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Saracen - The Complete Series [DVD] [1988]

Christian Burgess , Patrick James Clarke    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Burgess, Patrick James Clarke, Michael Byrne, John Bennett, Ingrid Lacey
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 754 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038KT7Q2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes of the 1980s action series. David Barber (Christian Burgess) and Tom Duffy (Patrick James Clarke) work for Saracen Systems, a private security firm whose clients are governments, industies and private contractors all over the world. Taking orders from the company's director, retired army officer Colonel Patrick Ansell (Michael Byrne), the agents are given the high-risk jobs deemed too sensitive or volatile for other agencies to handle. Episodes are: 'Decoy', 'Infidels', 'Proof of Death', 'Robbers', 'Into Africa', 'Starcross', 'Tooth and Claw', 'Crossfire', 'Ratline', 'Three Blind Mice', 'Next Year in Jerusalem', 'Girls' Talk' and 'Reaper'. Also included is the feature-length pilot 'The Zero Option'.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Gem 28 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found this on Amazon and instantly purchased it as I remembered watching this weekly as I loved the music to it.

The DVD set is well presented with the original pilot episode. The Saracen show is definitely a throwback to the eighties and is trying to rekindle the magic of the Professionals. In all fairness it was probably not given enough of a chance to develop so what you are left with is a show that is slowly progressing and building it's own personality in a more update way than many hard hitting cop / buddy shows of the time.

Clearly lots of viewers were just not interested and the ratings I dare say suffered. This however remains a childhood favourite with a great music score some pretty good stories, some strong lead characters and some great settings. Give it a go if you want a lazy afternoon filled with espionage and bad guys.

The seller also provided a great service, arrived very quickly and well packaged thank you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and overlooked thriller series 6 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
The Baron is right on the money with his review of this taut espionage series which was unfortunately not too successful because people expected it to be an all-action show in the mould of The Professionals, but in fact, it has more in common with the 1973/1974 series of Special Branch. Barber & Duffy work for Saracen, a private security company who specialize in protecting politicians, scientists, members of foreign Royal families and other assorted VIPs, but they often find that their charges have secrets to hide so with the help of colleagues Alice (the excellent Ingrid Lacey) and ex-policeman Eric (John Bennett), they investigate the ones that they're guarding while trying to keep them alive.

This is a rather grim series because a fair number of important people guarded by Saracen actually die and even though some might find this implausible, it adds more drama and suspense. Chris Burgess is dependable as the reserved Barber, but he is outshone by Jimmy Clarke as Duffy, an ex-Delta Force commando with an eye for the ladies and a sense of humour, but not a man you'd want to mess with. He excels at the action scenes which usually involve him running, jumping, fighting and shooting when the need arises. He is a bit like an American Lewis Collins.

Such a pity a further series wasn't commissioned. If they attracted writers like Murray Smith and Roger Marshall, I'm sure this would have gone from strength to strength. Best episodes are Starcross, Next Year In Jerusalem, Into Africa and the harrowing Reaper. There are also three future soap stars to spot - Steve McFadden and Lucy Speed from EastEnders and Jimmi Harkishin from Corrie.

If you want more in the way of action, watch The Zero Option, the pilot episode which is an extra on the last disc. It opens with a tense SAS raid and features some spectacular aerial and car stunts near the end as well as a frantic gun battle.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series! 4 July 2010
Format:DVD
Wow, I have waited many, many years for this realistic series about the securiy company called "Saracen Systems".
Christian Burgess plays David Barber, an ex SAS major and Jimmy Clarke plays Tom Duffy, an ex Delta force operator. Their boss is Colonel Patrick Ansell, ex Genadier Guards and he is played by the fine actor Michael Byrne.
The boxed set contains all 13 episodes and the pilot movie called "The Zero Option" (with other actors), which is the story about David Barbers failed SAS mission and then being recruited by Saracen.
This is, without a doubt, the best series of it's kind, ever. Great locations, good and interesting stories, great actors and of course it far more realistic than any other series. Sometime their misson fails and people die.
I can highly recommend this series for anyone working within law enforcement or in the military.
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