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Bergerac: The Complete Collection [DVD] 
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All nine series of the detective drama series starring John Nettles as unorthodox Jersey cop Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac (John Nettles). Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.
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This series was a constant companion through the 1980s and was consistently enjoyable. It is one of the half a dozen crime related TV series from Britain which set a standard to match. It has stood the test of time and will entertain and audience today. Newcomers to Bergerac may find though that the concept for the series gets diluted towards the end, especially as some of the favourite regular characters appear less often (Sean Arnold's character Barney Crozier is particularly missed) but it's worth seeing the series through to the end with the 1991 Christmas special which which brings the series to a satisfying conclusion.
The packaging gives the correct unedited run times but significantly there are no run times printed on the actual discs.It does say however 2006 on the discs and not 2009 which could be very telling. I would expect both dates to be printed if the corrections had been made to the 2009 release.
This box set is still good value,but anyone wanting the full unedited versions should check first.....Beware!
Seeing the full episodes it is easy to see just how hacked about the current TV-repeated versions are (the BBC can't even be bothered to show all episodes in a series based on current daytime showings on BBC2), and comparing the first ever episode with the chopped-down version that aired last week on TV it is clear that watching the restored DVD versions is way more enjoyable.
John Nettles really develops the role as the series developed, and even though the latter episodes lost their way and were occasionally quite weak, there is still enjoyment to be had from seeing how the whole series developed over its lifecycle. Particularly enjoyable is the changing character of Hungerford - played by the excellent Terence Alexander - from rather brusque, unpleasant ex-father-in-law in the opening series, to a rather more lovable, gentler soul as the series progressed.
All in all, recommended without reservation. Anyone else out there currently enduring the haphazard TV repeats as a way of enjoying the series and wondering whether the purchase is worth it - as I was - should simply go for it. Neatly packaged, restored running times, and including all episodes plus never-shown-again Christmas specials - a treat awaits.
Best of the main characters is Terence Alexander's Charlie Hungerford, Bergerac's ex-father-in-law who is a rich buffoon who is always involved in dodgy activities, usually innocently, and who can always provide Bergerac with the clues he needs to solve the cases. Best of the recurring small part characters is Phillipa Vale, which provided Liza Goddard with perhaps her best role as the charismatic jewel thief.
During the course of the series Bergerac went through several girlfriends, starting with Francine and ending with Danielle, although for most of the run Louise Jameson, also in her best tv role, had the role. The show does ultimately run out of steam, although the makers accept that when they amend the format with Bergerac leaving the force. And the dangers of presenting Jersey as the crime capital of the world are headed off with many of the later episodes taking part in France. I didn't enjoy that latter change and so I'm pleased the show didn't carry on for too long with the revised style, leaving this as a thoroughly enjoyable cop show.
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Fantastic but.....the picture quality can vary wildly,with plenty of "movement"in some chapters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin
What's not to like? Less than £0.40 per episode, no herky jerky camera work and no long drawn out end of episode explanation stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R.M.C.
A great detective television series from the days when British television broadcast excellent programming, my box set seems to be the none edited versions and seems to be the full... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. R. S. Clancy