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A Bit of a Do (1989)

David Jason  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Jason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 658 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00336M85S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Interviews with star Nicola Pagett and writer/creator David Nobbs
Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews

"Hilarious" --The Times (U.K.)

Families clash and classes collide in this brilliant British comedy

When a shotgun wedding forces two families together, the stage is set for hilarity and heartache. The working-class Simcocks and middle-class Rodenhursts are from different ends of the social spectrum but equally snobbish. Their fortunes forever linked, they meet at various functions: weddings, a christening, a funeral, and even the crowning of Miss Frozen Chicken (U.K.). Fueled by pride, jealousy, alcohol, and lust, each event (or "do") is a calamity in the making.

David Jason (Only Fools and Horses, A Touch of Frost) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this acclaimed British comedy based on books by David Nobbs (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin). Set in a small Yorkshire town where secrets are impossible to keep, it pokes fun at class distinctions while creating genuine, believable characters. Reflecting the comedic pedigree of its creator and cast, each episode blends humor and pathos with sharp writing and surprises. Winner of several British Comedy Awards, A Bit of a Do holds a special place among classic Britcoms.

Also starring David Thewlis (Harry Potter, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Gwen Taylor (Barbara), Nicola Pagett (Upstairs, Downstairs), and Michael Jayston (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

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5.0 out of 5 stars a tEXtbook on dysFUNctional in DORKshire May 9, 2010
A DO = social affair. The 'Do's' encourage other affairs! Snobbery meets uncouthness. The battle of the lower social classes. Hormones at all age levels compete with social over-drinking. The actors/actresses perform their stereotype British roles so well it becomes a series of hilarious class faux pas, adultery, and clumsiness. it takes only about 2-3 episodes to fall in love with these eclectic characters.

A favorite quote from the series: The young groom says, "The mind boggles.", and that is a fitting caption for the entire series. It's a really fun series of "DO's' happening at the local pub called "The Angel." Some great watercolor characterizations of cast for opening credits. No subtitles but does have some extra interviews and cast filmographies. Great British-style comedy.

Ted (David Jason-'The Darling Buds of May') is superb.
Liz (Nicola Pagett-'Scoop') is naughty, beautiful, and perfect in the role.
Betty (Stephanie Cole-'Doc martin', 'Lillie') drinks lots, acts well.
Laurence (Paul Chapman-'As Time goes By', '2 ep Midsomer Murders') always good.
Neville (Michael Jayston-'2 ep of Foyle's War') is a hit. So many more stars.

Episode details avoiding spoilers:
1 THE WHITE WEDDING-a nuptial 'DO' due to pregnancy that only the bride/groom know about. Groom's mom, Lix, makes a pass at bride's father, Ted. She calls herself 'a flame with sexual hunger.' Ted drools. A lawyer mourns.

2 THE DENTISTS' DINNER DANCE- In-laws invite Ted/Rita to 'A Bit of a DO,' The working class pair arrives overdressed. Liz renews the winks & kiss blowing at Ted. Recent widower, Solicitor Badger, is yet grief stricken. A secret revealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It September 9, 2010
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I bought this set because I love British TV and this is one of many sets I have bought and love everything I have got. I love all the cast in this set they have done a wonderful job and some of the cast are in other sets that I own. Would love to see more sets like this I can watch it over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic British Drama April 7, 2008
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This is classic British drama at its best. Takes you back in time to the land of enchantment and British pomp and pagentry. Aristocraticly beautiful with excellent screenplay and beautiful cinematography depicting the beautiful English countryside. Ohhh, it just totally takes your breath away. And, the lead characters are just absolutely marvellous. I grew up on this back in the day when I was a college student in London in the 90s'. I just couldn't get enough of it. Splendidly beautiful. Brilliant...!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of A Dry Comedy! July 23, 2011
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I remember watching "A Bit of A Do" many years ago. It is a dry comedy, with some great classic moments. I am not sure if it has aged perfectley but I still found it funny. Each episode is set around a "party" of "do" with the same characters. Stephanie Cole is great. David Jason is always great. "Neville" is my fav character. Got to go now, I need to go to "a bit of a do" !
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