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Fresh Fields: Set One

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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.

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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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SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers, Ann Beach, Fanny Rowe, Stephanie Cole
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EJ2QC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fresh Fields: Set One" on IMDb

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 6, 2011
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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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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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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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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. The witty script makes visits to the Fields' so much fun. Sonya's visits ("It's only Sonya!"), calls from Emma, the reappearance of Guy, and Nancy's comments all add to the many dimensions of this couple. If you enjoy a clever situation comedy, you will enjoy this series.
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As originally seen on PBS, Fresh Fields set 1 collects series 1 and 2 (a total of 12 episodes) of the Emmy-winning British comedy about a couple whose two children have grown and left the home. Suburban housewife Hester Fields (played by Julia McKenzie) is ready to plunge headlong into any new challenge she can find - painting, jogging, cooking, pottery, even fencing all captivate her. Her stodgy accountant husband William (played by Anton Rodgers) has no desire to alter his set routine, yet inevitably becomes wrapped up in Hester's adventures. The witty humor never slows down in Fresh Fields, a show without a dull episode. 2 DVDs, 294 min., SDH subtitles.
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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 show. Hopefully, "French Fields" and "May to December", two other Anton Rodgers treats will soon be available in Region 1. Fingers crossed !
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A got to have collection. Very funny TV, very funny British Comedy, fresh and lively in its presentation. French Fields follows with the same basic cast. This is worth the money at twice the price! Fresh Fields ranks as some of the best British television. A thoroughly great experience. Its about time it hit the US. The series has been out in Britain for some time. Hopefully they will give us the whole set.
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