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This Life - Series Two, Boxset 1 [VHS] [1996]

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  • Actors: Jack Davenport, Amita Dhiri, Andrew Lincoln, Daniela Nardini, Luisa Bradshaw-White
  • Writers: Amy Jenkins
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Nov. 1998
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXKE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,760 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First nine episodes from the second series of the popular television drama. In 'Last Tango in Southwark', Anna and Miles' attempts to avoid each other only delay the inevitable clash. 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?' sees Kira making a play for Joe. In 'The Bi Who Came in from the Cold', Milly thinks that Rachel has turned informer. In 'How to Get in Bed by Advertising', Warren attracts the attention of the constabulary in the park. 'Small Town Boyo' sees Warren's secret life revealed, while in 'Unusual Suspect', Anna gets a juicy case. In 'He's Leaving Home', Milly takes over the buying of a leaving present for Warren, but is soon stuck for ideas. 'Room with a Queue' sees some tough decisions being made in the household, while in 'Men Behaving Sadly', Ferdy shows himself up at his ex-fiancée's.

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By the time of its broadcast in the spring of 1997, the second series of the BBC's drama This Life was a major event, albeit on it's own, cultish terms. The years have not diminished the show's impact, as box set videos such as this one demonstrate. It could have been awful--a British attempt to mirror the various American thirtysomething shows that proliferated during the decade. The programme's many detractors had a point, in that This Life was both self-consciously hip (through its use of music and film techniques) and shocking (plot lines dealing with gay and straight sex, drugs and violence) but what saved it--as was the case with the similarly derided Queer As Folk--was the sheer quality of the script and cast. Series Two opens the morning after one of the pivotal points of the story, the long awaited coupling of Anna (Daniela Nardini, who dominates proceedings whenever on screen) and Miles (Jack Davenport) and the effect its fall-out has on them and the rest of their housemates Milly, Egg and Warren (Amita Dhiri, Jason Hughes and Andrew Lincoln). It's the relationship between these five main characters (four lawyers and one deeply confused ex-lawyer) that forms the crux of the programme, although there are some wonderful sub-plots and secondary characters. This Life may have been oft-copied since and the cast have oddly pretty much disappeared from view, but it remains eminently watchable and one of the BBC's finest dramas in recent years. --Phil Udell

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Format: DVD
I first saw "This Life" when I was a graduate student in London. The characters and the storyline hooked me from the first time I saw it, and I eagerly awaited each week's episode. What I liked about it most was that it very much paralled my life in San Francisco. Unfortunately, I came in somewhere in the middle and never saw the beginning or end of the series. Since procuring a region free DVD player several months ago I've finally satisfied my need to know what happened before and after. What I've learned is that Millie wasn't the hag I thought she was and that I was completely fooled by Rachel. I've watched it all the way through twice now and find it just as absorbing as the first time I saw it. So when is series 2 coming out?
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'This life' went from being a cult show to being considered one of the finest dramas of the 90's. Watching this it's hard to disagree. Everything from the acting to the directing is superb. The camera work is one of the most innovative things about the whole series. The 'shakey' camera work and extreme close ups give a feeling of actually being there. And this was years before any Blair Witches. The storylines are sensitive, controversial and humourous in equal measures and it's impossible not to feel empathy with the characters, especially Egg. Was there been a finer British television moment in the 90's than the famous final scene? I don't think so. This is the programme that defined the 90's, defined an era, defined a generation. So get it now.
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I just got a hackable DVD player that will allow me to play any region's DVDs, and I've been dying to see THIS LIFE after several of my Brit friends recommended it. IT started off a little slow, but quickly became very addictive. "Just one more episode and then I'll go to bed..." It's amazingly well-written, the characters are realistic and human -- you alternate between loving and hating each one -- and it seems very much like a slice-of-life that you've been made privvy to. if you enjoy character-driven television, this one's for you.
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The first nine parts of this series are action packed, resulting in a fast-paced somewhat risque drama which leaves the viewer hooked and desperate for more.
Anna and Miles ended up together at the end of the last series but this proves to be a one-night stand as wires are crossed in part 1 of the new series and Anna ends up throwing her drink over Miles' head. The animosity between the two of them continues when they are assigned a case together and unethical behaviour by both of them results in further tension, which the other housemates are none too happy about.
Meanwhile, the introduction of Ferdy (Ramon Tikaram) continues as he moves into the house after he is outed and has nowhere to stay. Warren makes him sleep on the couch. Miles has taken an instant dislike to him and seems to determined to make his life difficult.
Desperate for 'no-strings attached sex' Miles resorts to the Talking Hearts with the encouragement of Egg. He has many replies and meets one lady who in a rather comical scene tries to enact a 'menage a trois' with Miles and her husband - the look on Jack Davenport's face is enough to make the viewer laugh for hours. The housemates tihnk it would be funny to play a trick and leave a message for Miles pretending to be an interested lady. They arrange to meet him but he figures it out before they do.
This Life is typically controversial, none more so than when Warren is picked up by the Police for solicitating in public toilets. He is accused of common assault on a Police Officer when in fact it was not him who committed that offence. O'Donnell is forced to let Warren go because of the harm it could bring the firm and Milly is advised not to represent him - she therefore passes the case on to Anna.
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Format: DVD
The first series of This Life on DVD was something I knew I just had to buy. With the first eleven episodes you follow the characters through thier lives as newly successful twenty somethings. The script is just fantastic, and the chemistry on screen means that, like me, you probably won't be able to watch 'just the one'. If you loved it the first time round then by all means, relive those fab moments (Jo and Anna, Miles and Anna, and Anna and a bottle). Never seen it before? Shame on you! Find out what good television is all about...
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Having watched and absolutely loved this series when it was originally shown on TV, I was estatic when 'This Life' came out on DVD. As there was a gap of around five years between the TV show and the DVD, I was wondering whether I would enjoy it as much second time around. I wasn't disappointed, it was even better. I still marvel at the brilliance of the writing and how you cannot help falling in love with the characters. This is a rollercoaster ride which follows the lives and antics of five twenty-somethings sharing a house and having the legal profession in common. Every subject is covered, sex, drugs, homosexuality, AIDS, love, lust and they are all wrapped up in storylines that will make you laugh, make you think and make you want to watch it again and again. To date there hasn't been a series to match this one and I doubt there ever will be!
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