THE BROTHERS The Complete Series 1 DVD Box Set
Optional Subtitles. 3 discs. Colour. 10 Episodes. Running Time: approx 480 mins.
Cast: Jean Anderson, Glyn Owen, Richard Easton, Robin Chadwick, Hilary Tindall
and Gabrielle Drake.
Episodes: 1. End Of The Beginning 2. Down To Business 3. Confrontation 4. Decisions
5. The Party 6. Turning Point 7. The Perfect Day 8. Crisis 9. A Worm In The Bud
10. Full Circle
One of the BBC’s most popular drama series of the 1970s, The Brothers followed the lives of the Hammond family and their London- based road haulage company. This DVD release features all 10 episodes from the first series, broadcast in 1972. The show ran for eight series, finishing in 1976.
The first series of The Brothers begins with a family in mourning – torn apart by secrets, lies and betrayals. Led by their domineering mother, Mary Hammond (Jean Anderson), the brothers Edward (Glyn Owen), Brian (Richard Easton) and David (Robin Chadwick) return home for the reading of their father’s will – only to learn that Robert’s young secretary Jennifer Kingsley (Jennifer Wilson) has also been invited.
Edward expects to inherit the family business; after all Brian, married to the scheming Anne (Hilary Tindall), is a well-paid accountant and David is a disinterested playboy with a glamorous girlfriend, Jill (Gabrielle Drake). However, Edward is shocked to discover that not only does his father’s will demand each brother owns twenty five per cent of the company, but the last quarter goes to Jennifer…
Forced into alliances that no one wants, the three brothers and Jennifer must find a way to work together, while Mary wonders how many other skeletons are going to come tumbling out of the closet that may destroy the family.
A big draw for Sunday night audiences when first shown, The Brothers is an authentic and well-produced show from the 70s, with interiors, costumes and technology of the time a delight to see. Foreshadowing Thatcher’s Britain and the era of the self-made man, the series portrayed gritty characters with family values as well as scheming and duplicitous villains. Featuring business dealings and family rivalry, the plot lines hook the viewer in the best tradition of a well-made drama series.
“One of the most convincing, watchable shows on television.”
Peter Knight, The Daily Telegraph