Agatha Raisin

Agatha Raisin

Series One

DVD - 2016
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Based on the beloved character created by M.C. Beaton. Agatha, public relations specialist, moves from London to the small village of Carsley, hoping for a quieter, simpler life. She soon finds her dreams dashed when she becomes a murder suspect after entering a quiche-making competition.

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matcat44
Aug 15, 2018

characters can be played as being eccentric but this was over the top and not funny, just annoying.

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Palomino
Jun 04, 2018

Not like the books, I recognized one (1) character, and it wasn't the title character. Comedy/cozy murder mystery, about the same as 'Rosemary and Thyme', not as well done as 'Midsomer Murders '. Not awful, but below average, and disappointing because our heroine lacks the insecurity, the passion, and the bite that makes the book character so great.

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tenet
May 19, 2018

Rated 10/10. This terrific series is a wonderful, quirky blend of comedy, drama, and mystery. I really felt entertained and engaged watching these episodes.

If you view the bonus sections of the DVD, it explains why the series was adapted to TV, changing some things, like the age of the main character. As far as I'm concerned, these shows are good fun by themselves. I have not read the books, so I had no prior expectations. In my opinion, I think it's unrealistic to expect any show to follow a book exactly, because it's a different medium. Even the author, on the DVD, said that the series did a good job.

I'm very much looking forward to Series 2, which was ordered by Acorn TV January 2018. So, hopefully it will be available on DVD by 2019.

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morvinnie
Apr 08, 2018

I loved this series, even though it is quite different than the books and with different characters. Lots of laughs. Really love the housekeeper. I read recently where there will be a 2nd series and Ashley Jensen will be back as Agatha and I am looking forward to it. There will be a new Agatha book out later this year.

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franna
Mar 15, 2018

i did not read any of the books before watching the show, so i totally loved it! The first half of the first episode, I admit I wasn't too crazy about Agatha, but by the end of the episode, I was a dedicated fan. i love M.C. Beaton's other book series with Hamish McBeth as well, so thought I'd do the easy thing and just sit back with a DVD for Agatha Raisin. i will likely start reading some of those books as well eventually.

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TangoOscarMike
Mar 04, 2018

Never read the book. My wife has read them though. The video is hilariously funny. The acting is good. I give it two thumbs up.

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winston16
Dec 29, 2017

Great fun! The familiar "fish out of water" trope gets a who dunnit flavor in a modern (if somewhat fairy tale-ish) fashion. Just enjoy!

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MartineVK
Aug 22, 2017

I love the BBC radio series with Penelope Keith and Malcolm Sinclair. This show isn't a patch on that. It's different than the books as well, so we've got many varieties of Aggie now. Unfortunately, this is the least interesting of all the versions. A second series is not in the works. No surprise, I'm afraid.

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Fionaenzo
Aug 11, 2017

Silly fun. Have no great expectations and you will not be disappointed! I found it relaxing.

KMILLER1003 Apr 12, 2017

I was quite disappointed with these episodes as I am a diehard Agatha Raisin fan. I didn't like the character rearrangements and "new" characters (Charles Fraith, the Bloxbys, Doris Simpson) though I could see it might make better "TV" to appeal to a younger audience. I got used to Agatha but she is supposed to be 50 not 40. If you haven't read the books it would be a fun series.

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