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When they were schoolboys, their rivalries were over soccer teams, girls, and clothes. Now that they're married men in their thirties, they compete over jobs, cars, and even the Christmas decorations on their houses. Lifelong friends Colin Armstrong (Robson Green, Reckless, Touching Evil) and Howard Scott (Mark Benton, Career Girls) are so bent on outdoing each other that they risk jeopardizing everything and everyone around them, especially their long-suffering wives, Jackie and Pauline. In the end, they find there is no escaping each other - for good or for ill, the bitterest of rivals and the best of friends. Follow the adventures of Colin and Howie in these hugely popular British dramas (Christmas Lights, Northern Lights, City Lights, and Clash of the Santas) - four hilarious stories about loyalty and betrayal, small-minded rivalry and big-hearted love. Seen on BBC America.
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TOUCHING EVIL was this reviewer’s introduction to Green’s talents. That fine, intense series was released in North America by Acorn Media and clearly the response was positive. “Give us more Robson Green,” you could hear the fans crying.
Judging by interviews with Green on Youtube, the man is hilarious in person and it is no wonder that his comedic skills are every bit as competent as his dramatic abilities. This is plainly on display in the box set NORTHERN LIGHTS, which includes two movies and two series, the entire collection of programs featuring Green as Colin Armstrong and the wonderful, equally-gifted actor Mark Benton as his best friend, Howard Scott.
2004 – Movie, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
2006 – 6 episode series NORTHERN LIGHTS
2007 – 6 episode series CITY LIGHTS
2008 – Movie, CLASH OF THE SANTAS
This charming series, though not without moments of drama, is a marvelously witty examination of lifelong friendship, male one-upmanship, love and the kind of typically adolescent but somehow charming humour that exists between friends who were closer than brothers right from their earliest school days.
This candid examination of male friendship is a breath of fresh air. Colin and Howard are two regular blokes who have wives, kids, jobs, hobbies and a tendency towards petty jealousy in common. The show is brilliantly written and affords everyone in the ensemble cast an opportunity to shine. Aside from some political correctness in one episode that comes across as preachy, the story threads remain believable (though only just, in some cases) and enjoyable.
A 46 minute behind the scenes look at the making of NORTHERN LIGHTS is fun, too. There’s no denying that in the competitive world of DVD marketing, such things as packaging and extras make an impact.
NORTHERN LIGHTS won’t change your world, but it will entertain you and keep you wanting more. The final film in the series, CLASH OF THE SANTAS, shows that the show has run its course. While it’s the weakest of the lot, it still provides time in the company of characters we’ve grown to love. You’ll have a smile on your face (most of the time) and, like the above-quoted Robson Green fans, chances are you’ll also be thinking “give us more Robson Green.” And Mark Benton, quite frankly. He’s a fine character actor visible in a number of shows and always gives a powerful performance.
Speaking of Green, it would be nice if Acorn Media would distribute Green’s show “Soldier, Soldier”, in which he and cast mate Jerome Flynn sang the classic song Unchained Melody. Due to the quick thinking of Simon Cowell–yes, THAT Simon Cowell–a record of their singing the song was soon made and became a huge overnight hit in the U.K. and the duo went on to release several albums. (“Soldier, Soldier” is highly regarded in its own right, however.)
Nice to know there’s a treasure trove of good programing still to be discovered. Keep up the good work, Acorn. And thank you for the Closed Captioning.
A real treat for all those who enjoy such classic slices of TV gold as `Clocking Off' and `Playing the Field' - and a gem for those not yet familiar with them!
Don't suppose there are any plans for a new series?! ... Pleeeeeeease???!!! ;D
All on the DVDs is with SUBTITLES, even the Behind the Scenes Bonus (45 min).
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The fun is shot in 2004 Manchester, with Colin (Robson Green-`Reckless' `Reckless the Sequel') and pal Howie (Mark Benton-`Land Girls' `Scoop') the bickering boys in adult bodies, neighbors, and co-workers. They are married to sisters but the harmony is far from perfect. Rivalry to the nth degree. A British Griswald frenzy. Jokes like a `wanking Santa' makes it older youth to adult fare. Christmas Ho-Ho-HORROR that covers 3 years. 70 min.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: 6 episodes (2006) average about 47 minutes each
Episode 1 Annual company dinner/dance divides our 2 pals
2 Almost unemployed together till one finds a taxi job and the other recalled
3 H.S. reunion triggers old times-not the best of times
4 Will coaching the company football team prove Colin management material?
5 Traumatic events of parents force Colin to consider `family'
6 A group fishing trip is a discovery time experience for all. Legend Sam Kelley is guest.
CITY LIGHTS: 6 episodes (2007) that have a unifying crime plot, continual complex relationship (including sex), and all the emotional conflict of 2 couples living too close. There's ample humor throughout. Some really good writing which jumps successfully from suspense to comedy and back--keeping it entertaining in both venues. My favorite series.
1 As our 2 friends become murder witnesses, life gets a bit hot
2 Witness protection & new IDs don't erase the past
3 2 families in one safe house is a recipe for tension & danger
4 One couple drifts farther apart while gangsters close in
5 Staking out a local hotel goes way beyond just proving or disproving an affair
6 Will best pals, 2 marriage, and captured witnesses end "till death do us part?" A thrilling, fast action, high conflict season finale.
CLASH OF THE SANTAS: Howard's happens upon a mall Santa gig and then is entered in an international Santa competition. What!? Colin as his elf? Is Santa for real? Will the continuing bosom/pal rivalry conflict with the Lithuanian Santa event? 120 minutes 2008
Col and Howie are an endearing pair of common guys that cause conflicting viewer emotion from cheers to tears with always a return to laughing.