"FYI: 1. The Darling Buds of May 2. When the Green Woods Laugh 3. A Breath of French Air 4. Oh! To Be in England 5. Stranger at the Gates 6. A Season of Heavenly Gifts 7. The Happiest Days of Your Life 8. Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine 9. Climf the Greasy Pole 10. Christmas is Coming 11. Le Grand Weekend
Only complaint: No Closed Captioning or Subtitles for hearing impaired."
Strange 1950ish British Farm Life on 5 DVD's
John D. Dooley | Southern California United States | 01/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Loving the movie "The Mask of Zorro" staring Catherine Zeta-Jones & the movie productions of Jane Austin novels (Pride & Prejudge, Sense & Sensibility, Emma...) this seem like the place to start British time period comedy sit-coms. We took a gamble; bought the whole 5 DVD set, & placed the first series in the DVD machine. On the HDTV screen came a short middle age British farmer with his rounded wife, followed by the young & beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones with 5 other smaller children buying a washing machine what looked like the mid 1950's. They jumped into a large beat up truck (reminded me of the Beverly Hillbillies) with the kids in the back of the pick up & the parents in the front cab. The wife reveled that some woman was pregnant & as we followed the conversation (sometimes the British gets in the way) we guessed the wife was referring to the oldest daughter. Later a young, weak, & skinny tax collector came to the farm for back taxes, while the older farmer tried constantly to change the subject.What did we buy? Did we waste our money? No, once the characters came into focus, "Darling Buds of May" became "Perfik" (this is how Pa Larkin, the farmer, constantly says Perfect through out the series). This is a 1991 to 1993 British TV series adaptation from H.E. Bates books about the Larkins, a large growing family going through the fast social changes after World War 2 in the Kent farming area of England. At least in the TV series Pa Larkin (David Jason) is a lighthearted, woman chancing, hard drinking, con artist that never really means to hurt anyone. Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris) is his well-rounded laughable mistress (comes close to being his wife after 6 children) that holds down the farm. The oldest daughter Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones), from a corruption of Marie Antoinette, the town beauty & flirt, marries the young & timid tax collector turned amateur egg farmer to beer brewer owner Charley (Philip Franks), who joins Pa Larkin to live under the socialist radar. Learn how to make money while not paying the government, make breakfast with katsup for every meal, drink fancy hard drinks & get over hang overs, & kiss the girls & tell. Travel to France in an old Yellow Rolls Royce & get mistaken for a Lord, or take a "Magic Mystery Tour" to a beat up Chateau. Invite this strange family into your house each night for a while by watching these well produced DVD's."
Sue | Ontario, Canada | 11/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After emigrating to Canada in 1991, the Darling Buds of May was recorded near to my old home town of Ashford in Kent, England. My family always raved about it. I was finally able to watch this wonderful series on PBS with a friend a year or two later. I fell in love with this family, especially Pop, the most considerate,caring, funny and yes, even sexy,character there could be.I bought the complete series as soon as it was available here and I have now lost count of how many times I have watched it. My husband has to travel a lot for business, so I watch the series every time I am lonely or can't get to sleep for any reason.It is my "Comfort Viewing". I only wish they would make more episodes or maybe a movie one day.That would be "Perfik"."
What a Treat.
juan valdez | hamilton, canada | 10/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, we loved this series (all episodes and the 2 specials are included here, so you get the whole deal). We actually bought it for my mum but watched it first (I know, but she suggested it). They're like mini-movies - the writing is very strong; the production values are very high; the characters are a treat; the acting is spot on.With a very high value per $ spent, this is absolutely value for money - we found ourselves blasting through the DVDs and, although we would welcome more, the story is complete as it stands.Strongly recommended."
Why aren't there more?!
E. E. Fisher | Rumson, NJ United States | 04/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was never so sorry to have a series come to an end! These characters wrap themselves around you and draw you into their wonderful world...a world filled with love of family, food, drink and all that life offers. Pop Larkin is one of the most charming and lovable characters ever written and Ma Larkin is a joy! The children, friends and neighbors are all so delightful and the story lines are funny and warm. I rented it first and then bought the series because I knew it was something I was going to want to go back to every now and then just for the sheer pleasure of it."