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Press Gang: The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 1075 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KY2QDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This special boxed set contains all five series of the BAFTA award-winning PRESS GANG, originally shown on ITV in between 1989 and 1993. Starring Dexter Fletcher and Julia Sawalha, PRESS GANG was written by Steven Moffat (COUPLING and the new DOCTOR WHO) and is generally acknowledged to be one of the best series ever written for television.

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I loved this show when I was a teenager! Life seemed so exciting in the Junior Gazette office! I idolised Linda Day (which now seems quite worrying as she was really mean!) and loved her relationship with Spike. I especially loved Colin and had a soft spot for Kenny too.
I used to be obsessed with this show if I'm honest, I'd tape it and watch it over and over again. But those video tapes are long gone and all I was left with were distant memories, until I received this amazing box set for my 32nd birthday last year - hurrah!
I spent a wonderful few days watching every episode, and yes some are better than others but Steven Moffat's script still sparkles with wit and intelligence. Everything about this series is of the highest quality, from the writing to the acting and directing.
I absolutely loved hearing the commentary from Steven Moffat and Julia Sawalha, it is really hilarious the way Julia remembers very little apart from kissing scenes with Dexter Fletcher! Steven Moffat however remembers everything and it is fascinating for a fan such as myself to hear so many little anicdotes about the making of the show.
If you were a fan of this show you must buy this or get somebody to buy it for you, you will LOVE it!
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I remember watching this the first time round, when I had an unhealthy obsession with Dexter Fletcher.

Watching it now it hasn't dated - apart from the type writers,'mobile phones', and clothes - it's a cleverly written and funny show. There's a few things I didn't get as a kid and it's good to look back on it now as an adult.

Over 15 years on and I'm still laughing out loud at Lynda's acidic retorts and Colin's antics.

I recommend it to anyone who remembers it the first time round and anyone who loves clever kids tv.
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I used to watch Press Gang avidly back in the day though I was much older even then than the demographic that it was supposed to be aimed at, but the sharp dialogue and great characterisations are just as vivid today as they were then, a sign of a true classic. It's also amazing to look back and realise how many young British talents seemed to have passed through this show on their way to stardom - Lucy Benjamin and Charlie Creed-Miles to name just two. I particularly liked Lee Ross' performances and am glad that he still is involved in an acting career. Surprisingly it's only in rewatching the series that I learned that Steven Moffat was majorly involved in the creation and writing of the show.

This DVD set comprises the whole 5 series on 7 discs and the only let down is that the company who produced it didn't see fit to relabel the discs identifying which series is on which disc. Hence when you open the DVD case you find the first disc on the inside of the cover labelled Disc 1, followed by Disc 2 & Disc 1 on the inlay tray,and then Disc 2 and an un-numbered disc on the back of that same inlay tray. The final two discs on the back cover aren't numbered. This wouldn't be so glaring if the artwork on the DVD cover hadn't shown a different disc numbering system (i.e. Series One - Discs One and Two, Series Two - Discs Three and Four, Series Three - Disc Five, Series Four - Disc Six, Series Five - Disc Seven). I got the impression that someone had merely emptied the contents of the individual DVD sets into one boxset without thought or just with the aim of keeping the price down. This may not seem a big issue but if the discs are taken out willy nilly you won't be able to place them back in series order without having created your own system for this. Nevertheless if you don't mind this inconvenience there are other things to enjoy such as the quality of the video transfer and the number of extras and commentaries provded.
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After buying this I watched all five series in a week. Goes from hilariously funny to incredibly touching in seconds. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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My daughter and I have really enjoyed watching these together, even though so many things have moved on the storylines don't seem to have dated and it still manages to be funny, moving and exciting. It is worth introducing to a new generation!
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I remember watching this the first time round when I was a kid and loving it. The writing is still strong and the storylines are interesting. Though of course the chunky mobile phones and typewriters dates it a lot.

The audio commentaries are a bit disappointing - Stephen Moffat the writer has some nice anecdotes and obviously trying to be interesting. But Julia Sawalha was very boring and kept saying "I don't remember what happened" and I got the impression she had blocked out the entire series from her memory.
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By Pal Joey VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2009
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It makes me feel a bit ancient, finding that Series One was broadcast 20 years ago! I was very wary about revisiting this series, but I shouldn't have worried - it is as good as I remembered.

I bought this because, for some reason, I suddenly recalled the episode where Kenny keeps getting a wrong number. That did it; I had to watch it again!

The cast are what makes it sing, and I am surprised how many of the regular characters immediately sprang back into my mind and became just as familiar and much-loved as they did way back when.

Only 4 stars, though, as the later series didn't quite match the excellence of the first two. Mind you, it is still good, but I feel that Kenny was an important loss. He was the heart of the paper, just as Lynda was the boss, Sarah the conscience and Colin the Macchiavelli.
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