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Mulberry: The Complete Series
Mulberry The Complete Series
Actors: Karl Howman, Geraldine McEwan, Tony Selby, John Bennett, Mary Healey
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2006     6hr 17min

Wanted: young person to render general domestic assistance. According to Bert and Alice, the two surly servants who work for the formidable Miss Farnaby (Geraldine McEwan), the notice should read: "Wanted: masochist to be ...  more »

     
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Actors: Karl Howman, Geraldine McEwan, Tony Selby, John Bennett, Mary Healey
Creator: Clive Grainger
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/13/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 6hr 17min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

So happy that this British gem has finally been released on
Mike G. | San Diego, CA USA | 05/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One great British cult favorite. An offbeat comedy nicely described above in the "Editorial Review"; however, the hook of the series is absurdly given away above in the "Plot Summery".

Indeed, this delightful series is about a mysterious stranger (Mulberry) who insinuates himself into the household of the elderly Miss Farnaby.

Mulberry is the surprisingly cheerful son of "Death" training for the day he takes over Dad's job. His father insists that the taking of a life is not a punishment. "It's just the way things are." However, Mulberry is determined to allow the reclusive and cantankerous Miss Fanaby a chance to enjoy life before completing his assignment.

Slowly in each episode Mulberry draws out Miss Farnaby as well as her two surly servants; and so ironically, the "Son of Death" improves everybody's lives.

"Mulberry" could have been weird, grim and macabre a la "The Aadams Family". Instead, this British gem is quirky, funny and utterly charming. Despite the fantasy element of death personified "Mulberry" is more like the series "As Time Goes By" then other fantasy shows like "My Hero"; the humor on "Mulberry" is gentle sometimes bittersweet rather than ironic or absurd.

Recommended if you liked "On the Up", "Waiting for God" or "As Time Goes By".
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Warm and original
Michael J Edelman | Huntington Woods, MI USA | 04/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mulberry was one of those brilliantly unique television programs that only the Brits seem to be able to do well, or to do at all. It's a quiet and gentle show about death coming to take an elderly woman- and then staying around to make sure she gets a bit of happiness in her life first. Chances are your local cable or PBS station will never carry it, so buying this DVD might be the only chance you ever have to see it."
A Gentle Comedy About Death!
Paging You | 04/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When Mulberry aired in the U.S.A, it captivated viewers with its unusual premise and the wonderful ensemble acting of the four main characters; Rose Farnaby, Mulberry, Bert and Alice. Geraldine McEwan and Karl Howman had perfect comedy timing and filtered it through a sweetness of spirit and the whole thing was just odd enough to keep the audience guessing about the outcome. There's kite flying, tandem riding, dinner guest dying and nude modelling just for starters. Fans have waited a long time for a DVD release. And PBS - if you're reading... schedule the series again!"
"The Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few!"
F. S. L'hoir | Irvine, CA | 07/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This delightful series celebrates Mulberry days----the best days of one's life.

Miss Farnaby is a spinster, for whom bitterness has become a habit until her life is turned upsidedown----for the better----by a stranger, Mulberry, who arrives to fill the perpetually vacant post of her personal assistant. Mulberry, however, at the behest of his father, a mysterious and persistent stranger, has a darker agenda that he must reluctantly fulfil.

Geraldine McEwan's poignantly nuanced portrayal of Miss Farnaby is complemented by Karl Howman's Mulberry, whose slightly daffy antics eventually win her heart, while, at the same time, they drive Bert and Alice----Miss Farnaby's benignly conniving servants----to distraction. The viewer, however, is driven to a point halfway between laughter and tears.

My only complaint is that the series ends too soon. It also ends at a point which seems to ask questions that are yet to be answered. I was so hoping, in the last episode, that Miss Farnaby would recognize Mulberry and go with him willingly.

But how often do we get a series that leaves us asking for more?!!!


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