Jason King: Wanna Buy A Television Series?/A Page Before Dying [DVD] 
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(Jul 10, 2000)
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Opening two episodes of the cult Seventies espionage series. In 'Wanna Buy a Television Series?', flamboyant crime author Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) attempts to persuade a television station to make a series based around his fictional spy hero Mark Caine. 'A Page Before Dying' sees Jason assisting the British government in a scheme - based on one of his books - to smuggle a defector out of East Berlin.
Although crime-writer-turned-detective Jason King, as played by the deep-voiced Peter Wyngarde, was the star supporting character of the 1969-70 series Department S, he seemed rather diminished when given a show of his own, thus robbing him of the straight characters necessary to show off his flamboyance. Jason King also ditched the impossible mysteries of the parent series in favour of more ordinary puzzles that the Saint or any other two-fisted hero could have solved without having to spend so much on fabulous fashion gear. That said, Wyngarde is well-matched by his foils, the value-for-money hams Dennis Price and Ronald Lacey, as the government agents who forced Jason to catch villains for them by threatening to turn him in for failing to pay his back taxes on the earnings of his bestsellers. Jason King was also the only hero on television who would take any brutal beating from the bad guys and shrug it off, only to become quite agitated when they threatened to slice his suits to bits.
Volume One includes: "Wanna Buy a Television Series", in which Jason pitches a series based on his books, with guest star Anna Palk; and "A Page Before Dying" wherein Jason's latest book gives away spy secrets, and he's kidnapped to East Germany. --Kim NewmanSee all Product description
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It is only two episodes so really difficult to recommend if you can get your hands on the full box set.
sometimes, this series seems to have problems in producing good entertainment.
the first episode selected here is a case in point; the characters don't serve any particular purpose except looking rather bored (as was i watching this), the plot doesn't make any sense and nothing of interest happens. utterly forgettable.
however, the next programme is an entirely different matter; an original storyline about a couple of upperclass crooks who copy each robbery that is committed in each mark caine novel to further their careers in crime. well made, some humour to begin with before things got serious. nigel green turns in an effective performance as one of the crooks and is one of the last acting jobs he did before his untimely death in 1972. such a pity.
my giving this video 4 stars rests entirely upon the second instalment. if only the rest were up to this standard, the series would be a classic as far as i'm concerned.
This is a great introduction to Jason King. The only question is why won't Carlton release more episodes?