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A great ITC show,
This review is from: Gideon's Way - The Complete Series [Repackaged] [DVD]  (DVD)
This series was based on the novels by John Creasey. It is an outstanding series that has sadly been largely forgotten about. It is a most enjoyable set of stories. This DVD set brings together all of the episodes of this classic series originally produced by ITC. It was originally transmitted in 1965 to 1966 in the UK.
Gideon's Way is about the CID investigations of Commander George Gideon and his partner, Chief Inspector David Keen. They have both worked their way up through the Police force. They tackle all sorts of crime.
The series was made in Black and White and the Picture and sound are excellent. The directing, acting and production is very good.
This series doesn't rely on exotic locations. Instead we get a slice of life in sixties London. There are many outside location shots which give us a great insight into the real world of the mid sixties. These location shots were rare for a series of this era. Most other series would rely on brief clips taken from stock footage backed up with a few studio street scenes. This series is like a modern day show in that we are actually taken outside into the streets.
The series is also about a variety of crimes including petty crimes and domestic problems. It has an element of the ordinary which makes it stand out from other glamorous ITC shows. And yet the production still has a slick style that makes ordinary life situations seem just as interesting as the other sort of series with international locations.
If you liked other ITC shows you will definitely like this one. It has not been remembered as well as other shows like" The Saint" or "The Prisoner" but I suspect that this is because this show was made in black and white.
A couple of years after this show was made the other ITC shows were all made in colour despite the fact that most people still only had black and white TV sets in the UK. (this was so they could sell the shows abroad) And a few years later most of the British TV output was in colour. ITV were able to repeat those colour shows to help bulk out their new colour schedule. And black and white series such as Gideon's Way were not so favourable for a new colour schedule. Gideon`s way was quickly forgotten about while the colour series gained more popularity through their colour repeats that went on into the seventies. However this series is just as good as those later colour series and when you watch these episodes you soon forget that they are in black and white.
There are some very clever stories that are well written and the whole show has a great atmosphere. It is a first rate classic British show that is highly recommendable.