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The Grand: Series One [DVD] (1997)

Michael Siberry , Julia St John , Douglas Mackinnon , Noella Smith    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Siberry, Julia St John, Mark McGann, Tim Healy, Susan Hampshire
  • Directors: Douglas Mackinnon, Noella Smith, Kim Flitcroft, Morag Fullarton
  • Writers: Russell T. Davies
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 401 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUU7O8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ITV drama series following the trials and tribulations of the Bannerman family as they re-open their hotel following the end of the First World War. Michael Sibbery, Tim Healy, Susan Hampshire and Mark McGann star.

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Made in 1997 this excellent drama series, devised and written by Russell T. Davies, is set in an opulent Manchester Hotel, The Grand, just after the end of World War One and follows the lives and loves of both the Bannerman family who own the hotel and the staff who keep it running. The main cast includes many familiar faces, amongst them, Mark McGann (Business as Usual), Susan Hampshire (Monte Carlo or Bust; Living Free; Tv's- Monarch of the Glen), Julia St John (Tv's- The Brittas Empire), Stephen Moyer (Tv's- True Blood), Tim Healy (Tv's Auf Wiedersehen Pet), Rebecca Callard (Tv's- The Borrowers), Amanda Mealing (Tv's- Holby City) & Jane Danson (Tv's- The Bill; Coronation Street), whilst amongst the guest actors in various episodes are; Lucy Davis (Tv's- The Office), Michael Sheen (The Queen; Frost/Nixon) & Daniel Casey (Tv's- Midsomer Murders).


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs downstairs in a hotel 1 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This fantastic series from 1997 is "Upstairs Downstairs" but in a hotel, where the class divide is very apparent. With passion and a bit of mystery there is everything for a Sunday night in. With a dedicated look at life after the first world war with all it's complications, including a changing outlook to equality between the sexes and the social classes. As well as the usual bad guy trying to win the good woman who is just about fighting her attraction. Recommended if you like a good period drama.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By Scots Lass TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Russel T Davies (Dr Who) wrote this delightful series which was first shown in 1995 on ITV. Set in the luxurious Grand Hotel in Manchester just after WW1, it tells the stories of staff members and guests during the day to day running of the establishement.

John Bannerman and his wife Sara are the new owners of the hotel following the death of his father Charles. But the grand opening goes wrong when John and Sara learn that their accountant has gambled and lost the money put aside for the refurbishment. With few options they turn to Marcus Bannerman, John's brother (played by Mark McCann) who agrees to come in as a partner, accepting 49% of the business, with John retaining the other 49% - and Sara holding 2%.

Conflicts abound as Marcus makes his feelings for his sister in law clear and tries to drive a wedge between his brother and his wife. Meanwhile, son Stephen has returned safe from the war - but he finds it a struggle to slot back into civilian life and begins to make some bad choices....

Below stairs we get to know the team of maids, bootboys, bar staff etc who are led by Jacob Collins (Tim Healy - Auf Weidersen, Pet) the unflappable, practical doorman who keeps a quiet eye on the running of the hotel, assisted by the housekeeper, Mrs Harvey (Christine Mackie). Monica Jones (Jane Danson - Coronation St) is new on the staff but she has ambitions and when she learns that resident guest Esme Harkenss (the delightful Susan Hampshire - Monarch of the Glen) is a semi-retired prostitute and former brothel Madame, she begins to consider an alternative way of 'bettering' herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the grand-love it 14 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
If you are a fan of period drama you will like the the grand. Stories focus around the family who own the grand hotel, it's guests and the staff who work there.
It all goes on at the grand, sex. love, murder and incest. Well written stories and i liked the set's and period clothing.
Also for the ladies it has two sexy male actor's Mark McGann and Stephen Moyer (who now play's vampire bill in true blood) In fact all the actor's are very good in this wonderful drama.
I have just ordered the second series from the states, it play's fine on my uk dvd player.
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very amazing film/series about a hotel in Manchester and the relationships between staff and owners. Reminds me a lot of the current new series on TV ' Mr Selfridge' or 'Downton Abbey'.... all about HUMAN BEINGS and relationships and similar TIME PERIOD... turn of century pre-post 1st and 2nd World War -
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old TV show 29 Mar 2014
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An old TV series, written by Russell T Davies - of Torchwood, Dr Who, Casanova, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Queer as Folk (UK) etc fame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Dvd 7 Mar 2014
By jilly
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Great Quality Dvd Loved the series when on the telly. Now I got it all to myself to watch over and over.
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