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Tuesday 23 September 2014

The 50 Best TV Boxsets

The Wire: the Complete Series
Virtually every TV critic in the country has described it as the greatest TV show ever made, and combined with the fact that it was shown here on the relatively obscure FX channel, it's hardly surprising that The Wire has really taken off on DVD. Over five series, the show takes you through the inner workings of Baltimore, and its wide scope ranges from the detectives in the homicide department to the drug dealers on the corners. If you haven't yet succumbed to the hype then do so - you are in for a treat.
How much: £124.99
Blackadder: the Complete Collection
Blackadder brought together a group of writers and performers that we now recognise as some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis. Every last minute of Blackadder, from the Middle Ages to the Great War, is collected in this comprehensive, six disc set. Featuring not only the four full Blackadder series, but also a making-of documentary and special episodes such as Blackadder's Christmas Carol. Bargain price, too, considering the hours of pleasure it contains.
How much: £59.99
Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition
This landmark mini-series about African-American history was hugely popular in the 1970s in America - over 130 million watched the television adaptation of Alex Haley's best-seller, and its finale still has the third highest ratings of any entertainment program. This set, released in 2007 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show, is vital if you want to own a piece of true television history, and comes with two documentaries on the show.
How much: £29.99

From Baltimore to Brideshead, from John Pilger to Richard Pryor, our TV addicts pick the sets that will keep you glued to the sofa

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