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A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete BBC Series - [Network] - [DVD] [1986]

Peter Davison , Barbara Flynn , David Tucker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Barbara Flynn, Graham Crowden, David Troughton, Amanda Hillwood
  • Directors: David Tucker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AKNRSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lowlands University is a swamp of fear and loathing. A showpiece Sixties campus looking increasingly anachronistic in the paranoid, profit-driven Eighties, it is staffed by angst-ridden academics desperate to hang onto their privileged status amid swingeing cutbacks. It also houses what may well be the worst medical practice in the British Isles.

Stephen Daker sees his new job at the Medical Centre as a chance to pursue excellence among a dedicated team and he's somewhat shaken when his colleagues turn out to be a wildly unpredictable dipsomaniac, a public school-educated fascist and an uber-feminist who sees illness as something men do to women. Dark secrets, sinister experiments, demented academics, STD epidemics, the Yankee Dollar, a desperate Creative with writer's block and a couple of nuns all conspire to make life on campus a hair-raising experience for Stephen!

Andrew Davies' surreal, searingly funny look at sexual politics, medical malpractice and academic rivalry at the height of the Thatcher era won huge acclaim and a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Series. This set comprises both series and A Very Polish Practice, the 1992 sequel film which finds Stephen coping with life in post-Communism Warsaw.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Lowlands University is a swamp of fear and loathing. A showpiece Sixties campus looking increasingly anachronistic in the paranoid, profit-driven Eighties, it is staffed by angst-ridden academics desperate to hang onto their privileged status amid swingeing cutbacks. It also houses what may well be the worst medical practice in the British Isles. Stephen Daker sees his new job at the Medical Centre as a chance to pursue excellence among a dedicated team and he's somewhat shaken when his colleagues turn out to be a wildly unpredictable dipsomaniac, a public school-educated fascist and an uber-feminist who sees illness as something men do to women. Dark secrets, sinister experiments, demented academics, STD epidemics, the Yankee Dollar, a desperate Creative with writer's block and a couple of nuns all conspire to make life on campus a hair-raising experience for Stephen! Andrew Davies' surreal, searingly funny look at sexual politics, medical malpractice and academic rivalry at the height of the Thatcher era won huge acclaim and a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Series. This set comprises both series and A Very Polish Practice, the 1992 sequel film which finds Stephen coping with life in post-Communism Warsaw. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete Series - 5-DVD Set


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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It may be peculiar, but it's also brilliant 24 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
This show is an unusual one that isn't like anything else, being an occasionally surreal political, black comedy-drama. Unlike most shows that were made in the 1980s and which were about life in the 1980s, it hasn't dated as it concentrates on its memorable characters. The story of its creation is a good one and I hope it's true. The writer Andrew Davies opened his post one morning and found he owed the BBC 17,000. Apparently he'd been paid an advance to write a TV adaptation, but the show had been cancelled and they wanted their money back.

Unfortunately he'd spent the money. So his only hope was to pitch them another idea and, as he worked in a depressing inner-city university, he pitched the idea of a series based in a depressing inner-city university. Surprisingly, it was commissioned. The end result was what sounds like an unpromising format for riveting drama of: life in a doctors' surgery as a metaphor for the state of Britain. Thankfully, it's more entertaining than that sounds. The hero is Doctor Daker, a new recruit to the university's medical staff. He's a painfully shy, nave idealist who's out of touch with real life because he has this strange notion that doctors are supposed to make sick people better. He arrives without any ambition other than to do a good job, to care for his patients, and to get through the day without embarrassing himself too often. I don't think Peter Davison has ever been better and, to this day, I reckon he's the only actor I've ever seen who has the ability to go bright red with embarrassment.

The show relates how his idealist ways are tested by his fellow doctors, who all have no interest in wasting their time with sick people.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY peculiar DVD 23 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
At last the BBC has seen sense and, by popular demand, both series 1 and 2 will now become available. It's a brilliant programme and never seems to have received the plaudits it deserves. Until now, those of us who wanted series 2 have had to view pirated versions - this will no doubt be of the quality one would expect. I urge everyone who never saw the original programme live in the 1980's to splash out and buy the DVD - it's worth every penny and for satirical power, relevance and wit, puts much of TV's current output to shame.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nhs for the future 12 July 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Feral nuns, mad manipulative Doctors, an American run University driven by profit, this was years ahead of its time. Watch it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1980's classic 31 Oct 2011
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I remember this series well from when it first went to air back in 1986. For a long time only the first season was available but here is the complete thing: both series and the rather less interesting spin off set in Poland following the fall of communism.

It is set in a red brick provincial university, perhaps inspired by writer Andrew Davie's own time as a lecturer at the University of Warwick. Academics and students alike are all played to comedic effect by a superb ensemble cast all of whom take to their parts with relish. The second series is somewhat darker and more political than the first but none the less funny for that. All the cast are first rate but Graham Crowden's portrayal of the eccentric and slightly scary Jock McCannon, head of the university medical practice, and Barbara Flynn's man (and woman) eating Dr Rose Marie stand out from the rest.

The series had its origins in Andrew Davies discovering that he owed the BBC 17,000. This was due to him being commissioned and paid to write a BBC TV series that he did not ultimately complete. Season two introduces a character named Ron Rust, a writer who, owes the BBC 17,000 and who is trying to write a comedy set in a university in order to pay it off.

This series also reminds us just how life used to be in universities back in those days when students still had grants and academics were content to have a job for life. Happy days.

I recommend anyone who wants to relive those long lost days or just wishes to enjoy a very funny series that pokes fun at both the introduction of Thatcherism to academia and the fascism of Political Correctness. Oh yes, and don't forget Barbara Flynn, she is worth the price of this box set alone!

Do youyrself a favour and buy this DVD.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Bob Sherunkle TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
See all the reviews, including mine, praising the DVD of series 1.

Many rate series 2 as even better than series 1. It is much darker and emphasises even more the impact of a market economy approach upon higher education. (This review written during the week of the London demonstrations about student grants!) The set also includes the sequel A Very Polish Practice, which is watchable but not up to the standard of Series 1 and 2.

For all those like me who bought series 1 - grrr. At present the only way to get Series 2 will be to buy this release, thus paying for Series 1 which I already have.

Five stars for quality of content, but four stars from the marketing viewpoint for the deliberate failure to release Series 2 on its own.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too!!! 3 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I'm not usually one for reviewing a product before it comes out but the one thing I can say here is ABOUT TIME TOO!!!!!

This series was a classic, in spite of antagonists having such unsubtle names as Ernest Hemingway and Jack Daniels.

The BBC re-ran the first series twice. The second series which saw things getting a lot more dark and twisted never saw the light of day as a terrestrial re-run or video release.

But now... we get the whole darn lot. For me this cannot come soon enough.

Bob's breathing space.
Rose's therapy group with everyone giving different names for their 'teapot'.
The fall of J G McCannon MD (quite literally).
Joanna Kanska.

Oh and not forgetting A Very Polish Practice. "Dr Daker of the doggy eyes - you haven't changed a bit!".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this series.
The series initially comes off a bit slow and drab and the ramblings of old men don't help either but the character development and manipulative storyline is really good.
Published 8 hours ago by B. Perham
5.0 out of 5 stars A very peculiar Practice The Complete Series
So pleased to have bought this. We enjoyed the series in the 1980s & on seeing it again realise just how good it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat45
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
TV at its best. In age of USA dross sit back and revel in the best of British black comedy.
Published 2 months ago by Frodo
4.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't seen this, make sure you do
Before this was re-released, DVDs of the original series 1 release were selling for 50 or so online, giving an insight into the dedicated fanbase this series has. Read more
Published 3 months ago by daveinbrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I had forgotten just how good this series was. I am very pleased to have been able to see it again.
Published 4 months ago by D. M. Littlejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time. Predicted the future with hairbreadth accuracy!
This amazing satirical series about medicine and university life first aired in the mid eighties. It boasted an accomplished ensemble of British acting talent and a witty script by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by naresh1969@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual humor at its best
Rose, Prof Fury and Prof Blum......great Charactures. If you like intellectual, as opposed to slap stick, humor just buy it.

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Published 4 months ago by Sean D. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1980's series
Wonderful series that shows the main issues of the '80s, Thatcherism, feminism, idealism v cynicism. Plenty of dark humour, well written with a brilliant cast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant hilarious black comedy - one of the BBC's best
I class this series as up there with Fawlty Towers, Rich Man Poor Man and The Sopranos as absolute `must sees' when first broadcast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supersnipe
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that stands up well 25+ years on
This program was years ahead of its time, and is one of the best black comedies ever made & screened in the UK. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew D
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