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The Piglet Files : A Question of Intelligence (Series 1) (1990)

Louise Catt , Nicholas Lyndhurst  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Catt, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Serena Evans, Clive Francis, John Ringham
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007BI1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Piglet Files : A Question of Intelligence (Series 1)" on IMDb

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Don't be fooled by the title: this arch British comedy series has nothing to do with Pooh Bear's porcine pal. Instead, it concerns the misadventures of Peter Chapman, a college professor whose life takes surprising turns after he and his wife encounter two bungling spies. He loses his job in academia only to find himself thrust into the shadowy world of espionage, where he assumes the unlikely code name of "Piglet." About 3 hours on 3 DVDs.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU, AMAZON!! March 16, 2003
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I've been looking for this show on any medium for so long I was beginning to despair I'd ever find it! I got hooked on this Britcom several years ago when it was on the PBS station in our area. I think it's hilarious, and rather unique in some ways...but I don't claim to be unbiased, either.
The Piglet Files is about an electronics whiz who gets a job with MI5, the British intelligence agency. The characters include, among others:
- Peter Chapman, alias Piglet (played by Nicholas Lyndhurst), the aforementioned whiz who is very new to the intelligence game, and of course can never tell his wife what he REALLY does for a living
- Sarah Chapman (played by Serena Evans), Peter's loving and blissfully ignorant wife
- Major Maurice Drummond (Clive Francis), Peter's brownnosing boss
- Major Andrew Maxwell (John Ringham), Drummond's boss
- Dexter (Michael Percival), a fellow agent who's a likeable idiot
- Lewis (Steven Law), Dexter's partner, who fancies himself a lady's man
One memorable episode, "Trouble With Reception," involves the agents and their wives being invited to a reception at an embassy, in which the wives find out they've all been told a different cover story for where their husbands work. (There is at least one female agent, but I forget whether or not she's married...) The embassy is besieged by terrorists, and Piglet and company must find a way to save the day without getting anyone hurt or giving away too much...
Another episode, "Piglet In A Trough," finds Peter faking a gambling problem under orders from Drummond in order to find out whether Maxwell is a mole for the KGB.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Great Series! June 15, 2008
By J.Smith
I found this by accident in my library and really enjoyed it! If you like spy-parody comedies, this is worth you're while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny!! January 23, 2009
By S. Rao
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Awesome comedy series. It's a good spoof of an "intelligence" agency (in this case - the MI5). Very well acted combining the best of comedy that the Brits are known for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful series December 12, 2008
By Kitty
The one time this series ran in Pittsburgh, we had to tape it because we kept missing lines as we roared with laughter. It has bargain basement production values, but the cast is uniformly wonderful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfunny September 9, 2012
I've seen a lot of British comedies via PBS and I've really liked Nicholas Lyndhurst in such series as "Goodnight Sweetheart", "Butterflies", and "Only Fools and Horses", but this just wasn't very funny. End of story.
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