Press Gang: The Complete Series [DVD]
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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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to watch this because Julia Sawalha is in it. And did not know until after i had finish watching it that its a children's show. But i still enjoyed it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Johnny Tengesdal
This series hasn't aged very well. On viewing again, I realised what a spoilt quite nasty character Lynda was. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lee Peachair
Press Gang is without doubt one of the best children's programmes ever made, indeed one of the best programmes ever made fullstop. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jim honeybun
An excellent chance to see all 5 series sometimes when you go back to tv programmes from years back the're not quite as good as you thought but this set seemed even better... Read morePublished 23 months ago by colin peter hamilton
This was an excellent programme when it was first shown and it more than stands the test of time. Great purchase.Published on 13 July 2014 by Zumbafan
one of the best drama serials made in my life time, and the odd thing is, it was for kids.Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Philip
Even after 20 years this show still stands tall as one of the most consistent and masterfully written t.v shows of all time. Not bad for a 'children's ' show.Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by obi won kenobi