Classic British Christmas Comedies, Volumes 1&2
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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
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!
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.
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!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is ok, i did not realize the episodes where so old and black and white.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some of these I really liked; others I didn't. A good mix.Published 15 months ago by Victoria L. Woitzel
Most of the shows are funny and it is a lot of fun to watch.Published on July 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
There are some real gems on here, obviously there are some duds which are pathetic but the gems more than make up for it.Published on December 17, 2013 by MTS
I bought this for a gift, so I sure hope she loves it. It is right up her alley, funny & Christmas.Published on June 3, 2013 by Susan Barrows