I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this is part 2, looking at more of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
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Hi everybody. So we’re now moving on to the second part of my DVD collection, and we’re starting with a real classic, in the shape of Father Ted, which is one of my very favourite sitcoms. It’s got many great episodes and characters and catchphrases, and it’s just really well written and really funny. And it was a great shame when Dermot Morgan, who played Father Ted, passed away. But he left a lot of great memories with this show.
Great episodes like Speed 3, with Dougal on the runaway milk float, and the Christmas special of course, where Ted gets an award for helping a load of priests out of a lingerie store. And so many other great moments as well. It’s just a really, really great show.
And then we’ve got a show that perhaps a lot of young people won’t know, and I certainly didn’t know it until my parents introduced me to it, called Ever Decreasing Circles, starring Richard Briers. And that’s a really good show as well, it’s really funny and really well written again. There’s some good characters in there, Richard Briers performance in that is really, really good.
And then on a completely different note, we’ve got Family Guy, which is very rude and crude a lot of the time, but it is very funny. And the Star Wars spoofs in there are very good. And they have lots of musical numbers and again lots of characters and lots of stories. And, yeah, it’s just good, fun, mindless humour really, it’s very good.
And then we’ve got The Fast Show, which is a very funny show again. Lots of great sketches and characters. You could almost say it was brilliant, I suppose, as one character would put it. But yeah, it’s really, really good, and this box set has got everything on it, basically everything they’ve ever done. And it’s really good.
And then this is another one that people might not be so aware of. This is Filthy, Rich & Catflap, which was kind of in between The Young Ones and Bottom, and stars Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Again very good.
And then again in complete contrast, Frost On Sunday. This was an old sketch show featuring The Two Ronnies and various other people doing sketches. And yeah, it’s really funny. If you like The Two Ronnies then this is definitely worth checking out.
And then another classic of course, Fawlty Towers. Again, what needs to be said about this? Everybody knows the show, it’s arguably the greatest sitcom of all time. It’s only 12 episodes, but they’re all crackers, they’re all amazing. And this set’s got quite a lot of extra features on it as well. It’s got the treatment it deserves, it was a really, really classic show. As you can see on the back there it says it’s a BAFTA winning sitcom, and with good reason. It was really, really a classic. So it was great to see it get a decent box set.
And The Good Life, that’s another classic sitcom as well. A bit too nice for some people perhaps – if you’ve seen The Young Ones you’ll remember Vyvyan ripping up the title sequence! But, no, it’s a really, really lovely show, and it’s, again, very funny and with very good characters in it, and very lovely stories. And, yeah, it’s really good fun, I like it.
Then we’re on to a documentary, The Human Body, which is really, really interesting. The body’s fascinating and Robert Winston takes you through it very well in the episodes on here.
And then Goodnight Sweetheart. This was a very good series as well. They changed the ladies in the cast halfway through its six series run, but it still worked really well. And recently the BBC did a remake of it as part of their sitcom celebration season, and they kept the original cast, and it worked really well. And everyone was hoping that the BBC would commission a series, and they haven’t. Which was a great shame, because it had so much potential, and especially now Gary has a daughter apparently, we found out. And, you know, him trying to deal with life in the modern world, now that so many things have changed after he got stuck in the past for so long. So, you know, it’s a great shame the BBC didn’t recommission it.
And then The Green Green Grass was a spin-off from Only Fools And Horses, starring Boycie and Marlene and their son. And, yeah, that was pretty good. Wasn’t quite as good as Only Fools And Horses, but still you could feel that it was John Sullivan writing it, and the characters were all authentic, and it was really, really good fun.
And then Harry Hill’s TV Burp Gold. There’s a few discs of this. They are compilations of his Saturday night show, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, which was very surreal, very crazy, very mad, but it was perfect Saturday night viewing. You know, you didn’t have to think, you didn’t have to take anything seriously, there wasn’t any stories like you get on these talent shows and things like that. It was just mindless fun and surreal humour.
And then The Very Best Of Have I Got News For You, and The Very Best Of The Guest Presenters. Have I Got News For You is one of my favourite shows, still running now. And Angus Deayton was very good, but obviously the time came for him to go, and the guest presenters format has worked extremely well, you know. Ok, sometimes not every presenter works, but it has worked really well on the whole.
And The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Classic show, from a classic book of course. And it’s, again, very, very good, very funny, and very well made. And plenty of extra features on here as well. It’s a really good show, and if you’ve never seen it, check it out. And the audio versions of this are good as well, they did a radio series too. And they did a film more recently, which was ok, I’ve got that as well. You’ll see that later when I go through my films. But, yeah, the TV show is really good.
And then I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. This is a live version that they did on stage, because this is normally a radio show of course. Currently hosted by Jack Dee, but originally hosted by Humphrey Lyttelton, who also did this live show. And it’s really, really funny. Again, completely mad, completely pointless, you know, just playing silly games. But it’s really funny, and if you’ve never listened to it on the radio, check it out on Radio 4 next time it’s on, it’s really funny, it’s just mad.
And then Keeping Up Appearances. Classic sitcom, of course, with Hyacinth Bucket, or ‘Bouquet’ we should say. And, yeah, just really funny. Again, great characters, great stories. And, yeah, I think Patricia Routledge played her really well. And of course long-suffering Richard as well, he was very good.
And then Kenny Everett – The Complete Naughty Bits, a compilation of some of his best video moments. And he was mad and a genius. He was just so, so clever, you know. You may look at him and think, well, this is just stupid and surreal, but he was really clever at what he did if you watch it. And he knew how to work, you know, the radio shows he did as well. And he just…. everybody loved him, and again it was a great shame when he died when he did, because he was so talented, so brilliant.
And then Men Behaving Badly is what I’ll finish off with this time, as I’ve got the complete box set of that. Including the first series, starring Harry Enfield, which a lot of people haven’t seen perhaps, which was on ITV originally. So this has got that and the Comic Relief specials and all the series. And, yeah, it’s just a really funny show again. A bit crude in places, perhaps, but no, I don’t mind that kind of stuff, I like that kind of stuff. So definitely well worth viewing, I’m glad I got this.
So that’s it really. Those are the DVDs I’m gonna show you in Part 2. Plenty more to come. As I said in my previous part, I’ve built up quite a lot over the past 15-20 years or so. So I will see you for Part 3 very soon. Bye for now.