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Wycliffe - Series 1 [DVD] [1993]


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  • Actors: Jack Shepherd, Tim Wylton, Jimmy Yuill, Helen Masters
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DLQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the first season of the detective series set in Cornwall, starring Jack Shepherd as Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, who, along with his colleagues Detective Inspector Doug Kersey (Jimmy Yuill) and Detective Inspector Lucy Lane (Helen Masters), investigates murder cases with his trademark determination and clinical accuracy. Episodes are: 'The Four Jacks', 'The Dead Flautist', 'The Scapegoat', 'The Tangled Web', 'The Last Rites' and 'The Pea Green Boat'.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 7 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Wycliffe was one of the best TV detective shows of the nineties and well overdue for a DVD release!
This show had a unique and sometimes eerie atmosphere, mainly in thanks to the haunting Cornish locales, the equally mysterious characters at times and the slow burn approach ala Wallander. Certain episodes would remind me of the atmosphere that you would find in a Hound Of The Baskervilles adaptation!
A great opening theme too with wonderful Celtic style melodies.
Just a fantastic series that never quite got the credit it so richly deserved.

Shame on the one star review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2011
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I completely missed Wycliffe when it was on TV first time round in the mid-1990s. Maybe it's because I was a bit too young for the introspective, frowning, middle-aged Cornish detective's target audience when the first series was broadcast in 1994, or maybe I was generally otherwise occupied on all those Sunday evenings. In fact, until I paid some attention to a couple of re-runs in later years, I couldn't even pronounce his name properly (thinking it was `Y-Cliff' instead of the proper `Wik-Lif'). Either way, the benefit of getting the DVD box set is that you can now catch up on the whole lot later on and at your own leisurely pace.

Wycliffe could be described as a very traditional English detective series. It has rather minimalist production values (except, for example, for the occasional search helicopter thrown into the mix). Watching programmes like this will make you want to visit Cornwall. The rural scenery and small urban areas have an appeal and the unusual locations are part of what lured me into being a Wycliffe fan. Unfortunately the lack of subtitles was a major hindrance in places throughout these 7 shows and for this reason it loses a star (due to the lack of effort going into making the product). I was also surprised that the DVD producers left in all of the commercial break pauses throughout the episodes (these last for about 25 seconds and there are 2 in each show). Perhaps this is your cue to go for a cup of tea - a very British thing if it is, which is kind of quaint I suppose and traditionalist in a way.

Looking back at 1993/1994 on the small screen, it's amazing to see just how much things have moved on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Green Jr. on 28 Dec 2010
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The stories and acting were excellent. The picture quality takes a little time to get used to after watching HD and not having subtitles was frustrating at times, but we did order Series 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Pardoe on 4 Nov 2010
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These are well filmed with lovely landscapes. Jack Shepherd and Helen Masters with Jimmy Yuill give excellent portrayals of believable people. The plots were sometimes a bit convoluted to me. Since there were no subtitles I was listening with good quality headphones, but still missed important phrases which would have enabled a clearer understanding. Apart from the first episode which was longer than the others, I found 50 minutes too short to build up the characters of the other parts in each plot. On the whole the photography was beautifully done except for the penultimate episode - Rites of Passage. Much of it was shot into the sun, which is always difficult to get just right, and there was too much flare so that the main subject was swamped with light. All the episodes are treated seriously and Jack Shepherd seems imperturbable most of the time. In Rites of Passage he is not his normal self and the script demands that he is rude to several people with no explanation offered. The Pea Green Boat is very well done with lots of sequences in boats on the sea and very lively, if that's a suitable experession!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2012
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Cornwall. Jack Shepherd the dour Det. Supt. investigating such deaths as an old lady in a freezer, a prostitute at a church altar, a fisherman blown up.

An eighty minute 1993 pilot, alterations made before the 1994 six part series - the signature tune revised, two major changes in the cast (Helen Masters, Jimmy Yuill), the pace less sedate.

The series here has yet to find its feet. Writers and cast seem rather to be going through the motions, everything generally requiring more depth. Some plots creak a bit and reek of contrivance - as with Ep.3's ludicrous Wild West finale. (That very episode, though, contained one of the season's biggest surprises - the killer not even considered for my short list.) At the time such criticisms were acknowledged by the programme's makers, they resolving to introduce more substance and realism into the following season's characters and storylines.

No extras. Some interesting names involved - not least Bill Nighy as a randy novelist. A treat for those who enjoy family feuds, waves pounding on rocks, approach less frenetic than experienced nowadays.

(Curiously advert indents remain, reminder of when an hour's scheduled viewing contained only two breaks. Many will welcome final credits which can actually be read. Some of the names on them may surprise - including Paul Bettany in the final episode.)
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By midget1 on 15 Mar 2014
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this was a gift ,and they were over the moon with it so got the whole lot now for her to watch
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