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gripping and nostalgic,
This review is from: Gideon's Way - The Complete Series  [DVD] (DVD)
What a treat. This really brings back the memories of a Britain long gone.
Policemen walked the streets back then; didn't have personal radio's, police telephone boxes of Tardis fame sufficed for communication. They drove around in black Wolseley cars - equipped with the latest in radiophone technology. Seeing the decor of the houses featured in the series, interior design wasn't even a twinkle in the eye, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen would have had a field day. The location filming is a running documentary on Sixties Britain, shopping, fashion, attitudes, London Docklands before it went up market, cars(Humbers, Zephyrs, Jaguars,et al), London's gangland it's all in the mix.
Apart from the nostalgia the storylines are surprisingly gritty too, with endings that occasionally catch you on the hop with an unexpected twist in the tail. John Gregson is great as Commander George Gideon, warm and sociable with an uncanny knack of apprehending the villain in the very act of committing the dastardly deed. The medley of actors that appear will have your head spinning, from Finlay Currie near the end of his career to an early outing for John Hurt.
I loved this set for all of the above and more, it is British television at it's best.