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Disc 2 of Part 1 of Series 3 of the acclaimed drama series set in the 1950's. 'Born And Bred' proved to be a hugely popular ratings winner when it was broadcast at peak time on Sunday evenings in April 2002, and continued to do so with each series broadcast. Starring Michael French, Jenna Russell, James Bolam, Maggie Steed, Clive Swift plus a host of other well known actors and actresses.
Review by Acorn Media for Series 3
Its Christmas in Ormston and there is a santa claus on the loose accompanied by a vicious elf . Len enlists the help of Wilf to capture the duo. Arthur is busy playing tricks on his unimpressed son Tom and Deborah is looking forward to the new year after having a tough emotional year
Daily life settles in after the Christmas celebrations and Phyllis is stunned when Harry, her absent husband reappears. Len and Linda are anxious about becoming foster parents and a plan for the brewery to buy the village pub is scuppered by the underhand tactics of the locals.
Disc 2 of part 1 includes episodes 4-5
4. A Small Flourish
5. Thick As Thieves
Episode Synopsis by BBC Worldwide
4. A Small Flourish
Ormston’s usually peaceful atmosphere is shattered when a certain Mr Tyldesley arrives in town. Not content with painting beautiful pictures of the local landscape, Dennis Tyldesley has taken to blowing up great swathes of it as well. After such an explosive introduction, Arthur, Brewer and Boynton confront Mr Tyldesley to ask just what he is up to, But, much to their annoyance, Dennis is not forthcoming, saying he is sworn to secrecy.
Meanwhile, Deborah is concerned for her friend Janet Gough. Janet is having a tough time of it with her husband Hubert who is at home recuperating after a major operation. Hubert, the local cobbler and philistine, is insanely jealous of his young, attractive wife and suspects she is planning to run off with some arty type like Mr Tyldesley.
Elsewhere, Len and Linda are preparing for their visit from the social worker who has been sent to approve their application to be foster parents. As expected, things don’t run smoothly and the inspector turns up just as Linda returns from the Signalman’s after drinking too much Ormston Dew. Len and Linda are distraught but Tom convinces the foster care worker they would make super parents and their application is passed.
Tom and Deborah begin to investigate Mr Tyldesley’s motives for blowing up parts of Ormston, and after a near-fatal accident he informs them that a road is going to be built – right through the village.
5. Thick As Thieves
It’s all change in Ormston, as two newcomers arrive and have an immediate and memorable impact on village life.
Len and Linda are expecting their first foster child, a two-year-old boy called Nat. But Nat turns out to be a hard-as-nails 12-year-old who can’t keep out of trouble. Len and Linda are disappointed, but throw everything into looking after the boy, only to quickly realise that fostering isn’t going to be easy.
At the Signalman’s, the consequences of the pub being sold to the brewery are beginning to be felt. Rita Lennox has been sent by the new owners to lay down some rules and to tell Phyllis she will no longer be the landlady. Rita plans to get coach-loads of tourists in to sample a traditional English pub, but Phyllis, Deborah and the rest of Ormston have other ideas: they use some pretty underhand tactics, like packing the pub with smelly farmers when the coaches arrive, to undermine Rita.
What the villagers do not know is that Rita has a rare heart condition, and Tom is concerned that their continued campaign to oust Rita could be harmful to her health.
running time approx 120 mins
Video Size 720x576
Audio format-Dolby Digitial 2.0
video compression MPEG-2
Series 3 was released by Acorn Media in 2005
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