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Flockton Flyer - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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All 12 episodes from the series about the Carter family, who, after taking over the running of the local preservation railway, become involved in many adventures, mostly centred around the main engine, 'The Flockton Flyer'. Episodes comprise: 'Be It Ever So Humble', 'Game, Set and Match', 'Pull the Other One', 'Under the Circumstances', 'Oo Do You Suppose Will Get the Meddle?', 'I Name This Ship', 'Race You for It', 'What a Little Beauty', 'Ready When You Are Mr. Cutley', 'A Question of Honour', 'Op It' and 'A Little Bit of Somewhere'.
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Some viewers may not approve of a casting change between the two series - Jessica is played by a different actress in the second series. Also, while the first Jessica collects a real menagerie of animals, the second one confines herself to the dog Yeller. Both Jessicas are appealing though, each in her own way. Kathy is also missing from the second series. However this does not really spoil our pleasure - both series' are very enjoyable. It was filmed on the West Somerset Railway in the west of England.
This is a DVD that I would recommend.
The show, often dismissed as a relic of a bygona era in recent times, is a wonderful series with engaging characters, from Bob Carter, the level-headed patriarch of the household, Commander Frost, the head of the railway society's board who cannot shake off all the terms and traditions he picked up in the Navy, and Bill Jelly, a vagrant living in a lineside hut who tells many a tale of his travels in exotic lands. Each one draws us into this beautiful little world, and keep us enthralled episode after episode.
Each episode is beautifully written, carefully blending elements of drama, comedy and adventure until the mixture is just right. Throughout the 12 episodes of the entire series, we are treated to ghost trains, saboteurs, cattle rustlers, train robbers, and a thrilling chase between the Flockton Flyer and another tank engine owned by the scheming Duke of Flockton (played wonderfully by Patrick Mower of "Carry On England", here doing his best impression of Somerset's Dick Dastardly).
Together with Patrick Whitbread's tie-in novel, also called "Flockton Flyer", this is a series for all ages. It is a series of wonderful characters, beautiful scenery, and a celebration of the country railways many of us take for granted.
OK the stories arent "gripping", and for me the basic acting was a bit fun...but seeing the railway I grew up to love... and seeing the loco I eventually got to actually DRIVE. its PURE MAGIC. 6412 being used and abused on a lovely railway in a beautiful part of the country.
Considering its age...its a good transfer.. strange to see Sheila Fearne, Peter (Chief Scout) Duncan and Gwyneth(Only fools and horses) Strong on early roles its a great way to spend a few hours..
All I'd say is... if you like this..buy it but please go and visit the railway too.. the WSR is a lovely railway and even though the Flyer has moved on to smaller railways (the passenger trains got too big for her..and thats a great recommendation for a lovely line) - the WSR is a great place. And for those who know the line... happy scenery spotting!
Buy it from the shop at Minehead and SUPPORT your railway!
Buy it and enjoy some nostalga
Who cares that the acting is slightly wooden and that the contrast between the grainy film sequences and the garish studio sequences is a bit jarring? The stories are great and so are the locations and the footage of Flockton Flyer in action.
The DVD comes with a very detailed booklet about the filming, which explains why the title changed from "The Flockton Flyer" (Series 1) to "Flockton Flyer" (Series 2) [railway enthusiasts pointed out that locomotive names conventionally do not start with "The"] and describes the plot and filming schedule for an episode which was never filmed because it involved an over-ambitious air-sea rescue sequence that was evidently too costly to film.
My only slight criticism of the DVD authoring is that the ability to move at random through the episode by clicking on the player's timeline has been disabled for some strange reason, so you can only play, fast-forward or rewind - but this is only likely to affect people like me who wanted to skip straight to the credits to transcribe them for IMDB!