Little Britain: The Complete First Series
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Take a journey around Little Britain, a small and surreal parallel universe peopled by over-the-top eccentrics, lunatics an social misfits. Meet Vicky Pollard, the gloriously incoherent trailer trash teenager. And Emily Howard, the world's least convincing transvestite. Then there's Andy, sitting all day in his wheelchair painstakingly looked after by Lou, who has no idea his friend can walk. Little Britain presents the breathtaking debris of modern life in all its glory.
"Britain, Britain, Britain, land of technological achievement. We've had running water for over 10 years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru, and we invented the cat," narrates Tom Baker gleefully at the beginning of Little Britain, introducing the first hit show for fledgling digital channel BBC3 and the best new British comedy since The League of Gentlemen.
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- Eight episodes on two discs
- Commentary by Matt Lucas, David Walliams, and producer Myfanwy Moore on episodes 1-4
- Commentary by Matt Lucas, David Walliams, and director Steve Bendelack on episodes 5-8
- Behind-the-scenes documentary
- Pilot episode with commentary
- Deleted scenes with commentary
- Best of Rock Profiles
- Four live sketches
- Little Britain survey
- Interview with Matt Lucas and David Walliams and more
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The only thing that was odd about this collection is that, in my pack at least, the "live" and the "abroad" were switched, so the DVD that says "Little Britain Abroad" is really the "Little Britain Live," and vise versa. Other than this little hiccup, it was so worth the money and my husband and I absolutely love watching the hours of fun this collection gives you!
The series of sketches are very well written and acted by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. My god, they are so very funny playing all of the major roles. As is typical with the British, the aforesaid includes the female roles too. The "drag" roles seem to bring out the best in Matt Lucas and David Walliams. I love the almost impossible to understand, fast talking, chain smoking, incorrigible--"yeah but no but yeah, shut-up"-- Vicky Pollard who finds herself, most of the time, on the wrong side of the law. I also really like the pudgy, extremely rude (to other fatties) and very condescending Marjorie Dawes--leader of "Fat Fighters".(Her best advise to the "fat challenged" is that they can eat all the dust they want!) Most of all, I adore Emily Howard the unsuccessful Transvestite. He tries to convince everyone that comes within his sights that he is a "real" lady. Yes, all of the named characters are played wonderfully by Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
Humorous introductions to each sketch are given in a resounding voice by Tom Baker which can be very funny indeed
Above, I've named just a few of my favorites. There are many more. If you are a prude, don't bother with this show; it's bound to offend you. However, if you like really funny British humor that boarders on the obscene and that some might consider in bad taste (I don't), buy this show; to me it is really hysterical.
The spotlight review by Amazon user L. Hawkins is excellent so there is no need to repeat episode details here.
In a nutshell, LB is very funny, with diverse "characters". No topic is off-limit. The target audience is adults. As another reviewer mentioned it took me a few sketches to realize they were played by the same two actors.
If you are easily offended, or if you are of the "prude" variety, you will probably not like it.
A lot of the characters from Season 1 make it to Season 2, but some are dropped. I won't spoil it though :-)
Season 3 is currently showing in the UK. Season 2 was on BBC America a few months ago. Not sure when Season 3 will premiere in the USA.