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The Bass Player And The Blonde [DVD]

Edward Woodward , Jane Wymark , Dennis Vance    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Edward Woodward, Jane Wymark, Ronald Fraser, George Sewell, Sam Kydd
  • Directors: Dennis Vance
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004SATY4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Edward Woodward and Jane Wymark star in a light-hearted drama tracing the unlikely romance between two seemingly mismatched runaways.

The bass player is George Mangham, a world-weary, out-of-work jazz musician. The blonde is Terry, a beautiful, wealthy and decidedly determined young woman who fancies herself as a singer. He is twice her age and penniless - but she is in love with him. Having whisked Terry from under the nose of her bridegroom on her wedding day, Mangham flees with her in his battered Mini, and the unconventional couple begin their uphill struggle for acceptance amid see-sawing fortunes and the interventions of Terry's furious father, Charlie.

This set brings together the ITV Playhouse pilot of 1977 - scripted by Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine) - and the highly popular three-part series screened the following year, co-written by Ian Lindsay and Phil Redmond. With a combined cast featuring Ronald Fraser, George Sewell, Sam Kydd, Jeremy Sinden, Alfie Bass, Stanley Lebor and Barry Linehan, The Bass Player and the Blonde is directed by Dennis Vance (Special Branch) and features music specially composed by Jack Parnell.
 

Product Description

Edward Woodward and Jane Wymark star in a light-hearted drama tracing the unlikely romance between two seemingly mismatched runaways. The bass player is George Mangham, a world-weary, out-of-work jazz musician. The blonde is Terry, a beautiful, wealthy and decidedly determined young woman who fancies herself as a singer. He is twice her age and penniless - but she is in love with him. Having whisked Terry from under the nose of her bridegroom on her wedding day, Mangham flees with her in his battered Mini, and the unconventional couple begin their uphill struggle for acceptance amid see-sawing fortunes and the interventions of Terry's furious father, Charlie. Released for the first time, this set brings together the ITV Playhouse pilot of 1977 - scripted by Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine) - and the highly popular three-part series screened the following year, co-written by Ian Lindsay and Phil Redmond. With a combined cast featuring Ronald Fraser, George Sewell, Sam Kydd, Jeremy Sinden, Alfie Bass, Stanley Lebor and Barry Linehan, The Bass Player and the Blonde is directed by Dennis Vance (Special Branch) and features music specially composed by Jack Parnell. Episodes Rondo Allegro Andante


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edward Woodward hits all the right notes 16 Nov 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
George Mangham (Edward Woodward) is a middle-aged, world-weary jazz musician with a debt problem. When he meets Terry (Jane Wymark) it is far from love at first sight. Terry is half his age, deeply argumentative and about to marry Nigel (Jeremy Sinden) mostly to please her somewhat shady father Charlie (Ronald Fraser).

Terry dreams of becoming a singer with a jazz band, although the cynical George manages to shatter most of her illusions. But despite the fact they spend most of the time fighting there's a spark between them, and by the end of the first play she's jilted Nigel at the altar and run off with George.

The Bass Player and the Blonde started life as a one-off 80 minute ITV Playhouse, broadcast in 1977 and written by Roy Clarke.

In 1977 Woodward had finished the first defining role of his career, Callan, a few years earlier and was still the best part of a decade away from his other defining role - that of the Equaliser. So although Woodward would become best known for those two shows there was much more to him than just tough-guy roles. He also had a flair for comedy, and this is a lovely vehicle for him.

Mangham is a ducker and diver, always on the run from something - initially a group of thugs looking to collect the money he owes in gambling debts and then from Charlie who is outraged that he's run off with his daughter. But Woodward needed a strong character to bounce off, and Jane Wymark provided this very well. Although Terry is young and somewhat idealistic, she is no pushover and provides just as much spark in the relationship as he does.

In 1978 there was a short follow-up series of three 50 minute episodes, written by Ian Lindsay and Phil Redmond.
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