The Plane Makers - Volume 1 [DVD]
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The prequel to ATV's famous boardroom drama The Power Game, The Plane Makers follows the fortunes of the Scott Furlong airplane development company and its managing director, the ruthless John Wilder (Patrick Wymark).
Never previously available in any format, this release contains the first 13 episodes of series two - only one episode still exists from series one and that is included on disc one as a special feature.
After months of work, a new passenger airliner, the Sovereign, is almost ready for its first flight.
When John Wilder discovers that the Sovereign's French rival is due for its maiden flight he gives orders to get the plane off the ground in two days, a decision he may come to regret...
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This is classic British television at its best with a good cast including Robert Urquart, Barbara Murray, Jack Watling and the ever dependable Reginald Marsh ( remember him as Terry's irascible boss in 'Terry And June'? ). It looks somewhat dated now, I suppose, but it is well-written and well-acted. If you like 'Hadleigh', you should like this, although the characters are on a slightly lower plain ( if you'll forgive the pun ).
There is only one drawback. The picture quality is generally very good, but the sound is quite muffled on the first few episodes. I have pretty good hearing, but I found that I was missing some words at times. Still worth buying. Watch out for Rodney Bewes in the episode 'Any More For The Skylark?'.
Volume 1 includes the first 13 episodes from series 2 and the one remaining episode from series 1.
Sir John Wilder has been described as a 'prototype JR', but then on the other hand he was the original - an irascible and unlikable man the audience loved to hate and so stayed glued to their sets as the weeks rolled by waiting for that downfall that, thanks to his wheeling and dealing never quite came. You needed to know what was going to happen to him, his company, his marriage, his secretary, everything, and it holds true today. Wilder's battles with management, his bank, the shop floor (from whom he has a zero-tolerance attitude) all go into a compulsive melting pot of intrigue and double-dealing.
Wilder and his mild-mannered sales director-come-lackey Don Henderson are not seen in all 26 episodes; indeed, this series 2 was bridge from the more workshop-floor approach of series 1 towards the shorter 13-part series 3, more the prototype for the Power Game that followed. Wait - what? 26 episodes in one year? That's one punishing schedule but when you are onto a winning formula give the public what they want with the bonus that recording-almost-as-live not long before broadcast allowed programmes to be more topical.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refer my comments for series two, the three series of The Plane Makers make excellent classic watching.Published 14 months ago by ben
Excellent......just as I remembered it when it was originally on TVPublished 18 months ago by Michael21
THE SOUND IS SO BAD IT SHOULDN,T HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GO ON SALE
ESPECIALLY WITHOUT SUBTITLES. WITH SUBTITLES IT WOULD HAVE
This set the standard for TV drama which has long since been lost. Interesting subject with a well thought out script. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by phil6079
more about the workers on the floor, not much about boardroom battles, and no ending which is understandable but disappointing.Published on 18 Sept. 2013 by judy b
I worked there but lived in digs in London, and I never saw it on TV. We talked about it over lunch the following days, so I knew the flimsy plot. Great days of youth mis-spent.Published on 5 April 2013 by Billy Smith