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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon September 26, 2013
Stellar in flapper costume elegance. The main plot of the 3 year series is two sisters bucking the system and beginning a lifetime of high society women's fashion. A 1920s rags to riches adventure (which alas did end suddenly like the stock market of the time.) Why did BBC every cancel?
The good news, it's back in this new packaging and
SUBTITLES,
yes, SDH SUBTITLES are NOW included.

The sets and props are as period perfect and breathtaking as the gowns the sisters create. And it is an advantage to have two beautiful lead roles played by Stella Gonet (Holby City) and Louise Lombard (CSI) to fill the sisters' act.
Episode plots keep the romance and action perking right along. There is never a dull moment in the 34 episodes. It's almost 30 hours of viewing London from the high society, low-brow, in-shop, street, and dark sides of clothing marketing as well as love lives both working and gone awry. The only negative I can offer is the fact that this Emmy and BAFTA award-winning series came to an end long before the public was ready. Again, Why?

The series was created from the lady team that also was responsible for "Upstairs, Downstairs"--Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, stars in their own right in front of the camera.
Because this series is PERIOD COSTUME DRAMA, it never seems dated. It's stuck in the 1920s, and marvelously so.
This is a series must for British period lovers, and who isn't these days. I keep my set on the shelf, HANDY-LIKE, right beside my personal copy series of Downton Abbey. Yes, to me, they are comparable.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2014
I have designed my clothing for years and also owned a window covering business where I spent endless hours in drapery workrooms working with seamstresses in order to come up with a beautiful finished product. The detail and intricacy of any design-with-fabric business is both time consuming and very fulfilling. This movie took me back into the world of fabrics and designs. The clothing worn by both lead actresses was stunning. When they showed their seasonal lines to their clients, I could not take my eyes off the fashions. I can see why this series won awards for fashion design. Fashions during the 1920's had a lot of bead work, usually done by hand. You don't see that work any longer and it was a joy to behold during this series.

I also loved the language. It was so nice to not hear slang and harsh words like we hear on our TV today. Yes, people got angry and upset, but their vocal expressions were so much more palatable then what you see today. My last comment is that this series is primarily for women. I fully intend to watch it for many, many years to come.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2014
Really got interested in the characters. Found the fashions of this era so much fun. Wish there had been more episodes.glad I bought it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
This series has excellent plots, an outstanding cast, wonderful settings, and beautiful clothing.
We were disappointed that it ended so abruptly!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Loved this ---too bad BBC pulled it off without additional episodes---so in a way it leaves you hanging! I guess you have to
come to your own conclusion after final episode.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2014
This was just as projected, 5 star. Service was quick and product was worthwhile. Highly recommend this and also these actors.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
I remember loving this series when it was first broadcast and it's just as wonderful as it was back then. I'm so glad I ordered this. I recommend it to all the fans of British "masterpieces."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
Enjoyed it and time frame it was set in. Beautiful costumes and great acting. Expected more closure for them at the ending. Hope there will be another season sometime to purchase.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2014
After coming across Season 1 at my local library, I was hooked. Unfortunately, my love soon faded. Why did Evie become such a disagreeable, unlikeable, unsympathetic person? The fact that the series just ended was horrible. At least, wrap up story lines. What happens to Tillie and Norman? Does Madge ever get a divorce? Do Bea and Jack REALLY stay together? What of the woman who sold them out to Grace and Mr. Cutter? They spoke of a new vondeuse in season 2, yet we do not even see her until the last episode or two. Very inconsistent. Evie started out as stylish but ended up looking more like she bought her clothes at Walmart. What a waste of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2015
Very entertaining, but not great drama IMO. So many loose ends at the conclusion, that my first thought was that someone in production had planned to do a sequel. I would rate this series @3 1/2*s for presence and soap opera drama. Finished watching it tonight and already not memorable as compared to other British classics, but glad I purchased this collection for the love of anything British. The Brits seem to never have IMO any production that is not up to standard…not like some of our dreck! lol
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