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First series of the classic 1970s drama, starring Adam Faith as petty crook Ron 'Budgie' Bird. Recently released from prison, Budgie soon finds himself embroiled in more petty scams and get rich quick schemes, none of which seem to end in success, and all of which seem to get Budgie in trouble with the police, and with his dodgy underworld boss, Charlie Endell (Iain Cuthbertson). Episodes are: 'Out'; 'Some Mother's Son'; 'Brains'; 'Grandee Hotel'; 'In Deep'; 'Could Do Better'; 'Best Mates'; 'Everybody Loves a Baby'; 'A Pair of Charlies'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 1)'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 2)'; 'Sunset Mansions, Or, Whatever Happened to Janey Babe?'; and 'And In Again'.
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So,plagiarism or flattery?
Of course this rushed to DVD from VT has all the usual flaws associated with it,with little care in the transfer more evident in the first series than the second,and I cannot work out why the LWT logo to finish the final episode appears to be done in kiddies' crayon,and the soundtrack has some production staff mutterings in the background on fade...
This series was cult viewing at the time and is another little piece of nostalgia that still works well today,if you forgive the lack of slickness in the production techniques.But it was how things were done back then.
Anyway,I enjoyed my trip down memory lane,if not Petticoat Lane aswell,and the dialogue launched some notable later careers for the likes of Jamie Oliver who appears to have based his entire mockney accent on that of Budgie Bird,the erstwhile and archetypal cockney wide-boy.
"Leave it art","'ang abaht","come in Budgie,come in","the saucepan-lid","bish bash bosh",and the immortal "gor blimey,I've stood for it again" later a staple for Terry McCann...yep they are all there in abundance.
You also get a chance to play spot-the-face,and a notable performance by the late John Thaw as a Welshman,pre- the "Shut it,son" Sweeney days,and a cameo by Peter Sallis are indicative of some of the real talent involved here.
Not forgetting of course Iain Cuthbertson's affected and sometimes menacing Glasgie accent.....
Another classic for my collection.If you were around 14 years of age circa 1970 it will also give an insight into how the term fashion victim was born.
Satin jackets,suede bombers,the round collar shirts and the garish boots are all on display,and some of us used to wear this "gear" too.......Enjoy.
Watching Budgie series 1 & 2 again feels weird after all this time - but it was well worth the wait and it's just as good as I remember it. Adam Faith was truly great in this part. If Adam hadn't had a near fatal car accident after filming series 2 then others would have doubtless followed.
I bought the DVD's on behalf of a friend, who does not have an internet connection and decided to watch them. Each disc has 3 shows lasting 50 minutes. The three characters that stand out are Charles Endell, superbly played by Ian Cuthbertson, Budgie by Adam Faith and Hazel played by Lynn Dalby.
I find the plots somewhat repetitive, badly edited and overall its quite a depressing series, as Budgie never wins, no matter what. I suppose it is British realist drama in fine form, compared to American sitcom/dramas where more times than not, there is a happy ending.
I am not sure I can agree that this is the best UK drama ever. I found it too depressing to really enjoy it. I prefer a show like Minder, which I think is so much better for entrainment value.
For those who grew up with the series, I am sure watching it will bring back happy memories, but I found the plots and realism just a bit too depressing for it to be the best entertainment drama ever. Sorry.
Perhaps we were less critical then or maybe Waterhouse and Hall didn't try hard enough. The tedious Grandee Hotel episode is completely out of place and looks it like was adapted from a rejected Play for Today.
After a while all the episodes seem the same. Adam Faith and the rest of the cast do their job well but you just know Budgie is going to get stitched up by Charlie Endell every week and you can usually see it coming miles away.
Altogether a disappointment. Maybe Minder etc trained us to expect a much titghter script.
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The stars are first rate - but the series not as good as I remembered.Published 13 months ago by Will
Love Adam Faith and when it was first on TV watched every week.
But sorry just too dated for me now.