BBC Holiday Gift Set
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Enjoy the charming British tradition of creating the BBC Christmas special! Combining the BBC Holiday Drama and Holiday Comedy, this collection brings you a unique set of classic BBC programs. Whether you’re a fan of British comedy or the heart-warming adventures of characters like James Herriot and Lovejoy, this collection combines all the laughs and drama from your favorite BBC programs. The pageantry, festivities, and holiday cheer are sure to make even the biggest Scrooge excited for this year’s holiday season!
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Good Neighbors AKA The Good Life - Silly, But It's Fun (1977)
To The Manor Born Christmas Special - The First Noel (1979)
Allo Allo Christmas Special - A Bun in The Oven (1991)
Last Of The Summer Wine - Whoops (1981)
Keeping Up Appearances - The Father Christmas Suit AKA A Very Merry Hyacinth (1991)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
The Vicar of Dibley - Winter (1999)
All Creatures Great & Small - Merry Gentlemen (1978)
Ballykissangel - Happy As A Turkey On Boxing Day (1997)
Monarch Of The Glen - Hogmanay Special (2003)
Lovejoy - The Prague Sun (1992)
Lark Rise To Candleford Christmas (2008)
Although I have most of the sit-coms already, I'm still looking forward to owning this! As a collector of Christmas DVDs it's great to see them all in one package. My favourite has to the Good Neighbours episode. The biggest draw for me though are the dramas, known as light entertainment in the UK. Most of them aired on Sunday nights and were extremely popular. I can't wait to see the All Creatures Great and Small episode,
Although much discussion could be had about what's missing, this is a very comprehensive selection. Despite some programmes having the same writers they are all very different from each other. This would make a perfect present for any Brits living in the US, fans of British television and collectors of all things Christmas! This is a quality collection and will sit happily side by side with the American equivalents TV Sets: Holiday 2-Pack,Merry Sitcom! Christmas Classics from TV's Golden Age,Classic TV Christmas Collection and Holiday TV Comedy Collection.
BTW, if you would like to see the sit-coms that ITV produced (the commercial channel in the UK) I heartily recommend Classic British Christmas Comedies, Volumes 1&2.
We could go on and on with this quirky list. In our family, we're big Lark Rise and Ballykissangel fans. And, even though we've seen those Christmas episodes, we enjoy the holiday mood so much that we're happy to see these favorites again. When we broke open this set, we had friends visiting who were big fans of Good Neighbors. They had seen the particular Christmas episode in this set multiple times, but it was their choice for all of us to enjoy together. And, now, our family has a taste for Good Neighbors. (Especially after we recognized the starring actress in that series as Rosemary from our own favorite Rosemary & Thyme
You get the idea. Folks who have a taste for this stuff can't get enough of it. And a wonderful, multi-title sampler like this lets us all taste series we haven't watched before. How about: Black Adder? Lovejoy? All Creatures Great and Small? They're all in this set. Even the irreverent Vicar of Dibley shows up in this more-than-10-hour, 4-DVD collection of holiday episodes from 13 BBC comedies and dramas. We've had a ball with this holiday set, enjoying our own favorites and discovering series we haven't yet explored. We're sure that a copy of the BBC Holiday Comedy and Drama Gift Set will light up the holidays for someone you love.
Also, this compilation (BBC Holiday Comedy & Drama Gift Set) is a much better value than purchasing just the 2-disc BBC Holiday Comedy set, which has only eight episodes (one each from "'Allo 'Allo," "Are You Being Served," "Black Adder," "Good Neighbors," "Keeping Up Appearances," "Last of the Summer Wine," "To the Manor Born," and "The Vicar of Dibley"). The BBC Holiday Comedy & Drama Gift Set, on the other hand, has four discs, including the eight comedy episodes (each ranging from approximately 35 to 45-minutes long) PLUS five drama episodes (each about one-hour long) from "All Creatures Great and Small," "Ballykissangel," "Lark Rise to Candleford," "Lovejoy," and "Monarch of the Glen," for a grand total of nearly 10 and 1/2 hours of genuinely heart-warming holiday viewing pleasure!!
If you are a fan of BBC comedy and drama, treat yourself to this lovely compilation!! I was fortunate enough to grab it when it was priced at about $10, but I believe you can still get it for as little as $12 on Amazon, at least as of the date of this review.