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White Heat [DVD]

Sam Claflin , Claire Foy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Claflin, Claire Foy, MyAnna Buring, Lindsay Duncan, Juliet Stevenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BBN1XE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by BAFTA TV Award winning writer Paula Milne (The Politician's Wife), White Heat is a new drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the sixties through to the present day.

Charting the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day, the series is framed around relationships; complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing--set in motion when they come together as a diverse group of young students to live as flat mates in London's Tufnell Park: rebel with a cause Jack (Sam Claflin), intelligent feminist Charlotte (Claire Foy), fragile beauty Lilly (MyAnna Buring), medical student Jay (Reece Ritchie), electronics enthusiast Alan (Lee Ingleby), law student Victor (David Gyasi) and big-hearted Orla (Jessica Gunning).

The series follows them over four decades as their lives, loves and destinies are shaped by the political events of each era--from the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, Aids, the end of the Cold War to the present day. Their intertwined personal lives played against the backcloth of these crucial events converge to make them the people they are today.

Also starring Juliet Stevenson, Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Hugh Quarshie, Paul Copley, Ramon Tikaram, Sorcha Cusack & Michael Kitchen

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An ambitious series with a very strong cast, White Heat is a BBC drama that’s set over nearly 50 years. In that time, it follows seven different characters, and the relationships between them, contextualised against the inevitable cultural and social changes that surround them.

The group start off as flatmates, and in the opening episode, we see them brought back together nearing the end of their lives. This provides a platform to tell the story mainly in flashback, a familiar convention but a useful one.

From there, two things lift White Heat. Firstly, there’s the excellent script by Paula Milne, which weaves the characters together expertly, and, crucially, finds them interesting things to do. Her words are done real justice, though, by an excellent cast, the standouts of which include Claire Foy, Juliet Stevenson and Tamsin Greig. Always good to see Michael Kitchen, too. Wisely, the older versions of the characters are played by different actors, incidentally, so you don’t have to do battle with distracting make-up effects.

Running to six hour-long episodes, White Heat is quality television, with plenty to say. It manages to successfully convey the feel of the different eras that its story works through, whilst putting at its heart a compelling drama. --Jon Foster


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of drama 20 May 2012
By Linda
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This is an absolutely fantastic piece of drama which I can't recommend enough. The way the story changes between eras is not at all distracting and very easy to follow. You can usually tell when it's about to change, but even so it's just so good.

The casting was done superbly with all characters really played well. You actually want to know what happens to them and why it happens. The "future" characters are so well matched, even in their mannerisms, to their "young" counterparts. You know exactly who is who.

If you want a well-written drama which will keep you interested right through to the end - buy this DVD.

I don't write many reviews, but so liked this drama I felt I had to recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 30 May 2012
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This is an outstanding piece of British drama and i cannot praise it enough. Like other reviewers i was worried about the series going back and forth in time, yet this is an integral and essential part of the series. Seven different people who started out sharing the same flat in the sixties, and slowly going forward fifty years when they all meet up again.
Superp actors, superb story.
My advice is to sit back and just enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop watching... 27 April 2012
By Dee
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Whilst I agree with the first reviewer that this drama contained all the stereotypes mentioned, it did not impair my enjoyment of it. When I played the first episode I didn't expect to be hooked so quickly. By the end of the 2nd I was wanting more. I ended up watching the whole 6 hours in one go.

I felt all the actors involved did an admirable job -no-one let the side down in my opinion, and despite the stereotypes I still felt the characters believable and I found I actually cared about each of them. Some annoyed me, some amused me, some brought me close to tears - but each provoked some kind of reaction, much as real friends might.

So yes, a thoroughly enjoyable 6 hours!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Heat 6 Nov 2012
By nomad
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What a stunning story with unbelievable tales of love, romance and deceit. The down to earth portrayal of sexual adventures at different life spans of the actors was thrilling and exciting.
The actors were fantastic and played their roles so realistically, at times their facial expressions bowled me over and held my attention like never before.
The abortion scenes were outstanding and very well presented in their intensity and took me back to the days when protesters stood outside abortion clinics, and often fire-bombed these places.
The fear expressed on the girls face was understandable as she was marched into the den where banned abortions were carried out by backyard operators. The boxes of instruments on view was mind boggling.
I thought the inclusion of the black African really brought back memories from the past days of violent protest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My era exactly 27 May 2014
By pv
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What cast, and what performances - especially Claire Foy, Tamsin Greig and MyAnna Buring.
Eerily vivid and accurate evocation of student life and events in the '60s, for me at least. And at the end, deeply moving.
Over the last 15 years I have become used to the thoroughly excremental quality of Italian tv, so dvds of UK tv drama productions come into my house like so many works of art of the highest quality. This production is no exception (one of the best in fact) and I sincerely hope that my fellow country men and women back at home realise just how extraordinarily fortunate they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Heat 22 Feb 2014
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Brilliant Series. Saw on TV originally. Found an episode still on DVD recorder and watched. Bought the DVD and watched the whole series on arrival and later rewatched whilst staying in holiday home. Really enjoyed every time and look forward to seeing again. Quality performances from everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic evening viewing 3 Jun 2013
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Really enjoyed this. Misssed it when it was on the BBC so was thrilled when I spotted it on Amazon. Great actors, really good story that had you drawn in to the characters and their issues. Wish I could watch it all over again!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting series 20 May 2013
By kamal
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If you were young in the sixties and seventies etc you could definitely relate to this series.Enjoy the ride with all these interesting people ,definitely recommend
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I cant recommend this enough
Buy it, Buy it, buy it now!!!!I cant recommend this enough!!! Glued straight away....brilliant cast and story...fantastically put together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa McKemey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 2 months ago by Maith an bhean
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
Thought provoking drama - one for the winter evenings.
Published 2 months ago by Marion Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, pile dans la qualité qu'offrent toujours les...
Excellent, pile dans la qualité qu'offrent toujours les productions BBC.
Published 2 months ago by Lin Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series
I watched this series when it was first shown and loved it. I bought the DVD for my daughter for a Christmas present, sat and watched the first episode with her and was enthralled... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K L Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this dvd was really awesome, it takes u thru there lives from early adults to seniors. the acting was really good
Published 9 months ago by Janet E. Olive
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I saw this series when it was on tv and loved it, so had to get the dvd so I could watch it all again. Really enjoyed it, good story and great script. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Neillyboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits all the stereotypes
If you want to view thwe sixties and seventies as a series of stereotypes this is the series for you.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. P. Brabban
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British drama
I thoroughly enjoyed the series. A great British drama, with a great cast of actors and actresses. I watched the episodes back to back, as I wanted to see what happened next.
Published 18 months ago by MRS S A GRANT
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