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Strangers - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]

Don Henderson , John Ronane , Ben Bolt , William Brayne    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Don Henderson, John Ronane, Dennis Blanch, David Hargreaves, Frances Tomelty
  • Directors: Ben Bolt, William Brayne, John Bruce, Tristan De Vere Cole, Philip Draycott
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 1700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KAIW3U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 32 episodes of the 1970s ITV cop show that began as a spin-off of 'The XYY Man'. Detective Sergeant George Bulman (Don Henderson) and Detective Constable Derek Willis (Dennis Blanch) have been transferred to Unit 23, a special squad based in the North of England, charged with tackling the cases that normal units up and down the country cannot handle. Series 1 episodes are: 'The Paradise Set', 'Duty Roster', 'Silver Lining', 'Accidental Death', 'Briscoe', 'Right and Wrong' and 'Paying Guests'. Series 2 episodes are: 'The Wheeler Dealers', 'Call of the Wild', 'Clever Dick', 'Friends in High Places' and 'Marriages, Deaths and Births'. Series 3 episodes are: 'Retribution', 'You Can't Win 'Em All', 'Armed and Dangerous', 'Racing Certainty', 'Clowns Don't Cry', 'Tom Thumb and Other Stories' and 'No Orchids for Missing Blandisch'. Series 4 episodes are: 'The Moscow Subway Murders', 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Copper', 'A Dear Green Place', 'Stand and Deliver', 'The Flowers of Edinburgh' and 'Soldiers of Misfortune'. Series 5 episodes are: 'A Much Underestimated Man', 'A Swift and Evil Rozzer', 'The Tender Trap', 'The Lost Chord', 'A Free Weekend in the Country', 'Charlie's Brother's Birthday' and 'With These Gloves You Can Pass Through Mirrors'.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Get your knickers on WDC Bennett".... 18 Dec 2010
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Say's the un-pc Detective Sergeant Bullman (Don Henderson) on the surface an old time hardman rozzer, but is in fact a renaissance man improving himself through the Open University. Along with his "OPO" (opposite number, an old army term) Derek Willis (Dennis Blanch) moves from the Metropolitan Police on secondment to Greater Manchester Police as "Strangers" under cover police unknown to local crooks and police.
This Box set comprises all five series along with many extras such as episodes of one off dramas and singular episodes of series featuring Don Henderson such as "Crown Court" and "Crossroads".
The writing is a somewhat ropey in the first series (along with the audio quality) but once Murray Smith takes the helm it improves in leaps and bounds the characters becoming fuller and the story lines less parochial.
Series three see's the ad hoc team from Manchester moved back to "The Met" and expanded into the "Inter City Squad" under the leadership of Superintendent Jack Lambie (played by Mark McManus) a character similar to Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart he played a year after Strangers last aired in 1982 in the Taggart Pilot episode.

A quality series presented in a well put together box set. Well worth the money and a must for those lovers of classic 1970's British TV.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulman is the best 2 May 2011
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This is possibly the best cop show that ever was. Don Henderson - now sadly no more- was the most engaging copper of them all and I cannot think that his equal will be found easily. Murray Smith's scripts were almost 100% perfect: amusing, intelligent and worthwhile. Do not think about this: just order it, watch it and enjoy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing 5 Jun 2011
By Eyespy
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Great entertainment and I rank this slightly ahead of The Sweeney which I also loved. Nothing much to fault and the other reviewers have just about said it all so don't hesitate to buy it if you like a good old fashioned British cop classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem of a series 2 Feb 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Popular in its day (Strangers was originally transmitted between 1978 and 1982), today it seems to be largely forgotten. Perhaps this isn't particularly surprising as the last repeats were on ITV daytime in the mid 1980's. It never seemed to feature on the likes of UK Gold, so kudos to Network for getting the series back in circulation.

Series 1 finds our heroes, Bulman (Don Henderson) and Willis (Dennis Blanch) relocated from the Met to a force up North. The plan is that since they are unknown to the local villains, they'll be able to move around more freely in certain areas.

Series 1 is a bit of an oddity. It plays like a conventional police series, with none of the eccentricities that will emerge later. This is due to the fact that Murray Smith, who would shape the later series in his own image only wrote 1 episode of the first series, whereas he would script 19 of the 25 episodes that make up series 2 - 5.

Series 2 sees the introduction of Fiona Mollison as DC Vanessa Bennett, and the style of the series begins to emerge. In series 3, the first to be shot all on film, the team return to London to join the Inter City squad, headed by dour Scot Jack Lambie (Mark McManus) and the classic team is complete.

Strangers is a strange mix. Some episodes are character based, with many exhibiting Murray Smith's traits of strong (if eccentric) dialogue. Others have a level of gunplay and action that wouldn't be out of place in The Sweeney. Although Bulman himself always claimed to detest guns, he does use them on occasion, such as the Series 3 episode "Armed and Dangerous" where he sets out to avenge the murder of a colleague.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulman 27 Jun 2010
By Eric
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I bought this to continue watching the career of Mark McManus. I loved his work in Taggart. As an American, I had not known about it, found it by accident and became addicted. I find Strangers and discover the group of actors playing Willis and Bulman are incredible. I cannot say enough about Henderson. He was amazing! I have since ordered "Paradise" but cannot find "Bulman." Help! Help!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent UK cop series 26 July 2010
I am lucky to have every single episode of this superb crime thriller series which was created by the legendary Murray Smith, an ex-soldier and policeman himself. He changed tough detective George Bulman from a rule-bending grouch into a loveably eccentric, classical literature-quoting hero who was always quick on his wits. Dennis Blanch was equally good as his bemused sidekick Derek Willis and so too were Frances Tomelty and Fiona Mollison as their female colleagues. John Ronane was reliable as Insp. Singer, but Mark McManus really added something to the show as DCS Jack Lambie with his no-nonsense presence, dark humour and unrelenting charisma.

If you liked Special Branch and The Sweeney, you'll love this.
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