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The Wingless Bird [DVD]

Claire Skinner , Julian Wadham , David Wheatley    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claire Skinner, Julian Wadham, Edward Atterton, Elspet Gray, Frank Grimes
  • Directors: David Wheatley
  • Producers: Ray Marshall
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PI3UJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set during the First World War, this is the story of 22-year-old Agnes Conway, who seems destined to look after her father's sweet shop while her more attractive younger sister garners attention from the local men. However, when her sister becomes pregnant by a working class boy, Agnes discovers skeletons in her father's cupboard. She is swept off her feet when Charles Farrier proposes to her (against the wishes of his wealthy family), only to fall for his brother Reginald when he returns from the war.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Having recently purchased the Catherine Cookson Collection boxed set comprising 23 full length feature titles, I am about half-way through watching the set. As often as my wife asks. "Which is your favourite?" after every viewing, to this date I have been hard pressed to choose just one I so love them all. Having just watched "The Wingless Bird", I think I can now answer her question with reassurance that it'll take some knocking to remove from that perch. I won't spoil your journey of discovery by discussing the plot or characters, as that's rather like slicing the centre from someone's ice cold piece of watermelon on a hot summer's day.

Suffice to say, yet again splendid casting and acting by all concerned, with period production values which simply highlight the travesty it is that these beautiful drama pieces were only recorded for TV on video in 1:33 & 1:66, and not shot in widescreen 70mm or at least 35mm with an anamorphic lens as they truly deserve. Regardless, despite the non-anamorphic letterbox presentation on a Full HD widescreen, the productions are unsurpassed and a credit to ITV given the only too well imagined restrictive budget. Festival too has done an admirable job in presenting each title on a DVD9 disc.

Set during the Edwardian age of transition from Victorian mores to post-Great war modernity, "The Wingless Bird" is about as good as Cookson gets. Definitely my favourite ITV Cookson production so far of the dozen watched, and that's approbation indeed. In two words. Don't hesitate. If you like Cookson, I should be surprised indeed if you don't like this tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookson Cracker! Great film 17 Aug 2010
I love Catherine Cookson films and this is one of my favourites. I love the sweet shop she works in and it is very romantic, but is quite violent too. I think it gives viewers a first hand replica of what life would have been like for young ladies in those times and the hard experiences they had with their parents. It tells the tale of Agnes, a girl who falls in love with a sweet shop customer and who eventually marries but with devastating events to follow. It is highly predictable how it ends, as we guessed it straight away, but is a great film with good actors in.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yea! Catherine Cookson 21 Feb 2010
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Catherine Cookson - The Wingless Bird [DVD] [1996]
I think that this is one of Catherine Cookson's best stories. This particular production is quite rich in the direct affect of WWI on folks at the homefront.

Claire Skinner is perfect as Catherine Conway - the intelligent & strongly independent young woman who manages to be the catylist in crossing class lines to join together 3 different social classes within her family.

Cookson doesn't shy away from gritty realism & she can certainly relate the most romantic story with aplomb.

This is a must-have dvd for any Catherine Cookson fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Cookson DVD - The Wingless Bird 16 Dec 2011
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I also bought this for my sister in law in Germany because like me she loves watching Catherine Cookson's stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect weekend viewing 9 April 2014
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i loved this movie from the first time i saw it and think its cooksons best. great cast and love the authenticity of the adaptation, i watch this on a sunday afternoon or on a wet afternoon curled up with a mug of tea on the sofa - def recommend if a fan of good period drama
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 4 April 2014
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As I am originally from the North of England. I like to watch films from that part of the country. This was very enjoyable. I think my husband enjoyed it more than me and he is from London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CATERINE COOKSON 2 Mar 2014
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