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Jason King: Wanna Buy A Television Series?/A Page Before Dying [DVD] [1971]

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  • Actors: Peter Wyngarde, Anne Sharp, Ronald Lacey, Lee Patterson, Dennis Price
  • Writers: Dennis Spooner, Monty Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004TIZ9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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 Newman

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