Lorna Doone - The Complete Series DVD


One of the great love stories of English literature is retold in this powerful television adaptation directed by Andrew Grieve (Hornblower) and starring Clive Owen (Children of Men) Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) Polly Walker (Rome) and Billie Whitelaw (Napoleon and Love). Based on R.D. Blackmore's classic novel set during the turbulent times of King Charles II the production tells of John Ridd a young West Country yeoman whose father has been killed by the Doones - a clan of aristocratic but murderous outlaws inhabiting a neighbouring valley. John's search for... vengeance is complicated by his feelings for Lorna a daughter of the Doone clan; behind the romance and adventure lie the richer themes of retribution and forgiveness as John is ultimately able to heal the scars left by the killing of his father through his love for Lorna. [show more]

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04 October 2010
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Sean Bean and Clive Owen star in this Thames TV adaptation of R.D. Blackmore's classic novel. John Ridd (Owen) is a young West Country yeoman whose father has been murdered by the local Doone clan - an aristocratic family whose evil streak is perhaps best embodied by the 'hot and savage' Carver Doone (Bean). When John falls for young Lorna Doone (Polly Walker), his search for revenge becomes tempered by her love for him, and she begins to heal the scars inflicted by the other members of her family.

Originally aired from the BBC on June 16, 1963, this British TV miniseries adaptation of R.D. Blackmore’s novel LORNA DOONE is regarded by many observers as the best-ever dramatisation of that particular literary classic. Set in 17th century Exmoor, the story was motivated by the romance between LORNA DOONE and John Ridd, respectively the daughter and son of two long-feuding Scottish families. The many plot complications included a band of gypsies, an ancient curse or two, and lots of swashbuckling. Filmed on location in Bristol, this version of LORNA DOONE ran for 11 half-hour episodes.