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Flambards - The Complete Series (2004)

Christine McKenna , Edward Judd , Leonard Lewis , Michael Ferguson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christine McKenna, Edward Judd
  • Directors: Leonard Lewis, Michael Ferguson, Lawrence Gordon Clark, Peter Duffell
  • 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: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JMSIVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As Seen on PBS

Based on K.M. Peyton's Award Winning Trilogy of Novels

England in the early 1900s. The story begins as Christina (Christine McKenna) is sent to live with her domineering, crippled Uncle Russell (Edward Judd - The Hound of the Baskervilles) and her cousins Mark (Steven Grives - The Sandbaggers) and William (Alan Parnaby - The Pickwick Papers) at Flambards, a rambling, decaying mansion. Life at Flambards is a conflict of cultures, with Mark and his father clinging to a traditionalist obsession for horses, whilst William, clever and sensitive, dreams of a career in the new technology of aviation. It is into this class-conscious, male-dominated household, fraught with family friction, that Christina arrives - and her presence generates a changing pattern of events and relationships.


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220 of 223 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV SERIES OF A LIFETIME! June 24, 2011
Format:DVD
Have you ever encountered a TV series which, from the first episode on, became an irreplaceable part of your identity, moving you in ways impossible to describe but felt profoundly? FLAMBARDS was that beautiful a series. Set in the years surrounding the First World War, the story depicts how Christina, a young orphan sent to live with her cousins and uncle at a decaying country estate, Flambards, comes of age amid the conflicts, passions, loyalties and tragedies which follow from her new life. Her uncle Russell, wheelchair-bound for life due to a fox-hunting accident, compounds his misfortune through heavy drinking by the fireplace, and takes his sole pleasure in life from the vicarious adventures in the hunting field which his rugged son Mark shares with him. They are callous to their servants, and cannot understand anyone who does not share their absorption in the world of hunting, hounds, and endless leisure. Mark's brother William could not be more different. Gentle, sympathetic to the servants and the plight of their class, and passionately devoted to the design, building and flying of planes, he too is injured while engaging in the one sport he hates - fox-hunting - and must now walk with a limp. Christina, in her late teens like William, prefers his gentle company yet thrills to the excitement of the fox-hunt. And she soon learns that her ample inheritance, due when she is twenty-one, has been earmarked for the restoration of Flambards - and that she is to marry Mark, who, among other brutalities, has provoked the firing of Violet, the kitchen maid, after making her pregnant! Read more ›
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll sing you a song of Christina .... May 29, 2011
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Flambards is a delightful piece of British television / PBS history. I bought this while also considering "Upstairs / Downstairs." I do not regret the purchase at all. Although it's not quite the same overall quality as U/D, it's still enjoyable as a period piece. I recommend skipping over the theme song if you marathon-watch the episodes as it will get stuck in your head... on loop.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does anyone know if the sound is fixed? May 10, 2011
Format:DVD
I bought this series a decade ago, but the sound was so low, the DVDs were practically useless. I would rebuy it if the problem has been fixed. Has anyone bought this? The rating is for the story.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flambards February 21, 2012
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I was very disappointed to find a another poorly
copy of a series. It is as if it was made back
when films first began. Colors are awful and film
is as bad as the old silent movies. The series
itself would have been good if you could view a
better grade of film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, and a great lead into Flambards Divided October 20, 2012
By t42 24t
Format:DVD
I have great and vivid memories of watching the Flambards series when it first aired, so jumped at the chance to buy the DVDs.
The surprising thing is that seeing it again as an adult leaves a very different impression. At the end of the series, I felt most especially for Mark, who had clearly truly loved Christina all along. William's courtship has definite undertones of competitiveness and manipulation, while Dick is simply in awe of Christina. The one who loves her truly, constantly and for herself is actually the one whose proposal she refuses, repeatedly. Mark is sort of a Soames character and now really strikes me as fundamentally tragic.
I think the author must have felt the same when she saw the series -- as Flambards Divided (the final chapter of the story written after the rest of the series was filmed) seems a direct response to what is clearly visible on the screen, i.e., the fact that Christina actually has more chemistry with Mark than either of the other two boys she grows up with (and eventually marries).
I only wish they had actually filmed the last installment -- that would have been very sweet to see. If you feel as I do after watching the mini-series, I can definitely recommend reading Flambards Divided as follow-up. Flambards DividedFlambards Divided
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flambards December 8, 2011
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I enjoyed this BBC production of Flambards many years ago. I had had it on VHS but that was destroyed. I was grateful to find it released on DVD and have enjoyed it again and again in the short time I have had my DVD's. Excellent reproduction and DVD information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'll sing you a song of Christina at Flambards..." October 6, 2012
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Few period dramas exhibit the same strong spell of haunting beauty which swirls around every facet of FLAMBARDS. Based on K.M. Peyton's original trilogy of books, the story, which begins in the Edwardian period, illustrates the shifting values, historical events and technological advances of the era and their ramifications on the Russell family.

Pushed from pillar to post since the death of her parents, 16-year-old Christina Parsons (Christine McKenna) goes to live with her embittered, wheelchair-bound Uncle Russell (Edward Judd) and his two sons at Flambards, a sprawling country estate. Due to come into a considerable inheritance when she turns 21, Uncle Russell hopes to eventually marry Christina off to his elder son Mark (Steven Grives) - a wastrel and womaniser - and restore crumbling Flambards to its former glory. But to his frustration, Uncle Russell notices a blossoming flirtation with younger son William (Alan Parnaby), a gentle soul who isn't much interested in the traditional family pursuits of horses and hunting - he has plans on building and piloting new-fangled "flying machines".

Eventually the differences between William and his father cause a huge family rift, resulting in Christina and William fleeing Flambards for a new start in Battersea. There, William joins a group of young flyers at Elm Park whilst Christina goes to work at the nearby Chase Private Hotel. With a bright new circle of friends including daredevil pilot Sandy (Peter Settelen) and his vivacious girlfriend Dorothy (Carol Leader), the future looks rosy... until the clouds of WW1 start to gather overhead...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
awful
Published 7 days ago by werner skaba
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful people, beautiful surroundings
So well presented. Beautiful people, beautiful surroundings. Well worth watching for those that like old stories.
Published 29 days ago by Sunshine 80
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story
Published 1 month ago by Susan Sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am looking forward to watching this movie. Am waiting for time.
Published 1 month ago by Jeanine Reeves
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Consideration
For the movie buffs who enjoy the challenge of pondering what shapes the way a film series emerges the series Flambards will hold your attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Praff
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good series. Dated, but very good.
The theme music was odd, but all else was excellent. A very high level production! Overall, a very enjoyable series.
Published 2 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Please!
This was so well put together the Horses vs. Planes before the WW1 and after. I fell in love the story, Which was very, very well acted out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by honoluludiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven!
I remembered this series from what seems as 100 years ago. I loved it then and now it is amazing how much I fell in love with it again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne Alice Villegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I saw a few negative reviews and I must say this mini-series was created in 1979 and the book was released in the 1960s. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NYChic
4.0 out of 5 stars Flambards - The Complete Series
I liked the variety of events and well described personalities of the young lady and sons, especially. The airplanes were fascinating and the love stories compelling.
Published 6 months ago by Maria Plezbert
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subtitles?
I have watced just about every BBC production. It is strange but, PBS with Masterpiece Theater released through ACORN does not have subtitles at all. I don't understand it. You would think with the high cost of their DVD's they could throw the subtitles in. People use them for many reasons. ... Read More
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