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The Brothers - The Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jean Anderson, Robin Chadwick, Richard Easton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 479 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTE6G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,994 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the BBC's most popular drama series of the 1970s, The Brothers followed the lives of the Hammond family. When their father dies, brothers Edward, Brian and David expect to inherit the familys road haulage company between them - but their father has also left his secretary an equal share... Featuring all 13 episodes from series 1 plus a stills gallery.

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Wonderful, a first rate soap opera - Clive James --The Observer

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Wonderful series. Particularly nostalgic for some reason - it really captures the seventies somehow. Surely it's a bit unfair to call it a soap, it's hard to imagine any prime time TV drama nowadays going into such detail about the running of a company - business students could learn from a programme like this. Great stories about real people more than made up for the technical imperfections. What about the second series? And the rest? Give us a box set with the whole thing in it! A few years ago an 'After They Were Famous' programme featuring some of the actors was shown on TV which unfortunately I missed, perhaps it could be included as a Special Feature on a future DVD release. We live in hope!
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This is a lovely bit of nostalgia. It will never be broadcast on public TV, anymore, as the actors are lighting up and offering each other ciggys & booze every second scene.

Haters of politcal correctness will love this trip back to the good(?) old days.

The clothes, hair do's, coffee cups, and phones are all part of a fascinating time capsule (including Johnny Briggs - Mike Baldwin - as a 20 something mini-cab driver).

Can't wait for the second (and subsequent) season's to be released.
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The Brothers was the forerunner to Howards' Way both having been created and produced by Gerry Glaister. Centered around the fictional road haulage company Hammond Transport it is a wonderfully rivetting saga of three brothers and their late father's mistress who inherits shares in the company as part of his will. Naturally Mrs. Hammond is none too pleased to find out all about her husband's mistress and also illegitimate daughter at the reading of the will... and so the scene is set within the first quarter of an hour for 10 episodes of personal clashes and boardroom politics. Boasting a top notch cast which includes Glyn Owen as the oldest brother Edward (a character cloned later for Howards' Way), Jennifer Wilson as the mistress Jennifer Kingsley, Jean Anderson as the fierce matriach Mary Hammond, Robin Chadwick as youngest brother David and Richard Easton as sensible middle sibling Brian. Hilary Tindall is wonderful as Brian's scheming flirty wife Ann who intends to climb the social ladder at any cost. The series would last four years and cover 92 episodes, but is is never finer than in this series 1. 15 million viewers would tune in to BBC 1 each Sunday night to find out the latest scandals in and out of the boardroom. Whilst Howards' Way might have been it's flashier cousin, The Brothers is by far the serial with the better plotting and performances. Although the fashions and attitudes might have dated (check out the kipper ties, flowing smocks... not to mention the serial smoking and drinking) the core drama is as good as it ever was. Throughly recommended.
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To get Season II released? Nostalgia aside, this is still a great series, and deserves to be released in its entirety. I remember watching this years ago, and the script and 'family opera' still hold up today.
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What a wonderful series - I have many fond memories of watching it on TV in the 70's. Really enjoyed seeing it again and I can't wait for the next series to be released. Really good drama - nothing like it on TV now. Can anyone tell me when the next series is likely to be out?The Brothers - The Complete Series 1 [DVD]
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First of the seven series about a family haulage business. Once you have accepted the unlikely premise that Edward, Brian and David Hammond could have had the same set of parents, this becomes an engrossing series. Shortly after attending their father's funeral the brothers have to accept the fact his personal assistant, Jennifer Kingsley, was his mistress and had a child together who is on the verge of adulthood. The daughter, Barbara is very pretty, although more of a 1950s young woman than 1970s. The family relationships provide the main drama of the series along with Brian's relationship with his difficult wife, Ann. Overlooking the family activities with a rather shocked disdain is the family matriarch, Jean Hammond, memorably played by Jean Anderson. The one working class character is Bill Riley, who has a bigger role in later series.

Whether any further series will be released on DVD has yet to be decided and those of us who have forgotten how to story developed may have to wait in vain. I do recall the role of Edward Hammond being played by Patrick O'Connell from series 2 onwards. The character became softer and less of a contrast to his two brothers.

Enjoy the series, but not too much.
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obviously dated.Amusing to see how much smoking goes on - it is a wonder any of the actors are still alive.Very disappointed that the 2nd. series, where the company goes public, is not available.I would certainly buy it as that is the part I was looking fwd. to seeing again.
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Bought and watched the first series on release - Couldn't believe how watchable it was - it did not date for me - enjoyed it so much I found a site 0n line and bought the whole series - quality practically perfect - I'm up to series 5 featuring Paul Merrony - what a character - looking forward to the last 2 series - here's to happy viewing
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