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The Bretts - Series 1 - Complete [1987] [DVD]

Norman Rodway , Barbara Murray , Baz Taylor    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Norman Rodway, Barbara Murray, Belinda Lang, George Winter, Tim Wylton
  • Directors: Baz Taylor
  • Writers: Frank Marshall, Rosemary Anne Sisson
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: 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: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFO7M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire first series of the theatrical family saga set in the 1920s, following the Brett family as they live through changes in fortune, career and politics. Norman Rodway and Barbara Murray star as Charles and Lydia Brett.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete entertainment! 18 May 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Norman Rodway and Barbara Murray are the splendid heads of the household in this story of an acting dynasty, set in the glittering world of the West End theatre in the late twenties and early thirties as the novelty of talking pictures encroaches upon their theatrical world. The easy drama and lightly comic scripts add up to a series of great charm - a word that can be too rarely applied to any TV series. With beautiful sets and costumes and stories that both gently send up and celebrate that lost era, I can thoroughly recommend this set of discs.
I recall that ITV were disappointed with the viewing figures for this first series and relegated the broadcasting of the second series to a late night slot in the schedules. The chances of this second series being released on disc are probably slim.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bretts 12 May 2009
Format:DVD
A FABULOUS INSIGHT INTO A THEATRICAL FAMILY IN THE 20'S .GREAT ACTING FROM ALL THE CAST HEADED BY NORMAN RODWAY AND BARBARA MURRAY.
A 5 STAR SERIES. SORRY THERE'S NOT MORE
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sparkles like champagne 26 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Who says Masterpiece Theatre is boring? One of their most entertaining series has been "The Bretts," a sparkling soap opera set in the roaring 20s. It suffers from some random plot twists (and character departures), but is entertainingly soapy fun.

Charles and Lydia Brett (Norman Rodway, Barbara Murray) were the stars of the 1890s stage, with his costume dramas and their shared romantic comedies. Now they live with three of their kids: party-girl actress Martha (Belinda Lang), not-so-successful actor Edwin (David Yelland) and blooming socialist playwright Thomas (George Winter).

The series opens rather weakly, when Charles and Lydia briefly break up over Charles hiring a sexy secretary, and his new swashbuckler almost bombs. But things stabilize as the main problems arise -- stages are being replaced with silver screens. Soon Edwin has become a hot Hollywood star, with the movie adaptation of his dad's latest play.

Charles is determined to keep the London stages from being overtaken, and refuses to have anything to do with the movies (though he's willing to vacation at Edwin's villa). But the biggest drama is BEHIND the scenes: secret pregnancies, drug addictions, scam artists, rape, murder, heart attacks, trips to decadent Berlin, lawsuits, illegitimate children, the IRA, fatal illnesses, shattered engagements, illicit affairs, and much more.

Basically, "The Bretts" is about packing as much drama as possible into a matter of episodes. And it's even more entertaining, since it's set in the sparkling era between world wars, with plenty of flappers, spangled clothing, communism, and glamorous homes in the South of France.
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