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Haggard (1990)

Keith Barron , Reece Dinsdale  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keith Barron, Reece Dinsdale, Sam Kelly, William Simons, Sara Crowe
  • Writers: Michael Green
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CERS3
  • Learn more about "Haggard" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dismal Weather and 18th Century Hijinks July 9, 2004
By Sires
Ah, do you love Tom Jones? No, not the Welsh lounge singer, the 18th Century novel by Henry Fielding so ably brought to life by Albert Finney in the 60's and again by Max Beesley in the British television series of this century. Haggard, much in the spirit of Tom Jones deals with the same line of country-- the British Squirearchy of the 18th century. But where Squire Allworthy and his adopted son Tom are examples of the good hearted English gentlemen of the period, Squire Haggard is the relentlessly impecunious gamester, his son a sad rake. Their only unencumbered asset is Grunge, the Steward, who both envies Haggard's social standard while preaching about the rights of man.
Each of the 14 episodes opens with Squire Haggard writing in his journal, recording the relentlessly dismal weather and the (often fatal but always hilarious) misfortunes of his fellow denizens of 18th century Britain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Spoof November 20, 2003
By A Customer
This 2 DVD set consists of 7 episodes per DVD, and was produced by Yorkshire Television in 1990 and 1991. Based on Michael Green's book, Squire Haggard's Journal, it is a spoof of the British country aristocracy during the colonial period. As I have not read the book, I am unable to comment on how closely this series resembles the book.
The story concerns the misadventures of monetarily-challenged and frequently inebriated Squire Amos Haggard and his randy son Roderick. Squire Haggard perpetrates varied ill-conceived "stratagems" designed to part his aristocratic peers from some of their monies. The Squire is assisted by his often reluctant manservant, Nathaniel Grunge, who wittily comments on the plight of the lower classes. Meanwhile, the fickle Roderick woos several heiresses in futile attempts to secure a wife.
For those who enjoy historic comedies such as Black Adder and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, I highly recommend Haggard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny British TV Comedy April 21, 2003
Haggard is inspired by Michael Green's hilarious novel, Squire Haggard's Journal. If you like Blackadder, you'll like this one. Contains 14 episodes, and some very funny ones indeed. The actors are first-rate. Some real laughs here-- wonder why it was never shown on US TV. The DVD extras are text-only biographies of the actors and writer; disappointing. However, this will make you laugh.
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