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Dick Turpin

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:57 pm
by sizey
Hi there!
First post so please be gentle:-)
I'm wanting to find some background on the Richard O'Sullivan Dick Turpin series but there is SO little out there Does anyone have any good primers on the series?. It appears to have been a bit jumbled after series one. Any info most gratefully welcomed.

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:02 pm
by stearn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Turpin_(TV_series)

Seems to have the basics. Not sure how accurate as haven't revisited the series since it was first broadcast. Network were usually pretty good with sleeve information regarding transmission dates etc. and I am sure they did get around to releasing all of the series at some point.

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:25 pm
by Mark
DVD is still available, AFAIK, not watched it for a while, but is complete.

There was a fan site, some years ago, but can't find it now, played the brilliant theme on the home page.

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:14 am
by ian b
stearn wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:02 pm
Network were usually pretty good with sleeve information regarding transmission dates etc. and I am sure they did get around to releasing all of the series at some point.
...all the right episodes, but not necessarily in the right order IIRC.

This thread at Roobarb’s should be of some help, (though you’ve got to cope with the odd punctuation typos introduced since they were first made)...

https://www.zetaminor.com/roobarb/showt ... ght=Turpin

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:42 pm
by sizey
Thanks so much for these informative replies. Yes, the second series and subsequent episodes appear a bit of a mess. Just trying to untangle them. Strange though, all of Kip Carpenter's other series appear to have copious history written about them. Dick Turpin has precious little. Perhaps no one thought that much of it?

Thanks again

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:31 pm
by Billy Smart
James Chapman's Swashbucklers: The costume adventure series has a lot about Kip Carpenter's serials and is well worth reading.

Re: Dick Turpin

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:24 pm
by spflog1
I'm surprised that the Wikipedia page for Dick Turpin lists its genre as Historical Drama Comedy.

I wouldn't consider the series as a comedy. Yes, it does err towards early evening lightweight family entertainment and is certainly no I Claudius. It's also true to say it's no Black Adder or Up Pompeii! either.

I can't help feeling it's listed under comedy because its lead actor Richard O'Sullivan is so well known for his comedy roles.