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Saving souls has never been so funny.
Beloved actress Thora Hird--honored for lifetime achievement by the British National Comedy Awards--stars as Emily Ridley, a feisty Salvation Army captain who refuses to go gently into retirement. Realizing that modern-day sinners no longer respond to her hellfire-and-brimstone brand of evangelism, Emily’s superiors give her one last chance. So Emily and eager new recruit Sister Alice (Patsy Rowlands) head for Brigthorpe and Blackwick--quiet, working-class Yorkshire towns that the good captain envisions as Sodom and Gomorrah. There they lay siege to the pubs, strip clubs, and dens of iniquity--not to mention the Anglicans, Methodists, and other competitors in the soul-saving mission--with hilarious results.
Full of gentle, affectionate humor, this classic British series serves up laughs as heartwarming as a steaming bowl of soup kitchen fare.
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Hallelujah! is divine -- HamptonRoads.com
Top Customer Reviews
Based on centrally just the 3 characters, Captain Emily, and her 2 recruits with additional, assorted extras in different episodes, it is the timing, the script and the actual casting of those central characters which makes this so special. Made in the early 80's and centred solely around the Salvation Army and Captain Emily's attempts to save the wicked it is quite simply hilarious and the northern setting with the brass band and the lovely scenery of Yorkshire just makes it all the more so.
I had to buy this from the USA because its deleted in the UK and no longer available. Classic comedy removed in favour of trash and offensive "comedians". Well keep up the good work Amazon.com and you USA citizens because we need you to need this kind of humour so we can remove all the other "humour" purchases available which are anything but. Also recommend "In Loving Memory" another Thora Hird Classic. Check that one out too. 10 out of 10.
She is sent to Brigthorpe, a small Yorkshire town as a form of the Salvation Army (aka Sally Ann) plan to mothball the Captain and her failures. She takes with her a niece and SA colleague, Sister Alice Meredith (Patsy Rolands) who tries to put a better light on the mistakes of the Captain, also her Auntie. Opening in a defunct Bingo parlor, they first convert the aged Dorothy Smith (Rosamund Greenwood-a lovable grandma-type much like Granny of the Beverly Hill Billies). This local white-headed gal is willing to join any organization that might introduce her to a man. She's not dead yet.
Away the 3 go, like silly old female Musketeer Christian Soldiers, or 3 tract-toting Senior Stooges. Alice and Dorothy follow Capt. Emily like she is the tambourine pied piper. Even when they feel less than confident in the Captain's plan.
Dorothy proved to be such a delight, she nearly upstaged the other 2 stars. The one negative to this series: at the beginning of the second DVD and it's 8 episodes from 1984, Dorothy is missing. The Capt. and Alice have been moved on to an even more remote position in the Blackwick Citadel on Mill Street. Capt. Ridley still refuses retirement.Read more ›
If you have the option to set viewing controls on an up-scaling blu-ray player to the brightest setting, you can see everything adequately, and if you set the volume on an audio system at a rather high level, you can hear the deliberate and clear articulation of most all the really splendid actors. The dialogue should not be too difficult to understand, even if it is in a strong English brogue!
Thora Hird plays her role with qualities that only she can bring to it, as one of the dearest, most honest, genuinely respectful and caring persons you'd ever want to meet! The situations she finds herself in as captain of a Salvation Army citadel are skillfully and artfully hilarious. One example, near the end of the second disc, she has, of all things, been charged with running a kind of "house of ill-repute!", which is, of course, just a HUGE (and funny!) misunderstanding!
Of special note, early on disc #2 (I think it was episode #2 or #3 on disc #2) there is an especially endearing section, when an impoverished (and homeless?) older lady reveals a beautiful voice as she sings a touchingly sentimental, old, old love song. It might bring a tear to your eyes...it did to mine!
All in all, a WONDERFUL comedy series! Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two seasons of only 15 episodes comprise Hallelujah! This comedy is decidedly old fashioned to the point of being quaint especially considering it appeared in 1983-84. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Einsatz
An excellent series, very funny. Product arrived on time as expected.Published 10 months ago by Bill Hennessee
I had never heard of this series but the title and picture on the cover caught my eye......bravo, I loved the story! Fun that the whole family can enjoy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joyce Moscoso
This series was quite cute. I kind of wish that some of the episodes/stories had developed further (so we know what happened to certain people in various episodes). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Victoria L. Woitzel
Another wonderful series with Thora Hird. This time, she's a Salvation Army Major, saving souls in Northern England. All the players are great, and plenty of laughs all around. Read morePublished 16 months ago by British tv fan
Cute ! Just simply cute - older lady antics with a British accent - good clean fun.Published 16 months ago by Hebrew
Sweet and cute and veddy British. A great female trio of friends working to save souls and having adventures in small English villages.Published on June 23, 2014 by Kay Bee