I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this is part 3, 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. Now we’re moving on to Part 3 of my DVD collection, and we’ll jump straight in with Lois & Clark – The New Adventures Of Superman. This was a very good show that ran for 4 seasons, and I really enjoyed watching it. There were some effects in there considering it was a TV series and not a film, and certainly for its time it looked very good. So I really enjoyed that.
And then this one is more of a rare series, The Magnificent Evans. It’s another series by Ronnie Barker. I’ve pretty much collected everything he’d done, because I’m such a fan of his. This isn’t one of his best shows, perhaps, but it’s still good to have in the collection for the sake of completion.
And then we’ve got Mock The Week – Too Hot For TV. These are all the bits that they couldn’t show on TV, and this was back in the days when Frankie Boyle was on the show of course, and all the regulars back then. So there’s some very funny and very rude moments in this, and there’s a few compilations of that I’ve got. And that includes not just a compilation of all the best bits and unseen bits, but a few extended episodes as well, so you can see some of the unseen bits in context.
And then we’re moving on to another classic of course, Monty Python. I’ve got a Best Of box set here, which includes their Live At Aspen show, and of course I’ve got all 4 series as well. It’s just classic. Of course, like any sketch show, some sketches work better than others. But, you know, overall it’s a very funny, very clever show. There’s a lot of very clever sketches in here.
And I’ve got the films, of course, which I’ll get on to later. And I’ve got soundtracks on my iTunes as well. So, yeah, I just love Monty Python, it’s just brilliant. Classic British humour and madness. And I’ve also got this documentary as well on it. This is very interesting to watch. Very lengthy, but there’s certainly plenty they can say about it, so it’s very comprehensive, and again very funny and very interesting. So I’ve definitely got pretty much everything there is to get, or certainly everything worthwhile I’d have thought.
And then I’ve got the official compilation of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which were an amazing event in London. Everybody thought it was gonna be rubbish, but I think we blew the world away with an amazing opening ceremony, which is on this box set in its entirety. And there are hours and hours of highlights and some extra features as well, including a director’s commentary on the opening ceremony. So, yeah, it’s a very, very good compilation, very comprehensive. All the best moments, all the best medals and everything else.
And, of course, from the same year I’ve got the London 2012 Paralympic Games compilation from Channel 4. It was great that Channel 4 covered this so extensively, and they did a great job in Rio as well. So I’m glad I’ve got the DVD set of this. Again it includes the opening and closing ceremonies, and plenty of highlights from the games. So there were many great memories that year, London did a superb job, no doubt about that.
And then back to the comedy, we’ve got Mr Bean – The Complete Collection. There’s a few episodes of his animated show on here as well, but the important thing is that we’ve got his live action TV series, because Rowan Atkinson is just brilliant.
And then the box set of Not Going Out. I saw a few episodes of this on the TV, on the BBC and on Dave, because they keep repeating it every so often. And I thought “yeah, I quite like this, I’d better see it from the beginning really”. Because a friend of mine liked it as well and recommended I actually get the whole thing. So i did and, yeah, it’s very good, very funny. I do prefer Lucy, who they had from the second series onwards, I didn’t quite like the lady they had Lee staying with in the first series, so that was a very sensible change. It was a shame when Tim Vine left, but it still works. I haven’t got the very final episode they ever did, and I think there’s even more episodes planned potentially. I think they have been talking about it. So we’ll see. It’d be good to see it back again.
Not The Nine O’Clock News, classic sketch show again, starring Rowan Atkinson, as well as Griff Rhys Jones, and Mel Smith, and Pamela Stephenson. Very funny, very well written, there’s some great musical numbers in there, and some very clever sketches. So definitely a classic of its time, no doubt about that.
And then Oh Doctor Beeching! This is from the same people who did things like Hi-De-Hi and You Rang M’Lord. And, yep, very funny, very good, very enjoyable, and a good sing-along theme tune of course.
And then another classic, The New Statesman. This was starring Rik Mayall. I hadn’t seen this before I bought this, but being a big fan of Rik Mayall I took a chance and purchased it. And, yeah, it is a very, very good, brilliant show. And it’s a shame that Rik Mayall didn’t last longer. Who knows, we could have had a reunion special or something one day. But sadly we’ll never see any more of Alan B’stard, but there you go.
One Foot In The Grave, classic show again, classic sitcom. Extremely well written, there are some very clever stories in here, there are some very cleverly written episodes. Including one where Richard Wilson was completely on his own, you know, when he was waiting for jury service. They could do single-handers and two-handers as well as bigger, more elaborate episodes with quite a few cast members in. And, yeah, there always seemed to be lots of weird and wonderful things happening, but there was always a purpose to it, and the storylines often wrapped themselves up very tidily in the end. It was very cleverly done and very funny.
Open All Hours, yet another classic. And I’ve also got Still Open All Hours, the newer version they’ve done recently. The originals with Ronnie Barker in are of course the best, but David Jason’s done a great job taking over, with Granville now running the shop.
Outnumbered. This is a very clever sitcom as well, because a lot of it is improvised. And the kids in this do a great job, as do the adults, and you can tell, you know, they’re enjoying it as you watch it. It’s just very well made. And I think they are talking about doing certainly at least another special anyway. I don’t know if they’ll do any more full series, but certainly one or two specials might be nice. I’ve got one or two specials after the box set you can see here. So, yeah, definitely well worth watching. Sitcoms don’t always need a laughter track, and that one certainly proves it.
The Paul Merton Collection. I like Paul Merton on Have I Got News For You, and he’s done Room 101 and other bits and pieces too. And this is a compilation of some of his best stuff from the TV. I also enjoy him on Just A Minute on Radio 4 as well, he appears on that too. So, yeah, very funny comedian, has some wonderful, surreal flights of fancy, things like that.
The Piglet Files, now this was one I’d never heard of before until I saw it advertised. But it stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, it’s a comedy, and it works very well. It’s about a spy, basically. I’m not gonna say any more than that, I would just check it out and look it up, you know, read about it. It’s very, very good.
And again, on a similar note, Police Squad. I hadn’t seen this or really been aware of it either. But it’s from the same people who made Naked Gun, this was the precursor to Naked Gun. So if you like the Naked Gun films, get this series. There’s only one series, but it’s very much in the same vein, the comedy’s exactly the same. Very silly, very funny, very well made.
And then Rising Damp, another classic sitcom. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, I don’t know, but it’s very good as far as I’m concerned. Leonard Rossiter’s great in it. And it stars Richard Beckinsale as well of course, who also starred as Godber in Porridge, and who sadly died very, very young I think. It was a great shame.
And there is Porridge. Richard Beckinsale and, of course, the main character Ronnie Barker. I mean, just another one of those classics that you don’t need to say much about. So many great characters and stories. And they did do a newer version recently for the BBC’s sitcom series, which they did recommission as well, they’re gonna get a full series out of it. But it didn’t live up to this at all, it was just completely different characters. And sort of in the same vein, it was by the same writers, but no, not as good. The original Porridge will always be the best.
So yeah, that’s it for Part 3. I hope you’re enjoying it so far. Plenty more to come, at least a couple more parts with my TV shows, and then we’ll move on to films and things. So, yeah, I will see you for Part 4 very soon. Bye!