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Sergeant Cribb - The Complete Series

4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

As seen on PBS Mystery!

Includes Previously Unreleased Episodes Waxwork and Abracadaver

From the vulgar brothels of London's fogbound streets to the respectable royal apartments of Windsor Castle, Sergeant Cribb maintains a level head and a wry sense of humour to unravel complex crimes in Queen Victoria's England. A detective of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department, Cribb receives little support for his efforts from his superiors. Wearing his trademark bowler hat and squeaky boots, Cribb relies on his own shrewdness and the plodding assistance of Constable Thackeray to expose the vile deeds of Victorian criminals.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller
  • Directors: Various Directors
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 737 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZEDJLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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I grew up, back home in England watching this great TV show with my mother every Sunday night evening at 8pm. I can recall the viewing routine vividly even today, and yet when I watched this wonderful BFS entire 1980-1981 series this week, not one of the 14 episodes on these seven discs rang a visual bell with me! Which I was grateful for as it allowed me to watch all of them, including two previously unaired (on PBS) episodes, 'Waxwork' and 'Abracadver' with a new curiosity.

In truth, it's not hard to figure out why PBS didn't run the unaired episodes as they both feature - especially 'Waxwork' - heavy amounts of female nudity! Especially a bathing scene featuring the on trial Carol Royle where we get to see her in ALL her naked glory!

And, in truth, what you might want to do is go to the seventh and final disc of this box-set and unleash this aforementioned previously-unreleased 'Waxwork' episode - for it is actually the 1979 pilot episode! Featuring the truly beautiful Carol Royle along with Susie Blake, it was actually produced and directed by June Wyndham Davies, who later went on to produce the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Adapted from Peter Lovesey's Sergeant Cribb novels and set in Victorian London around the time of the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888, Alan Dobie stars as the tough Detective Sergeant who worked for the newly formed Criminal Investigation Department (CID), determined to remove crime from the streets of London using the latest detection methods.

Assisting Cribb was Detective Constable Thackery, played in fine, understated form by the great lacky, William Simons with their boss (played by David Waller) Inspector Jowett; a man who would rather solve crimes from behind his desk.
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If you, as I, enjoy British Victorian era mysteries you can't go wrong with Sergeant Cribb. The picture and sound quality are excellent, the stories very entertaiing and the Victorian/Edwardian era faithfully re-created. Plus, Alan Dobie is delightful as the often interfered with, but never foiled Cribb. I only wish the series had run longer.
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As most of you know, there are no episode titles listed for Sgt. Cribb. I ordered the complete 7 disk series and found that there were no episode names on the box or on any of the 7 disks. Below is a listing of the contents of the 7 disks.
Disk 1: A Case of Spirits; Swing, Swing Together; and Special Features.
Disk 2: Wobble to Death; and Invitation to a Dynamite Party.
Disk 3: Mad Hatter's Holiday; and The Detective Word Silk Drawers.
Disk 4: The Horizontal Witness; Something old, Something new; Special Features; and Credits.
Disk 5: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle; and The Last Trumpet.
Disk 6: The Choir that wouldn't sing; and Murder, Old Boy.
Disk 7: Waxwork; and Abracadaver.

Hope this helps. Ray Dickinson
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Sgt Cribb is an interesting series. The Chief Inspector is too much a comic character, and Constable Thackeray too much of a buffoon.

Cribb should have been promoted to Inspector by now. The produjction suffers when compared to the Murdoch Mysteries.

Still, enjoyable to watch on a one-time basis.
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Mr. Dobie has been an acclaimed stage actor in England for years; this venture into TV was a success, I felt, and wish he had done more. The Cribb stories were made in around 1980, if not earlier; Mr. Dobie is now in his 80s.

When I watch such stories, I always find myself thinking, "Why don't they get his fingerprints?", forgetting that modern techniques didn't exist then. Sgt. Cribb uses intuitive reasoning to solve these mysteries.

All the actors were superb, which is usual for British television stories.
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An excellent crime series from Britain which I would recommend to everyone who is a fan of this genre, as I am. Beautifully directed
and acted, and set in the Victorian era, all elements contribute to its evocative atmosphere. If you love atmospheric crime drama, this is for you.

Gerard Sibbritt
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By Fran on December 3, 2012
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This is another great British series. It has mystery and some light comedy. The acting is very good, and so are the stories. Even though Sergeant Cribb is different than Sherlock Holmes, he is just as enjoyable to watch.
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If you like old time mysteries, this is a good choice. Especially good if you understand Brit humor. Short segments and easy to watch.
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