Trade in your item
Get up to a $26.87
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

To Serve Them All My Days

DVD | Box Set

4.7 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
6
$62.90
DVD
2
$75.99
DVD
2
$79.99 $14.99
DVD
(Mar 09, 2004)
4
$139.71


Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

After barely surviving the trenches of World War I, an embittered young soldier takes a teaching post at Bamfylde, an elite boarding school in the uplands of West Devon. It is an unlikely job for a Welsh miner’s son without a degree, but David Powlett-Jones (John Duttine) proves to be a rare schoolmaster, as passionate about learning as he is about teaching. Through two tumultuous decades, Powlett-Jones inspires his students with his courage and idealism, qualities that help prepare him to send another generation of young men off to fight yet another war. A beloved PBS Masterpiece Theatre classic adapted by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary) from the novel by R. F. Delderfield.

Note: Please use Left/Right/Down arrows to see the other episodes.

Amazon.com

The life of an English schoolmaster may sound like dry stuff, but To Serve Them All My Days finds engrossing drama and dry wit in the most ordinary of circumstances. David Powlett-Jones (John Duttine), a young Welshman, returns from the trenches of World War I disillusioned and suffering from shellshock. Accepted as a teacher at an elite boy's boarding school called Bamfylde, Powlett-Jones fears he won't last--but the faith of the headmaster who hired him (Frank Middlemass) proves well-founded. Powlett-Jones immediately flies in the face of convention, fighting with a pompous science teacher (Neil Stacy), speaking out in favor of socialist reforms, and finding a mixture of discipline and empathy with the boys he teaches. Over the course of his 20-year rise through the ranks of Bamfylde, he finds and loses love with several women (Belinda Lang, Kim Braden, and Susan Jameson); one of the greatest strengths of To Serve Them All My Days is how fully realized these women are, each strikingly individual and self-directed.

The writing and acting are impeccable, always cutting to the most engaging aspect of every scene, yet grounding every conflict in a rich understanding of character and circumstance. Even the minor characters are made vivid and distinct, and the realities of life--politics, sex, mortality--are handled frankly and honestly. In fact, To Serve Them All My Days demonstrates the best aspects of a miniseries, taking the scope of 13 episodes to map in detail a human life, with all its victories and disasters. Truly a pleasure to watch; of particular note is Alan MacNaughtan as a sardonic fellow teacher, whose ironic observations and close friendship with Powlett-Jones give the series a good dose of both humor and compassion. Based on the classic novel by R.F. Delderfield. --Bret Fetzer


Special features

  • R.F. Delderfield biography
  • Photo gallery
  • Background information, including lyrics to Bamfylde school song

Product details

  • Actors: John Duttine, Frank Middlemass, Alan MacNaughtan, Patricia Lawrence, Neil Stacy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00018WENM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • Learn more about "To Serve Them All My Days" on IMDb

Customer reviews

Read reviews that mention

Top customer reviews

May 11, 2017
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
September 26, 2011
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
March 14, 2016
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
August 23, 2017
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
March 22, 2009
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
August 26, 2008
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
July 1, 2014
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
September 14, 2009
Format: DVD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews


Pages with related products. See and discover other items: all movies on dvd, veteran gifts, gifts for veterans day, bbc film, bbc classics