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Shoestring - Series 1 [DVD] [1979]

Trevor Eve    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Trevor Eve
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 558 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BPTL86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

First broadcast in 1979, Shoestring became one of the most popular British private detective shows of all time, with Trevor Eve playing the dishevelled radio detective Eddie Shoestring.

Eddie is an unconventional and unlikely private eye. In fact, with his own phone-in radio show, he's more like a troubleshooting private ear. His scruffy clothes, shaggy hairstyle and off-centre view of life offer him a clever and deceptive camouflage when he's on the crime-solving trail.
His listener’s appeals include grisly pranks at a prep school, a missing punk rocker, and a victim of a predatory cult. Eddie’s quest for justice leads him into some dangerous scrapes - and some funny ones, in investigations full of twists and surprises.

“Such panache and animation, such lively scripts and exciting photography… makes you pleased you succumbed to the lure of television.” The Times

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: First broadcast in 1979, Shoestring became one of the most popular British private detective shows of all time, with Trevor Eve playing the dishevelled radio detective Eddie Shoestring. Eddie is an unconventional and unlikely private eye. In fact, with his own phone-in radio show, he's more like a troubleshooting private ear. His scruffy clothes, shaggy hairstyle and off-centre view of life offer him a clever and deceptive camouflage when he's on the crime-solving trail. His listener's appeals include grisly pranks at a prep school, a missing punk rocker, and a victim of a predatory cult. Eddie's quest for justice leads him into some dangerous scrapes - and some funny ones, in investigations full of twists and surprises. Episodes Comprise: 1. Private Ear 2. Knock for Knock 3. Higher Ground 4. An Uncertain Circle 5. Listen to Me 6. Nine Tenths of The Law 7. The Link-Up 8. Stamp Duty 9. Find the Lady 10. The Partnership 11. I'm a Believer SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Shoestring - Season 1 - 4-DVD Set ( Shoe string - Series 1 ) ( Shoestring - Season One )


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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
By D. Page
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having been a huge Shoestring fan since childhood, and being well aware of the past difficulties in releasing this programme to DVD, I thought I was dreaming when I found out that 2entertain was releasing Series One to DVD. As if this was not a surprise enough, it was widely reported that, apart from one minor music replacement, this entire first series is being transferred uncut. I have many different recordings of both Series One and Series Two, recorded via many different broadcasts, and, apart from my 2008 BBC Four broadcast of 'Mocking Bird' (Series Two, Episode Three), none of these broadcasts are uncut. I also have the past VHS release of `Private Ear/Find the Lady', which has also been slightly edited. As an interesting side-note, I also have a `Compact Cassette' (remember those!) audio recording of the original uncut 1980 broadcast of the final episode of Series Two `The Dangerous Game', which I made when I was 11, with a microphone placed to the TV speaker! (I had to stifle any coughs!).

I can confirm that this DVD release of Series One is uncut, apart from one minor music replacement. It occurs in Episode 1 `Private Ear', about 23 minutes into the episode, during Eddie's conversation with Don Satchley on the boat. The music playing in the background was originally Lene Lovich's "Lucky Number", and has been replaced with Blondie's "Heart of Glass". Unless you knew of this music replacement, you would not notice anything has been changed. All dialogue is intact and completely unaffected and it does not alter the episode's running time, as all visual footage also remains intact. Ditch your old UKTV Drama/Alibi recordings, and the 2002 BBC1 afternoon repeats of Series One - this 2entertain release is THE definitive collection of Series One episodes!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
After recently adding this to my Amazon Wish List I was fortunate enough to then be given the DVD as a birthday gift.

I was hoping that the series was as good as I remembered the first time around in 1979. After eagerly watching all the episodes across a period of a few weeks I am pleased to report that it is even better than I remembered. Shoestring is some of the very best best television viewing I have enjoyed in recent years. The DVD has been put together very nicely and for 30 year old films, the picture quality is, in the main, very good indeed. I am extremely pleased.

If you haven't bought Shoestring series one yet, then buy it now. I'm sure you wont be disappointed!

I immediately wanted to purchase Shoestring Series 2, however I discovered that it has not yet been released. I contacted the bbcshop and they directed me to 2Entertain who acquire and market many BBC television programmes, including series one of Shoestring.

2Entertain replied advising that they have no immediate plans to release series 2, but they said if they received enough interest the release of series two may be considered: "....as each quarter we review public enquiries and often revisit titles which are frequently requested."

If you're eagerly anticipating being able to buy Shoestring series 2 it may be a great idea to send 2Entertain a note expressing your interest!

Contact 2Entertain at - DVDenquiryline@2entertain.co.uk
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks from a writer 10 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I wrote episode 11 on the DVD ("I'm a believer"). It's very pleasing that so many people have posted such positive comments about the series.

After that episode was shown I had a huge number of letters from people whose children had been more or less abducted by sects like the Moonies, and somehow seeing it in a drama context helped them to feel that they were right in trying to prise their loved ones out of the grip of some nasty mind-controlling people.

If what I was told at the time is true, there were no more series because Trevor Eve didn't want to become type-cast in the role. Similar things happened with "Hazell", which I also wrote for.

I'm sure I can say on behalf of all the writers and Bob Banks-Stewart, who created produced it, that we did our best to make something good. We also wish that TV was as adventurous now as it was then. So thanks for watching. You're probably not aware that I haven't seen it since it was first broadcast! The fact that the episodes exist at all is a miracle - the BBC threw some very significant plays into a skip.

Jim
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No planned DVD release for series 2 10 Feb 2014
By R.Over
Format:DVD
Shoestring was a little before my time. I bought the DVD as I was trying to find some cheap shows to watch and bought it off the recommendation from others on Amazon.

I loved it.

There are many reviews on here that give you a honest opinion of the great show, but I want to make people aware that 2entertain have no plans to produce series 2 on DVD.
I emailed 2entertain, which is now a BBC company, to ask when series 2 would be released, they explained that due to musical copyright and lack of public interest, they would be looking at a non-profitable production. You can't blame them for that, but I asked if they received enough emails asking for a release then could there be a possibility, they didn't say 'Yes', but if there was a high volume of correspondence, then they will review their decision.

So my advice is to email dvdenquiryline@2entertain.co.uk and hopefully it might get the ball rolling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 27 days ago by steve vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice to see Eddie again, where is season two.....
Published 1 month ago by MR L FLEMING
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
Great to see the series "Shoestring" again. Typical 80's detective drama.... just wish there was more, there is supposed to be a series 2, and I am sure there was but cant... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoestring review
This was a very underatted,though popular series,of the time,with strong storylines and great acting,Trevor Eve was made for the role and was always well supported in every... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars shoestring series 1
I remember this Shoestring series from over 30 years ago,when it was
shown here in Sweden.Very good.I will buy series 2 when it is available
on DVD.
Published 4 months ago by anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoestring
Only concern is that I can't find Series 2. I loved this. It was terribly nice to go back to this era and enjoy safely riveting stories from actors who manage to convince me that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clare Ling
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoestring
This was bought as a gift for someone who liked to watch the original. Really pleased with this and are looking for the rest of the series.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Susan Hickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia and Shoestring
The content is good quality I watched the whole series when originally broadcast, and although there appear to some small changes (copyright considerations) this production is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Somerville
2.0 out of 5 stars Packaging
I'm getting fed up with broken DVD support clips - meaning potential damage as the DVDs slide around in their boxes during transport. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JOHN-MICHAEL KEATING
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrospective
I remembered this series from a pivotal time in my life. A nice gentle trot down memory lane and an interesting exercise in seeing how much communication methods have changed!
Published 7 months ago by K. P. Herrell
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