The Complete Series available for the first time on DVD in the UK

Adapted from tales by A.E. Coppard and H.E. Bates – two of the great masters of the short story – Country Matters unarguably remains a high point for television drama, winning the award for Best Drama at the 1973 BAFTAs.

Commissioned by Granada TV, Country Matters ran for two series with thirteen 60-minute episodes. Adaptations of H.E. Bates stories include:

  • The Mill (filmed in Alport, Derbyshire; starring Rosalind Ayres, Brenda Bruce and Tom Chadbon)
  • The Simple Life (filmed in Lancaster; starring Peter Firth, Maggie Fitzgibbon and Robert Urquhart)
  • An Aspidistra in Babylon (filmed in St. Margaret's Bay and Dover; starring Jeremy Brett and Carolyn Courage)
  • The Ring of Truth (filmed in Todmorden and Marple; starring Prunella Scales, Nicholas Hoye and Cherith Mellor)
  • The Four Beauties (featuring Michael Kitchen, Zena Walker and Jan Francis)
  • The Little Farm (filmed in Wildboarclough, Cheshire; featuring Michael Elphick)
  • Breeze Anstey (featuring Morag Hood & Bernard Archard)

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Country matters the complete series

The cover shot is from 'The Watercress Girl' by A.E. Coppard and should not be mistaken for the story of the same name by Bates.

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Available on DVD for the first time as a 4-disc set, Country Matters includes memorable performances from Ian McKellen, Penelope Wilton, Pauline Collins, Bryan Marshall, Barbara Ewing, Joss Ackland, Susan Penhaligon, Susan Fleetwood and Gareth Thomas among others. SPECIAL FEATURE: Limited edition booklet by Barry Forshaw.