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The Ambassador Complete Series

Pauline Collins , Matthew Evans , Crispin Reece  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pauline Collins
  • Directors: Matthew Evans, Crispin Reece, A J Quinn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Negotiating a World of Deception, Mistrust & Betrayal

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best British Series! June 28, 2011
I loved this series! The characters, actors, setting and especially the stories which were unusual but perfectly plausible for an ambassador. Extremely good writing and fast paced. This is a great buy - I rented the series on Netflix and fell in love with it as I have other BBC series like Lilli, The Duchess of Duke Street, The Grand, In the Heat of the Sun, etc. etc. Always amazes me that I enjoy British TV series much, much better than any movie America produces - with the exception of a few documentaries. I'll enjoy watching this again and sharing it with friends.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Gripping and well-acted BBC Ireland series - now all in one DVD set

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After watching the first episode, I wasn't sure I would continue. I had a little trouble understanding some of the words since I'm slightly hard or hearing and depend on subtitles to understand British and Irish accents. There are no subtitles on these discs. BUT ... the acting and storylines were so compelling that I had to continue, despite not catching every word. I don't know how close to reality this series is, but it SEEMS very real. Plenty of political intrigue and human interest. Collins does a great, though low-key, job and is supported by a fantastic ensemble. I hated to see this series end and recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No captions May 12, 2014
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I'm 78 years old and love this show. I was very disappointed that it had no captions. It's tough enough to understand UK speakers and captions would have helped tremendously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment October 26, 2013
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This causes one to realize how shallow US TV is. All the actors are their characters instead of so busy being their celebrity personalities. Great stories, very engaging, left us wanting more!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show March 11, 2013
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Pauline Collins always delivers. Very intriguing show, great performances. Happy to have bought it. Makes me want to travel more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moment in time, well done and entertaining October 5, 2011
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This series is far better than I hoped for in quality of plots, characters, and polished solid performances by recognized actors. I just wish there was more of it to see. This is something I'd love to put someplace to be taken out again in a few decades as a way of making the era come alive for later generations to see. It takes time for the seeds of change to produce fruit, and would let them see what the seeds were, and whether or not they were cared for and watered, or left to wither away amidst greed and violence and a lack of will to deal productively with the challenges of the times.
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