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The Andrew Marr Collection: History Of Modern Britain (Series 1) & The Making Of Modern Britain (Series 2)

Andrew Marr    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Andrew Marr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 639 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA48I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The complete series 1 and 2 of the polemical BBC modern history programme written and presented by political commentator Andrew Marr. Series 1, 'Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain' (2007) looks at the key events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War, including the collapse of Empire, Britain's uneasy truce with former enemies and allies in Europe, and tensions in the 'special relationship' Britain has with the United States. Series 2, 'Andrew Marr's Making of Modern Britain' (2009) goes back further in history to examine the turbulent period between 1900 and 1945, from the death of Queen Victoria to the end of the Second World War.

Synopsis

The complete series 1 and 2 of the polemical BBC modern history programme written and presented by political commentator Andrew Marr. Series 1, 'Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain' (2007) looks at the key events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War, including the collapse of Empire, Britain's uneasy truce with former enemies and allies in Europe, and tensions in the 'special relationship' Britain has with the United States. Series 2, 'Andrew Marr's Making of Modern Britain' (2009) goes back further in history to examine the turbulent period between 1900 and 1945, from the death of Queen Victoria to the end of the Second World War.


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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
This is a great series and should be used in all school curriculums of modern history. It will inspire you, whet your appetite to find out more. It will dispel a few myths (like Churchill wasn't such a great leader in his earlier years) and make you aware of little known facts (i.e. Air Chief Keith Parks of the RAF and mastermind of us winning the Battle of Britain, was actually New Zealand born). Buy it, be entertained and educated at the same time.

Beware of one thing though. This collection pack includes both 'History of Modern Britain' and the 'Making of Modern Britain' DVDs. When I ordered the pack, it said 'series 1-2 of 'History of Modern Britain' and I therefore ordered ' Making of Modern Britain' thinking it was a separate DVD. I'm returning the latter to Amazon and hopefully they'll refund me in full.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve 15 Jan 2010
Frank, engaging, witty and fascinating account of modern Britain, this series is an absolute gem that will be watched again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD collection 24 April 2010
By Teacher
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Best value DVDs on the market. Hours of archive footage and great history, made entertaining and certainly very informative.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our century as prime time entertainment 29 Oct 2009
Andrew Marr has mined a rich seam of old documentary film footage and assembled it into a punchy, lively, hugely entertaining and informative account of modern Britain. The script is brilliant. The editing is outstandingly good: pacy, sharp and perfectly cut to the rhythm of the text. Marr is full of bounce: quirky, witty and scholarly. And as well as the wonderful collage of film, we also get quite extraordinary artefacts and visits to original locations to illustrate the text.

I shall never forget the clip where Marr, with his hair well-brushed, assures us he is being driven along not in A Silver Ghost, 'This is THE Silver Ghost!' Smirk, smirk, and dont we all wish we were too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating and Educational viewing. 28 Dec 2009
By J. Bell
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Andrew Marr brings to life the subject of these DVDs and for anyone with an interest in history it makes facinating viewing I will watch it many times and learn something new each time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good history with a bit of entertainment 6 Dec 2010
By Gregg
I bought this for several reasons:
1. I enjoy history and wanted to learn more about Britain's.
2. The price on the Amazon UK site was spectacular compared to the American site.
3. I do have dvd players that can play anything worldwide.

What I found:
This is a very good watch for those who are interested in but not a slave to Britain's modern history. Marr adds some bits of entertainment with costumes, anecdotes, expressions and such so as to enliven the piece. You can find other historical dvd sets that are so scholastic you almost want to take notes for the exam. This is easier but still informative. He recreates figures (that I, at least, found mostly obscure but may not be to others) and their stories as an prelude to the next event he will discuss. I found them mostly enjoyable. He does insert himself, in character and costume, for a few stories and uses some computer generated actions to push the story but that sometimes loses the sincerity of the project. He has an expressive, deep, narrative voice that helps to deliver the mood for each chapter.
Overall, this delves deeper than a primer but doesn't feel like a textbook.
Shipping to the US takes some time (a month) by regular carrier. And you might want to alert your credit card bank that you are purchasing from an online, overseas site.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Modern Britain 23 Mar 2010
Being as enjoyed the History of Modern Britain I wanted to see it again and show my children how Britain has evolved since WW2. The Andrew Marr collection is excellent in that it covers all major issues and holds one's interest throughout.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I did exactly the same thing as Dave Clews! Duh. You probably won't make the same mistake, as the description is much clearer now. The other good news is that Amazon will refund what it costs me to get the unneeded DVD back to them. Good attitude, people! Anyway, it tells you what I think about the product that I was prepared to pay double to get hold of it in the first place ... Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Marr Collection
This was a gift for my husband. He had read about it in the newspaper and was delighted to receive it.
Published 2 months ago by penelope stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars The Andrew Marr Collection
Very informative and well presented by Andrew Marr. I have always liked his style of presentation and this collection does not disappoint there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AB.
5.0 out of 5 stars How to really understand our country
A fanatastic series that covers the whole of the 20th century in great detail and the events that shaped the United Kingdoom to where we are now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD Collection is a great way to catch up on history
Andrew Marr putts across a clear and easy to understand history lesson of Britain.
It is not too in depth, but it will give you an understanding of why we are the way we are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. D. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling gems
A wonderful box of tricks here, which teaches every generation some surprising new things about British life in the past century. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Daniel Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
This is an awesome collection if you are interested in British history. Most people know Andrew Marr from the politcal Sunday show he does, so you would be forgiven for thinking... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mattster
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incomparable Andrew Marr.
In many respects Andrew Marr reminds of so many of his older contemporaries. A clever, witty and immensely capable presenter. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Mr. Roy Francis Meakin
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent series
Having grown up in the '40's and '50's, I can honestly say that Andrew Marr has somehow captured exactly the feeling of the times. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Moldgeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Fascinating
I never like history at school but Andrew Marr's DVD are entertaining and fascinating. They explain so much on what led up to how we live today.
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Enjoyable and Thought Provoking
For me, this was as enjoyable the second time through as the first. I am amazed at how much history there is and how honestly presented it is, even the coverage of Maggie, in such... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by B. Etgen
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