I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this is part 1, looking at some of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
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Hi everybody. In this video I thought I’d start going through my collection of DVDs, just to show you what I have in case there’s anything that interests you, or if you have any similar tastes to mine. Some of the stuff you might not like, some of it you may well like, so we’ll see how we go.
I previously posted my music collection in my blog before, which I might do a couple of videos on here as well. So I thought, well why not do my DVDs too.
So first up we have Doctor Who and Torchwood, because Doctor Who is one of my favourite shows. I’ve only got the modern series from 2005 onwards. I’ve seen a few of the classic episodes on TV or on Netflix in the past, but I’ve never really watched them properly. And I should, I know, I should get round to that one day.
But yeah, Doctor Who and Torchwood I do really like. And the new Class spin-off that’s been on recently – it’s ok, it’s not as good as these but, you know, it’s been reasonable viewing judging by the first episode anyway, so we’ll see how that goes.
The first series of Doctor Who, I like this box set in particular because It’s in the shape of the Tardis. It’s a big box that opens up and it’s packaged really nicely, and the artwork’s really good. Obviously it would have taken up far too much space if every series was like this. But for the first series to be packaged in this way I thought was a really nice touch.
It’s a shame Christopher Eccleston didn’t do more than one series really, but he did do a fantastic job on that first one. I think David Tennant’s my favourite Doctor of all though.
Then we have 24, which is another great show. I got into it a little bit later than everyone else, I tend to be a bit behind on the trends. But the BBC started repeating it, and I got into it and thought “yeah, this is pretty awesome”. Because you get to the end of each episode and think “oh yeah, I wanna watch some more.” So it is very addictive that show.
And Knight Rider‘s a very cool show as well. The new version they did in 2008, I’ve also got the DVD of that series, and that is quite good too, you know. It had a lot of potential, so it was a shame that only ran for one series really. But obviously it can’t live up to the original. But it was still a good follow-up to the original series.
Then we’ve got The Professionals, which is another great show. And, like all these shows I’ve been talking about already, has a brilliant theme tune. This was released by a company called Network who remastered it, as they did with The Sweeney as well, which you’re now seeing here. They’ve done a really great job at remastering these episodes with great sound and picture quality, so they really look like they were made much more recently. And they’re all great shows these.
And I’ve also got the two Sweeney films as well. Not as good as the TV show perhaps, but they’re still good fun to watch. And I’ve got the Regan pilot that goes with The Sweeney as well.
And then we’ve got Minder, which I’ve think Network have got the rights to now, so I think they’re gonna be remastering that, or I certainly hope they’re going to be, because it is a brilliant show. These older copies of the DVDs are alright though, but certainly the quality could be better, and some of the menu systems leave a little bit to be desired. Some of them don’t have, like, the Play All option, for instance. You have to select each episode by hand. Which isn’t a major deal, but it’s still, you know, a little bit frustrating.I suppose.
But, yeah, and even the Ray Daley years were good. But obviously the originals with Terry McCann were the best. And I’ve also got the series that Channel 5 did with Shane Richie taking over the role. And that was ok, It wasn’t too bad. Again, nowhere near as good as the original, but it was still good fun, and the remake of the theme tune that The Attic Lights did for that song was good too.
And then, moving on to other series, we have 2point4 Children, which I only have 3 series of, I think there’s about 6 altogether. But they stopped releasing after 3 series, I think partly because the sales weren’t what they hoped for, and also because there were rights issues with the later series, including a Thunderbird car in particular in one episode. So it’s a great shame, because it’s a great show.
Al Murray’s Happy Hour was a chat show he did, it was a sort of a fun, sort of spoof chat show I suppose. But it was good fun, and he was a big Queen fan so he often had Queen songs on there, including Queen themselves in one finale for one series, so that was brilliant.
‘Allo ‘Allo! Classic sitcom, absolute classic. Great stories, great characters. The story got quite complicated sometimes, but it was really, really funny and really well written, and really well acted. I haven’t got the reunion specials they did later on, but yeah, I’ve got the main series, which is brilliant.
Blackadder, another classic series of course. Ok, the first series wasn’t very good, but series 2, 3 and 4 and the millennium special were all very good. And this box set’s got everything on it, and loads of extras as well. The millennium special they did I actually saw in the Dome, in the days when it was The Millennium Dome, so that was quite good. That was before it became the O2.
An Idiot Abroad with Karl Pilkington, I’ve got a few series of that. That’s a good, fun show, you get to see some interesting places as well, and some interesting people.
Are You Being Served? Another classic sitcom. Not perhaps top of my favourites list, but still good fun to watch. Again some great characters and things like that.
And then we’ve got a documentary here – The Blue Planet. I haven’t got any nature documentaries other than this. But I got this years ago, because I saw it on the telly, and it is really well made, and some really stunning footage on there.
Then back to the comedy – The Big Bang Theory of course. A friend of mine got me into it, and I’ve enjoyed watching it ever since. It’s one of the few American sitcoms I actually like. I’m not into Friends or things like that. But The Big Bang Theory is one that I really do like, it’s really great.
And then back to the drama again, we have The Bill. These are the earliest series of The Bill, which I was too young to see when they were released at the time. I got into The Bill obviously much later in the 90s. So to be able to get to watch these classic earlier episodes is really good fun, it’s a really good show.
And then Dangermouse – classic cartoon from my youth. I mean, I don’t really buy cartoons much, you know, from when I was a kid. But this is a definite classic, with David Jason and Terry Scott. It’s really, really good fun. And the new version they did recently is also very good, to give it its credit, what they’ve been showing with Alexander Armstrong on CBBC. So, yeah, give it its dues, they’ve done a pretty good remake, which you can’t say for a lot of TV shows. But certainly nothing can surpass the original.
And then this is MIT – Murder Investigation Team – which was a little spin-off of The Bill, which was good fun. I saw it was released and thought “well, why not get that, it’s quite interesting”.
And then another of my favourite comedies – Bottom – with the late, great and very sadly missed Rik Mayall. I have the live shows as well but I got to those later, as I’ve got a separate shelf for all that kind of stuff.
The Brittas Empire with Chris Barrie, another brilliant sitcom. Very, very funny. Very surreal in places and, yeah, it often gets overlooked, forgotten about perhaps, but I’ve got all the series of that, it’s great fun.
And then here’s a show, a comedy action drama show, whatever you want to call it, called Chuck, from America. Which was cancelled twice I think, but the fans managed to get it back each time, and it ran for 5 series altogether in the end. And I don’t think a lot of people necessarily know about it in the UK, but it’s really, really good. I caught it on a Freeview channel once, and yeah, worth checking out. It has a great soundtrack as well, the music they’ve used is brilliant.
The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin – another great sitcom. Again a bit surreal in places, but very well acted by Leonard Rossiter.
And Citizen Smith, starring Robert Lindsay, and written by John Sullivan, the writer of Only Fools And Horses. This came before that. And “Power To The People” – it’s brilliant. Very, very well done.
And then this is a relatively little-known sitcom called Clarence, starring Ronnie Barker, and Josephine Tewson who played Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances. And, yeah, that’s a good fun sitcom. Not one of the best ever, but still fun.
But this is definitely one of the best ever – Dad’s Army. I mean, what needs to be said? It is a sheer classic and it’s just brilliant. And actually, on the day I’m recording this, yesterday we had the news that Jimmy Perry, one of the co-creators of the show, has passed away, very sadly. I think he was about 93. And this is one hell of a legacy to leave behind. It’s a really amazing creation that him and David Croft put together. So, yeah, he’ll be sadly missed, but he’s certainly left some great memories behind that people will continue to enjoy for many, many years. It really is a true classic of the genre.
And Derren Brown, I have a few of his DVDs, and that’s what I’m gonna finish this part with. I’m gonna split my collection into a few bits, because there’s quite a lot to get through. I’ve built up quite a lot over the past 15-20 years. But yeah, I’ve got his Trick Of The Mind and his Mind Control DVDs and things from his TV shows. And they’re all very good, I’m a great admirer of what he does.
I’ve never seen him live, but I would certainly love to see one of his live shows, and again I’ll get to the DVDs I’ve got of those later. I’ve kind of divided up my DVDs so all my TV shows are in one bit, all the live shows are in another. I’ve got music DVDs as well which I’ll get to. This is a DVD of his experiments, including The Assassin, The Gameshow, The Guilt Trip and The Secret Of Luck. All of which are all very interesting, he’s very, very good at what he does.
So that’s it for now, that’s the first part of my DVD collection done. I hope you found it interesting. If there’s anything you like, comment and let me know. But for now I will be back soon with the second part, so I will see you then. Bye bye!