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Sergeant Cork - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] [1963]

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  • Actors: John Barrie, William Gaunt, Charles Morgan, Freddie Fowler, Peter Sallis
  • Directors: Antony Kearey, Bill Stewart, Christopher Morahan, Dennis Vance, Geoffrey Nethercott
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GDM2VY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,996 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 40 episodes from the first series of the early 1960s crime drama that follows the struggles of Sergeant Cork (John Barrie) to introduce the latest scientific detection techniques to the fledgling Metropolitan CID of the 1890s. Helped by his public school assistant Bob Marriott (William Gaunt), Cork investigates a range of puzzling crimes, all the time waging a one-man war with his superiors to achieve proper status and recognition for the CID.

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I thought this was brilliant. The style is very much 1960's TV. The main actors give very enjoyable performances and anyone who liked William Gaunt as Richard Barratt in The Champions should consider buying this to see him in what was probably his first major TV role. The plots are traditional whodunnits in most cases and there is a certain amount of humour similar to Ghost Squad, The Avengers and other similar series. I would recommend it and am eagerly awaiting series 2.
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For those of you who like slick, complex detective dramas with emotionally charged relationship issues this probably isn't for you. But if you enjoy 60's TV and are fans of William Gaunt, or John Barrie for that matter, I urge you to buy this DVD. It was something of a relief to me to watch a drama where the main characters weren't trying to sleep with one another, which seems to be a prerequisite these days!

The plots are simple, although a few have some genuine surprises, and all the fluffs are kept in, as was the way back then, but what I found most enjoyable is the double act between Sgt Cork and Bob Marriott plus some excellent guest appearances. It is often funny and sometimes dramatic, touching or surprising. The characters are well fleshed out and enjoyable to watch.

I agree wholeheartedly with the first review. Please bring out the second series.

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I bought this (although I recalled it from when I was a boy) for my sister.... unfortunately - she said Sergeant Cork when she meant Alan Dobie as (Sergeant) CRIBB! (also on DVD and I thoroughly recommend it!).

These are good for their time, though... the sets are definitely studio bound and simplistic, and the acting slow (like Dixon of Dock Green and no wonder, since Ted Willis created it) but the scripts are good and there are nuances in some of the characters, even the incidental characters, that make them interesting....

Oh yes, these discs are worth the money I paid for them. And I do recommend them.
The picture quality is good, as well.
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I AGREE WITH THE OTHER REVIEWS THIS IS GOOD CLEAN TV FROM THE 60S, I WAS ONLY A BOY WHEN THIS CAME OUT BUT A FEW PARTS OF THE SERIES STILL STUCK IN MY MIND IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS TO COME OUT ON DVD FOR AGES ALL I CAN SAY IS BRING ON SERIES 2!!!!
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Sergeant Cork - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] [1963]A great old series from the sixties that i watched as a boy and i was so happy to watch and enjoy just as much even though i not far off sixty myself now.Good stories well written and acted and although the sets are a bit creaky it detracts from the enjoyment not a jot.John Barrie who often played baddies in those days was great in the title role and William Gaunt who became famous in the Champions(which i thought was rubbish) was never better.When is the next series or better still all of the other series going to be available we have been waiting for a long time now!
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i can't help but wonder if "sergeant cork" is a bit of a wasted opportunity. the idea for the series is a good one but the final results are somewhat mixed.
to me, the actors are going about in fancy dress as the scripts make no mention as to what was happening at the time the series was based. this is the biggest letdown of all, as some historical and political references would have gone a long way towards some kind of improvement. alas, it misses the mark by yards.
the two leading actors are good enough, the sets are what you would expect, the footage is typically grainy, the direction is average, the supporting cast are superb for the most part but the lack of any location shots is also a major handicap. usually, i wouldn't mind but it would have helped to have created the right atmosphere if some shots had been done on location.
this series isn't really for me i'm afraid. it's a pity as the potential is clearly there.
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Considering it came out in 1963, these programmes were well made. There aren't many twists and turns in the various plots, but it's still good stuff. Being in black and white helps you get a feel for the period.
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