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The Lakes: Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD] [1997]

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  • Actors: John Simm, Elizabeth Bennett, Charles Dale, Mary Jo Randle, Kaye Wragg
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 237 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AM73U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire first series of this BBC drama. Danny (John Simm) is a young Liverpudlian with a taste for gambling and women, who escapes life on the dole in Liverpool to become a kitchen porter in a Lake District hotel. The sleepy town seems to be one long string of affairs and Danny is soon caught up in the lust himself. When a tragedy shakes the whole community a scapegoat is needed and Danny finds himself in the firing line.

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The Lakes brought writer Jimmy McGovern and actor John Simm a great deal of critical praise in 1997. Following a particularly dry period for British TV drama, the show's realistic characterisations and their painfully honest decisions hit audiences hard. Simm is a twentysomething trapped in a life of compulsive gambling, theft and being on the dole in Liverpool. On a whim he heads north to the Lake District. He expects to find the countryside quietude where his hidden poetical leanings might find a home, but instead gets caught up in a community like any other. Lies, temptation and tragedy beset every household just as much as the big city.

The focus of Series 1 is Danny's relationship with Emma (Emma Cunniffe) and the consequences of having a child. As time races by, his link to the Lakes becomes an exercise in torment when the eyes of blame fall easily upon him after the accidental deaths of four schoolgirls. Stoking the flames of a series of secondary explosions in waiting are a pair of affairs, one adulterous, the other complicated by religion.

On the DVD: The Lakes Series 1 comes with two separate commentary tracks for the very first episode. In interviews, John Simm fondly recalls how cold the lake water was and director David Blair recalls putting him in it. It's a shame the two weren't recorded together. It's also a shame that's all there is in this package. Even a few cast biographies would have been welcome. Picture is 4:3 and stereo sound is as you'd expect from 1990s UK TV. --Paul Tonks

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I agree with the other reviewer who said that The Lakes is drama at its very best. This series is gripping, powerful - even funny at times - i couldn't stop watching it.

It shows a 'dark' side to the Lake District, unveiling the claustrophobic tensions of living in a small community in the midst of beauty. Some of the scenes are shocking and heart rending. One scene involving an accident on the lake will have you on the very edge of your seat. The writing is superb, the performances are all excellent - with John Simm utterly believable as Danny, just trying to do his best(and sometimes doing his worst) in difficult circumstances. He's a multi-layered flawed but immensely likeable character. I'd go so far as to say that The Lakes is my favourite contemporary drama ever.
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2004
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John Simm was an unknown when he took the lead role as Danny BBC1'S he lakes back in 1997 now of course he's appeared in Clocking Off, State of play and the Canterbury Tales. The Lakes is as my title says - UK Drama at it's best. 6 fast paced episodes each one as gripping and intreeging as the last. Its fantastic stuff and one of the most memorable series of the 90's
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By A Customer on 26 July 2000
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This was what I orignally thought to be a very 'odd' birthday present from my brother. However I was hooked in minutes and watched the whole thing over a weekend and ordered the second series the next day!
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Even more enjoyable than when first viewed years ago. All the more captivating for its nostalgia and attention to plot. They don't make them like that anymore! Simm is wonderful as are many of the other actors - bought the second series straight away!
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When I started watching this series, and for all but the last episode, I HATED it. Filled with loathsome entities like the nastiest creatures from The Archers magnified ten times, offset only by a handful of characters whose most redeeming features consisted of being feckless wastrels (including the central character Danny, played by John Simm, a petty criminal and gambling addict who flees Liverpool with his girlfriend and baby to find a cushier number in the Lake District), I felt that this would be enough to put you off the Lake District for life if that's what it's really like. Such was my dislike for every aspect of this revolting production that I almost didn't watch it all the way through. However, I'm a stubborn SOB, and I decided to finish it come what may, if only to get my money-grubbing value out of it.
Then the last episode arrived - WOW! Talk about denouement. Suddenly everything came together in the most satisfying way imaginable - valediction here, comeuppance there, so that I was filled with gratitude for the way Jimmy McGovern brought it all together, having deliberately built up the horridness in order to deliver a massively satisfying climax. All power to you, McGovern, you clever, skilful devil.
Now for the second series - I've just GOT to find out what happens next...
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I don't know where I was in the nineties when this was out, but got series 1 delivered last week and was amazed by it, brilliant story, brilliant acting. I didn't realise how good John Simm was, deaths, sex, robbery, addiction, everything was in it to keep you entertained. I have ordered series 2 and can't wait for it to be delivered and if it is half as good as series 1, it will be money well spent. Buy Buy Buy
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Well good show, brought me right back to the time it was out. Series 2 not as good I don't think.
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John Simm was an unknown when he took the lead role as Danny BBC1'S he lakes back in 1997 now of course he's appeared in Clocking Off, State of play and the Canterbury Tales. The Lakes is as my title says - UK Drama at it's best. 6 fast paced episodes each one as gripping and intreeging as the last. Its fantastic stuff and one of the most memorable series of the 90's
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