My DVD & Blu-Ray Collection Part 3 – TV Shows

I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 3, looking at more of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂

  • 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 good effects in there considering it was a TV series and not a film, and for its time it looked very good.
  • The Magnificent Evans. This is another series by Ronnie Barker. I’ve pretty much collected everything he’s 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.
  • 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, along with all the other regulars back then. So there are some very funny and very rude moments in this, and there are a few compilations that I’ve got. They include not only a compilation of all the best bits and unseen bits, but a few extended episodes as well, so you can see some of the best unseen parts in context.
  • Monty Python. I’ve got a Best Of box set here, which includes their Live At Aspen show, plus of course I’ve got all 4 complete series as well. It’s just a real classic. Of course, like any sketch show, some sketches work better than others. But overall it’s a very funny and very clever show. There are a lot of very clever sketches in here.  Plus I’ve got a very interesting documentary all about the show. And I’ve got the films, of course, which I’ll get on to later. Plus I’ve got soundtracks in my iTunes collection as well. It’s just brilliant, classic British humour and madness.
  • London 2012 Olympic Games. These games were an amazing event in London, and this is a great compilation of everything that happened. Lots of people thought it was going to be rubbish, but ultimately we blew the world away with an amazing opening ceremony, which is on this box set in its entirety, followed by lots of sporting greatness. There are hours and hours of highlights and some extra features on this, including a director’s commentary on the opening ceremony, so it’s a very comprehensive and enjoyable compilation.
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games. This is the compilation of those games 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 the 2012 games. Again it includes the opening and closing ceremonies, along with plenty of highlights from the games. So there were many great memories that year, London did a superb job, no doubt about that.
  • Mr Bean – The Complete Collection. There are a few episodes of his animated show on here as well, but the important thing is that we’ve got all of his live action TV series, because Rowan Atkinson is just brilliant. These were brilliant episodes.
  • 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 a friend was also recommending it to me. So I figured I really out to see it from the beginning, so took the plunge and got the full boxset. And I’m glad I did. it’s very funny. I do prefer Lucy, who they had from the second series onwards, I didn’t really 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 though, but it still works without him, thankfully. I haven’t got the very final episode they did, and I think there might be even more episodes planned potentially. So we’ll see. It would be good to see it back again.
  • Not The Nine O’Clock News. This was a classic sketch show, starring Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, and Pamela Stephenson. It’s very funny, very well written, and there are some great musical numbers in too, along with many clever sketches. So it’s definitely a classic of its time.
  • Oh Doctor Beeching! This is from the same people who did things like Hi-De-Hi and You Rang M’Lord. It’s very enjoyable, and has good sing-along theme tune.
  • The New Statesman. This starred Rik Mayall. I hadn’t seen this before I bought it, but being a big fan of Rik’s I took a chance and purchased it. And it is a brilliant show. It really is a shame that Rik Mayall didn’t live for 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.
  • One Foot In The Grave. Yet another classic sitcom again. This was extremely well written, there are some very clever stories and very cleverly written episodes. Including one where Richard Wilson was completely on his own, 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 and complex storylines in. 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 cleverly in the end. It was really well done and very funny.
  • Open All Hours & Still Open All Hours. Another classic of course. The originals with Ronnie Barker are of course the best series, but David Jason’s done a great job taking over more recently, 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 well as the adults, and you can tell they’re enjoying it as you watch it. It’s very well made. And I think they are talking about doing another special possibly. 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 as it is, so let’s hope they do more. Sitcoms don’t always need a laughter track, and Outnumbered proves that.
  • 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’s a very funny comedian with some wonderfully surreal flights of fancy,
  • The Piglet Files. This is interesting, and I never heard of this at all before I saw the DVD advertised. But it’s a comedy starring Nicholas Lyndhurst as a character who becomes a spy. It’s pretty good too, it’s a pity it’s not so well known.
  • Police Squad. I hadn’t seen this or really been aware of this one either. But it’s from the same people who made Naked Gun – indeed, this was the precursor to that film series. So if you like the Naked Gun films, get this series too. There is only one series, but it’s very much in the same vein, the comedy’s exactly the same. It’s just very silly, very funny, and very well made.
  • Rising Damp. Another classic sitcom. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, 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 young.
  • Porridge. This also stars Richard Beckinsale, alongside the main character played by Ronnie Barker of course. It’s just another one of those classics that you don’t need to say much about. There are so many great characters and stories in this. And they did do a newer version recently for the BBC’s sitcom series, which they recommissioned as as a result. So they’re going to get a full new series out of it. But it didn’t live up to the original at all, it was completely different characters and actors. Sure, it was by the same writers, but nowhere near as good. The original Porridge will always be the best. Without Ronnie Barker involved, it just can’t work.

So that’s it for Part 3. I hope you’re enjoying it so far. Plenty more to come, I have at least a couple more parts to do about my TV shows, and then we’ll move on to films and things. So I will see you for Part 4 very soon!

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger & Youtuber with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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