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"Brilliant Fun!" --What's On TV (U.K.)
Ex-cons Ellie, Hannah, Shoo, and Josie have done their time. Now they just want to disappear to Barbados with £3 million stolen from Ellie’s gangster husband, Roy. When a twist of fate leaves them without passports, they flee to a remote village in the Scottish Highlands and a shabby hotel that seems like the perfect hideaway. All they have to do is lie low and plan their escape. But the town of Hope Springs harbors bigger secrets and worse crimes, including unsolved murders. Soon their lives are complicated by small-town nosiness, a shady solicitor, a handsome policeman, and a hit man sent by Roy in search of his money--and the girls.
Alex Kingston (ER, Moll Flanders) leads a colorful cast that includes Annette Crosbie (Little Dorrit), Sian Reeves (Emmerdale Farm), Paul Higgins (In the Loop), Christine Bottomley (The Street), Vinette Robinson (Waterloo Road), Ronni Ancona (Gideon’s Daughter), and Alec Newman (Frank Herbert’s Dune). Set against the backdrop of gorgeous Scottish scenery, Hope Springs is escapist, entertaining fun.
Hope Springs balances drama and whimsical comedy with easy skill. Kingston drives the show with her mix of iron will, confident sexiness, and flashes of vulnerability, but the entire cast is solid, including Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as the previous owner of the hotel who's not as dotty as she seems. Particularly good is Bottomley; her character Shoo is a mess--needy, reckless, prone to petty tantrums--but in Bottomley's hands she's deeply sympathetic, and exemplifies the damaged lives these women have lived. The show's overarching theme is how these former criminals, who've learned to look out for themselves at all costs, discover the value of community. Thanks to the fine cast and strong writing, this opening up is both comic and touching. Hope Springs is an excellent show that deserves to find a wider audience. --Bret Fetzer
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Top Customer Reviews
My wife gave it 5 1/2 stars while only half way through the series. Men will add an extra 1/2 star for the beautiful babes. These women-of-the-world don't dress like it's cold in the Scottish Highlands. And oh, what scenery, landscape were talking here. Add to that the lovely British and Scottish accents, with SUBTITLES PROVIDED TO HELP. Some funny slang I need to remember to add to my own vocabulary.
The bevy of gals is led by Ellie (Alex Kingston-'ER' 'Moll Flanders') who is brilliant, colorful, and quite convincing as a tough ex-con. But she can get tender for seconds at a time. Her former cellmates include:
Shoo (Christine Bottomley, a blond with a blond brain,
Hannah (Sian Reeves), perhaps the most stable of the pack,
Josie (Vinette Robinson), leggy action-prone beautiful convict.Read more ›
The end of each episode get's you thinking, 'how the heck are they going to get out of that one'!
Full of twists and turns with plenty of drama and comedy to boot.
With a plethera of fine actors, I defy anyone not to enjoy this series. Just a shame that it's not getting a follow up.
This is one of the best shows I have ever seen on the Beeb.
P.S. You do get used to the inclemant weather here in the UK. :-)
We did have to turn on the subtitles because some of the Scottish accents were too much and spoken too fast for us to follow -- especially some of the slang!
Came back out to Amazon to find season 2 and disappointed there wasn't any additional seasons! There was so much more we wanted to learn about the backstories of the 4 characters and how the continued to cope on 'the outside' and how they continued living in this small community! Loved it, still want more!
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The dvd will not play on my US player and nowhere on the package or item description does it say it is not Region 1 so very disappointed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julie H.
like many i can.t the players but if i had known that it just ended on a sour note my purchase might have been set aganist instead i,m forlornly affected by the left asking wtfPublished 20 months ago by tim huxoll
I purchased this on a whim and enjoyed the series. It takes place in very scenic Scotland and the performances and storyline are very engaging. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Ronald Davis
I agree with the other reviewers who thought the character Shoo was annoying. The writers gave her no appealing qualities at all. Time after time she jeopardizes their plans. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by VideoLibrarian