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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 22 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,456 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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By airbears TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2013
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If your looking for guns, swearing and testosterone driven power tripping, your in the wrong place. This series deals with real issues. Things that could happen to us. Some swearing but not out of context.
Pauline Collins is wonderful as the British ambassador to Ireland and she takes her work seriously. Her staff are well chosen. Honed and experienced actors they fill their roles easily and well.
Found the time well spent.
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I really enjoyed the series. The plots were interesting and the characters believeable. Pauline Collins was amazing in the role of The Ambassador.
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Wasn't really what I expected but it was a very interesting series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa04d6594) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1012c48) out of 5 stars One of the Best British Series! June 28 2011
By operamarty - Published on
I loved this series! The characters, actors, setting and especially the stories which were unusual but perfectly plausible for an ambassador. Extremely good writing and fast paced. This is a great buy - I rented the series on Netflix and fell in love with it as I have other BBC series like Lilli, The Duchess of Duke Street, The Grand, In the Heat of the Sun, etc. etc. Always amazes me that I enjoy British TV series much, much better than any movie America produces - with the exception of a few documentaries. I'll enjoy watching this again and sharing it with friends.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08b5384) out of 5 stars Gripping and well-acted BBC Ireland series - now all in one DVD set March 16 2011
By Steve Ramm - Published on
Gripping and well-acted BBC Ireland series - now all in one DVD set

This superb BBC Ireland TV series from 1997 and 1998 has been available as separate volumes for each of its two seasons but now BFS Video has packaged the COMPLETE series in one, more affordable, package.

I was not aware of the series before this "Complete" set and, unlike many others, I had never seen its star, Pauline Collins, before - having never watched the BBC series Upstairs Downstairs on PBS. But I'm really impressed by Collins as an actress for viewing this set.

The plot revolves around Harriet Smith, the British Ambassador to Ireland (a fictional character), arriving to take her post in Dublin and how she must deal with being a British official in what is - for all intents - a foreign country. Her authority only extended to the outside walls of the British Consulate. Smith is a widow (you will learn why as you watch the series) and has three children, ranging from a grade school son to a college-aged son from whom she is somewhat estranged. The action takes place in the late 1990s when there are problems of drugs, terrorism, cults and the general tension between the British and the Irish population. All this gives makes Smith's job a tough one. But Collins plays Harriet with compassion and the scripts are of the high quality that puts American network television to shame. This is another case of discovering shows that were never aired in the US for home viewing.

Because it takes place in Ireland, there are Irish accents to deal with. These can sometimes be thick but, generally, you'll have no problem.

The stories are contemporary so this is not a "period drama" like Upstairs Downstairs or the various BBC England mystery series. These are human dramas (including Smith having to balance her work and family life) and I can highly recommend it. Besides, you can see the whole series (12 50-minute episodes) with one package.

Steve Ramm
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0252d68) out of 5 stars Incredible show, great acting and political insight May 13 2012
By Barbara B. - Published on
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After watching the first episode, I wasn't sure I would continue. I had a little trouble understanding some of the words since I'm slightly hard or hearing and depend on subtitles to understand British and Irish accents. There are no subtitles on these discs. BUT ... the acting and storylines were so compelling that I had to continue, despite not catching every word. I don't know how close to reality this series is, but it SEEMS very real. Plenty of political intrigue and human interest. Collins does a great, though low-key, job and is supported by a fantastic ensemble. I hated to see this series end and recommend it highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18e6600) out of 5 stars No captions May 12 2014
By Mary Ann - Published on
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I'm 78 years old and love this show. I was very disappointed that it had no captions. It's tough enough to understand UK speakers and captions would have helped tremendously.
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HASH(0xa0bd7900) out of 5 stars Consummate actress! June 30 2014
By Nancy C. De Young - Published on
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The Ambassador is a starring role for Ms Collins which she looks glamorous in for a change. She is a consummate actress and usually a real character actress instead of lead...but she is a joy to watch in anything. As the Ambassador she is an English diplomat sent to Dublin representing Great Britain . Relations between the two countries have always been fractious since GB once ruled then overruled leading finally to The Rising in 1916 in the South dividing the country and in the 60's lead to The Troubles...civil war mostly played out in the North between the Ulster Constabulary and the Irish Republican has finally stopped after a truce led to the economy booming but memories of real injustices done can flare up years later. This is what she deals with handling trade agreements, and diplomatic relations. Her personal life was abruptly dashed when stationed in the Middle East , her car was bombed while her husband was driving it and killed. Her two sons are affected by this and she has them with her instead of boarding school but they both feel the stress of security necessity and body guards etc. Plots are timely and interesting as a woman with power in a man's domain she is articulate and works in truth not diplomacy...I like the way it presents and Pauline Collins is great to watch.Highly recommend!