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  • Actors: Jenny Agutter, Sophie Ward, Russell Hunter, John Nettleton, Pauline Quirke
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004A91QC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children), Sophie Ward (A Dark Adapted Eye), Russell Hunter (Callan), John Nettleton (Yes, Minister) and Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather) feature among the casts of this spine-tingling anthology series for younger viewers. Atmospheric, superbly scripted and filled with the unexpected, between 1975 and 1978 Shadows offered psychological and supernatural tales in which characters typically found themselves plunged into strange alternative realities, or encountering ghostly figures from the past - the young protagonists' otherworldly experiences often playing upon common teenage fears and preoccupations. Among the contributors for this first series were novelist and playwright J.B. Priestley, who co-wrote 'The Other Window' with his third wife, archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes, Roger Marshall (Public Eye) and Ace of Wands creator Trevor Preston, who revived the character of magician Mr. Stabs for 'Dutch Schlitz's Shoes'. [] A girl is visited by the spirit of a long-dead witch in a storm-lashed cottage... [] In Victorian London, a mysterious voice calls to a young woman, beckoning her to another time and place... [] For a group of teenagers, a visit to a Tudor mansion turns into a nightmare as the sinister inhabitants of the house begin to take over... But what other terrors hide among the shadows?

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Johns on 5 Jan. 2011
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Back in the late 70s ITV was the channel to watch for decent kids' programmes. Magpie, The Tomorrow People and Shadows. In my opinion, there's something about a door swinging open with nobody there or a shadow passing by a window at night that creates more of an impact than the familiar computer generated effects seen so often nowadays. Some of the episodes are better than others, but all are good for the imagination, I reckon. Hopefully the other series will be released also.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2011
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Broadcast in September/October 1975, I found this to be another enjoyable childrens drama series, which features a collection of uncomplicated and entertaining 25-minute supernatural/ghostly stories. As another reviewer has already mentioned, some stories are better than others, but overall this is a good series.
This Thames TV production is reminiscent of some of HTV West's childrens TV productions of the same era. Some of the stories are provided by such esteemed writers as J.B. Priestley, Trevor Preston and Roger Marshall.

This Network release features all seven, series one episodes. Picture and sound quality are very good, no subtitles. The only extra is a short picture gallery.
Here is a list of the episodes, with synopsis (which features on the inside of the DVD case).

*THE FUTURE GHOST - The year is 1875, and Julia Pittman arrives in London hoping to find work as a nurse. Staying in a friend's hotel, she believes she is safe: but as thick fog descends, a voice in the night awakens her, calling her out of her room... and into another world.
Featuring Jane Wymark, Bernadette McKenna, Daphne Slater and John Nettleton.

*AFTER SCHOOL - Bryn Haffes is an ordinary comprehensive school in a Welsh mining village. But when Poodle and Seth are kept behind after school, they find themselves in the grip of a power that they cannot explain.
Featuring Gareth Thomas, Rhys Powys and Lyn Jones.

*THE WITCH'S BOTTLE - Jill might never have discovered the strange powers in her possession had she not gone to stay at her uncle's country cottage. What was the secret of the dead oak tree? And why is the mysterious Catherine so concerned about Jill?
Featuring Georgina Kean, Wendy Gifford, Neville Barber and Jasper Jacob.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Colin D. Robertson on 2 July 2011
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This is a series of one-off supernatural dramas. It's very low-budget and very innocent, made in 1975 by Thames Television. Each episode has the old TT clip at the start (and the intrusive Fremantle one at the end!).

Ironically, there is almost no point talking about the episodes individually. They are so simple and small-scale that there isn't much to say. But I mean this as praise. They are delightful little things; 25-minute chunks of drama. Each one sets up a situation very effectively with attention paid to time, place and people, and then plays with it a little. It's delightful to watch. And of course if you don't like an episode, it's over very soon!

The standard line is that 70s drama was "slow and talky", but I found "Shadows" very engaging. It's a kids' show, and the makers get down to business quickly. And they do it well. In every case, I was more drawn into the story than I generally am with "Tales of the Unexpected". TOTU always feels a little disposable, as if each episode is a puzzle to be cracked and, once cracked, there's little point watching it again. The story is rather a cold mechanism. "Shadows" on the other hand feels very warm. There's a real sense of wonder, curiosity, possibility.

Another thing commonly said of modern drama is that it has more character depth. Again I think this is mistaken. In modern dramas, the characters seem to talk constantly about themselves (and their damned emotions). In "Shadows", characters speak about the story and, in doing so, reveal themselves naturally. And because they're talking about the story, you're thinking about it. This is how drama should be done!

Other people have commented on the lack of effects and CGI, and how old TV dramas managed to do without these things. It's true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By badger39 on 10 July 2013
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I have to admit that I didn't really remember Shadows from my childhood; but then again I was only seven when it was broadcast.
As a collection of tea time anthology stories it generally hit the mark and has more then a few childhood thrills.
There are three stories that I really enjoyed. Jenny Agutter and boyfriend are left over night at an old Railway waiting room and relive a fifty year old train disaster. After school, two Welsh boys discover that their school is haunted and hides a disturbing secret.
The Witch's bottle is a creepy tale about an ancient cottage and the horrific death of it's former occupant.
The only dodgy story was the comedic, Dutch Schiltz's shoes which was a let-down as it wasn't very funny or much fun.
The other three stories were all enjoyable both with interesting ideas and well written characters.
As a whole I really enjoyed Shadows and I will most definitely buy the next two seasons and I can say that most fantasy fans of all ages will enjoy Shadows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lisa M. Griffin on 24 Jan. 2012
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I am a lifelong supernatural fan, spurred on by watching series such as Shadows, Dramarama, The Ghosts of Motley Hall etc. (who remembers Dark Towers in school too??)
My 4 year old and 6 year old love these stories and they are very gently creepy. They demand a little patience to watch and are subtle and thoughtful. I wish to give my kids the gift of knowing real British drama with heart, and these are a good introduction despite their shortcomings. They provoke discussion, too. I especially found 'after school' poignant because the boys talk about the mining industry, which sadly died a death in Wales about 10 years later. In that way, there is much to learn in a world where our children are so 'Universalised'.
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