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New Tricks - Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
New Tricks - Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amanda Redman
Price: £6.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tricks, 9 May 2014
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I bought series 1 and 2 after having been abroad and discoverinh New Tricks around series 5. I was interested to know how it started. Absolutely great if you hav'nt seen it. As with all series, the early ones are the best.


New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 2 [2005] [DVD] [2003]
New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 2 [2005] [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Amanda Redman
Price: £7.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Oldies and Goodies, 9 May 2014
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I was abroad when New Tricks was first on BBC. I caught up with it later around Series 5 and watched subsequently. The later series are still OK - but diluted. And forget the replacement for Amanda Redman. That was curtains. However - I decided to revisit the early series and bought the DVD's for 1 and 2. Funny, slick and absolutely the series I had discovered, only MUCH better - including the pilot.The actors are great. Because I grew up with them in the '60's/70's (The Sweeney. Likely Lads etc) I am rooting for them throughout. If you've never seen the first series - definitely buy.


The Musketeers - Series 1 [DVD] [2014]
The Musketeers - Series 1 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Luke Pasqualino
Offered by MediaMine
Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars One for all and all for one., 9 May 2014
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Absolutely great. I bought this to send to a close friend (in her 60's who still loves swashbuckling young men and adventure), since, having been glued to the series, it seemed excessive to buy it for myself - but I may give in to have it for a record. Accept it as it was meant to be - a new take on an old story. Don't quibble over parts that were not 'in period' and it works 100%. Frankly I'm a fan of the designer leather, the pithy out-of-period remarks, the 'modern' plots. Most of all I love the wonderful Czech locations. The chateau interiors more than double up for Versailles. All the sets, props and clever makeup are to watch in detail. The theme tune and introductory graphics get you in the mood. If you buy the CD you can freeze at any moment, or rewind to catch up on things missed. Series 2? Ah - maybe another story.


Ladies in Lavender [DVD] (2004)
Ladies in Lavender [DVD] (2004)
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £4.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful wallow., 1 Jan. 2014
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I met both Maggie Smith and Judy Dench during my BBC makeup years in the '70s. Lovely ladies (in Lavender). A sensitive and beautifully directed film and a great watch for anyone who has admired their talent over the years.


Life Is A Load Of Carp T-shirt - S to XXL Unisex
Life Is A Load Of Carp T-shirt - S to XXL Unisex
Offered by wantAtshirt
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing, 1 Jan. 2014
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Was desperately looking for a present for a fisherman. This arrived within the promised time - sizing exact and good quality. It has yet to be washed - but from my point of view, 100%


The A - Z of Visual Ideas: How to Solve any Creative Brief
The A - Z of Visual Ideas: How to Solve any Creative Brief
by John Ingledew
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful and informative., 26 Dec. 2013
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An excellent book for students in this area, or those embarking on a career in design - particularly if they are going the free lance route. Some information will be well known, some less so, but there is plenty here for all needs. Strongly recommended.


Josef Seibel Schuhfabrik GmbH  Paige Ankle Boots Womens  Blue Blau (aqua 923) Size: 8 (42 EU)
Josef Seibel Schuhfabrik GmbH Paige Ankle Boots Womens Blue Blau (aqua 923) Size: 8 (42 EU)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Josef Seibel - an excellent buy., 16 Dec. 2013
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I have always purchased Seibel shoes. The lasts used in the manufacture of all their range suit my rather large feet exactly, and they always use high quality leather.This particular supplier, Clinkard, sent them to France promptly and at a very reasonable cost.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [DVD] [2011]
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful watch., 22 Nov. 2013
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What's not to like about this production. Engaging, funny, sad - all the emotions are there. I enjoyed the book and deliberately did'nt order the DVD till later. Although so often disappointed with the film version, in this case it mirrored my visual ideas, including sets and locations. With Maggie Smith and Judy Dench you can't go wrong anyway. Long may they reign.


The Paradise [DVD]
The Paradise [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joanna Vanderham
Price: £6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a specific purpose., 22 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Paradise [DVD] (DVD)
Having at one time been involved in BBC productions, I was immediately struck by the quality of the sets and particularly the costumes, which are suitably theatrical, sometimes 'over the top' but nevertheless absolutely stunning. Having picked up at Series 2, was interested to see Series 1. Certainly not disappointed, and having it on DVD meant I could freeze or replay certain parts to look at detail. Personally, I find that the script is often awkward and sometimes out of period. Zola might cringe at the interpretation and subsequent evolution of the stories, but the design side remains excellent, in the tradition of BBC period drama. Well worth a watch.
NB. Again - my own view: I don't think HD is the thing for big close ups, especially in period drama. It's really not kind to makeup, hair laces or actor's skin blemishes. Maybe save it for wildlife and nature programmes?


Young Montalbano [DVD]
Young Montalbano [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michele Riondino
Price: £12.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A true taste of Sicily, 14 Nov. 2013
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I watched the first of these on TV with some trepidation. I was such a Montalbano fan that I thought it would be a let down. Not at all. It was a wonderful production from the start. You can totally ignore any problems of appearance. The cast are completely in character and therefore convincing. The scripts and screen play are truly Italian, with colour, vivacity and gentle humour in every episode. The young (and old) police are to die for, as are the locations. There are no smart lady cops. The female roles tend to be stunning girlfriends or wondrous Mamas. No coffee to go in paper cups, but a pause for delicious meals at every possible moment. The Sicilian dialect is so easy on the ear. Subtitles don't do it justice, but how much better than totally inappropriate dubbing. I watched it on TV - rewatched it on IPlayer - and then had to buy the DVD to indulge once more. Highly reommended if you are a fan of crime drama - or Italy. If both, then it is an absolute 'must'.


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