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Press Gang - Complete Series 1 [1989] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Paul Reynolds, Mmoloki Chrystie, Kelda Holmes
  • Writers: Bill Moffat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163WGW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,544 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Press Gang was a "Hard-hitting" children's program that is much loved by children as well as adults! The show follows a bunch of kids (played by 18-24 year olds) in their endeavor to start & operate the 'Junior Gazette.'
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:
Page One
Photo Finish
One Easy Lesson
Deadline
A Night In
Interface
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?
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Press Gang was constantly in trouble for being too "adult" for it's Children's ITV timeslot... but actually it's perfect for any age! If you have not seen Press Gang yet, imagine a television show that has the power to make you howl with laughter _and_ cry... in the same minute! If you follow Press Gang closely all the way through, it will do this to you. You will also remember it fondly in decades to come.
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.
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I was lucky enough to rewatch a friend's collection of 'Press Gang' episodes on VHS a few months ago, and I'm delighted to say that the memory hasn't cheated - it's undoubtedly one of the very best children's drama series ever made.
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!
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I just wanted to say that I disagree with what one of the reviewers said about it being a shame that only one of the cast members went on to make a name for herself. I presume she's talking about Julia Sawhalha, but there have been many others:
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
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Press Gang remains my all time favourite programme. I bought the books, I watched it religiously, it was great. When I saw the DVD for series 1 on sale I pounced on it, even though I'm totally poor at the moment. I started to watch, and I was a teensy bit let down to start with. But then they all learnt to act and it really kicked off. I am just as in love with Press Gang now as in my early teens. I've enjoyed series 2 and am counting out my pennies for the rest of the series. Sadly, I am also having to fork out money for Northern Exposure DVDs. Life is hard!
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