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People Like Us: The Complete Series

4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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People Like Us: The Complete Series (DVD)

Ian McShane is back as Lovejoy, the crime-solving antiques dealer with an eye for beauty…and trouble! The worlds quirkiest crime-solving antiques hero is back in Season three, now with four discs of side-splitting and outrageous escapades! Much to Lovejoys annoyance, hes not the only one on a never-ending quest for wealth and valuables. However, while he proves unstoppable in the face of sinister Italians, vengeful customers and even Erics vintage motorbikes, can he manage to escape the snares of love?

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Hilarious in its dry, understated, and very British way, People Like Us debuts on DVD more than a decade after its inception, with its two and only seasons (1999 and 2001) on two discs, each containing six roughly 30-minute episodes. In each of these "mockumentaries," interviewer Roy Mallard (Chris Langham, whom we hear but never actually see, save for an occasional limb or the back of his head) talks to and observes various folks--the managing director of a computer company, a young policeman, a couple of lawyers, a pair of airline pilots, a photographer, a vicar, a bank manager, and so on--as they go about their work. Of course, they aren't really "people like us" at all. For one thing, they're actors (mostly unknown to American viewers, with the exception of Bill Nighy, the photographer); for another, they are appallingly dunderheaded and inept, not to mention cluelessly self-important (a prudent exception is the pilots, who are amusing but definitely not incompetent). But they're a flock of Einsteins compared to Mallard. It's not just his narration, which is thinly veiled nonsense ("Rob's voice-over is relatively short, compared to longer ones" he says of an actor on an audition, while another interviewee is "one of the most promising young potential sporting prospects for the tomorrow of the future"). Mallard inevitably inserts himself into his interviews in the most tactless and inappropriate ways, usually with results that are disastrous for all concerned; he's particularly unprofessional and embarrassing in the second set of episodes, in which his squirm-inducing behavior borders on the Larry David-esque. If there's a parallel for the U.S. audience, it might be This Is Spinal Tap, with Mallard as director Marty DiBergi and his various subjects similar to Nigel Tufnel and his mates; as in Tap, the interactions appear to be at least partially improvised, and the subtlety of much of the humor requires that viewers pay close attention, lest some gem of idiocy pass unnoticed. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Chris Langham, Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Alexander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 349 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AS460U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Donald J. Lloyd on July 18, 2009
This 1999 scripted series consists of 12 full frame (wasn't filmed widescreen) episodes, about 30 minutes each. In USA was originally on BBC America. Chris Langham's character (unseen, but heard) interviews people in 12 occupations, featuring famous British actors such as Sarah Alexander, Bill Nighy and David (Dr. Who) Tennant. Unbelievably funny material which can be watched repeatedly. You don't have to be a fan of British humor to enjoy these episodes. Highly recommended for humor and originality.
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Those who love great British humor should rejoice at the release of this
fantastic series in the US! Unique fake documentaries with the world's
worst correspondent, who unfailingly upsets and misinterprets and gets in the
way of his subject! Repeated viewings only add to the joy of this wonderful series!
Stop reading and get it!
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Do you not know about the greatness that is People Like Us, one of the best comedy shows to come from the UK, though grossly under-seen and semi-forgotten thanks to more popular and similar shows like The Office? You're in for a wonderful surprise. Get this DVD, at $25 for the complete series is a steal. I got mine from the UK, and I paid twice as much which still is a reasonable price for twelve episodes of this great show. Buy it now. NOW. NOW!!!

For fans of: The Office, The Day Today, British shows with subtle, self-deprecating humor (or humour?).

Enjoy.
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If you happen to be lucky enough to catch the very funny Brit mockumentary "Twenty-Twelve", which aired right before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (the premise of the fictional series being about a rather inept and clueless Olympic Planning Committee, trying to get London ready for the Olympics; Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham on "Downton Abbey", got to show his comedy chops by playing the bumbling but likable head of the planning committee), this series was done by the same creator (who also used some of the same actors from this series for "Twenty Twelve", like David Tennant, etc.) and is even funnier; the premise is that a fictional (and mostly unseen) "documentarian" by the great silly name of Roy Mallard is going around profiling individuals in different professions & walks of life: a cop, a real estate agent, a reverend, an actor (played by David Tennant), a mid-life crisis photographer (played by the great Bill Nighy, in my favorite episode of the series), etc., etc.; and in the fine "Office"/Christopher Guest-ian tradition of the best mockumentaries, of course most of the people that he interviews & follows around are hopelessly inept and/or bumbling at their particular chosen fields, but nonetheless still charming and irresistibly likable in their earnest attempts to live up to life's expectations. This is British humor at its best-- dry, subtle & quirky, and worth watching for all the clever little touches that don't have to bash you over the head the way some more heavy-handed comedies do in order to make you laugh.Read more ›
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A bit on the expensive side but worth every penny. Saw this when it first aired on the Beeb and it's better the second and third (and . . .) times around. Written by the same chap who did the also excellent Twenty Twelve, it stars many familiar actors from popular dramas. Their ability to deliver hilarious dialogue with straight faces always amazes me. No one does satire better than the British and this is a prime example. There's no violence or sex; unfortunately, it was edited a bit to protect delicate American sensibilities but more than enough remains to keep one laughing for 6 hours. Wish there additional episodes.
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This British film series issued in 2001 has some of the funniest British humor on DVD. It won't be to everyone's taste but the episodes featuring a country priest and an airlines pilot are hilarious. Droll, clever, so very understated...
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By Adrienne on December 8, 2010
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Very droll, very funny. It is not slapstick, it is the use of language that makes it funny. Also, the narrator's voice is a beautiful baritone. Although what he says is silly, he is nice to listen to.
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This is quite funny. You must be willing to listen carefully or you will miss the blandly tame comedy, and it is generally nonsense, but good, chuckling nonsense!! The narrator is so sincere in his delivery that you can be lulled into thinking there is nothing really funny going on, until you pay attention and realize it is a really good spoof, one that can fool you when you realize you just missed the point about what was just said or transpired.
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