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Nighty Night - The Complete Series 1 (2006)

Julia Davis , Angus Deayton , Tony Dow  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Directors: Tony Dow
  • Writers: Julia Davis, Mark Gatiss, Ruth Jones, Jane Stanness, Sarah Smith
  • Producers: Alison MacPhail, Henry Normal
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BVM1SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nighty Night - The Complete Series 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six episodes
  • Outtakes and deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Some turn to scary movies for squirms, others to comedy. For the latter, the BBC's Nighty Night packs more squirms into a single episode than an entire season of The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm. Combined. In other words, this blacker-than-black Britcom is so dark it could almost qualify as horror. Simply put, Jill Tyrell (writer/creator Julia Davis, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself) is the hairdresser from hell. She may lack the horns and the forked tail, but her approach to life couldn’t be more demonic. The vicious fun begins when preternaturally passive hubbie Terry (Kevin Eldon) is diagnosed with cancer--a malignant brain tumor, no less. After he's hustled off to the hospital for treatment, Jill tells everyone in town, including compassionate vicar Gordon Forks (Michael Fenton Stevens), that Terry has died and drops by the local dating agency to find a suitable replacement. Meanwhile, the ever-optimistic Cath Cole (Rebecca Front), who has MS, moves in next door. Upon meeting Cath's selfish spouse, Don (Angus Deayton, One Foot in the Grave), Jill decides he's the one. Her seduction plan begins by using Cath to get to him. When Don, who favors more pneumatic types--like the vicar's wife, Sue (Felicity Montagu)--proves resistant to her charms, Jill sets her sights on their teenaged son. Produced by Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People), Nighty Night premiered in the US on the Oxygen Channel. Although there are only six episodes in the first series, the terrifying Mrs. Tyrell wreaks an admirable amount of havoc in each, culminating in one of the most hilariously squirm-inducing season finales in the Beeb's storied history. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Angus Deayton. A dark but humorous British sitcom has a wife with a cancer-stricken husband who outwardly pretends like he's already dead and sporting a time to move on attitude"-especially with her new married neighbor whose wife is confined to a wheelchair. 2004/color/171 min/NR.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Comedy, truly original and very dark. December 12, 2005
Every so often a sitcom comes along that stays with you for a very long time after you've watched it, and "Nighty Night", the BBC's most recent sitcom-to-DVD conversion, is just such a thing.

Jill Tyrell (Julia Davis, the show's writer and creator, and a fabulous comedy actress, to boot), a beautician in a nondescript Northern town, is devastated to learn that her husband Terry (Kevin Eldon) has cancer. This happens to be the first scene of the first episode, and it's the last rational reaction you'll see for the next three hours. Jill, not one to rest on her laurels, decides a new man is the order of the day, and, before Terry is even ill, much less dead, deposits him in the hospital and heads off to find a man. Enter the unlucky Don (Angus Deayton), and his multiple sclerosis-afflicted wife Cathy (Rebecca Front), as Jill's new neighbours. Deciding that he's the man for her, and blindly ignoring the fact that Terry doesn't seem to be getting any sicker, Jill goes about driving a wedge between Don and Cathy, and keeping Terry's presence a secret from all and sundry.

As with "The League of Gentlemen", "Nighty Night" is a comedy that gets laughs from its situational absurdity. The main characters, with the exception of Jill, are portrayed beautifully as normal, rational people cast headlong into an unreasonable situation, but, thanks to the machinations of the ensemble of secondary characters (such as the gloriously funny Ruth Jones as Jill's long-suffering employee and friend Linda, and the wickedly irreverent Mark Gatiss as her erstwhile paramour Glenn Bulb), they soon find themselves descending to a level of abnormality that they're clearly not comfortable with.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Funny May 15, 2006
By Friskie
This is too good to be true. After purchasing this based on reviews alone my partner and I sat down to watch it not knowing what was about to take place. For the next three hours, we were absolutely shocked and entertained. This has got to be one of the most original shows ever to be created. Its got it all; comedy, drama and twisted minds. I have to admit I've taken a few lessons from Jill and her methods do work. Seriously though it was just plain amazing and I hope series two will be out soon. It is not for the easily offended but for those there is always the Brady bunch; the lamest thing ever to grace television. For the rest of us, well...Nighty Night. Highly recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Beeb shows in years November 15, 2005
NIGHTY NIGHT is one of the most accomplished and subtle comedies to emerge from the BBC in recent years. Julia Davis wrote and starred in the series, playing monstrous Jill Tyrell, a self-centered egomaniac who discovers her long-suffering husband Terry (Kevin Eldon) has cancer. Despite Terry's quite hopeful prognosis, the first thing Jill does is sign up with a dating agency, then places Terry in a nursing home and tells everyone he has died...before setting her sights on her handsome new doctor neighbour Don (Angus Deayton). Jill's only obstacle lies with Cathy (Rebecca Front), Don's wheelchair-bound wife. Using every cunning trick and insult at her disposal, Jill will stop at nothing to claim Don for herself.

Julia Davis is fabulous playing Jill, a character with absolutely NO redeeming qualities. Patsy from "AbFab" looks like Mary Poppins pruning the rosebushes compared to Jill! The DVD contains all 6 episodes from the first series.

This isn't your usual "vanilla slice-Sunday afternoon" comedy from the Beeb...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark, harrowing, cruel and incredibly funny January 29, 2006
"Nighty Night" is one of those programs that truly causes the jaw to drop, even for those of us who are accustomed to edgy comedy. It really keeps you guessing.

I am a huge fan of "Strangers With Candy", and when I initially got into that, I thought... "wow, what a bizarre and politically incorrect concoction." "Nighty Night" is politically incorrect in its own hilarious way, but it seems far more "out there" to me, probably because I was raised in the US. Buttons get pushed in "Nighty Night" that simply don't happen in American programming, even on the raciest of cable programs.

The writing is clever and the characters well developed. The acting is admirable, particularly on the part of Rebecca Front.

It's hard to say anything about this show without giving it away, and it's a bit pointless to speak about it in really vague terms. I'd recommend it without hesitation to anyone interested in quality, boundary-pushing comedy. If you're easily offended, and you think "Friends" is the best show ever, you probably won't enjoy "Nighty Night".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wicked Witch of the West Country... November 13, 2007
There's not a lot I can add to what previous reviewers have said about this show. Suffice to say that Julia Davis' writing, and timing, are impeccable as ever, and if you haven't scene her deadpanning her way through her gig in The Alan Clarke Diaries as the secretary of the eponymous anti-hero (Played by John Hurt), then that's definitely worth a look, too.

I've got a bit of a "comedy exchange" thang going on with a mate in Australia, and mailing this over is my response to Summer Heights High, the latest "mockumentary" comedy by Chris Lilley on ABC over there. That one's the best comedy (anywhere) since Kath & Kim (although I personally think that a second series would be pushing it - without entirely new characters), and it's raised the bar so high, in terms of sick, cackle-inducing spectacle, that Nighty Night is the only UK-produced comedy I can think of that lives up to it. Little Britain? Forget it! Anyway, sketch shows are doomed to repetition.

That said, I wouldn't bother with Series 2 of Nighty Night again - which I caught when it was aired on BBC2 - as there are limits to which even I can stretch my disbelief, even if the soft-rock soundtrack was a hoot. Lord knows, nothing can shock me - maybe I'm even a little jaded - and Ruth Jones is great again as downtrodden Linda, but when Davis has her concealing a large trout in her nether regions for no particular reason other than a cheap laugh, it's time to give it the wide berth that recent John Waters films deservedly get these days. It's a bit like watching a precocious nephew or niece high on Asti Spumante at a wedding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like your comedies dark
If you like your comedies dark, this one is for you. Jill Tyrell and Glen Bulb interactions are pricelelss, Mark Gattiss is so hilarious in this
Published 7 days ago by James D Craine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice purchase
Published 20 days ago by Hewlett S. Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like naughty British humor...
Loved it, loved it! If you like bad taste, edgy, naughty, yet hilariously will love Nighty Night!! Julia Davis should be a huge star!
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Rude
5.0 out of 5 stars They get ya hooked, Then tough luck sucker!
Nighty Night is funny, sexy and cruel all rolled up in a entertaining adventure with Julia Davis as the sultry sex pot. The series only has 6 episodes and THATS where they get ya! Read more
Published 12 months ago by K.K
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than dark
Hilarious! I've re-watched this a million times, doesn't get old. This show needs to be revived, although the second series lost some of the magic.
Published 12 months ago by Seb
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny sometimes and not others!
Let me warn you. This will not be everybody's sort of humour. I found certain parts of it funny and I couldn't help laughing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert T
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't care for it...(SPOILERS)
I'm a big George Michael fan and he mentioned liking this series when interviewed after getting out of hospital post-pnemonia (sp? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NO English Curb Your Enthusiasm
Despite what the NY Times review mentions about this sitcom on the DVD box cover, don't believe the hype. Nighty Night is NO English Curb Your Enthusiasm. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Mr. J. Murdock
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious but wrong
Oh my You have to buy these 2 series i could not stop watching it so funny but wrong at the same time.... Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny Show
This is one of those hidden gems from England. Very dark humor and very funny. My only problem is I have trouble making out the dialog with the thick accents. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Lark
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Series 2 DVD in region 1?
i am also desperate for the balance of the series on dvd. its been over a year since the first 6 episodes were released, i dont know why they havent done the remainder for those of us who are fans and oicked up the first disc already. please please please hurry up and get the balance of series 1... Read More
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