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More boisterous shenanigans from Silas, whose unquenchable high spirits delight Edward, his impressionable young nephew. Albert Finney brings to his avuncular character the same dash and energy that charmed audiences decades ago in Tom Jones. Based on Bates's cozy tales set in early-20th-century rural England. 2-1/2 hours on 2 DVDs.
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Adored by his 10-year-old nephew, the incorrigible Uncle Silas is not the ideal role model. As one acquaintance points out, "He is noisy, dirty, mischievous, and nothing but trouble. And he is played to the hilt by Albert Finney, whose lecherous, wine-nipping poacher suggests Tom Jones, one of Finney's signature roles, gone gloriously to seed. Originally broadcast on the venerable PBS series Masterpiece Theatre, this raucous miniseries is based on the nostalgic, turn-of-the-century rural stories by H.E. Bates. These six episodes are much less sentimental than those in the first series. "Finger Wet, Finger Dry" is a particularly randy farce, as Silas dallies with the village policeman's robust wife and winds up trapped in her cellar. The very model of escapist entertainment, each breezy near-half-hour episode is like a little holiday. --Donald LiebensonFrom the Back Cover:
Oscar-nominee Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich) stars as irrepressible Uncle Silas in this Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of the nostalgic rural stories by H. E. Bates. At the turn of the 20th century, ten-year-old Edward (Joe Prospero) spends an idyllic summer with his rascally uncle in a bucolic English village. Also starring Sue Johnston (Brassed Off) as Silas' cantankerous housekeeper, Mrs. Betts. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE cast filmographies, H. E. Bates biography and episode selection. "Finney still gets that rakish gleam in his eye...he couldn't be a better fit for the lead role." -People magazine
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