Brass

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Brass

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Brass depicts the lives of two families at opposite ends of the social spectrum in 1930’s England. One is the Hardacres: wealthy, living in the big house at the top of the hill, looking down on everybody else, and the other is the Fairchilds: employed by the Hardacres, they live in a tiny tract house down at the bottom of the hill. Despite the differences in class and wealth, however, plenty of sexual intermingling takes place. Bradley Hardacre, played by Timothy West, owner of the coal mine, the cotton mill, shipyard, aircraft factory and much else - even the munitions factory. He strikes the perfect character as the cigar puffing, ruthless, greedy, wily, blunt, and lusting after power, money and women at the same time. Lady Patience Hardacre played by Caroline Blakiston is self-pitying and gin-dependent. Their marital relationship is a disastrous sham; indeed, to ward off any unlikely attempt by her husband at pursuance of his marital rights she has convinced him that she must remain confined to a wheelchair, whereas, in reality, she is a walking cauldron of desire.moreless
Shaun Scott

Shaun Scott

Jack Fairchild

James Saxon

James Saxon

Morris Hardacre

Timothy West

Timothy West

Bradley Hardacre

Caroline Blakiston

Caroline Blakiston

Lady Patience Hardacre

Barbara Ewing

Barbara Ewing

Agnes Fairchild

Bill Monks

Bill Monks

Job Lott

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Set among the dark satanic mills of Victorian England where daily men risk "trouble at mill" or "t' pit" this comedy of class warfare set in a mining town is worth watching. Brass is British slang for money but can also mean chutzpah.moreless

    9.0
    You probably have to be English to appreciate the full humour of this takeoff of shows like Upstairs/Downstairs and the Duchess of Duke Street. Timothy West is excellent as the evil, conniving, cigar chomping mill owner and his glowering performance is worth the price of admission in itself. Some of the humour is more clever, than laugh out loud though it has it's moments of slapstick as well. The last time I looked it wasn't available on DVD which means that I only have hazy memories of it from when it played in Australia in the 70's but I remember it with a great deal of fondness.moreless
  • Dynasty meets Soap

    8.5
    Brass is an over the top send up of prime time soaps, with the gritty English dramas of yesterday. Brass is the story of two Enlish families, the Hardcastle's and the Fairchild's living at oppisite ends of the class spectrum. The Hardcastle's live at the top of the hill, and look down upon the whole town. The Fairchild's are working class, but happy. It is the struggle within and between classes that some of the best comedy moments happen. Brass contains great characters and situations that could only happen on TV. There is a top- notch cast here, as well as excellent writing. The always seem to throw in a little history too. Brass is worth a glance, but you will be hooked fast.moreless