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The Street: The Complete Series 1 And 2 [DVD]

Timothy Spall , Mark Benton    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Mark Benton, Gina McKee, David Thewlis, Vincent Regan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F6Q336
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete first and second series of the acclaimed drama from Jimmy McGovern where stories are told through neighbours living on the same street. Each story is unique and individual but linked by community, shared experience and an indomitable sense of humour. Starring Timothy Spall, Mark Benton, David Thewlis and Gina McKee, the drama explores unconventional lives in a street so tough that no-one wants to live there, and yet so tight-knit that no-one wants to leave.

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The Street is an acclaimed drama series that follows the lives of the residents of a street set in the North of England. Each episode takes up the story of the people who live in one of the houses along the street. This collection includes the complete series 1 and 2.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best drama on British Television - bar none 14 July 2009
By D Jones
The Street is an absolute triumph - the grim reality of life on a northern street is encapsulated beautifully in these fantastic 12 episodes each focusing on a different household on the same street somewhere in Manchester. The characters are complex and involving, their lives offering something that the viewer can easily identify with, and their stories, whilst on the surface seem mundane, surprise and compel you to think.

The acting is second to none, the direction is pure perfection and the writing - led by the irrepressible Jimmy McGovern - is simply the cream of the crop.

A series that won't disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly absorbing 10 Feb 2009
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This is a great couple of drama series - the best I have ever seen. Its been carefully written so that, even though there is an overall story to the series, every episode looks at a new family/character in the street. Each episode is almost like a short version (1 hour) of those great drama films the BBC make from time to time. The very last episode features a guy who was up for best newcomer at the '09 Baftas. I rarely buy tv series on dvd - especially not dramas, but this one is just full of great, realistic stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Really enjoyable, proper telly, this: until you realise that you're shaking your head in awe for most of the running time. Almost indescribably good!

There isn't a single dud amongst this set of dramas. The inspired format of the "stories" contained within one street yields a surprisingly varied set. Indeed, the most consistent thread running through all of this is not so much the geography but the sublime quality of the writing and acting. Unparalleled, actually; right from the start - and, amazingly, on and on as the 2 series collected here develop. We're waiting for 3, currently airing, to get to disk as well; so that we can view the whole thing for the quietly epic magnum opus that it is.

Meanwhile - breathtaking stuff: McGovern and his collaborators seem capable of dealing with all sorts of issues - a phrase which would usually make me gag - with a refreshing honesty. This is probably why something so essentially "old-fashioned" as that most basic, nay prehistoric of TV-structures, yer basic soap, comes across as startlingly original throughout.

The writing team also has a knack of continually "re-hooking" you: just when you're absolutely intrigued by the working out of an episode's apparent theme, they grab you by another bit of anatomy altogether and make you realise that "it's about" even more than you first thought - this, mind you, without ever once over-loading, distracting or failing you.

The cast keeps on delivering the goods, too: as great - and beyond - as you'd expect from the likes of Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent and (wow! what an episode!) David Thewlis; but fantastic work from the newer and less currently celebrated members of the ensemble, as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed - quick delivery - thank you 9 July 2009
An excellent BBC drama about life on a normal street. Each episode focuses on one event in the life of a family on the street. Timothy Spall is absolutely brilliant, especially in the episode where he picks up a "fare" in his taxi. The passenger is an asylum seeker with nowhere to go. Much the disgust of his wife, Spall takes his passenger home and puts him up. A very thought that provoking episode - and series.
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