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Cribb: Volume 3 - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle [VHS] [1980]

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  • Actors: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis, Geoffrey Larder
  • Producers: Peter Eckersley
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 9 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 197 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002EJDN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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Cribb was one of the quirkiest and most imaginative detective series that British television has ever managed to produce. Concerning the investigations of a Detective Sergeant (excellently played by Alan Dobie), it managed to conjure up the seediness and atmosphere of Victorian London, soon after the formation of the C.I.D. There are many fascinating plotlines here, centred around activities such as bare knuckle prize fighting and long distance indoor walking competitions ("wobbles"). The class ridden attitudes of the time are in full view as well...there's no Jack Regan sledgehammer insubordination here, and Cribb has to be on his toes to catch the criminals and stay on the right side of his superiors. The budget obviously affected the production values at times but the stories are so gripping and the array of talent so rich that this can only be regarded as a minor flaw. It's up there with "Raffles" when it comes to period detective drama and only loses a star because the pilot episode, "Waxwork", is irritatingly absent. A few decent extras would've been nice (an interview or two for instance) but alas not too many of these T.V releases score too well in that department.If you like a decent mystery, presented with plenty of atmosphere and flair, then I recommend you give this one a try.
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In book form I prefer Sherlock to Cribb. But this is most definitely the best TV detective series I have ever seen.

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.
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I managed to see some of the original runs of the series on TV when it was first screened in 1979/1980 and even though I was young, I was quite into it thanks to the great acting talents of Alan Dobie playing a very witty humourous role along side William Simons. The visuals for the Victorian period were excellent captivating all the atmosphere of that time. Yes, not very action packed compared with todays equivalent police series dramas but however, this is a very enjoyable series and you'll want to watch a few episodes at a time; there's something in it like the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series which gets you hooked in. I would justify the current listed price especially if this is what you are after.
I would highly recommend this trip down memory lane.
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By Friendlycard VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2008
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I approached this DVD set cautiously, for three reasons. First, I am a great admirer of Peter Lovesey's books and have sometimes, in the past, been disappointed by screen reproductions of favourite books. Second, I read the Victorian period for my doctorate, so am attuned to historical inaccuracies. Third, I had heard that this was a comparatively low budget production.

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.
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I read all Peter Lovesey's Cribb books as they were published (can it really be over 40 years ago?) and loved them all. So when this series aired in 1979-80 I was in equal measure delighted and concerned that the essence of the books might be lost in their translation to the small screen. I needn't have worried. Although the tv series inevitably abridged the stories, their spirit was preserved. The books and series give fascinating glimpses into forgotten corners of Victorian England - try Wobble to Death as a perfect example. Cribb and Thackeray represent Everyman, standing for justice, prepared to challenge authority in order to ensure that right triumphs, and Alan Dobie and William Simons are perfect incarnations of the detectives. A wonderful trip down memory lane.
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