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Classic British Christmas Comedies, Volumes 1&2

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

They don't make them like this anymore! Here on this special two disc edition DVD are 20 of the funniest Christmas episodes from classic British sitcoms! Make your holidays a little merrier with this cracker of a comedy package! Featuring Sid James, John

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 587 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F2W55U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. C. Squires on November 26, 2008
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At just ten under hours this is a great 2 set of some classic British sitcoms from the past -- all holiday episodes. The source material on some is bargain basement at best but for the most part it is a good set to have. I've only watched a few but for the price, I'm happy I got this one! Be forewarned some of the shows are VERY un PC! Here's a listing of the offerings in this 2 disc set:

Disc #1:

1. The Dustbinmen - Christmas Special
2. Please Sir! - And Everyone Came Too!
3. On The Busses - Christmas Duty
4. All This - And Christmas Too!
5. Nearest and Dearest - Cindernellie
6. Billy Liar - The Gift of the Magi
7. Two's Company - A Loving Christmas
8. Stanley Baxter's Christmas Box (variety show from the 70's)
9. The Rag Trade - The Christmas Rush
10. Bless Me Father - The Season of Goodwill
11. The Army Game - Bootserella
12. George and the Dragon - Merry Christmas

Disc #2

1. My Husband and I - No Place Like Home
2. Only When I Laugh - Away For Christmas
3. That's My Boy - Cold Turkey
4. Hallelujah - A Goose For Mrs. Scratchitt
5. Duty Free - A Duty Free Christmas
6. You're Only Young Twice - T'Was The Night Before Christmas
7. Home To Roost - Family Ties
8. Watching - Seasoning

Get this one quick! A great diversion from the usual holiday fare. A "Happy Christmas" to all!
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Familiar Britcom faces from the 70's and 80's abound in this collection of holiday-themed episodes from the vaults of London Weekend Television and Yorkshire Television.

Highlights include Molly Sugden playing mostly to type as an office executive (MY HUSBAND AND I) and an estranged mother (THAT'S MY BOY); Arthur Lowe is a loveable and cranky Irish priest in BLESS ME FATHER; Peter Bowles, Richard Wilson and James Bolam raise temperatures in the hospital comedy ONLY WHEN I LAUGH; Usually serious John Thaw excels as a playboy dad, newly saddled with teenaged children (HOME TO ROOST) and Sid James' rioutous suburban holiday in ALL THIS AND CHRISTMAS TOO.

Many hidden gems lurk within this 2 DVD collection (which clocks in at just under TEN hours): The quip-filled cockney romance of WATCHING; A daydreaming young man's search for romance (and parental approval) in BILLY LIAR; Prim, proper and pear-shaped marital infidelity on holiday (DUTY FREE); Workplace hi-jinx as only the Brits can pull it off in THE RAG TRADE; and a group of madcap lady pensioners run riot in YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG TWICE.

Sure, there are a few clinkers in this set (surely there was a better episode of PLEASE, SIR! out there?), but the gold nuggets FAR outweigh the coal.

The video source material is surprisingly good for programmes shot (mostly) on 70's/80's videotape, with clear strong audio (but no subtitles).

Overall, VERY highly recommended for the British TV comedy fan, especially if you're looking for something other than the same-old, same-old Britcom material found on PBS or BBC America.
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I watched this on Christmas day, and it brought back so many memories of being in England and watching these old comedies. Great stuff if you English and love the old classics I recommend it.
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If you enjoy British comedy, and also love the Holiday season, this collection is for you!

Every entry is a gem, and likens you back to the day of tasteful comedies, and fond, Christmas memories.

A majority of these shows I'd never even heard of, and it's driven me to start collecting each of the full collections which are available.

Buy this collection (I assure you it will become an annual Holiday tradition to watch through each year!).
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By D on January 20, 2013
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Loved this!! It was so much fun to watch something different for a change from the regular programming during the holidays. Love british humor!!
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I always enjoy Brit Coms, but the Christmas Brit Com are great as-is this one. Another great one is Keeping up Appearances Christmas.
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This video has shows I'd never even heard of, and am a fan of british shows. They are old and some are in black and white.
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By 77 on January 7, 2015
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All the family watched it over Christmas and enjoyed it. Good all round comedy
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