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Academy Award® nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine, Upstairs, Downstairs) stars as Britain's Ambassador to Dublin, Ireland, one of the country's most coveted - and potentially explosive - Embassy posts. Supported by her Commercial Attaché and MI-6 operative John Stone (Denis Lawson - Bleak House), Harriet uses both diplomatic skill and common sense to bravely face issues ranging from territorial disputes, kidnapping and cults to sabotage and murder. Continually under fire, the Ambassador treads a minefield of Anglo-Irish tensions as she strives to prevent her personal life from clashing with her professional career - and her duty to Britain.
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This superb BBC Ireland TV series from 1997 and 1998 has been available as separate volumes for each of its two seasons but now BFS Video has packaged the COMPLETE series in one, more affordable, package.
I was not aware of the series before this "Complete" set and, unlike many others, I had never seen its star, Pauline Collins, before - having never watched the BBC series Upstairs Downstairs on PBS. But I'm really impressed by Collins as an actress for viewing this set.
The plot revolves around Harriet Smith, the British Ambassador to Ireland (a fictional character), arriving to take her post in Dublin and how she must deal with being a British official in what is - for all intents - a foreign country. Her authority only extended to the outside walls of the British Consulate. Smith is a widow (you will learn why as you watch the series) and has three children, ranging from a grade school son to a college-aged son from whom she is somewhat estranged. The action takes place in the late 1990s when there are problems of drugs, terrorism, cults and the general tension between the British and the Irish population. All this gives makes Smith's job a tough one. But Collins plays Harriet with compassion and the scripts are of the high quality that puts American network television to shame. This is another case of discovering shows that were never aired in the US for home viewing.
Because it takes place in Ireland, there are Irish accents to deal with. These can sometimes be thick but, generally, you'll have no problem.
The stories are contemporary so this is not a "period drama" like Upstairs Downstairs or the various BBC England mystery series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pauline Collins plays the British Ambassador to Ireland with Denis Lawson as the MI6 officer assigned to her. Set in and filmed in Dublin, this series has some beautiful settings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Davis
We enjoyed this show. Too bad it wasn't renewed for more seasons. Worth buying and watching.Published 5 months ago by Value Appreciator
I like Pauline Collins and I really enjoy "The Ambassador" the only bad thing is the series didn't last long.....but this is good entertaining. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Curtrenton
If only all politicians could do the great job as the Ambassador...the world would be at Peace. Don't miss this seariesPublished 18 months ago by cement gal
Pauline Collins is magnificent. Wish there had been season 3.Published 19 months ago by The Irish Washerwoman
I thought the first series was better crafted than the second, and it was interesting to see how an ambassador and an embassy operates, especially since I knew an ambassador, my... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Meryl M.
A fan of Pauline Collins, I was delighted by her portrayal although her caring approach was a little unbelievable. Good stories and gutsy performances, glad it ended when it did.Published 21 months ago by RICHARD