I have waited, literally, YEARS for this to be available on DVD ( even on VHS, which I would have gladly bought, it has been "going" for mad prices quite beyond my means)
The whole thing is one of the saddest experiences i have ever encountered. Originally, in 1979, and then when it was repeated by the BBC sometime in ( I guess ) the 80s, when linked to one of the anniversaries of WW1, it moved me immensely and the affect now is not one jot less. Yes, some of the scenery is clearly "cardboard", yes some of the acting is decidedly laughable, especially Vera's parents, and Roland Leighton's hairstyle is a pretentious joke, and it all looks every one of its 31 years age, but Cheryl Campbell on her own is utterly magnetic, sensationally beautiful, utterly convincing and carries the whole thing on her own.
I, quite genuinely, cannot think of a sadder and more poignant and more simply beautiful, series in the history of the BBC in my lifetime. The fact that it is a true story makes it even better ( or worse, depending how you look at it )
I cannot recommend this highly enough