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Paradise Postponed - The Complete Series [DVD] [1986]

4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Actors: William Hootkins, Paul Shelley, Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie, Peter Egan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GBB65C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Why, as a lifelong socialist, did the Reverend Simeon Simcox, Rector of Rapstone Fanner, bequeath his fortune to a Conservative Minister, the odious Leslie Titmuss? Henry Simcox, his eldest son, decides to find out. The award-winning series written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) is a chronicle of English political and social life, examining the warm and sweeping family saga spanning four decades. Special features: Filmographies; Production Notes; John Mortimer Biography; John Mortimer Bibliography; Picture Gallery.

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This is a wonderful period piece adapted from a book written by John Mortimer. I remembered the TV series from 1987 with great fondness and the quality of the acting is superb. Michael Horden, as the Rev. Simcox is a delight, and the doctor played by Colin Blakely is a great character. I waited far too long to buy this DVD, but having taken the plunge, I can't really praise it enough. Just buy it and wallow.
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How good to have John Mortimer's ambitious, sweeping, social/politial history of Britain 1946-1986 on DVD. There's a good story of several families through this period and John Mortimer brings it all off well.

He's very clear-eyed about the political types: from the nasty right-wing on-the-make Tories to hypocritical champagne socialists, socialists who are more concerned with world problems than the concerns of their own families, one-nation interfering do-gooders. He's most sympthetic to those characters who try to live decent lives without noisily shouting about their political values, and on the whole, the women come out of it better than the men.

The character of Leslie Titmuss is extraordinary, a real gift to an actor and David Threlfal seizes it with both hands

It's beautifully directed,designed/produced,: oh, the spacious days of quality television, where good series were allowed to flourish with long runs, character development , high production values.

It's only slightly dated (writing 30 yearsd on) : enjoy this, and find out what really went on in England's green and pleasant land.
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I had always wanted to see this series. It was so expensive in the high st. shops,
Delighted with the price and speedy delivery.

As I am interested in the period 1960 onwards, it was a wonderful recollection of those
days so true to all the details. Acting is excellent and the story line unusual.
The deference shown to the Lord and Lady of the Manor, would not happen today.
Loved the actress who played the Mother of the Conservative Minister, who had herself
"Been in Service". I was sorry when I had come to the end of the 6 disc set.

Outstanding.
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TV series quality is timeless. Actors brilliant. The tongue in cheek subtle humour of John Mortimer's writing is laugh out loud, at the same time depicting fickle realities, the contradictions of "class" and "background".
The acting quality is second to none.
I wish I could obtain the sequel series in the UK.
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I was really looking forward to watching this series having missed it on television in the 80's. The premise is an excellent one - why on earth would left wing Vicar Simeon Simcox leave his entire estate (including a sizeable share allocation in the Simcox brewery worth £millions) to the local Conservative MP, Leslie Titmuss? His shocked sons - in particular writer and film maker Henry - are determined to find out, yet their mother, played by Annette Crosbie, seems much more accepting of the wishes of her late husband. (Many viewers will realise that at no time do her family press her on what she does or does not know about her late husbands decision. Her meek acceptable surely suggests she has SOME knowledge of why?)

Stretched over 11 episodes the action flits between flashbacks and the present day. We see the vicars sons, the young Titmuss, the daughter of the local doctor and daughter of the big house Charlotte (Zoe Wannamaker) as children and teenagers, in a series of schooldays, young adulthood and maturity. Yet somehow the flashbacks fail to add much to the story. Some are bordering on the ridiculous. Charlotte's wealthy father uses his Stately Home grounds to host a 60's music festival which is apparently a great success - despite being attended by about 30 people. Sadly, the decision to have the main actors play their younger selves leads to people clearly in their 40's trying to be hippies. It is laughably awful.

I stuck with this from episode 1 - which sees the death of Simeon and the revelation of his Will, as well as young Titmuss being bullied and ridiculed by Peter and his friends as he strives to rise form his working class, humble background - up to episode 7. Then I simply watched the finale.
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Loved this series the first time around, and am now enjoying it immensely all over again. All the characters are extremely well developed and beautifully portrayed by a stellar cast. Even the distasteful characters have enough humanity that you can feel just a little sorry for them. No black and white, Hollywood style, goodies versus baddies in this convoluted (but intriguing) plot!

I can't wait to see the rest of the series and then move on to Titmuss Regained (but I don't want to rush it).
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An immersive time capsule of an experience - I missed it when it was shown on TV.... wasn't into this sort of thing back then - but now I've grown up... having all these familiar actors on screen with a great script - played with humour and pathos.... If you like this you'll probably be liking the 1985 edition of Mapp and Lucia or more lately the Marigold Hotel - leaning more to the edgier humour in the Grand Budapest....
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