Cribb: Volume 3 - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle [VHS] 
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Four episodes from the second season of the classic series written by award-winning crime writer Peter Lovesey, starring Alan Dobie as Victorian Detective Sergeant Cribb. Known for his wry sense of humour, Cribb is the backbone of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department aided, and sometimes hindered, by the faithful Constable Thackeray (William Simons). In 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle', Cribb and Thackeray look into strange events concerning the prince's nursemaid at the time of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. 'The Choir That Wouldn't Sing' sees Cribb suspecting the involvement of an entire village after the murder of an army Colonel. In 'Murder, Old Boy', Cribb and Thackeray find themselves investigating a murder after attending an old boys' reunion. 'Invitation to a Dynamite Party' sees Cribb infiltrating a London dynamite gang.
Top Customer Reviews
I have to disagree with the previous reviewer, in that Sergeant Cribb is neither stylish nor dour. Cribb elevates sarcasm to a high art form throughout, and bullies his companion Constable Thackary mercilessly.
The series itself is stylish however. The lavish sets and costumes and well crafted music are a joy. All the plots, writing and performances are first rate.
It is undoubtably an expensive purchase, but I recommend that you at least put it in your wish list or considerer a second hand copy.
I would highly recommend this trip down memory lane.
Never fear - the series far exceeded my expectations, and can be recommended strongly. The series is remarkably true to the books, not least because Alan Dobie is spot on as Sergeant Cribb, whilst William Simons is equally well cast as Thackeray. The adaptations capture the clever plotting and the wry humour of the original books.
Peter Lovesey began his writing career with 'Wobble to Death', a remarkably original novel set against a bizarre but authentic sporting background, and went on to write seven more books featuring Sergeant Cribb. Of these, 'Swing Swing Together' is my personal favourite, whilst the last book in the series, 'Waxwork', won particular critical acclaim.
Before filming the series, 'Waxwork' was produced as a pilot - the main shortcoming of this box set is that this programme is missing. For the series proper, this left a canon of seven books for adaptation, to which Granada added a further six stories specially written by Peter and Jacqueline Lovesey.
My favourite episodes here are 'Swing Swing Together' and 'Wobble to Death'. In the former, Cribb and Thackeray seek 'three men in a boat' in the very summer when Jerome K Jerome's newly-published classic was being emulated en masse along the Thames. The result is an engagingly charming story, beautifully portrayed here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many Cribb stories, despite excellent work by the two detectives.Published 7 months ago by Rosebeth
Great period feel to this series. The episodes on the first two discs start out very strong, but the series seems to lose steam as it goes on. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
a bit shaky at first as some needed a clean but worked fine after that.Published 17 months ago by R. White
This was very good. I enjoyed watching the original series on Television years ago, and enjoyed DVDs. The sound quality shows its age a bit. But that didn't bother me.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Erik Strongtree
Excellent DVD with four classic episodes. Why this series has not recently been repeated totally baffles. Really good cast and some wonderful yarns.Published on 5 July 2013 by Andrew Buckle
Just as I remembered the series. Many happy hours of nostalgic viewing ahead. Should have bought the set before now.Published on 14 Mar. 2013 by Terrie Wheatley-Ward