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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve more cases from Fulchester Crown Court, 8 Aug. 2013
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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Crown Court was a daytime television institution. Clocking up just under 900 episodes between 1972 and 1984 it covered just about every topic you could ever expect to find in a courtroom.

The 36 episodes on this release cover twelve cases, originally broadcast between February and May 1974. There are plenty of familiar faces, on both sides of the law, such as John Barron, Richard Wilson, David Troughton, Frank Thornton, Kenneth Cope, Richard Griffiths, Robert Powell, Dinah Sheridan, David Lodge, Glynn Edwards, Graham Crowden, Madeline Smith, Ian Marter, Gwen Taylor and Don Henderson.

Due to the quick recording turnaround (typically all three episodes relating to a single case were recorded on the same day) there are the occasional fluffed lines and some shaky camera work. So whilst it lacks the polish of modern television, the quality of the acting and the stories more than makes up for this.

Particular highlights on this release are "The Woman Least Likely", with Irene Rutland standing trial accused of assault, criminal damage and theft. As the title suggests, she is the last person you would expect to find in the dock - a 45-year-old public relations officer, who had never been in trouble before.

"30,000 Pieces of Silver", concerning pop musician's Lance Porter's accusation that his father, the Rev. Fortescue Parker, stole his musical work "Jesus, Baby!" is another entertaining case with a strong cast, headed by Robert Powell.

There's been a four year gap between the release of Volume 6 and Volume 7. Hopefully sales of this DVD will be good and we won't have to wait so long for the next batch of cases.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see another volume released!, 30 Jun. 2013
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'Crown Court' was a long-running ITV legal drama, originally broadcast three times a week from 1972-1984. The show used a wide spectrum of different cases (from GBH to drugs). Although these were all fictional, the jurors were actually members of the public. Different endings were filmed to account for the verdict of the jury and this added an interesting twist and an intensity that other normal courtroom dramas at the time just didn't have.

'Crown Court' was a quality programme and very easy to watch and enjoy. The writing was superb, the scripts also benefit from the occasional use of humour and the acting from all the performers involved was always of a high standard. There are so many famous faces from the small screen that pop up in guest roles throughout the series, as well as an excellent semi-regular cast.

If you are interested in classic British television shows from the past, 'Crown Court' is one that I can't recommend highly enough. Sit back and enjoy one of the most memorable legal dramas in the history of British television.

This is the first volume in Network's DVD series of 'Crown Court' to be released in four years, there are currently six other sets available and I was beginning to think Volume 6 was to be the last, I glad that this isn't the case, and I hope for more to come. Like the rest, this set includes (in original production order) twelve stories of this compelling drama.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Court in the act, 3 May 2013
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I have the previous six volumes of this long running (1972-1984) series and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

Crown Court was never afraid to tackle serious and significant issues but its dramatic ace in the hole was using real members of the public on the jury, adding an element of uncertainty that kept you watching to the end.
Court procedures are generally followed accurately and as the programme progressed through the first few series, casts and production values improved.
Many will remember it for its penetrating theme tune (part of Janacek's 'Sinfonietta'), many will remember it as daytime TV of a superior, intelligent and often gripping nature.
At about £20 for nearly fifteen hours it's also very good value.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civil actions and criminal trials, 21 Oct. 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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For the uninitiated [which you probably aren't if you're reading this, but just in case]:

Crown Court was an ITV programme that ran from 1972-1984, and was something of a tv institution. Three twenty five minute episodes would be broadcast each week, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. They told the story of cases being heard in the Crown Court in the fictional town of Fulchester [the creators of a certain long running British comic doubtless grew up on this show like many of us]. The witnesses and the Barristers and Judges would all be played by actors. But the Jury was made up of members of the general public. Save for the foreman, who had to be an actor because they delivered dialogue.

A different story, one complete case, would be told each week. With the jury given the chance to make up their own minds on it just like a real case and the verdict delivered at the end of part three.

A fond memory of many who grew up at the time and saw it when going home from school for lunch. Although some of us had to go back at 12.45pm and would usually only get to the see first half of each part unless it was school holiday time.

This volume brings us twelve more stories from Fulchester Crown Court. And since it's four years since volume six and it didn't look as if there would be any more, this is a very welcome release.

There are four discs in the box. With nine episodes and thus three stories on each. You can choose to watch them individually or all in a row.

The cases, which were all originally shown in 1974, are as follows:

The Woman least likely..
A case of murder.
The assault on Choga Sar.
Duress.
30,000 Pieces of Silver.
Nuts.
Confine to Solitary.
Big Annie.
Falling Stars.
Son and Heir.
A death in the family.
Minnie.

To see which actors are in them, check out the listings for each story on IMDB.

Crown Court is great TV not just for the nostalgia buffs, but because it is good solid drama. There's no incidental music or special effects or anything to try and jazz it up, just a different and riveting story each week.

This volume is probably the best so far, and thus worth five stars, because it's the strongest collection of stories from the show yet. Each tells a riveting tale of human drama and even if the verdict may seem obvious from early on, they do keep you hooked and have lots of twists and turns.

Some of the ones on this volume are also very well directed. Not just focussing on the witness being questioned, but showing what is going on elsewhere in the court and occasionally outside it as well.

This being a show from almost forty years ago, some familiar faces do turn up looking very different. Richard Wilson plays a barrister in several stories. Watch out also for appearances from Don Henderson, Frank Thornton, Richard Griffiths from before he went grey. A future Blue Peter Presenter. And a one time ghost detective. Among others.

Some stories also deal with social issues that are just as relevant today.

The regular rotating cast of Barristers and Judges isn't added to this time around, all of the main ones having appeared in the show before. And some do appear quite a few times on this volume so there's not too much variety in that way. But we do get a few appearances from a barrister who hasn't been seen for a couple of volumes.

The dvd has no subtitles.

No languages other than English.

And no extras.

But it's still great tv, whether you grew up on it or not, and well worth five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Crowning glory of Granada!, 2 Sept. 2013
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The seventh volume of 'Crown Court' doesn't disappoint - it's as excellent as the first
six! I'm at a loss, I must admit, to understand why Richard Wilson's contribution is
emphasised at everyone else's expense, but there you go.... one of the strongest stories
concerns an aristocratic family where the son is accused of theft and the mother is a witness
for the prosecution; this is nail-biting stuff but I wonder whether any parent should 'sneak,' even out of
respect for the law!

As always, most of the dry but witty ripostes come from the judiciary - especially the urbane William Mervyn
and, as the battling but optimistic lawyer Charles Lotterby, David Ashford enlivens each script he turns his hand to.
Volume 8 can't be too far away - can it?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Wait So Long Next Time!, 1 Sept. 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised to learn of this release. After all it's been 4 years since volume 6 was issued.

I can confirm that the high standard of the previous volumes is maintained in the episodes featured on the DVD.

There's also some good continuity as a policeman, a forensic expert and a defendant from previous episodes turn up as witnesses. Also, all of the barristers and judges have been featured before.

All in all, this is another 14 hours of quality drama. I sincerely hope we don't have to wait another 4 years for Volume 8.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdict, 9 Sept. 2013
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Anybody that loves a good court case,would really enjoy this latest Volume of Crown court.Its just as good as volumes 1-6,so Iwould recommend anybody to purchase these as well
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crown Court at it's Best, 1 Oct. 2013
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Again a box set that brought back memories of coming home from school and watching at lunchtime before I went back to my class
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Mar. 2015
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Great memories of the tv programme
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crown court volume 7, 25 April 2013
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I am so glad this volume is being released in August. Lets hope the rest of the series is released in due time. I used to watch this TV series whenever I was home sick from school - and I can remember being scared of the opening music and the barristers. The stories are very well written, there are an abundance of guest stars and although the show seems dated, It's kind of addictive. My Nephew and Niece love it and they're 11 & 13. Have a trip down memory lane and buy this volume - You won't be disappointed.
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