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Old 03-16-07, 08:51 PM
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Brit TV on DVD Recommendation Thread

Figured I'd try to compile many of the recommendations from the previous thread Any Brit TV Fans out There?.

Here's a start (it's a work in progress) (Still adding stuff so check back and/or post your rec's). Also plan to add links to: CD Wow.

Black Books (R1 & R2)
Black Books - The First Complete Series Amazon.com | Review
Black Books - The Complete Second Series Amazon.com
Black Books - Series 3 - Amazon.co.uk
Black Books Complete Series - Amazon.co.uk

Blue Planet (R1) Amazon.com | Review

Bodies (R2) Complete Series 1 & 2 Amazon.co.uk

Catterick - Series 1 (R2) Amazon.co.uk

Dr. Who The New Series (R1 DVD)
Doctor Who - The Complete First Series - Amazon.com | Review
Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series - Amazon.com | Review

I'm Alan Partridge Series 1 (R1) Amazon.com | Review

Life on Mars (R2 DVD)
Life on Mars - Series 1 - Amazon.co.uk
Life on Mars - Series 2 - Amazon.co.uk
Life on Mars Series 1 & 2 - Amazon.co.uk

Little Britain (R1 DVD)
Little Britain - The Complete First Series - Amazon.com | Review
Little Britain - The Complete Second Series - Amazon.com | Review
Little Britain - The Complete Third Series - Amazon.com | Review

Long Way Round Amazon.com | Review

The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset (R1) Amazon.com | Review

The Office (R1)
The Office - The Complete First Series Amazon.com | Review
The Office - The Complete Second Series Amazon.com | Review
The Office - Special Amazon.com | Review

Peep Show (R1 & R2)
Peep Show - Series 1 Amazon.com | Review
Peep Show - Series 2 Amazon.co.uk
Peep Show - Series 3 Amazon.co.uk

The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset (R1) Amazon.com | Review


Randall And Hopkirk Deceased (R2)
Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - The Complete Series 1 Amazon.co.uk
Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - The Complete Series 2 Amazon.co.uk

Shameless (R1 & R2)
Shameless Season 1 Amazon.com
Shameless Series 1-3 UK Box Amazon.co.uk

Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition!!!! (R2) Amazon.co.uk

Torch Wood (R2 DVD)
Torchwood - Series 1 Vol.1 Amazon.co.uk
Torchwood - Series 1 Vol.2 Amazon.co.uk
Torchwood - Series 1 Vol.3 Amazon.co.uk

Ultraviolet (R1) Amazon.com | Review

Waking The Dead (R1 & R2)
Waking The Dead Series 1 Amazon.com
Waking The Dead Series 2 Amazon.co.uk
Waking The Dead Series 3 Amazon.co.uk
Waking The Dead Series 4 Amazon.co.uk
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You can't have I'm Alan Partridge Series 1 without both:

I'm Alan Partridge Series 2 Amazon.co.uk
Knowing Me, Knowing You Amazon.com

and then there's my favorite TV show of all time:

Bottom Amazon.com

And some other recommendations:
Big Train Amazon.co.uk
The Royle Family Amazon.co.uk
The Young Ones Amazon.com
Phoenix Nights Amazon.co.uk
Coupling Amazon.com
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Amazon.co.uk
Father Ted Amazon.com
Extras Amazon.com
A Bit of Fry & Laurie Amazon.com
Black Adder Amazon.com
Brass Eye Amazon.co.uk
The Comic Strip Presents Amazon.co.uk
The Day Today Amazon.co.uk
The IT Crowd Amazon.co.uk
Filthy, Rich And Catflap Amazon.co.uk
The League of Gentlemen Amazon.com
The Mighty Boosh Amazon.co.uk
Nighty Night Amazon.co.uk
The Singing Detective Amazon.com

and some British music TV:
The Tube Amazon.co.uk
Old Grey Whistle Test Amazon.com

I'll add more later.

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Old 03-20-07, 09:26 AM
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15 Storeys High just came out with a great Complete disc set (both series with some extras)
Mighty Boosh

The IT Crowd

Garth Merenghi's Darkplace
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Old 03-20-07, 11:14 AM
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I would also link to the full version of Long Way Round:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ewan-McGrego...4403482&sr=1-1
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Old 03-20-07, 01:37 PM
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Is the new Robin Hood series worth getting? I enjoyed the first 2 ep. that aired on BBC America and was wondering if I should just go ahead and get it instead of waiting for them to air.
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Gotta put Coupling in there!
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Numanoid, you mentioned other Morris shows, surprised that you didn't mention Jam. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jam/dp/B0000...4360713&sr=1-1

And I'm shocked that Absolutely Fabulous is nowhere on any of these lists. For that matter, you could also add French & Saunders.

Also, I was a big fan of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. I know there are some releases of that on DVD in the UK.
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Originally Posted by clckworang
Numanoid, you mentioned other Morris shows, surprised that you didn't mention Jam.
Somehow I've missed that show entirely (though I have Blue Jam on audio)!

Thanks!
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I feel so triumphant for recommending a show that passed under your radar. They actually use a lot of the audio from Blue Jam, which can add to the surreal quality of the show.
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I would add "Survivors" (3 seasons) to the list.
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I would add:
Comedies
THE GOODIES (R2 or R4. The disc of LWT episodes hasn't been announced for R4 yet, though)
STEPTOE AND SON (R2/R4. Show that inspired "Sanford and Son." Only first few season on R4 for now)
TILL DEATH US DO PART (first two colour series are out on R1. First (only) is out in R1. Inspired "All in the Family")
UP POMPEII (R2, as part of the Frankie Howerd Collection)
MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE (R2/R4. Show that inspired "Three's Company." Only R4 discs are first two series)
GEORGE AND MILDRED (R2. Show that inspired "The Ropers." Only R4 discs are first two series)
FAWLTY TOWERS (all regions)
'ALLO 'ALLO (R1/2. If you like David Croft/Jeremy Lloyd's stuff, like Are You Being Served, you'll love this. I'd opt for the R1s: more extras, and no annoying on-screen episode title captions that weren't on the original versions. Also, series 6 is only available on R1 for now)
ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES (R1/R2. Tricky, this: both regions have edits/music substitutions, picture quality issues, etc. and all these issues are not necessarily on the same episodes region-to-region. The only truly "uncut, untampered" ones I've heard of are the "partwork/subscription+magazine" versions available, at a premium, in the UK)

A funny look at the news
HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU (R2, highlights DVDs, though some have a few complete episodes on)

Dramas
DOC MARTIN (R2 and R4. More a comedy/drama)
FOOTBALLERS WIVES (entire lot is out in R2/R4, first three series in R1. First three R2s have good extras that are not in the US sets)
HEX (R2. An R1 is coming, but be careful: the US-TV broadcasts has a lot of music substitutions, as well as edits)
DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (R2. The BBC-tv version, NOT the horrible feature film)
HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR (R1/2/4. The R2/R4 has a remastered picture, the R1 does not. Although identical, the R4 is much cheaper than the R2)
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How do you people keep leaving this off your lists?!

Chef R1 (Amazon.com)

I started watching Hex on BBCA last year, but heard on here that it wasn't the best (downhill) and that it never really ended, but was canned. However, with the recent announcement of the R1 release I'll aslo be sure to pick it up off of Netflix should they carry it.

R1 is also getting the new Robin Hood series soon after it airs. I watched the first ep, but figured I'd be better waiting for the entire series at once.

I also recommend Spooks (or MI-5 in US). Currently 4 series are in R1 on DVD. Series 5 has aired in UK; believe 6 is confirmed. US probably will not see S5 until early 2008.

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Gotta add these to the list.

(Unless otherwise mentioned, these are only available on R2(4) PAL DVD. This American got his from Amazon.co.uk)

AUF WIEDERSEHEN PET (Kevin Whatley, Timothy Spall)

BOB AND MARGARET (S2 only)

THE BOOK GROUP

THE DETECTIVES (Jasper Carrot)

DINNERLADIES (Victoria Wood)

DROP THE DEAD DONKEY

THE FAST SHOW (Paul Whitehouse)

GAME ON

GREEN WING (Tamsin Grieg, Mark Heap, Sarah Alexander)

HAMISH MACBETH (Robert Carlyle, S1 & 2 now on R1 NTSC DVD)

HAPPINESS (Paul Whitehouse, Johnny Vegas, Mark Heap)

Hi-DE-HI!

THE HIGH LIFE (Alan Cummings)

IDEAL (Johnny Vegas)

HUMAN REMAINS (DARK comedy from Rob Brydon & Julia Davis)

JONATHAN CREEK (S1 now on R1 NTSC DVD)

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE (1995 series on R1 NTSC DVD, now up to Series 6 on R2 PAL)

MARION & GEOFF (Rob Brydon)

MAX & PADDY'S ROAD TO NOWHERE (Peter Kay, spin-off from PHOENIX NIGHTS)

MINE ALL MINE (Griff Rhys Jones)

ONLY FOOLS & HORSES (David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst.
All series available R1)

OPEN ALL HOURS (Ronnie Barker & David Jason)

THE PIGLET FILES (Nicholas Lyndhurst. All series available R1, is there a S4?)

SMACK THE PONY ("Best Of" DVD only)

THE SMOKING ROOM (Robert Webb "Peep Show")

SPACED (Simon Pegg) How could you leave this one off?

TEACHERS (I hear the later series are far inferior to the first 2?)

TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS.

WILD WEST (Dawn French, Catherine Tate)

and one Aussie suggestion that will fit right in:

KATH & KIM.
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SPACED (Simon Pegg) How could you leave this one off?
Definitely NOT left off the list! It's in the very first post.
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Ooops! Sorry 'bout that. I should have known it was too obvious an omission. Guess I was distracted by the mention of TORCHWOOD.

Speaking of Simon Pegg, wish there was an upcoming DVD release of HIPPIES.

(or did it already come out and immediately go out of print, like some series seem to do?)
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Ooops! Sorry 'bout that. I should have known it was too obvious an omission. Guess I was distracted by the mention of TORCHWOOD.

Speaking of Simon Pegg, wish there was an upcoming DVD release of HIPPIES.

(or did it already come out and immediately go out of print, like some series seem to do?)
I'd wish the same!! I almost thought I read from your post that Hippies IS actually coming out. Duh me...
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Early Doors is excellent. Written by the same people as the Royle Family.
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Don't forget "Blake's 7" excellent British scifi...

Available in R2, in season boxes (4), or an Amazon exclusive complete collection.

There is also the "Quatermass" set in R1.

Jay
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Just released in R1 Seasons 1 & 2 of Desmond's . A Fantastic West Indian comedy set in Peckham, UK
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How do you people keep leaving this off your lists?!

Chef R1 (Amazon.com)
Because Lenny Henry isn't funny?
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All three series of Smack the Pony are available at amazon.de.
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Check that episode out where Swiss is having it off with a co-worker's mum.Brilliant stuff.
I also loved Dawn French's WILD WEST,beautifully made.


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The new two disc "Man to Mean with Dean Lerner" just came out, it's pretty awesome
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High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman is one of my personal favs. Don't think I saw Dennis Pennis mentioned either.

Hustle, Wire in the Blood, Cracker & Messiah are all highly recommended.

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