The first of eight one-hour episodes of "The Strauss Family" was broadcast on ATV on 7 November 1972 to great acclaim. This glossily-mounted series proved phenomenally successful; indeed, during week ending 17 November 1972 it tied (with "Colditz") as the most popular TV programme in the London area. It lodged itself firmly as a favourite with the public and, all these years later, it remains the most authentic series (including cinematic portrayals) about the Strausses yet filmed. The superb dramatic content aside, an excellent musical score was provided by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cyril Ornadel. (In contrast, a £17.5 million, 12-part series, "The Strauss Dynasty", recorded in English but dubbed into various other languages and broadcast during 1991/1992 across the world - but curiously not in GB - proved so contentious and inaccurate that the present-day Strauss family published an angry disclaimer in the Austrian press, distancing themselves from it.) A two-video cassette set of ATV's "The Strauss Family" was issued by Precision Video in 1981, but, 26 years later, we can finally welcome this three-disc 2007 release on Region 2 DVD. This issuee is highly recommended. Do not miss this chance to snap up a copy!