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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on the beat at Dock Green nick
Dixon of Dock Green was a series particularly hard hit by the BBC archive purges of the 1960's and 1970's. Out of the 432 episodes made, only 32 exist today - 11 in black & white and 21 in colour.

The first Acorn release contained six of the first seven surviving colour episodes (Molenzicht was not included due to unspecified rights issues). This DVD contains...
Published 13 months ago by Mr. D. K. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite As Good As The B&W Episodes
I bought the first collection of this long running series and found it to be quite interesting. This second collection is from the same era when the shows were broadcast in colour and just as good. In my opinion though, the black and white episodes were far superior when Jack Warner was the main character. In the latter series, when he became too old to be the main...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on the beat at Dock Green nick, 23 Jun 2013
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dixon of Dock Green: Collection 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Dixon of Dock Green was a series particularly hard hit by the BBC archive purges of the 1960's and 1970's. Out of the 432 episodes made, only 32 exist today - 11 in black & white and 21 in colour.

The first Acorn release contained six of the first seven surviving colour episodes (Molenzicht was not included due to unspecified rights issues). This DVD contains the next six existing episodes (all originally transmitted as part of the 21st season in 1975). So if sales are good hopefully we should get volume three in due course (the final season - and the only complete Dixon season that remains) and then volume four could mop up the existing b&w episodes.

Of the six episodes contained on this DVD, two of them (Baubles, Bangles & Beads and A Slight Case of Love) only exist as domestic recordings because the original videotapes were wiped back in the 1970's. This means that the picture quality is not quite broadcast standard, but they are still quite watchable. And given the small number of Dixons that still exist, I'm sure most people would sooner have them than not, even with the lesser PQ.

Looking at these two episodes, Baubles has a lighter touch than some of the other stories on this set and is quite amusing at times. Love, about a female con-woman, is helped no end by a guest turn by Julian Glover who is always good value in anything he appears in.

Target - which sees the Dock Green coppers stumble across a Special Branch stakeout - is a strong opening episode with a fine performance by Anthony Steel as the mysterious Mr Smith. Also very good is the final story on this release - Conspiracy. Concerning an investigation by Dixon and Crawford into possible police corruption, it was the last episode of the 21st season and for a while it looked like it could have been the final story of all until the go-ahead was given for one more season.

The first Dixon DVD, released last year, saw a welcome reassessment of the programme, as for far too long the show was regarded as a paternalistic and hopelessly out-of-date dinosaur. This view was seemingly formed from a handful of out of context clips from the early b&w episodes. The colour Dixons were hardly discussed at all, and when they were it was usually only to convey amazement that the programme had lasted so long.

The reality is that the majority of the surviving colour Dixons are very engaging dramas, as well as the historical interest they have in allowing us to see how both the urban landscape and attitudes have changed in the last 40 years. This DVD is well worth a purchase, and hopefully Acorn will release the remaining episodes in due course.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping nostalgia!, 14 July 2013
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I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this second 2 DVD set from Acorn Media via Amazon. I was not disappointed - the quality of picture/sound transfer to DVD is really quite good. However, the most important thing is screenplay and storyline - I have found each of the 6 episodes compelling viewing. These programmes will invoke a sense of nostalgia in most people born in the 50's when the series' first started (although all the episodes on these DVDs hail from the first half of 1975). I also enjoy looking at the cars and London scenes and thinking if only they'd known about mobile phones, DNA and the level of social change that was to take place then! However, having worked with the police for 34 years some things both inside the organisation and externally have remained remarkably consistent too.

A very good start by Acorn at reviving this wonderful TV series - please let's have more! The ultimate situation would be to have all the episodes from 1955 to 1976 as a boxed set - Acorn please take note! However, according to some research that has been done, although 432 episodes of the series were produced, only 32 remain - this is because the early episodes were live and later on, before the historical significance of the material was realised, the BBC had a policy of wiping and reusing videotapes. So to be fair to Acorn their task is a difficult one and they've done very well so far in tracking down the dozen episodes they've released to date.

Highly recommended to those of a DoDG vintage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite As Good As The B&W Episodes, 17 Sep 2013
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I bought the first collection of this long running series and found it to be quite interesting. This second collection is from the same era when the shows were broadcast in colour and just as good. In my opinion though, the black and white episodes were far superior when Jack Warner was the main character. In the latter series, when he became too old to be the main character and was sidelined the show did not seem quite as good. Still, hopefully, one day the BBC may release the surviving B&W episodes .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dixon, 6 Aug 2013
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This was bought as a present for an older relative, who did enjoy watching the old programs again as she says the new stuff is all the same, no decent stories and all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dixon of Dock Green: Collection 2 [DVD], 14 Aug 2013
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What can you say. People of a certain age grew up with Dixon. Every saturday night my parents tuned in to it. It was & is unmissable. This is the 2nd volume lets hope that there are further episodes to be issued.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 July 2013
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Like the first Dixon dvd this is an excellent watch.This brings back enjoyable memories and I echo the comments of other reviewers that the remaining episodes which survived the purge be produced on future dvd's.Well done Acorn!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favourite, 21 July 2013
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Good to see again. Uncomplicated storylines but highly watchable. If you haven't seen D of D G then buy this, if you have seen it then watching this will transport you back a few decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Please, 10 Feb 2014
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Was really nice to step back in time and watch these. Would love some of the older ones though even if they are black and white..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Tales from Dock Green, 30 Oct 2013
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Watching these episodes evokes memories of yesteryear. These well crafted stories look back to a time when the way of life was undergoing change but old values largely remained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dixon of Dock Green, 26 Oct 2013
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Have been looking for this series for ages
Great quality for the age of the series
Good value for money
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