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Fresh Fields: Set One (1984)

Julia McKenzie , Anton Rodgers , Peter Frazer-Jones  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers, Ann Beach, Fanny Rowe, Debby Cumming
  • Directors: Peter Frazer-Jones
  • Writers: John T. Chapman
  • Producers: Peter Frazer-Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EJ2QC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fresh Fields: Set One" on IMDb

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As seen on PBS

The International Emmy®-winning British comedy

"Full of sly, sharp, warm humor" --Los Angeles Times

A British couple’s empty-nest adventures

After 20 years of marriage and raising two children, suburban housewife Hester Fields (Julia McKenzie, Agatha Christie’s Marple) is ready for a new challenge. And it doesn’t seem to matter what it is--she dabbles in painting, jogging, cooking, pottery, and even fencing. Her staid accountant husband, William (Anton Rodgers, May to December), feels no such need for change, yet somehow always seems to get dragged into Hester’s exploits. Each morning he sets off for the office, never knowing what he’ll face when he returns home. But with Hester trying something new each day, life is never dull for the Fields.

"Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers are wonderful as a couple whose lives have a kind of universal appeal" (Los Angeles Times). This set includes Series 1 and 2 of the genial British sitcom.

Imagine the English version of I Love Lucy: Instead of a wacky blue-collar gal, the red-headed heroine is a suburban empty-nester with a knack for French cooking, while her husband, instead of a hot-blooded Cuban bandleader, is an accountant. You have just imagined Fresh Fields, an endearing Britcom about Hester and William Fields (Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers), whose quiet middle-aged lives get sent gently awry by Hester's dotty schemes to bring something new and exciting into their live… which generally means a new hobby, like painting or fencing, or helping her husband around the office, leading to exasperated sighs from William. Ironically, it's the very mildness of the comedy that makes Fresh Fields so charming--it's a portrait of a genuinely happy and long-lived marriage, and the rich affection between Hester and William nicely balances what could be described as domestic slapstick. Additional irritants include their neighbor Sonia (Ann Beach), who's constantly dropping by to borrow a bottle of sherry; Hester's disapproving mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe), who lives in a cottage in the back; and their free-spirit daughter Emma (Debby Cumming), who calls regularly but is never seen, and whose unmarried cohabitation with Peter (Philip Bird) causes many a kerfuffle with Nancy. Fresh Fields: Set 1 includes the first two seasons of the series, a total of 12 half-hour episodes. This is dependable comfort television for Anglophiles. --Bret Fetzer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH FIELDS is a Brit-fresh form of married comedy January 6, 2011
Funny mid-life couple who are actually in love, not badgering each other. They go about their day, he an accountant, she (40) on the constant search of new creative outlets. Viewers do not have to be beyond their 30s to enjoy these mated mates. Hester (Julia McKenzie-`Miss Marple' `Cranford') creates the plots with her newest activity adventure. William (Anton Rodgers-`Lillie' `Dirty rotten Scoundrels' `Affairs of the Heart' `Noah's Ark') saves her or plays along. Always a surprise laugh to end each episode. Neighbor Sonja (Ann Beach) and Hester's mom, Nancy (Fanny Rowe) who lives in the granny house out back, add spark, humor, and the odd situation. Very family oriented, the exception being 2 fast shots of bare upper chest, and a couple of nude paintings that Hester created in art class.

SUBTITLES are included along with filmographies for the couple.
12 humorous PBS episodes, each 25 min., leaving you with the desire for more.

DISH OF THE DAY--Hester tries being a part-time chef at local eatery, Lucy's Kitchen. Her recipe for life has something missing. William to the rescue?

MIDDLE-AGE DREAD-- Hester's newest career attempt is at a trendy boutique. Age & body figure discrimination?

HOOK, LINE AND SINK HER-- William wants to wet a fish line. Hester & Nancy want to tag along. But there is on `odd' fourth person.

THE NAKED TRUTH-- William asks for Hester's help to impress a visiting Bagdad client. Can the Fields deal with the foreign notions?

DES DET RES--Bills & taxes give William a house sale plan. A move? Hester's got a plan of her own.

SOMETHING IN THE OVEN-- Hester's chef job will be reviewed by a media critic. There's more in the oven than cordon bleu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! December 31, 2010
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BBC has finally released Fresh Fields! I have been watching this since the 80's on PBS. Since I taped them off of tv I can watch the episodes, however, they are totally wearing out. This is a wonderful series and I hope the Beeb will also release French Fields.
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This is a very good series...great characters, good writing and lots of British humor. I think any fan of "As Time Goes By" would really enjoy this series too. I'm a big fan of Ballard Berkley ("Major Gowen" from Fawlty Towers) and his contributions to the show as the "Happy-go-lucky" father of Hester are not to be missed. Just a good solid show. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out as well as the "French Fields" series. Thanks Acorn!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fresh Fields April 12, 2011
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One of my favorite British Sitcoms. Had not seen it for years until this CD came out. Now I can watch it anytime I like. It is always good for many laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Fields March 21, 2011
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Loved the show while it was on PBS and really was great to see it again. We hope the other seasons come out on CD sooner, rather than later. Great stories, good clean fun.

I love good humor and adore great humor. I adore this series, and we'll watch it again very soon.

Bill Bryson
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict -- "Acorn continues to build its reputation as the most prolific studio bringing Brit content from across the pond. Did I laugh? Nah. It's not my cup of tea, but I can objectively recognize the show's charm and wit, and McKenize and Rodgers have a warm, easygoing chemistry. After sitting through its charms for 12 episodes, I can safely say Fresh Fields is not uproarious, innovative, or groundbreaking, but it's comfortable, likable, and warm, like a well-knitted afghan or a leopard-print Snuggie."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Series January 12, 2014
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We love this sitcom and watch ti over and over again. Great for the family and highly recommend this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & Funny February 18, 2013
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Very light, very pleasant comedy. It won't make you think but it will make you smile. I enjoyed this happy couple, her mom, their friends. It's just a lot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Elenor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality mid 80s comedy
Fresh Fields started on ITV in 1984 and ran for four series. Shortly after, three follow up series aired with a slightly different name, French Fields. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mikey
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dated - I just can't relate
I like British comedies in general: Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances, and As Time Goes By are some of my favorites. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH FIELDS AT LAST !
I just now ordered "Fresh Fields". I can not wait for it to arrive. It is a charming series and I agree with reviewers who suggest that the, "As Time Goes By",crowd will enjoy this... Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by yet another Debbie in California
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled!
I check Amazon all the time to see if Fresh Fields is available. This is among my favorite Britcoms of all times--rarely, if ever, seen in the US. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by C. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series--but where's the rest
I've loved this series on PBS and was delighted to see the DVD's of series one here on Amazon. Still just as funny and delightfully entertaining as it was several years ago (when... Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by vacuum_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Fields
Fresh Fields is the series about an empty nest couple and the woman's escapades to find something to do now that her children have left. It's funny and totally charming. Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by Joan W. Schnibbe
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