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Classic 70's children's TV series,
This review is from: Black Beauty - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
First broadcast from 1972-73, I remember this as being one of the best children's TV series of the 1970's, thanks to it's impressive attention to detail, with excellent storylines and scripts, and a great feel for the period it was set in. Having lost none of its appeal it remains very enjoyable family entertainment.
With it's rural setting, each 25-minute episode is usually a mildly perilous and charming adventure. The performances are good, with Judi Bowker delivering a sensitive performance as the doctor's daughter Vicky Gordon, while displaying a genuine affection for the horse of the title.
Developed for television by writer Ted Willis, with some stories written by Richard Carpenter (Catweazle), the quality of the series attracted an impressive line-up of guest stars, which included John Thaw, Geoffrey Bayldon and Peter Bowles.
This 4-disc set features all twenty-six, first series episodes. Although the picture quality is not great, with its grainy appearance etc, it remains acceptable, with the warmth of the series always shining through. Unfortunately there are no extras or subtitles. The inside of the single-size DVD case features a full episode synopsis.