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Berkeley Square

(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Three young nannies grow to be close friends as they manage the unpredictable road to love and happiness in the posh world of turn-of-the-century, upper-crust London.
Statement of Responsibility: series written by Deborah Cook ... [et al.] ; series produced by Alison Davis ; series directed by Lesley Manning ... [et al.] ; a BBC production ; BBC Worlwide Limited
Title: Berkeley Square
[videorecording]
Publisher: Ontario, Canada : BFS Video, c2004
Edition: Standard format
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 510 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title and credits from container
Series devised by Suzanne van de Velde and Deborah Cook
Originally produced as episodes of the television mini-series Berkeley Square in 1998
Contents: Pretty maids all in a row
Hide and seek
Ladybird, ladybird
All on a summer's day
A pocketfull of posies
When the bough breaks
Gone a' hunting
Who killed cock robin?
Wednesday's child
I, said the sparrow
Credits: Music composed by John Altman.
Performers: Clare Wilkie, Victoria Smurfit, Tabitha Wady.
Summary: Three young nannies grow to be close friends as they manage the unpredictable road to love and happiness in the posh world of turn-of-the-century, upper-crust London.
System Details: DVD player required; Dolby digital
Other Language: Soundtrack in English
Subject Headings: Nannies England London Drama Female friendship Drama Berkeley Square (London, England) Drama England Social life and customs 20th century Drama
Genre/Form: Television mini-series
Television programs
Videodiscs
Topical Term: Nannies
Female friendship
Publisher No: 94303-D
94304-D
94305-D
94306-D
31049-D
Branch Call Number: DVD TV B
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Set in 1902 in London, it tells the stories of three nannies and the families who employ them. Very soapy and gossipy. It's a shame the Brits aired only season of the show.

A fun series that almost broke me when I found out that a second series had not been made! It is the story of 3 young nannies and the London familes they work for at the dawn of the Edwardian era. Well acted, well written...it's the perfect anecdote for a bad day.


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Oct 23, 2014
  • bugmansdaughter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Have enjoyed watching this Edwardian period drama many times and believe it does a good job of portraying the people and their times. It was cancelled by BBC because it was aired during the time of the World Soccer tournament, so it wasn't getting the number of viewers' attention that it needed to have a second season.
I especially love the children, and how the series shows how the life of a upper class child was not always as happy as people think it was, but restrained and not the affection they needed from their parents, so they got it from their nannies and nurses. In no way do I find it as dated, as another commenter said, but more true to the social standards of the time that we need to see more of on period dramas these days ie. Downtown Abbey, which doesn't show these enough.

Sep 28, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This seems like an okay series of episodes, but the subject matter didn't interest me. Make up your own mind on this one.

Aug 31, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Considering this was done in 1998 & this is 2014, I found it somewhat dated, but thoroughly plausible for the time period portrayed. Based on Edwardian history of the culture it was received as accurate. No, it wasn't the style of Downton Abbey, nice, clean, well-treated employees. Read some history books on the deprivations of the service staff of the times, this fits. Maybe it only lasted one season because it showed the reality of the class system prior to WWI.

Aug 28, 2014
  • anikahenry rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Started out really interesting, but sort of left you hanging at the end....it didn't feel like it ended, more of a cliff hanger as if there should have been a second season.

Not a family drama, or warm hearted for that matter.

I loved this series, GREAT

Good grief! After reading the comments here I was eager to see this "warm-hearted family drama" (as it says on the cover), but I couldn't get past the first episode. More accurate would be "depressing, mean-spirited and relentlessly grim"! This is NOTHING like "Upstairs/Downstairs" and if you're looking for light-hearted Edwardian entertainment you'll be very unpleasantly shocked at the unrelentingly depressing goings-on in this 1990s British series. This is an all-too realistic portrayal of the bitter unfairness of class-distinction and mistreatment of women in Edwardian England, and is completely depressing to watch. I can only hope things pick up for the poor protagonists in subsequent episodes but I'll never know, since I couldn't bring myself to watch but one episode. To call this family entertainment or warm-hearted is completely misleading. I'll take "Downton Abbey" any day!

May 20, 2014
  • chilligal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While I enjoyed the series, I found it all wrapped up too suddenly and in a somewhat disappointing way, as if they had decided not to continue the series and so came up with abrupt endings to all the stories. Still it was well done in costumes, location, and buildings, something the BBC does extremely well due to all those fine old places which we just don't have over here.

I have viewed volumes 1 and 2, I totally agree, great series.

Jun 24, 2013
  • westcoast11 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Glad I discovered this little gem! Quite entertaining. If you love British films- check this out.

When I finished Episode 10 I was sure the "story" hadn't ended...is there a Series Two ?

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Oct 23, 2014
  • bugmansdaughter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 28, 2014
  • anikahenry rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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