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Wild at Heart

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Tompkinson
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 10 2009
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC0K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,949 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The first series from television that follows the lives of the Trevanion family in the African Heartland. Danny Trevanion is a vet with an 18 year old daughter, Rosie, and they live with his new wife Sarah and her children Olivia and Eva. When Danny saves the life of an African monkey Sarah suggests they all go to Africa to re-home it. And there begins the start of a new life and adventure for the Trevanion family.


The beauty of the African landscape--and the magnificent animals that live there--forms a stellar setting for the warm but realistic family dynamics of the BBC series Wild at Heart. The first episode wastes very little time taking British veterinarian Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson, Ballykissangel) and his family down to South Africa to return a rescued monkey into the wild. But once they arrive at a run-down yet intriguing game preserve, Danny's wife Sarah (Amanda Holden) sees how life on the savannah might unite their stitched-together family (Evan and Olivia, her young son and daughter from a previous marriage, and Rosie, his teenage daughter who still mourns losing her mother to cancer). They form a partnership with a crusty old Afrikaaner and struggle to turn their small preserve into a thriving destination for tourists and animals in need. Wild at Heart works because it isn't The Brady Bunch--the fractures left by divorce and grief aren't glossed over, and the genuine threats of their new life (from wild beasts, disease, and competition from a rival commercial game preserve) loom on all sides. But watching the Trevanion family bond to each other and to the glories of Africa is warm and satisfying. The cast is charming, particularly Luke Ward-Wilkinson as the sensitive son Evan (Lucy-Jo Hudson, as teenaged Rosie, is a bit irritating at first, but gradually redeems herself). This series--which has several more seasons to follow--skillfully balances adventure and domestic drama and grows more engaging with each episode. --Bret Fetzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Galloway on Feb. 14 2015
Format: DVD
This series is so good I wish I could find the complete set of all seasons in region 1.
I am in Canada and find it hard to get some of the BBC shows it is so frustrating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelagh Garren on Oct. 3 2014
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Wonderful but it doesn't make sense that we can't buy the complete series for our region.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Toumishey on May 17 2013
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A rare find for my mother. She was delighted. A rare find that proved a perfect gift for someone from that country
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Beautiful! Excellent! Arresting! It's like taking the "Swiss Family Robinson" and reinventing them in the African bush. 5-stars only because 6 isn't an option.

Second marriage of Vet. Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tomkinson) and Sarah (Amanda Holden) also unites their previous-marriage kids. One happy family? Not always. The Dr's girl, Rosie (Lucy-Jo Hudson), missing her deceased real mom, often conflicts with her step-mom. She blends better with Sarah's children brought into the family group, Evan (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) and Olivia (Rafaella Hutchinson). Sweet Olivia is reminiscent of Drew Barrymore's child role in "ET."

The family takes a holiday to South Africa with the purpose of returning a rescued pet vervet monkey, Valentine, to the wild. Danny is offered a veterinarian position on a dilapidated bush farm owned by Anders Du Plessis, Afrikaner (Deon Stewardson). Danny & Sarah make a decision. That's episode one, and it just gets better and better with each episode. Every episode is just shy of 50 minutes.

Throughout the DVD set, you will encounter wild animals and South African vistas that are enchanting. The story is relationship drama with plenty of action and suspense. The visual aspect of the setting is comparable to the best of African bush documentaries. What a fantastic combination, to say nothing of the background African music.
Disney could have done no better.

Episode 2: Wendy, a cheetah with a broken leg, is saved by Evan and then by Danny, followed by Danny saving Olivia's life. The 3 family girls meet Alex Tate (Gary Lawson), a neighbor with a game/resort farm which really does look like a Disneyland in Africa. And you'll meet Miranda, a baby lion.
#3: Sarah's ex-husband Simon (Vincent Regan) visits Africa demanding his children, Evan & Olivia. Ruby Robson (Stacey Roca), young lover causing the divorce, tags along, and all family members deal with past torn-family relationships and face decisions.
#4 Evan & Olivia run away, a semi-drugged lion is on the run, everyone is looking for someone, but who will find what, first? Rosie finds Themba (Siyabonga Shibe), finds him quite nice.
#5 The Trevanion females, elephants, naked massage, zebras, Tate, paying guests, and diesel fuel all become a part of the current problems.
#6 Poachers arrive with other unexplained animal death that threatens all life at Leopard's Den. Is it Anthrax? Malaria?
"No one who is loved, ever really dies."

This DVD set was largely selected by me because the cover photo looked like good family viewing. IT IS THAT! Highly recommended even though it has no subtitles or closed captioning. I rarely needs it. What it offers makes up for any shortcoming--WITH ONE EXCEPTION. This is the first of several years of "Wild at Heart" TV production. Please, please, Acorn Media, give us another Series.

Bonus stuff includes production notes and more fabulous photography in gallery format. The only thing better to do than buying this DVD set is to travel in person to South Africa.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Little Rock April 6 2009
By Jerry J. Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Great family show. Beautiful photography and interesting stories. About an English vet and his family who move to Africa. Can watch again and again without getting tired of it. Good acting by all the cast. Like the music and the animals, of course. Feel-good show with lots of humor and issues. Quality production.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Family Viewing Nov. 15 2009
By tmm1926 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I found this series by accident, but I'm glad I did. This series is wonderful for families to watch. It stars Stephen Tompkinson, whom some might remember from the series "BallyKissangel". The animals and scenery are beautiful. The characters are believable and the acting superb. With all the medical, CSI & Reality TV on the air, it's nice to sit down to a well made family drama. I can't wait for Amazon to sell seasons 2 & 3 which are available in the UK, but not the US.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I Dreamed of Africa.... May 26 2010
By Monica Difranco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wild at Heart is an ongoing British TV drama which is currently broadcasting its fifth season in the UK. The premise is that a veterinarian and his new wife get overwhelmed with big city life in London and jump on an opportunity to move to Africa with their difficult blended family to help establish a wildlife preserve/resort and forge real family bonds while doing so. The vet is played by Stephen Tompkinson, who was the original priest in the very famous Irish series Ballykissangel, and it was as a result of enjoying his other work that we tried out this show. We're very happy that we did. Who hasn't at some time or another fantasized about pulling up roots, leaving your troubles behind, and starting over in some exotic place? Wild at Heart shows the ups and downs, the fantasy and the reality of such an adventure. There are very rewarding aspects of the work but very trying ones as well, and the family has to cope with those as well as the complex issues that any newly blended family faces. The scenery is beautiful, the animals magnificent, the acting excellent, and the stories are absorbing and exciting. This DVD set contains the entire first season, which is six episodes. Unfortunately, no further seasons have been released on Region 1 DVDs. Since we enjoy British television so much, we purchased a region-free DVD player and we ordered all the available seasons of Wild at Heart on Region 2 DVDs from the British Amazon.co.uk website. This has started us exploring a lot of other British televisions shows that have never been shown in the U.S.... We would hate to miss another one as good as Wild at Heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Really Wonderful Series Jan. 1 2011
By CMCM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I found this by accident...I was searching for some things done by Hayley Mills, and she was listed as being in this series. Having spent time in Africa and being partial to it, I ordered this hoping to see Hayley as well as just enjoying the beautiful African setting. The story, setting and actors are all absolutely wonderful, and I was hooked immediately...I watched the entire first season (only 6 episodes) over just two days, and now I'm ready for later seasons. I presume Hayley Mills doesn't show up until a later point, perhaps Series 2 or 3?? It's terribly disappointing that only Series One is available to view in the U.S. on our DVD format here. We cannot play the British/overseas versions of Series 2 and beyond. I really hope the rest of the series are prepared for sale here...I will buy them all, as will many others, I'm sure. This series if exceptional family viewing, and it appeals to adults just as much as children.