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Saxondale - Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (2009)

Steve Coogan  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Coogan
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G1FL4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saxondale - Complete Seasons 1 & 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • Picture gallery
  • On the Road: behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Creating season 2: Interview with Steve Coogan and Neil MacLennan

Editorial Reviews

With his full beard and belly, Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) is virtually unrecognizable as pest exterminator Tommy Saxondale. Then again, the former roadie can be a bit of a pest himself. His glory days behind him, the 50-year-old's life revolves around his job, his Mustang, and the anger management sessions that open each show. To kick-start the series, Saxondale hires Raymond (Rasmus Hardiker, an excellent foil), a rock-loving lad who reminds him of a younger version of himself, and persuades his new partner to move in with him and his old lady, Magz (Little Britain's Ruth Jones), who manages t-shirt emporium Smash the System. During his first season, Tommy reconnects with a decrepit crony from the roadie circuit, meets his daughter's slick new boyfriend, and comes perilously close to betraying Magz. As she tells Raymond about her blustery man, "He's actually got a really sensitive side. He was a mess the day Diana died." Clearly, these two Rush fans belong together. In the following season, the show welcomes yuppy neighbor Jonathon (Darren Boyd) and gay squatter "Keanu Reeves" (Coogan), who made his debut the year before.

Throughout both seasons, Tommy battles therapist Alistair (James Bachman) and office manager Vicky (Morwenna Banks), who may be his intellectual inferior, but bests him in the insult department. For fanciers of muscle cars and classic rock--the music and motoring references run rampant--Saxondale will go down like a shot of whiskey. If Tommy isn't as iconic as Coogan's chat-show host Alan Partridge, he's still a swell dude with which to pass the time. Coogan and co-writer Neil McLennan offer an interview and commentary on the episode "Suicide," in which Tommy saves the life of a food artist. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Tommy Saxondale (Steve Coogan) was once a roadie for all the greats: Purple, Floyd, Genesis. Back then youth culture meant couter-culture, and refusing to conform to the suburban dream. Now Tommy's a pest controller in Stevenage and living in suburbia, but he's still railing against the system. Only these days the system means blokes in suits who listen to Dido. Following Tommy's hostile divorce, he met his soulmate in Magz (Ruth Jones), who runs "Samsh the System." That's her T-shirt shop that keeps the authority figures running scared, usually by selling images of them smoking a joint. Completing Tommy's surrogate family is his young lodger Raymond (Rasmus Hardiker), pest control trainee and uncomprehending disciple of Tommy's worldly wisdom. Being self educated, Tommy often feels that he's surrounded by idiots. Like when he has to visit Vicky (Morwenna Banks) who dispense work contracts and gross insult. Vicky is just one of the many reasons why Tommy's anger management therapy sessions won't be ending any time soon. Through it all, Tommy Saxondale is still the smartest and dumbest guy in the room.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saxondale April 9, 2009
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if you like steve coogan , you'll want this . i thought alan partridge was funny ( it is ) , but all that was just leading up to saxondale . it's hilarious . you'll want to watch these over & over - you just can't catch it all the first time through . now i'm just waiting for season 3 . don't hesitate - buy it now . you won't be sorry .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Hilarious February 9, 2009
Coogan has done it again, in this very original suburban comedy. The rock humor and how he flip-flops or changes his belief system whenever it suits him is outstanding. The episodes with Coogan as the mod/emo kid Keanu Reeves are especially funny. What an original show!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash the System! March 3, 2012
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Hilarious! I watched this over three times while it was available streaming over the past year. When it was no longer available to stream it became a must have purchase.

Steve Coogan has a unique comedic genius. He is a master of character acting, so much so that he has two roles in this show, and after four viewings I had never realized it till watching the extras! Neil Maclennan and Steve Coogan display remarkably convivial insight into the human psyche with each unique, funny and touchingly human character they created for the series.

I enjoyed Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge - The Complete Series well enough, but I absolutely adore Saxondale. This show has immense replay value. With only 13 half hour episodes you can kick back and watch the whole show on a rainy day whilst you laugh yourself silly.

The show has genuine momentum. Each episode builds upon the humor from the last, by the final episode your stomach will ache from laughing at Tommy's rollicking antics. The only regret I have about this purchase is that its not available on Blu-ray. The DVD quality is acceptable, but you'll be laughing so hard that you won't notice that its not in HD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cygnus X-1 book II Hemispheres January 25, 2012
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This show is hilarious and filled with so many jokes about music, you wont get them all, but that's because Tommy is smarter than you... but is he?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Comedy wish there were more episodes. November 28, 2011
I am buying this because it is about to no longer be available on Netflix. I have seen all the episodes more than once and still want it.

This as far as I can recall was my first exposure to Coogan. He is very believable in his roll.
I have since seen him in other roles such as Lies and Alibis and seeing him closer to his real self shows his acting ability is great. I now want to see his other comedies.

It does not hurt that my first car at age 16 was a yellow Mustang Mach One like he drives on the show. Though he does in error call it his Boss 351 which was a different car.

I don't know why this show only lasted two seasons. I think it is great. Must be something different about great British TV comedies. There are even fewer of the great series Fawlty Towers starring John Cleese. Oh well I guess we are luck to have what we do.

The start of each episodes anger management sessions are always a great start. His consistent mentioning of great 70's rock bands and attitude towards new music is humorous, and not all that off base IMO. If you are middle aged you can likely relate to many of his attitudes in the shows even if they are tinged British a bit. This is on Netflix but they said it was going get cancelled though still in my queue. Even so if they do I will be buying this set as it is the sort that you can watch multiple times and still find both the repeats humorous or catch new bits you may have missed in a previous viewing. If you can preview it in such a way that may prompt you to want to own the entire series. If not a member then I would certainly still risk it if you either like Coogan's work or Brit TV comedy in general as it is one of the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cool Dad," twenty years later February 26, 2010
Hang on to youth when it's gone and this is what happens. Should be required viewing for every guy over forty. Hilarious. (Especially the anger management sessions--Coogan's description of his drug use is sidesplitting)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected recent favorite May 17, 2009
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My girlfriend brought this over a few weeks after we'd watched Hamlet 2. I kindof groaned because I felt like Hamlet 2 was stupid mainstream Scary Movie-type crap. Devoid of subtlety.

But Saxondale is really clever and fun, and has one of the best title sequences ever. Too bad they edited that part down for the second season.

I really like the concept of a hardcore roadie who toured with all of the rock greats, now in his 50s and having to deal with the realities of a 9-5 job and suburban malaise. The characters all have endearing quirks and interesting relationships. It's definitely a good change of pace from American sitcoms.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saxondale: Steve Coogan at his British Best March 4, 2009
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Saxondale is hilarious, charming and witty. Anyone who is a fan of Steve Coogan's other shows like Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge will already know this. Coogan made an all too brief appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster hit "Tropic Thunder". It was just about the only funny moment in that train wreck of a movie, but it certainly was a hilarious turn.
Saxondale shows off Coogan's funniest and most human sides to date. This show would never air in America because the FCC has it's head up it's you know what. It is a BRITISH SHOW, yet anyone can relate to the frustrations and joys of Tommy Saxondale.
Buy this DVD and enjoy. Then you can show it to your friends and lovers and watch in amazement as they realize (finally) just what a cultured and well rounded person that you really are!
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