Doomwatch DVD finally here

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Well, one of my favourite archive shows finally gets a DVD release, my only irk is lack of information on the cover of discs about which episodes are contained inside.
That niggle aside, I'm working my way through the series episode by episode and there's a few I've missed, so it'll be nice to see them,

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I enjoyed the four that were released on video (favourite The Red Sky) and I once watched Operation Sahara too. Hope the others are good.
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Picture quality is much improved from VHS and UK Gold repeats, so far. Looking forwards to "Sex and Violence" which I have only seen projected in NFT 2.

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Ridge has always been my favourite character, Simon Oates was so good.

Must be something about mavericks, Derren Nesbitt's Jordan was my favourite in "Special Branch" ( at the same time) as well.
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Mark wrote:Ridge has always been my favourite character, Simon Oates was so good.

Must be something about mavericks, Derren Nesbitt's Jordan was my favourite in "Special Branch" ( at the same time) as well.
Not having seen Doomwatch before I bought the DVD (but having seen Special Branch), the first thing I thought when I saw Ridge was "isn't that Derren Nesbitt?"

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It's always Derren Nesbitt! Whatever you're watching, from around 1957-77, at some point, it'll be Derren Nesbitt. Multiple times, on some occasions. He was a one-man acting troupe.

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That's true..!...should be the name of his Autobiography, he was always good, though.

There were similarities between the two Actors/characters, apart from being mavericks, their dress sense, flowery shirts and kipper ties I mean I know they were the fashion at the time, but they both stood out in their respective series, amongst the sea of grey suits, Ridge even gets admonished for his dress sense in one episode.
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I'm pretty happy with this set except for "Toby Wren" which looks like shit and was better on the vhs. The old double standard conversions don't actually look too bad on this set. The other couple of RSC transfers look okay but frankly you've got to wonder why they ever bothered. The motion is slightly better but at the cost of serious picture degradation - swings and roundabouts.

I wish they'd included the missing scripts, but that might have been too costly. Frankly I'm delighted that all the eps got released in one go, and they didn't do a "series 1 " release and never follow it up like many other companies. Simply are very high up in my estimation at the moment. If you're reading guys, keep up the good work.

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Yes the colour (or should it be color after the NTSC conversion with lower u or v bandwidth) on the opening titles broke up more than the other episodes, especially the red. I haven't watched past them yet so I'm hoping there are no large saturated red areas in the rest of the episode.

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It hadn't even occurred to me that it was in colour! Another first.
I have no complaints about this set. Just being able to watch it again is good enough for me.
Of course, the ONLY episode which I have strong memories of is missing.

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brigham wrote: Of course, the ONLY episode which I have strong memories of is missing.
Or as the 'glass half-full' brigade might say,"Luckily,I have strong memories of one of the missing episodes".

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JWG wrote:
brigham wrote: Of course, the ONLY episode which I have strong memories of is missing.
Or as the 'glass half-full' brigade might say,"Luckily,I have strong memories of one of the missing episodes".
And let me guess....would it be "Survival Code"..?
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Mark wrote:Ridge has always been my favourite character, Simon Oates was so good.

Must be something about mavericks, Derren Nesbitt's Jordan was my favourite in "Special Branch" ( at the same time) as well.
He and John Paul always turned out to be too tall. One of those things that isn't obvious unless you were there. We'd rehearse on the first afternoon and by the time the evening was done we'd have the designer arranging to put ceiling corners on all the sets that they were in before we got going on day two.

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Bernie wrote:
Mark wrote:Ridge has always been my favourite character, Simon Oates was so good.

Must be something about mavericks, Derren Nesbitt's Jordan was my favourite in "Special Branch" ( at the same time) as well.
He and John Paul always turned out to be too tall. One of those things that isn't obvious unless you were there. We'd rehearse on the first afternoon and by the time the evening was done we'd have the designer arranging to put ceiling corners on all the sets that they were in before we got going on day two.

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Ha!..great story...I'll be looking out, now, and corner spotting!
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Rather nice, thought-provoking piece about the series here:

http://sundayinoldmoney.blogspot.com/20 ... -code.html

All the best

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Interesting, Toby's demise was certainly a big shock, and a good example of how 'Special', TV was.

I suppose the third series was the weakest, although there were still some gems amongst the episodes.
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I have the boxset and have had two goes at getting into it but I'm afraid I find it all rather shallow.

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The Fusion Patrol podcast has just completed its look at "Doomwatch" with "Winter Angel". The later editions of this covering Series Two onwards are particularly good with some very engaging discussion between the hosts. Worth a listen if you have the time:

https://fusionpatrol.com/category/series/doomwatch/

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