Thursday, 4 February 2010

A great British programme available on DVD - but only in Canada

I was absolutely delighted to learn that the 1984 series, Six Centuries of Verse
is coming out on DVD in April - only to learn that it is being released in Canada.

VideoCanada.CA - Acorn Media

You would think that a series made in the UK and starring John Gielgud, Ian Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and Julian Glover, amongst others, would be brought out on DVD in the UK. But alas, like many other British-made programmes it is not the case.

I contacted Acorn Media to ask if they would be releasing it on DVD in the UK and was told that there are no plans to do so. I guess I'll have to start saving.

In the meantime, here are a couple of reminders of this wonderful feast of recitation.


  1. Suddenly I'm so very glad I live in Canada! This sounds wonderful. I'm going to bookmark that site, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if I buy the set... (sorry...)

    I didn't look -- is it encoded for Region 1 only, or would you be able to play it if you bought it from Canada?

  2. I think it's non-regionalised. With a bit of luck, it might be available via Ebay.

    But I do have a multi-region player anyway.