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  • Actors: Anton Rodgers, Julia McKenzie
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 22 2011
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B004EJ2QC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,710 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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After 20 years of marriage and raising two children, suburban housewife Hester Fields (Julia McKenzie, Agatha Christie’s Marple) is ready for a new challenge. And it doesn’t seem to matter what it is—she dabbles in painting, jogging, cooking, pottery, and even fencing. Her staid accountant husband, William (Anton Rodgers, May to December), feels no such need for change, yet somehow always seems to get dragged into Hester’s exploits. Each morning he sets off for the office, never knowing what he’ll face when he returns home. But with Hester trying something new each day, life is never dull for the Fields.

Imagine the English version of I Love Lucy: Instead of a wacky blue-collar gal, the red-headed heroine is a suburban empty-nester with a knack for French cooking, while her husband, instead of a hot-blooded Cuban bandleader, is an accountant. You have just imagined Fresh Fields, an endearing Britcom about Hester and William Fields (Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers), whose quiet middle-aged lives get sent gently awry by Hester's dotty schemes to bring something new and exciting into their live… which generally means a new hobby, like painting or fencing, or helping her husband around the office, leading to exasperated sighs from William. Ironically, it's the very mildness of the comedy that makes Fresh Fields so charming--it's a portrait of a genuinely happy and long-lived marriage, and the rich affection between Hester and William nicely balances what could be described as domestic slapstick. Additional irritants include their neighbor Sonia (Ann Beach), who's constantly dropping by to borrow a bottle of sherry; Hester's disapproving mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe), who lives in a cottage in the back; and their free-spirit daughter Emma (Debby Cumming), who calls regularly but is never seen, and whose unmarried cohabitation with Peter (Philip Bird) causes many a kerfuffle with Nancy. Fresh Fields: Set 1 includes the first two seasons of the series, a total of 12 half-hour episodes. This is dependable comfort television for Anglophiles. --Bret Fetzer

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Fresh Fields starring Anton Rogers and Julia McKenzie is a very funny sitcon situated in England. It is hiliarous with the nosy mother/mother-in-law living in a granny flat in the back garden and the sudden appearance of father/fathe-in-law arriving for a visit and to woo back his ex-wife. The zany next door neighbor always popping in to borrow this and that and to unload her problems add to the mix for an enjoyable time of tv viewing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c45a08) out of 5 stars FRESH FIELDS is a Brit-fresh form of married comedy Jan. 6 2011
By Harold Wolf - Published on
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Funny mid-life couple who are actually in love, not badgering each other. They go about their day, he an accountant, she (40) on the constant search of new creative outlets. Viewers do not have to be beyond their 30s to enjoy these mated mates. Hester (Julia McKenzie-`Miss Marple' `Cranford') creates the plots with her newest activity adventure. William (Anton Rodgers-`Lillie' `Dirty rotten Scoundrels' `Affairs of the Heart' `Noah's Ark') saves her or plays along. Always a surprise laugh to end each episode. Neighbor Sonja (Ann Beach) and Hester's mom, Nancy (Fanny Rowe) who lives in the granny house out back, add spark, humor, and the odd situation. Very family oriented, the exception being 2 fast shots of bare upper chest, and a couple of nude paintings that Hester created in art class.

SUBTITLES are included along with filmographies for the couple.
12 humorous PBS episodes, each 25 min., leaving you with the desire for more.

DISH OF THE DAY--Hester tries being a part-time chef at local eatery, Lucy's Kitchen. Her recipe for life has something missing. William to the rescue?

MIDDLE-AGE DREAD-- Hester's newest career attempt is at a trendy boutique. Age & body figure discrimination?

HOOK, LINE AND SINK HER-- William wants to wet a fish line. Hester & Nancy want to tag along. But there is on `odd' fourth person.

THE NAKED TRUTH-- William asks for Hester's help to impress a visiting Bagdad client. Can the Fields deal with the foreign notions?

DES DET RES--Bills & taxes give William a house sale plan. A move? Hester's got a plan of her own.

SOMETHING IN THE OVEN-- Hester's chef job will be reviewed by a media critic. There's more in the oven than cordon bleu.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER--William plans a surprise 24th wedding anniversary. But BOTH get surprised!

A BRIEF ENCOUNTER-- Does Hester's fencing teacher have more in mind than crossed swords? Will William foil the Casanova's moves? Get the point?

ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT-- Hester's church concert/bazaar is avoided by William via fishing. Alas--the best laid plans of mice & men OR the Fields. Super episode, my favorite.

IN THE SPRING-- Hester's writing creatively after a neighborhood scandal. The men, William & Hester's dad, have their own affair perspectives.

BUSINESS CONTACTS-- Hester fills in as office secretary when William's real employee, followed by a temp, both are ill. Good thing Hester is so creative--or is it?

GET ME TO THE CHURCH--Emma's wedding to Peter is all set. Hester's the bride's mother. That's NOT good.

Comedy within a solid marriage relationship. Refreshingly fine. Yet risqué at times. For those happily married and over 40, you'll relate. . .often. My wife and I are very glad we watched.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Vicki L. Mayer - Published on
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BBC has finally released Fresh Fields! I have been watching this since the 80's on PBS. Since I taped them off of tv I can watch the episodes, however, they are totally wearing out. This is a wonderful series and I hope the Beeb will also release French Fields.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c45180) out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for any Britcom fan of the "As Time Goes By" series March 6 2011
By APClam - Published on
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This is a very good series...great characters, good writing and lots of British humor. I think any fan of "As Time Goes By" would really enjoy this series too. I'm a big fan of Ballard Berkley ("Major Gowen" from Fawlty Towers) and his contributions to the show as the "Happy-go-lucky" father of Hester are not to be missed. Just a good solid show. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out as well as the "French Fields" series. Thanks Acorn!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d18fb4) out of 5 stars This isn't a show geared towards me; it's for my parents. April 20 2011
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Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict -- "Acorn continues to build its reputation as the most prolific studio bringing Brit content from across the pond. Did I laugh? Nah. It's not my cup of tea, but I can objectively recognize the show's charm and wit, and McKenize and Rodgers have a warm, easygoing chemistry. After sitting through its charms for 12 episodes, I can safely say Fresh Fields is not uproarious, innovative, or groundbreaking, but it's comfortable, likable, and warm, like a well-knitted afghan or a leopard-print Snuggie."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c5cc48) out of 5 stars Fresh Fields March 21 2011
By Uncle Willy - Published on
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Loved the show while it was on PBS and really was great to see it again. We hope the other seasons come out on CD sooner, rather than later. Great stories, good clean fun.

I love good humor and adore great humor. I adore this series, and we'll watch it again very soon.

Bill Bryson