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Press Gang - Complete Series 1  [DVD]
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All twelve episodes of the British teenage comedy drama about the running of a newspaper aimed at the younger reader. Episodes are: 'Page One'; 'Photo Finish'; 'One Easy Lesson'; 'Deadline'; 'A Night In'; 'Interface'; 'How to Make a Killing (1)'; 'How to Make a Killing (2)'; 'Both Sides of the Paper'; 'Money, Love and Birdseed'; 'Monday, Tuesday' and 'Shouldn't I Be Taller?'.
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The show, much like a daytime drama, has a plot which is continuous (don't miss an episode)! It primarily follows a budding relationship between the two main characters, Spike Thompson (an American) and Lynda Day (Da Boss) while engaged in their tasks of maintaining a newspaper for school children. With amusing dialogue, excellent plots/story line & a creative twist unseen in most American shows - You will be sure to love the comedy & drama within this dvd collection.
The BAFTA award winning Children's ITV series - ran from 1989 until 1993 & was written by Steven Moffat (an awesome man & talented writer). Many episodes were directed by Bob Spier (director of Absolutely fabulous among many other shows) & stars well known actors such as Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Gabrielle Anwar, Paul Reynolds, and more!
Please take note: There are five series total - 43 episodes. In the first series, the 12 episodes are:
One Easy Lesson
A Night In
How To Make A Killing
How To Make A Killing - Part Two
Both Sides Of The Paper
Money, Love And Birdseed
Monday - Tuesday
Shouldn't I Be Taller?
This first season tells the story of how a few teenage students get to run a youth-orientated professional newspaper as an outlet for their creativity. With hilarious consequences, the "star students" and the troublemakers have to pull together to make this project work, be it for different reasons. Besides the threat of getting kicked off the school, for Spike (Dexter Fletcher, "Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels") it's having fallen madly for bossy and agressive editor Lynda Day (Julia Sawalha, "Absolutely Faboulous", "Chicken Run"). Among other issues, the first season deals with **SPOILERS** crime, substance abuse, being handicapped and dealing with it, fraud, loneliness and suicide.
The cast includes some lovely stereotypical characters as well, such as money-mad Colin (he is almost a ferenghi!) which have the power to really surprise you. The characters are lovingly written and grow and develop throughout the series. It's a drama-comedy, not a sitcom, but it's funny like a sitcom. Just imagine Coupling (from the same writer, Steven Moffat) with more family-orientated subjects and a cast so real you consider them family.
Besides releasing the remaining seasons, which I'm quite certain will sell nicely, I BEG of the company doing this release to contact producer Sandra Hastie and writer Steven Moffat for special features. Steven said in an interview he was willing to provide them! I especially hope to one day see the full length version of the final episode "There Are Crocodiles", which had to be cut simply because it was too long.
This first season is perhaps the most traditionally "kids" TV, in as far as it tells of a group of youngsters getting together to do something that adults normally do. However the wit, style and verve of the series shines though the occasionally familiar storylines. This is of course all down to writer Steven Moffat, who has gone on to huge international acclaim with his show "Coupling". Moffat has a huge talent for writing both drama and comedy, as these thirteen episodes of "Press Gang" show. Let's just hope that these discs sell well so that seasons 2-5 get released!
Dexter Fletcher (Spike) was in the very funny film "The Rachael Papers" as well as "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"
Lucy Benjamin (Julie) went on to play Lisa in Eastenders
Gabrielle Anwar (Sam who ran the graphics department in Series Two) was in "Scent of a Woman" with Al Pacino, "The Concierge" with Michael J Fox", "Meet Joe Black" with Brad Pitt and many other Hollywood films
Lee Ross (Kenny) was in "Secrets and Lies", and the TV series "Playing the Field" amongst several other tv programmes
Paul Reynolds (Colin) was in the TV series "The Jury" and the film "Let Him Have It" about Derek Bentley who was wrongly hanged for murder
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Press Gang - what can I say? I loved it then and I love it even more now, you can't appreciate how good it was until you watch it again being that much older. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2006
Just reading through some of the reviews and being a bit of a sad git had to add a few things regarding the fame of the cast. Read morePublished on 29 July 2005
I bought this with a sense of both anticpiation and apprehension. Things I remember being great as a kid often don't turn out that way and soon end up in the "never to be watched... Read morePublished on 10 April 2005 by D. Unsworth
The DVD release has no extras, and the transfer quality seems a little grainy compared to most DVDs (I got used to it quickly, however, soon realising that it was better than what... Read morePublished on 18 May 2004 by Kathleen Cobcroft
Press Gang is an unsung masterpiece. I bought this DVD with only a dim memory of watching the show back in the late 80s and early 90s. Read morePublished on 21 April 2004
I always viewed my memories of Press Gang with a certain degree of suspicion. I was a mere lad of eleven when it first aired, and I doubt my critical faculties were quite as well... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2004 by Dr. Michael Heron
Often when you think back to programmes you used to watch, there is a temptation to think that they can't possibly live up to your expectations.
Press gang does. Read more
If you are aware that this is from the writer of the dreadful Coupling please, don't let that put you off this masterpiece ! Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2004