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True Dare Kiss : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]

Pooky Quesney , Lorraine Ashbourne , Declan O'Dwyer , Jeremy Webb    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pooky Quesney, Lorraine Ashbourne, Paul Hilton, Paul McGann, Dervla Kirwan
  • Directors: Declan O'Dwyer, Jeremy Webb
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SAAF8E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A raw and disturbing six-part drama set in Manchester that slowly unfolds into a saga of intrigue, passion, revenge & redemption. After a death in the family four sisters are reunited after 20 years, each with a memory of a horrific incident that happened in their youth.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Families, eh? 26 Sep 2008
Having read all the reviews of this drama, I would agree that in parts, it doesn't quite deliver. However, in the interest of balance I have to say it's not THAT bad!

The plot is standard fare - five siblings are re-united after 20 years estrangement at their father's funeral.

As the will is read, their dysfunction becomes apparent - Fragile minds, fractured marriages, and the threat that the sinister secret shared by two of the sisters, will be finally uncovered.

Writer Debbie Horsefield ('Cutting It') does sometimes veer perilously close to caricature, but she does at least have a canny ear for capturing the natural rhythms of Northern speech.

Although this is largely a female-centric piece, most of the acting plaudits surely belong to the men.

No-one exudes grimy menace quite like David Bradley, and both Paul McGann and Brendan Coyle (as Nash and Kaz, respectively) deliver winningly understated performances.

But for me, it was Paul Hilton's turn as the comically phobic, mascara-loving Dennis who was the real delight.

Like a sexually bewildered Harold Steptoe, Hilton presents a man both revelling in and recoiling from, all the years left alone in his Father's company. As Dennis, he nabs all the best clothes, most of the best lines and injects them with a sort of wounded glee.

All in all, 'True Dare Kiss' is a bit of a quirky concoction. If the Waltons had been created by Edgar Allan Poe and Tim Burton decided to lock them up in a decaying Mancunian Townhouse and film them, it may well have ended up something like this.

Granted, it's not Pinter or Kafka (although, I do think they may have appreciated one or two of the characters...) but in a TV landscape dominated by Reality shows and U.S imports, there is something unapologetically British about 'True Dare Kiss', and I applaud it for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funchal Favourite 25 Oct 2011
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We were on holiday recently in Madeira (lovely place) and, as usual, TV offerings not so hot, except.......
We could view the BBC Entertainment channel and True Dare Kiss was showing....must have missed it completely the first time round.
This a truly spooky story, not least because of the old man's son who, besides being a bit camp was a menacing figure, and, well...what the he'll is going on in this family anyway!!!
To cut a long story short, we left before we could see it to completion, but couldn't wait to get hold of the video to find out exactly how it finished.
Brilliant story, cheap at twice the price!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice beginning, bad ending 13 Jan 2008
I thought I'd try this one out and thru the first four episodes they had me completely. The drama was tense, you cared about the characters, you understood their flaws and then...a crap ending. They took the easy out with this one. The highlights were still better than the lowlights though. If you can rent instead of just buy in the UK, go for the rental. Dervla is pretty hot, however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much shouting.... 9 July 2008
I like anything by Debbie Horsfield but I think this is the worst thing she has penned.
Lorraine Ashbourne(Playing the Field)annoyed the life out of me as football hooligan Beth.Practically evey scene she was shouting or swigging lager from a can,okay that was the part she played, but she did my head in.
Then control freek Nita(Pookie something-or other) was far fetched as was the gay brother.
The other cast members were "beige" i.e they sort of faded into the background.
Not one of my best dvd purchases it has to be said.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gothic light 2 Sep 2007
The setting of a decaying gothic victorian house was a great matephorical backdrop to visualise the lies and secrets at the heart of a disfunctional mancunian set of siblings, reunited after the death of their cruel twisted father. The trouble was the only real grit was on the kitchen floor. The series was gripping and compulsive. The acting excellent, and the production values lavish. BUT THE SCRIPT WAS RIDICULOUS!!! I can only assume that because it was shown over July and August it wasn't supposed to be viewed as anything more that a light hearted untaxing filler, in an undemanding summer shedule.I kind of wish I hadnt watched it because due to the silly ending it was totally forgettable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong start, weak finish 31 Jan 2013
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It starts at an almost Hitchock level of suspense and it remains at its strongest while you don't know what the hell is going on. It has some gripping sub-plots but somehow the main story collapses at the end by becoming simply implausable. I'll not watch again until I grow old enough not to remember I already have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!!! 10 Sep 2010
great show! keeps you entertained and guessing right until the end. great story and characters. watched entire series in one sitting!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Truly compelling & gripping drama serial about a totally dysfunctional family from Manchester with twists,turns & surpises in every episode. Star turn from Paul Hilton as the agrophobic Dennis in the cold & calculating grip of his 'dead' father. Truly atmospheric daringly dark & superbly written & acted piece. Highly recommended
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Published 20 days ago by D. S. Golby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent super-fast service
Published 1 month ago by Miss D Beall
2.0 out of 5 stars True Dare Trash
*There will be some spoilers*

Whilst there is some entertainment factor in how the odiousness of each character is revealed and how some become slightly less odious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Scarlett
3.0 out of 5 stars True Dare Kiss
I found this dvd very depressing and I wouldn't want to watch it again in the future. I chose it because I admire Lorraine Ashbourne
she is a great actress
Published 13 months ago by christine hackett
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but exciting!
We enjoyed this, it is not for the faint hearted as is very violent and gory, if you have young children you might want to veto this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Helen E. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
We watched this knowing nothing about, never having heard of it. We were hooked in the first 15 minutes.
Some humour, lots of sadness and lots of surprises. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. A. Brooman
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work
This product was recommended to watch but to be honest I found it very difficult to follow and yet to watch more than 30minutes into it as I keep falling asleep!
Published 16 months ago by J Callum
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Really enjoyed this DVD which I watched over a few nights.
It had me gripped from the start.
It was heartwarming but gritty in parts. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs M A Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really enjoyed watching this - and the bonkers turns of the plot - and unlike other reviewers I actually thought the way things turned out in the end was probably the best thing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sally Burdyke
4.0 out of 5 stars A series well worth watching
Superb acting especially by Esther Hall and Pooky Quesnel, very convincing. though the script was slightly disappointing at the end.
Published 17 months ago by JimCoyle
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