I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 1, looking at some of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
- Doctor Who and Torchwood. Doctor Who is one of my favourite shows, though I’ve only got the modern series from 2005 onwards, it must be said. 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 I don’t want to just buy them all on the off-chance. I’d love to see it all from the beginning in order though. One day. But anyway, I love Doctor Who and Torchwood. I’m not so bothered about the new Class spin-off that’s been on recently – it’s ok, but not as good as these. We’ll see how it goes though.
I like the box set of the first series (2005) of Doctor Who 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 too. 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 was a really nice touch. It’s a shame Christopher Eccleston didn’t do more than one series, but he did do a fantastic job on that first one. I think David Tennant’s my favourite Doctor of all though.
- 24. This 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 it was awesome, as you get to the end of each episode and feel compelled to watch the next. It’s very addictive.
- Knight Rider. This is a very cool show as well. I’ve got all of the original series, which is great, plus the new version they did in 2008, which is also quite good too. The latter had a lot of potential, so it was a shame that it only ran for one series really. But obviously it can’t live up to the original, so it’s not a major loss.
- The Professionals. This is another great show and, like all these shows I’ve been talking about already, it has a brilliant theme tune. This was released by a company called Network Distributing who remastered it, as they did with the next series I want to mention.
- The Sweeney. Another great show remastered by Network Distributing. 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. 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 it as well.
- Minder. Another great series, and I think Network have got the rights to this now, so I think (and hope) they’re going to be remastering it at some point. It certainly deserves to be. 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 a Play All option, for instance, so you have to select each episode by hand. Which isn’t a major deal, but it’s still a little bit frustrating.I suppose. That aside, though, all of the episodes are great fun towards, even those in the later Ray Daley years – but the originals with Terry were the best. 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. Nowhere near as good as the original, but it was still a nice follow-on, and the remake of the theme tune that The Attic Lights did for that song was good too. I’m not surprised it only ran for one series though.
- 2point4 Children. I only have 3 series of this, and I think there are 6 altogether. But they haven’t released the final 3, 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, if what I’ve heard is true. So it’s a great shame, because it’s a superb show. I really hope it gets proper releases of all the series one day, it definitely deserves it.
- Al Murray’s Happy Hour. This was a chat show he did, though it wasn’t a serious show. It was very tongue-in-cheek and very funny. And he was a big Queen fan, so he often had Queen songs on there, including Queen themselves in one finale for one of the series, so that was brilliant (though that’s not on these DVDs).
- ‘Allo ‘Allo! An absolute classic of a sitcom this. Great stories and great characters from start to finish. The story got quite complicated sometimes, but it was really funny, really well written, and really well acted. I haven’t got the reunion specials they did later on, as they haven’t released them unfortunately. But I’ve got all of the main series, which is the most important thing.
- Blackadder. Another classic series of course. Ok, the first series wasn’t much to shout about, but series 2 to 4 and the millennium special were all very good. And this box set’s got everything on it, along with loads of extras as well. I actually got to see the millennium special in the Millennium Dome, in its early days, long before it became the O2 Arena.
- An Idiot Abroad with Karl Pilkington, I’ve got a few series of that. It’s a good, fun show, as you get to see some interesting places and people, combined with Karl’s unique style of thoughts and opinions.
- Are You Being Served? Another classic sitcom. Not perhaps top of my favourites list, but still good fun to watch, with some very memorable characters.
- The Blue Planet. I haven’t got any nature documentaries other than this, which I should rectify one day. But I got this years ago, as I saw it on the telly and it is really well made. There’s really stunning footage in this.
- The Big Bang Theory. A friend of mine got me into this, and I’ve enjoyed watching it ever since. It’s one of the few American sitcoms I actually like, as 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.
- The Bill. I’ve got the earliest series of this that they’ve been releasing, as I was too young to see when they were released at the time. I got into the show much later, in the 90s. So to be able to get to watch these classic earlier episodes is really good fun, and I hope they keep releasing them.
- MIT – Murder Investigation Team. This was a little spin-off of The Bill, which was good fun. I saw it was released and figured I may as well get it, and I’m happy I did.
- Dangermouse. This was a wonderful cartoon show from my youth. I don’t really buy cartoons from when I was a kid, but this is an exception. It’s a definite classic, with David Jason and Terry Scott and lots of great humour, for adults and kids alike. And the new version they did recently is also very good, to give it its credit, which they’ve been showing with Alexander Armstrong on CBBC. They’ve done a pretty good remake, which you can’t say for a lot of TV shows. But even so, nothing can surpass the original.
- Bottom. This of course stars the late, great and very sadly missed Rik Mayall, and I absolutely love this crazy and violent sitcom. I have the live shows as well, but I’ll get to those later.
- The Brittas Empire. This was a great sitcom starring Chris Barrie. Very funny and very surreal in places, and perhaps gets overlooked or forgotten about sometimes. But I’ve got all the series of this, it’s great fun.
- Chuck. This is a comedy drama action show from America. It was cancelled twice I think, but the fans managed to get it back each time, and it ran for 5 series altogether. And I don’t think a lot of people necessarily know about it in the UK, which is a pity, because it’s really good. I caught it on a Freeview channel once and got hooked, it’s really well worth checking out. It has a great soundtrack as well, they’ve got an incredible mixture of music in amongst all the action and humour.
- The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin. This is another great sitcom. It’s a bit surreal in places, but very well acted by Leonard Rossiter.
- Citizen Smith. This great sitcom starred Robert Lindsay, and was written by John Sullivan, who later became the writer of Only Fools And Horses. And it’s very good.
- Clarence. This is a relatively little-known sitcom starring Ronnie Barker, and Josephine Tewson who played Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances. And it’s good fun. Not one of the best ever by any means, but still good.
- Dad’s Army. One of the best sitcoms ever made. I mean, what needs to be said? It is a sheer classic and just brilliant. Sadly, we’ve recently heard the news that Jimmy Perry, one of the co-creators of the show, has passed away. And this is one hell of a legacy to leave behind. It’s a really amazing creation that he and David Croft put together. So 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 continuously gets repeated with good reason. It really is a true classic that will never die.
- Derren Brown. I have a few of his DVDs, some of which I’ll get on to later when I get to my live comedy DVDs. But in terms of TV shows, I’ve got Trick Of The Mind and his Mind Control DVDs. And I”ve got a DVD set 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 good at what he does.
So that’s it for the first part of my DVD collection, I hope you found it interesting. If there’s anything you like, comment and let me know. And I will be back soon with the second part. See you then!