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The Brief - Series 1-2 [DVD]

Alan Davies , Steven Alvey    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alan Davies, Steven Alvey, Linda Bassett, Christopher Fulford, Cherie Lunghi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,530 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek, QI) stars as Henry Farmer, a criminal practice barrister engaged in an ongoing fight for justice in the courtroom. Henry�s life is dominated by chaos, he has a huge workload, debt and alimony payments to meet... and all this whilst being in love with the wife of a prominent politician who won�t leave her husband for him. The Brief is an engaging blend of courtroom drama, suspense, intrigue and humour.

This DVD box set contains all episodes from series 1 and 2.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: THE BRIEF is a legal drama which fuses drama, both legal and personal, with suspense and a sharp wit. Alan Davies (JONATHAN CREEK, BOB AND ROSE) stars as criminal practice barrister Henry Farmer. In the courtroom Henry is a consummate professional, but in his private life he's a mess. With huge debts to pay, a never-ending workload and an affair with a politician's wife to deal with, he constantly struggles to stay afloat. Cherie Lunghi (SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL) and Christopher Fulford (WAKING THE DEAD, WHITECHAPEL) also star in this, the complete series 1 and 2 of THE BRIEF. ...The Brief - Complete Series 1& 2 - 3-DVD Set ( The Brief - Complete Series One and Two )

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRIALS OF HENRY FARMER 30 Aug 2010
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Alan Davies plays the barrister - effective in court, less so out of it.

8 episodes, each 70 minutes. Interesting cases make this worth a watch. They include alleged rape, death after a wild party, a possible killer nurse, rail safety (a careless train driver or negligent management?). Especially moving is the plight of Asperger's Syndrome Dan, accused of killing his mother. (Tom Burke as Dan is excellent.)

Anxious that this be not just another court drama, the makers try too hard to create a central character out of the ordinary. The first glimpse of Henry shows him using his mobile as he cycles erratically through London traffic. Much time is spent trying to stave off bankruptcy because of a gambling addiction. His marriage has collapsed, the little son greatly missed. (The lad has asthma, sleepwalks and, on a visit, tries to steal make-up from a chemist.) Henry's current girlfriend is married - her husband not just an MP but Catholic and gay and dying from cancer. Forever hovering is Henry's estranged father - he a judge and heavy drinker, (Edward Petherbridge entertainingly wispy and waspish). A bit of a clutter really.

Season 2 mercifully simplifies things a bit. Despite reservations, there is much overall to like: Alan Davies, Linda Bassett as the Chambers' secretary, several of the guest stars, the scenes in court. The series has potential but needs greater focus for it to be realized. Recommended nonetheless.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtroom stories worth watching! 22 July 2009
Alan Davies is terrific as Henry Farmer, an English criminal barrister. As Henry Farmer, he fought the good fight for justice, but constantly struggled with his own addictive gambling habit. I have long been a fan of the very versatile Mr. Davies and always look forward to his new projects. I have read accounts that he was not happy with scripts for this series, but I would have to disagree because I thought the acting and stories were great. I only wish he had continued with The Brief for more than two seasons.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cortroom drama 27 Mar 2010
By H. Page
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Sad that there will not be a series three .Good intersting plots with development of the characters in series .Good time viewing not mentally challenging if that is what you are looking for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars two dimensional, trite, mildly entertaining 6 July 2012
By gerryg VINE VOICE
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The cast list seemed like a good bet but the plotting and characterisation bordered on the absurd.

For the Court action, we were bordering on if not overtaking Perry Mason, his blank piece of paper and "hold it Judge I've just received this".

The use of his father as a plot device, popping up with "don't marry this girl, marry that one" "I've reconsidered my original report" and so forth just enabled Hollywood B film happy ever after endings only with the bad guys forgetting to wear their black hats to make it a bit more difficult for us to spot them.

The characters were made out of so much cardboard they probably cornered the wood fibre market.

Pleasant lightweight entertainment but which failed miserabably in defining what it was trying to do, comedy, drama, something. If the price is right for you, it's not awful, it's just not very good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plots, but ... 20 Jan 2011
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Whilst the criminal storylines are inventive and well scripted the same cannot be said about the backstory. At no point was I convinced that the brief cared two hoots about gambling let alone was addicted. The relationship with his father was equally lacklustre. Even if these back stories were well acted I still can't see how the audience is expected to find them interesting.

Outside of the courtroom, Alan Davies natural cheekyness kept surfacing at inappropriate moments destroying the dramatic impact of many scenes. Even when he was off screen there were problems as Cherie Lunghi was frequently in soft focus at inappropriate times. In my opinion the best acting invariably came from the supporting cast, rather than from the leads.

These two series are worth watching and at under a tenner are a bargain, but it would be dishonest to suggest that they are up to the standard of Rumpole, Crown Court and Judge Deed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remember it 16 Feb 2012
By Freeman
I thought this was better than I remembered it from when it was on TV. But while it is easy to watch, there isn't anything compelling about it. There is neither anything specific in its favour, nor an indescribable certain something. Nonetheless, compared to most series on TV these days - at least in New Zealand where I currently reside - it stands up pretty well as something very watchable that isn't too 'heavy'. And it is on this basis that I award it four stars rather than three.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It 26 Jan 2012
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I first discovered Alan Davies when I bought the Jonathan Creek series. I enjoyed that so much that I bought this series as soon as I saw it. There is something very likeable and endearing about him.
Since I watch very many different kinds of shows from comedy to action to drama and hard-hitting drama (The Shield), the viewing of each kind is determined by what I'm in the mood to see at the time.
I consider The Brief to be a bit of a mild-mannered drama. The episodes have kept my interest and been entertaining and enjoyable. When sitting down for an evening with my dvd's, all I require of them is to entertain me and The Brief does this very, very well ! I wish the series would have gone on longer.
My next purchase..."Whites" !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Alan Davies at his best, I wish they had made a lot more of this series. As far as I know only 2 were made
Published 1 month ago by Wendy HOPE
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant drama
Excellent blend of drama/humour/whodunnit. Davies plays a very likeable, though disorganised junior barrister in a similar way to Jonathan Creek. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Another silk with contemporaneous 21st C drama
When you have seen LONDON's Rumpole-of-the-Bailey criticising the Old Baily is great
or She, the Silk risking her integrity to dig up truth, is fantastic... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephan H Cohenroellvaneyck
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy lightweight series
Alan Davies cannot act - truth. He has one facial expression: a resigned and weary sadness. What he was doing in this show is beyond me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rocke Harder
4.0 out of 5 stars good viewing
interesting to watch but not gripping. A peasant evening viewing but I would not be bothered if another series was not made
Published 7 months ago by Pam Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars Good courtroom drama
This is a very good legal series which I missed from television. Alan Davies plays the lead role with a mixture of humour and commitment and the supporting cast are also good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Appalling disc but the content was excellent
The second disc of this threesome was corrupt and therefore unwatchable, I must send it back sometime.. The 1st and 3rd, I enjoyed very much.
Published 8 months ago by Miss Ruth Brinkman
4.0 out of 5 stars alan davies shines
very good all round, alan davies explore's the role of barrister very efficiently .a complete contrast to jonathan creek, 9
Published 9 months ago by vincent ingram
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
It was just average. Could have been better with better acting. Not enough intrigue to keep my attention will give it a pass next time.
Published 11 months ago by Raftman
5.0 out of 5 stars lizbar
good easy watching as my husband is housebound through a disability he really enjoyed these DVD's and kept him from bordom
Published 11 months ago by LIZBAR
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