well-presented period drama of
manners, intrigue, romance and social
differences; the hugely successful Berkeley Square mini-series was
originally broadcast by the BBC in
1998 and now makes its DVD debut...
IT IS 1902 AND MATHILDA WICKHAM (Clare Wilkie: David Copperfield, Eastenders,
Filth And Wisdom) arrives in Berkeley Square in Edwardian London to take
up her position as nanny to young Thomas (Laurence Owen) and Harriet (Emily
Canfor-Dumas) the children of the troubled Victoria (Hermione
Norris: Spooks, Wire In The Blood, Cold Feet) and Arnold St John (Sean
Murray: Robin Hood, Calendar Girls, Hamlet). Victoria is attracted to
Captain Mason (William Scott-Masson) and has plans for an assignation.
Lydia Weston (Tabitha Wady: Sense And Sensibility, Bonkers, Crust), a
country farm girl, comes up from Devon to join the household of Earl and Countess
Lamson-Scribener to assist the elderly Nanny Collins (Rosemary Leach). Lydia
meets the hapless Hannah Randall (Victoria Smurfit: About A Boy, Cold Feet,
The Alan Clark Diaries) after she has had an accident with a horse and rider
in the park, and tells Hannah of a job at number 5, Berkeley Square, with Elspeth
(Phyllida Hancock) and Nathaniel Hutchinson (Mark Saban).
Having been the lover of Lord William of the Harmonsworth Estate (Peter Prentice),
Hannah had borne him a child. After his death in a riding accident, his parents
had cast her aside and with the help of the butler, Mr Hackford (Sean
Baker) she travels to London, where she finds lodgings with a Mrs Bronowski
(Etela Pardo: Crime And Punishment, The Last Detective, The Saint), who
offers to help her look after the child.
A rich and compelling tale of Edwardian lives, loves, perils and passions, Berkeley
Square tells the story of the three young nannies from vastly different
backgrounds who work in the Square's magnificent houses. It explores the characters
above and below stairs and looks at their jealousies and fears, and their struggles
to maintain their positions in life.
Matty finds herself at odds with the domineering housekeeper Mrs McClusky (Kate
Williams: Randall And Hopkirk Deceased, Time After Time, Alias Smith And
Jones) and the tight-fisted cook (Maggie McCarthy: Hogfather, The History
Boys, Rome) who are both hiding a secret and Matty is drawn
to the new footman, Edward Jones (Jason O'Mara).
Written by Deborah Cook, Amanda Coe, Simon Ashdown and Lilie Ferrari, Berkeley
Square features a fantastic cast of British talent. Berkeley Square
also features: Briony Glassco as Lady Constance Lamson-Scribener; Rupert Frazer
as Lord George Lamson-Scribener; Nicholas Irons as Lord Hugh Lamson-Scribener;
Ruth Sheen as Nanny Simmons and Sian Radinger as Lavinia Heaton. The music is
by John Altman.
Created by Suzanne van de Velde and Deborah Cook, Berkeley Square delightfully
reflects on life on both sides of the green baize door and looks at the precarious
positions of those in service. Brilliantly evocative.
BBC's Berkeley Square is available
now (release date 9 June, 2008) courtesy of Acorn Media, presented as a stunning
three-disc set containing all ten episodes of the well-loved drama.
Catalogue No: AV9127 | Running Time: 490 minutes on three discs | RRP: £24.99
| Certificate: PG | DVD Extras include Cast Filmographies and a Picture Gallery.
"Berkeley Square delightfully reflects on life on both sides of the green baize
door and looks at the precarious positions of those in service. Brilliantly