- Actors: Anthony Valentine, Michael Barrington, Christopher Strauli, Margot Lister
- Directors: Christopher Hodson
- Studio: Acorn
- VHS Release Date: 9 Feb. 2004
- Run Time: 254 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000163WLM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Anthony Valentine stars as the debonair A.J. Raffles who is constantly in demand as a house guest on English country estates at the turn of the century. What his hosts don't realise is that Raffles is also an accomplished jewel thief and safe-cracker. 'The First Step' sees Raffles meeting up with old schoolmate Bunny Manders, with one of the great partnerships of all time being forged. In 'A Costume Piece', Reuben Rosenthall is an unattractive self-made millionaire, making him a natural target for Raffles. In 'The Spoils of Sacrilege', poor Bunny is still a comparative innocent when it comes to expecting the unexpected. 'The Gold Cup' sees Raffles setting out to prove that he is not the thief the police, society and the Criminologists Club are trying to track down. 'Chest of Silver' sees Bunny wishing that Raffles would warn him when he was going to break all the laws in the land - and explain why.
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so wanted to confirm that this is the full 13 part 1977 series and also the 1975 pilot The amateur cracksman, which is on disc one before the first of the 1977 episodes
14 episodes in total
have also uploaded an image of the disc menu
For all its public school airs, it is intelligent and best described as pre-Agatha Christie, but from the sucessful and sympathetic criminal point of view! Derived from the novel of the same name and spawning imitators in other countries, (Arcel Lupin in France) worthy entertainment. On such shoulders as these does Agatha Christie stand. LOve one and you'll like the other. The production quality is not so lavish as much of the modern Agatha Christie though it is very adequate.
Little in the way of extras (you do get option of subtitles), and you get straight to the feature (without fluff or adverts) at switch on. I like this in my library.
The only complaint I have is not with the series, but with the packaging. This series deserves a proper slipcase, not the cheap box that gets bent on the side flap whenever you open it; and there is no programme information inside to describe each episode. So overall I thought the packaging left much to be desired, but it's a good deal for the price.
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Enjoyable fun from some great character actors, such a pity we don't seem to get many humorous drama's anymore.