Bergerac on DVD
Some said it will never happen, others said it shouldn’t happen, but it has, it’s coming soon, it’s Bergerac on DVD.
When Bergerac left Jersey in 1991 the island went from having one of the highest crime rates in Europe to having one of the lowest – the high crime moniker seems to have followed the great man to his new home town of Midsummer.
There have been calls from certain sectors of society, including top comedian (and Jersey boy) Will Smith for the release of the crime fighting maverick to be let loose on DVD – up until now nobody thought it would actually happen.
Is Bergerac your icon?
Last July BBC Worldwide announced that the first series of Bergerac would be released on DVD in October of that year – 10 months later, Daniel Hall of BBC Worldwide announced on BBC Radio Jersey this morning that the first DVD will be out on 8 May 2006.
BBC Radio Jersey’s breakfast presenter, Joe Pignatiello asked Daniel Hall, commissioning editor for BBC Worldwide what the team chose for the cover of the first release.
Daniel said that “We actually decided to rest on John Nettles in front of a jersey backdrop; I think we will probably save the car for future releases because we are planning on releasing the whole lot eventually.”
According to Daniel, who is responsible for the release of Bergerac, one DVD will be released every few months, with the whole lot released within two years.
The first release will be of the first series and features the following episodes:
1. Picking It Up
For those of you living under, instead of on the rock, here is a brief explanation of Bergerac from the back of the DVD:
“Jim Bergerac is a recovering alcoholic, divorcee and father to a young daughter. He is a Detective Sergeant with the Bureau des Etrangers, a department for non-residents on the Channel Island of Jersey.
“Jim, a true maverick, likes doing things his own way and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations in the traditional manner, the way his boss might like...”
According to Daniel Hall Series two will be out in August and that will be followed by Series three in November with the whole lot released within two years.
For those of you into extra features we can also confirm that there are commentaries on the DVD from the shows creator Robert Banks Stuart and star John Nettles.
last updated: 11/02/2009 at 16:56
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