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Robert’s Robots – The Complete First Series (1973/Network U.K./PAL Region Two/2/DVD Import)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website addresses provided at the end of the review.



A comedy series for children, Robert’s Robots attempted to be a comedy about funny robots and their wacky situations with John Clive (Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange) as inventor Robert Sommerby.  Made to look human or people-like, he is trying to hide his inventions from the public with the help of his Aunt Millie (Doris Rogers) and fiancée Angela (Jenny Hanley of Magpie, reviewed elsewhere on this site), but some people are on to him and thus the show beings.


Child safe and mildly entertaining, I am a bit surprised this show was not syndicated to the U.S. (PBS could not pick this one up?) or a U.S. remake surfaced.  In our increasingly digital era, the show has its charms and debuted the same year as The Six Million Dollar Man, so its subject matter was timely.  The longtime character actor Leon Lissek is also a plus here as Marken, the head of a big electronics company that is obsessed with mergers, acquisitions and getting the most for the least amount of (if any) money.  Not a bad show, its DVD arrival is welcome.



The 1.33 X 1 image was shot color, analog PAL videotape (with very limited 16mm) and can be soft and limited in depth.  Flaws include staircasing, aliasing, some video noise, video banding, some tape scratching, tape damage and even PAL cross color despite the fact that these are all black and white.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is about a generation down throughout and can be distorted, but it sounds better than these look, which is a plus.  There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this DVD import set exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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