Extras announced for Dixon of Dock Green – Collection Three

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Acorn have announced a mouth-watering series of special features for Dixon of Dock Green – Collection Three, due for release in 2015.

Audio Commentary on Domino with actor Stephen Marsh (P.C. Harry Dunne).

Audio Commentary on Alice with director Michael E. Briant.

The Final Cases: Documentary on the making of this last series, with actors Nicholas Donnelly (Sgt. Johnny Wills), Richard Heffer (D.S. Alan Bruton), Gregory de Polnay (D.S. Mike Brewer) and production assistant Vivienne Cozens.

Good Evening All: A tribute to Jack Warner, with Nicholas Donnelly, Richard Heffer, Stephen Marsh, Gregory de Polnay and Vivenne Cozens.

Personnel Files: Extended Interviews with Nicholas Donnelly, Richard Heffer and Gregory de Polnay.

Acorn have also released a teaser video to further wet the appetite.

It can be pre-ordered from Acorn now (for release in early 2015).  If it follows the path of previous Acorn releases. then it should stay as an Acorn exclusive for a few months before going on general release.

Having the episodes themselves would have justified the purchase price, but this set of special features is more than welcome. More information on collection three can be found here whilst there’s an overview of collection one here.

Dixon of Dock Green – Collection Three – to be released by Acorn in 2015

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I’m delighted to hear that Acorn will be releasing a third DVD of Dixon of Dock Green episodes.  More details can be found on their website here.

Collections one and two contained all the existing colour episodes broadcast between 1970 and 1975 (with the exception of Molenzicht which was omitted for unspecified rights reasons).

Collection three will have all eight episodes from the 22nd and final series (broadcast in 1976).  This is the only series of Dixon of Dock Green to exist in its entirety, which sadly indicates just how depleted the Dixon archive is.

The eight episodes are as follows –

1. Domino (13th March 1976)

2. The Job (20th March 1976)

3. Vagrant (27th March 1976)

4. Everybody’s Business (3rd April 1976)

5. Alice (10th April 1976)

6. Jackpot (17th April 1976)

7. Legacy (24th April 1976)

8. Reunion (1st May 1976)

This final series sees George Dixon (Jack Warner) working as a civilian collator at Dock Green police station, following his retirement from the force.  Given that Jack Warner was eighty years old at the time, this was a reasonable move (indeed, his obvious age and immobility had been a problem for a few years prior to this).

Missing from the final series was Andy Crawford (played by Peter Byrne).  As Byrne had been a regular since 1955, his decision not to take part in this series was puzzling – as it was pretty obvious that the series (due to Warner’s age) wouldn’t be continuing for much longer.

I’ve written here about my appreciation of the first collection of episodes, released in 2012, and hopefully these final eight will be of a similar standard.

This just leaves the black and white episodes which could (maybe if sales of this DVD are good) make up collection four some time in the future.