There's trouble in the boardroom and the bedroom as tensions heat up while struggling to run the family business in the fourth series of this "first-rate soap opera" (Observer), featuring dramatic performances from fantastic acting talent including Jean Anderson, Richard Easton, Derek Benfield and Colin Baker
Simply Media are delighted to announce the first DVD release of The Brothers: The Complete Series 4, containing all fourteen episodes of this television gem written and created by N. J. Crisp (Dixon of Dock Green) and Gerard Glaister (Dr. Finlay's Casebook), following the successful release of series 1-3 to date.
Originally shown on BBC One's Sunday night spot in 1974, and proving to be one of the BBC's most popular drama series of the 1970s, this will be the first time fans of the long-running boardroom soap opera will be able to own this series on DVD. So popular was the series, a Christmas album entitled "Christmas with the Hammonds" was even recorded by the cast!
Series 4 continues the dramatic story of the Hammond family and their trials and tribulations in attempting to run the family's lucrative trucking company Hammond Transport Services, inherited after the death of family patriarch Robert Hammond, who died while "doing the nasty" with his secretary. Tensions run high however when, unexpectedly, shares in the family business are split between all three brothers in the family, and also Robert's secretary and mistress Jennifer (Jennifer Wilson - Z Cars) meaning the family are forced into alliances that no one wants...
The three brothers are also very different characters with different ideas on how to run the business, which leads to much conflict amongst the family. Edward (Patrick O'Connell - Fraud Squad) is a no nonsense, well-paid accountant who feels he was most qualified to run the whole business by himself, David (Robin Chadwick - Pride and Prejudice (1967)) is a disinterested "second class honours, first class layabout" arts graduate and playboy with a glamorous girlfriend (Gabrielle Drake), while Brian (Richard Easton - Finding Forrester) is a dull accountancy wizard with a controlling wife. Throw domineering mother Mary (Jean Anderson - The Railway Children) in to the mix and The Brothers delivered a winning formula of power struggles and family feuding that kept devoted fans coming back for more for the five years that the series aired.
Doctor Who fans will also rejoice at the introduction of sixth incarnation of The Doctor Colin Baker to this series as the famously ruthless young city banker Paul Merroney, seen as a prototype for the new Thatcher-era inspired generation of corporate go-getters. So deplorable was his character, Paul Merroney was even voted the "most hated man in Britain" at the time by readers of The Sun.
With gripping boardroom drama that would not be found on television today, family tragedy, financial struggles, secrets and betrayal all on the cards, this is a series that should not be missed by any fans of The Brothers, and is a great opportunity for any newcomers to the series to get stuck in to the woes of the Hammond family.
Series 1-3 of The Brothers have already been released on DVD by Simply Media, with Series 5 planned for release 27th March 2017, and series 6 and 7 to follow during the rest of 2017.
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