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4.0 out of 5 stars "Anthology presented on Masterpiece Theatre ... Country Matters (1972) ... Koch Vision (2008)", 2 May 2008
This review is from: Country Matters [1972] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] (DVD)
Koch Vision and BBC presents "COUNTRY MATTERS" (1972) (411 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Country Matters was an anthology of H. E Bates and A. E. Coppard adaptations that aired on Masterpiece Theatre throughout the '70s, and the dramatizations are of the Masterpiece cliché, including starched acting, longing glances, endless rain --- The DVD collects eight randomly selected episodes from both seasons --- Stories are so sparse that sometimes a single sentence can give away the entire hour, but they all boil down to the same plot --- Boy meets girl, romance ensues, things end badly but this was BBC television at its finest in the early '70s.

Under the production staff of:
Donald McWhinnie - Director
Barry Davis - Director
John McKenzie - Director
Richard Martin - Director
Silvio Narizzano - Director
Derek Granger - Producer
A.E. Coppoard - Writer
H.E. Bates - Writer
Hugh Leonard - Adapted
James Saunders - Adapted
Julian Mitchell - Adapted

"COUNTRY MATTERS" (1972) - Season, Episode and Original Date Aired:
DISC ONE (1)
Season 1, Episode 1: Craven Arms (Original Air Date: 20 August 1972)
Season 1, Episode 2: The Mill (Original Air Date: 27 August 1972)
Season 1, Episode 3: The Sullens Sisters (Original Air Date: 3 September 1972)
Season 1, Episode 5: The Watercress Girl (Original Air Date: 17 September 1972)

DISC TWO (2)
Season 2, Episode 1: The Little Farm (Original Air Date: 28 January 1973)
Season 2, Episode 2: The Black Dog (Original Air Date: 4 February 1973)
Season 2, Episode 3: The Higgler (Original Air Date: 11 February 1973)
Season 2, Episode 6: The Ring of Truth (Original Air Date: 4 March 1973)

the cast includes:
Ian McKellen ... David Masterman
Susan Penhaligon ... Ianthe Forrest
Prunella Ransome ... Katherine Forrest
Rosalind Ayres
Robert Keegan
Peter Firth ... Tommy Adams
Penelope Wilton ... Rachel Sullens
Susan Fleetwood ... Mary McDowall
Gareth Thomas ... Frank Oppidan
Brian Marshall ... Tom Richards
Jane Lapotaire ... Orianda
Stephan Chase ... Gerald
Keith Drinkel ... Harvey Whitlow
Mary Weinbark
Prunella Scales
Nicholas Hoyte

Great job by Koch Vision --- looking forward to more high quality titles from the BBC Collection film market --- order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Vision where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch releases --- where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.

Total Time: 411 mins on DVD ~ Koch Vision KOCV-6485 ~ (4/01/2008)
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2010 20:39:05 BDT
The series was ITV (Granada I think), not BBC.
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