moves back to the village she was brought up in. However, Dora's family are not well-off, her father Jack has been out of work for nearly 8 years, and so both Sam and his mother find it hard to get by. Once they begin to find their feet, Dora takes up with Alan Dakin and eventually moves in to his house with Sam, despite her family's disapproval. Episodes included are: 'A Way of Life', 'Poor Law', 'Leaving Home', 'For Ever and Ever and Ever and Ever' and 'A Day to Remember'.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this anymore. 3 Oct 2004
I was maybe a couple of years older than 'Sam' is when this series was first broadcast, and although I was too young to understand everything going on in the series, I remember much of it as though it were only yesterday. For example Sam's grandad's exhortation to 'Get thee to that school and breathe in them books til they come out of thy ears. Tha'll end up here (the pit) else' remains extremely vivid over thirty years later. At the end of the series, Sam's mother has died, his father remains absent and he does indeed end up down the pit. However, this brilliant series isn't all doom and gloom; there are some lovely touches of humour, mainly provided by, or at the expense of the engaging character of his Uncle George played by Ray Smith. The acting and scripts are wonderful throughout. Perhaps the other most memorable character is Sam's strict, but proud, maternal grandfather, played by Michael Goodlife. I remember being shocked when the actor committed suicide a couple of years later. Perhaps southern viewers might need subtitles, which sadly aren't provided, if they are to fully understand the northern dialect, but personally I can't wait for the second series which is due out soon. I can't remember if they made a third series.
One slight criticism (apart from the lack of subtitles) I have is why haven't Acorn made the series available as a complete box set as they have with so many other series, including the equally excellent, and occasionally similar, 'When The Boat Comes In.'?
My other criticism is of modern television - series such as Sam, When The Boat Comes In, Family At War, To Serve Them All My Days, Fox, Tenko, Secret Army, All Creatures Great And Small, etc, none of which needed sex or swearing but just good acting and engaging stories - put today's formulaic offerings (police series, reality shows, etc) to shame. Will many modern TV shows be worth releasing in a generation's time?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece Of TV History 17 July 2005
I had waited a long time to see this series again and the wait was worth it. My recollections of Sam were a handsome young man walking down a cobbled road. I had forgotten it was a wonderful portrayal of a way of life long gone. Sam is brilliantly acted with no special effects or music.
A young boy returns with his mother to the family home in the middle of a mining community because Sam's father left them to live in Canada. Sam has to adapt to a new way of life and quickly becomes very fond of his Uncle George. All the characters are well acted Sam's Grandfather at the head of the family strict but loving, Polly his wife, son George and his wife Ethel living next door and youger son Frank who became a teacher and escaped the 'pit'.
This is what working class is all about, the struggle to put food on the table, clothe your children, hide from the rent man and the toilet in the back yard. Why I haven't seen it repeated on the TV I can't understand.
If you love When the Boat Comes In or Family at War then you'll enjoy this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, good detailed drama 26 Jun 2007
By Eye Can
What a pleasure to view this again after so many years and not be disappointed.

A piece of timeless drama covering episodes of northern miners' family life not overly romanticised. Portrayed by realistic down to earth acting.

I am amazed this hasn't had a re-run on mainstream T.V

Plenty of good accurate details in scenery aswell "Champion"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 28 Feb 2010
By Jaynie
I had to get this DVD as I used to go to school with the brother of the boy that plays the young Sam, and it was with great excitement that we attended the same school as someone 'famous'!. I used to watch it, of course, and it is still as great a story as ever. I am a Yorkshire gal, but it takes a bit of getting into their Yorkshire 'twang', which is sometimes a little over -done, also when you watch the DVD you will need your tv volume really high as it is very quiet and not reproduced very well. However, although I have put it on many times, I keep dropping off to sleep, it seems to ' lul' me, so I haven't got past the second episode! Anyway, will keep trying and then buy the next series on DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good drama 29 May 2009
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young Kevin Moreton who played 'Sam'in this proved himself as a great acter, This series continue's to be outstanding during the early years of 'Sams' life,.
its a shame we start to lose some of he's family during the following years,would of been good to have kept them on longer I think, but this DVD keeps you glued to the next and then the next until the end.
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