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Clatterford: Season 1 (2007)

Joanna Lumley , Jennifer Saunders  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N8UXYC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Six episodes on two discs
  • 2006 Christmas Special

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Clatterford: Season 1 (Dbl DVD)

Fans of Calendar Girls and the many productions of French and Saunders (creators of Absolutely Fabulous) will enjoy Clatterford: The Complete Season One. Centered on the daily and social calendars of the village women, Clatterford features unique characters, comical by observation with the wonderful human traits we can all relate to. The women make jam and have meetings, but it's what goes on outside of those meetings where we really get to know the women. Leading a cast of familiar faces, including Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, is Dawn French, who portrays a mentally challenged woman, Rosie. The excellent writing in this series is apparent in an episode featuring Rosie and Margaret, her dueling personalities, fighting over the religious importance of a potato supposedly with the face of Jesus. Rosie is about as close as we get to the zaniness of Ab Fab, since the humor here is more subtle overall and weaved throughout, posing as normalcy. Also subtle are the dramatic moments and serious undertones, which elevate this series above being just another "Britcom."--Rachel Moss

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect AbFab March 12, 2007
I saw the English broadcast of this series and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a heartwarming view of small village life complete with all of the quirky types of characters you might expect. Think Calendar Girls, with its focus on the local Women's Institute (called the Women's Guild in Clatterford). I read one review that aptly compared it to Northern Exposure. The BBC has done the series as much harm as good by promoting it as "by the creator of Absolutely Fabulous," Jennifer Saunders. This is not AbFab and one shouldn't expect anything like that. But Jennifer Saunders continues to be a master at taking common events, situations, or conversations and embellishing them to the brink of absurdity. This series can provide plenty of smiles, but don't expect hilarity. It wasn't written that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could move to Clatterford... June 9, 2007
If I could scream from the top of the tallest Virginia mountain and have others hear me, I would. I would scream my heart out if only those sitting in New York comfy chairs would acknowledge the fact that the BBC continually, at times without effort, creates amazing television series with what seems like the least amount of effort. With the new shows coming out on American television lately we either need to have big budgets coupled with big explosions or special effects, big names to topple the ratings, or convoluted plots that keep us guessing till the very ending and still give us nothing - alas, the BBC continues to prove that theory wrong. Using a small set, justified plots, and big names - but combined efforts, the group from across the pond continues to impress me. This time, it was with a small, probably unheard dramedy, entitled, "Clatterford".

Inspired by the same minds that brought us "Ab Fab" and the team of French and Saunders tone it down a bit and bring the country into your own living room. With a subdued beginning episode that may bring a tear to your eye, it also brings us closer to this small town residence - half "Vicar of Dibly" half "Northern Exposure" and part "Gilmore Girls" lifestyle. What drew me into this show were the individual stories, the powerfully exemplified characters, and the simplicity of each episode. You don't go into "Clatterford" expecting Jack Bauer to pop out behind these ladies, which is a whole new level of watching television. "Clatterford" uses lackluster technology, beautiful scenery, and female swagger to tell a story that can be relatable to anyone, even if you live in a big city surrounding. I should mention, that isn't a show for your average male.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure with a British Accent May 16, 2007
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"Clatterford" is an intoxicating program with so much going on in the background, repeated viewings never bore. The characterizations are a tribute to the fine acting, but none of that would be possible without the brilliant writing of Jennifer Saunders.

"Clatterford" demonstrates the multi-tasking of women in the myriads of characters and their interactions, often all taking place at the same time. Beneath the eccentricity and idiosyncratic behaviour lurks a sweetness and kindness as well as a family born of their proximity and communal life.

A few favorites are Tip's efforts to force the doctor to rehire his mother as nurse for the surgery by confronting him with having to do a pelvic exam, or "smear" of his old head mistress who is quite a randy woman; Queenie, an elderly member of the Women's Guild and verger at the local vicarage as well as crossing guard, studiously trying to find traffic, even to the point of asking if anyone has seen traffic.

Characters such as Tash, Kate and the Vicar, who annoy almost to the point of screaming, inevitably redeem themselves as we see more of their depth of character.

It is slightly disappointing, and inconvenient, not to have the episode list identified on either disc or the case.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciation Society April 28, 2007
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Jennifer Saunders is not only one of the finest comedy writers of our time, she is, as "Clatterford" proves yet again, a master of character and dialog. The women of Clatterford are complex and textured so you can't watch an episode just once to fully appreciate them. And you'll want to watch again just to be in their company. The humor is subtle and wonderful. The show warm and engaging. Somehow Saunders is able to make seemingly simple storylines as lush and colored as the countryside in which they have been filmed. You won't regret being in the company of this women's guild. The chemistry of this cast is a once-in-a-lifetime combination. And do give them some time to sink in. The characters are richly detailed and very human; worth taking the time to get to know. Hats off to Jennifer Saunders for another brilliant comedy, and a fabulously different piece of television.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think Ab Fab?? March 17, 2007
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Well, I laughed just as hard as at Ab Fab. However, perhaps it's a bit closer to the Vicar of Dibley....certainly, for me, it feels closer to the Vicar, than it does to Calendar Girls.

It's a very warm, very caring kind of humor; the characters may very well remind you of people you know and love. I'm looking forward to more episodes.

If it's from French and/or Saunders, I know I'm in for a great time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good for a rainy day or night
After watching Father Ted and The Vicar of Dibley (the greatest BBC comedy series ever, in my opinion) this was ok. Some laughs for sure.
Published 3 months ago by Pat Tri Cia
5.0 out of 5 stars It Grew on Me
I enjoy British comedies and asked for this DVD set for Christmas because I knew several of the actresses in it, and of course, knew Jennifer Saunders wrote it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Steele Agosta
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
I had never heard of this series and I was disappointed. I do love the characters, but not the series.
Published 14 months ago by Jane G. Parrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I like British comedy. This one isn't one of my favorite, but with that said, I've watched it twice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nana Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, entertaining, a hoot: You have to pay a visit to Clatterford.
Originally aired as Jam and Jerusalem in the U.K. for four seasons, this show is hilarious. Join a group of women in a fictional town in Devonshire, or the country of Devon in the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by UniversityDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Saunders does it again!
Anything penned by Jennifer Saunders is fantastic. This series is a bit offbeat, even for her. It is a very engaging group of actors and they play their parts to the hilt. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING SHOW!!!
Clatterford or (Jam and Jersusalem) is one of my favorite British television comedies of all time. The show is absolutely amazing and I laughed soooo much. Read more
Published 20 months ago by ItsMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Clatterford is a wonderful show!
This show makes you feel as if you have good friends all around you as you watch this. Nicely written, and the cast is wonderful!
Published 20 months ago by AnnUSA
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ladies of Clatterford
During the first episode I wasn't sure how I felt about this show, but by the second episode I was hooked. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SitcomBuddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mature work that rates as some of the best TV written for...
I am a 45 yer old happily married American man. I love the brazen pop culture skewering done on Ab Fab. I love the outrageous gutterpunk mayhem of The Young Ones. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sambson
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Season 2 Clatterford
Not sure, but it hasn't even started yet! Season 1 was only aired late last year. The second season is set to start in October, I believe, so perhaps expect a DVD of it around the same time Season 1 was released (early May).
Aug 23, 2007 by socalledboothy |  See all 13 posts
Season 3
Hopefully soon. It is showing up on searches, so it can't be far off. Can't believe they would cancel a fabulously funny series like this!
May 14, 2010 by Karen Vincent |  See all 3 posts
Season 2 Clatterford

Sept 1st 2009
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