The Grand

The Grand

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DVD - 2008 | Widescreen ed.
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As the most opulent hotel in Manchester, England, during the decadent Roaring '20s, The Grand is more than a building. It's a nexus for schemes, scandals, romance and intrigue. For owner John Bannerman, The Grand symbolizes a tradition of luxury and elegance begun by his father. For Marcus Bannerman, it becomes a risky investment and a way to entice his brother's wife into bed. And for the maids and porters employed there, it represents a possible escape from their hardscrabble pasts-- and an endless source of backstairs gossip.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, 2008, c1997.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (ca. 900 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Grand
Contents: episodes 1-4 / written by Russell T. Davies ; directed by Douglas Mackinnon and Noella Smith -- Volume 2: Series 1,
episodes 5-8 / written by Russell T. Davies ; directed by Kim Flitcroft and Morag Fullarton -- Volume 3: Series 2,
episodes 1-4 / written by Russell T. Davies and Chris Thompson ; directed by Morag Fullarton and David Evans -- Volume 4: Series 2,
episodes 5-7 / written by Julian Roach, Russell T. Davies and Chris Thompson ; directed by Sarah Harding and Indra Bhose -- Volume 5: Series 2,
episodes 8-10 / written by Russell T. Davies ; directed by Indra Bhose and Ken Horn
Summary: As the most opulent hotel in Manchester, England, during the decadent Roaring '20s, The Grand is more than a building. It's a nexus for schemes, scandals, romance and intrigue. For owner John Bannerman, The Grand symbolizes a tradition of luxury and elegance begun by his father. For Marcus Bannerman, it becomes a risky investment and a way to entice his brother's wife into bed. And for the maids and porters employed there, it represents a possible escape from their hardscrabble pasts-- and an endless source of backstairs gossip.
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KriticalKef
Mar 01, 2018

Again this is another DVD title where it doesn't match the full description. The complete series is supposed to be five DVDs and encompass 18 episodes. What I got from the Upper Arlington Public Library was just Volume 1 which is only two DVDs and only the first eight episodes. Not sure what happened to Volumes 2 and 3.

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re_discover
Jan 24, 2017

Although I enjoyed watching The Grand overall, I found that as the episodes went on, the same issues kept being treated over and over again. The relationship between Stephen and Katie does not make sense to me, as they hardly saw each other. In the same way, I don't understand how Esme Harkness can be the "saviour" of The Grand at the end of the series given everyone's feelings about her.

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rosfrankl
Mar 20, 2016

Great acting, sets and costumes. Way too much evil and violence for me.

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OhFlummery
Jan 28, 2014

With the reputation of the author, Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who/Torchwood), and some of the cast, Susan Hampshire (Monarch of the Glen), I was expecting something much, much different. This series ended up being so very slow and uninteresting that I couldn't make it to the end of the first disc.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 23, 2011

Upstairs/Downstairs moves into the seedy, sassy, Roaring 20s. Lots of scandal and drama, great fashion and unforgettable characters.

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