Oh, the Comic Strip DVD Box set, you guys! (Oh, and pick one, why not!)

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Um, these films changed my life, most probably.

From 5 go mad, to Bad News, to Mr Jolly, to "Didn't you kill",

Theres 39 episodes (each about an hour long) on nine DVDs.

But, is my life long enough to own this?

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:18 (fifteen years ago) link

"Strike" purely for the guy who played Lee Van Cleefe

but yes all of them, i want this.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:38 (fifteen years ago) link

What is Peter Richardson up to thesedays? Did anyone see Churchill: The Hollywood Years? Was it as terrible as I fear?

"It's a EuroRover, old man."

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Mark, you are absolutely right, this was positively life-changing stuff at the time. I already had at least half of the original episodes that I'd video-ed of the TV at the time; but I still had to buy this - and so must you!

Now they've done this, maybe they'll finally issue Happy Families on DVD?

POO? Sorry mate, no can do.

POV? Well, OK: in no particular order (well, actually, it's chronological):

Five Go Mad In Dorset ("cold ham, cold turkey, tomatoes, bags of lettuce, hard boiled eggs and lashings of ginger beer!")

Bad News Tour ("We're heavy metal, OK? Heavy metal, heavy metal, heavy bloody metal. Just like your fuckin' head")

A Fistful Of Travellers Cheques ("I used to be a matador, but I lost me drivin' licence. Now I work down t'abbatoir.")

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door ("Well, they're the strangest looking Mr. & Mrs. Cooper I've ever met!")

Didn't You Kill My Brother? ("Where's the spoons, where's the spoons, where's the bloody spoons?")

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Five Go Mad has to be classic for the "oh Timmy, you're so licky!" line alone :D

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I would love this on DVD - I want Ripping Yarns as well.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm keeping an eye out on e-bay (I'm so backed up wid DVDs now)...

You're right, I can't pick one, and I concur with your five, although I'd add the Beat generation one.

Destroy (Men in a car) as rubbish and poor. Redeemed by the final one, a bit.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i hardly have time to keep up with all the michael mann box sets in my life, but this is on my 'wants'. 'churchill' was a whisker away from being great.

N_RQ, Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Very fond of Gino: Full Story and Pics, particularly Lionel Jeffries as the taxi driver ("I'm 'aving my lunch") and the exchange between Alan Pellay and Keith Allen.

I'd love to see these again.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Was Men in a Car the one with the sales droids who ended up stranded when the plane ditched or whatever it was? That one was weird.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:41 (fifteen years ago) link

It was their "Carry on England" i.e. made with minimal effort...

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:45 (fifteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
Just got this and watched, as a little taster, 'Bad News Tour' at lunch coz it was only 30 mins long. God this weekend is gonna be great.

and i was incorrect with my episode choice, the one I was thinking of was 'GLC'. Though i'm mostly looking forward to Mr Jolly.

Never seen 'four men in a plane' either.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 16 September 2005 13:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm still trying to get a cheap one off ebay. I can, however, justify it as 'course materials' now(ish).

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 September 2005 13:39 (fifteen years ago) link

holy shit, how did i miss this? fuck! fuck! my only problem is in case they don't live up to my expectations. "mr jolly lives next door" ... i fondly remember that being beyond funny. "balmy fluid! great!" and one of them falling out of a window on to a van. or something.

"conzuela" or whatever it was called was shite. "strike" is probably my all-time favourite.

Now they've done this, maybe they'll finally issue Happy Families on DVD?

fat chance. anyway, i'd rather "set of six".

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Friday, 16 September 2005 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

"I can, however, justify it as 'course materials' now(ish)."

OK Mark, I'll bite.... you're doing an Open University degree on the life and works of Rik Mayall. Am I right?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 16 September 2005 19:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Something like that. Anyway, it's not exactly confirmed yet so...

mark grout (mark grout), Saturday, 17 September 2005 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

"Lashings of ginger beer!"

Old School (sexyDancer), Saturday, 17 September 2005 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

"But it was the leg we were interested in"

Old School (sexyDancer), Saturday, 17 September 2005 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

ooo...id like to get this. i hate english comedy with a passion, its like it was made for the retarded, but ive got really fond memories of holding the aerial while trying to videotape comic strip episodes(ABCs got real bad reception) back in 1980-something.


sunny successor (he hates my guts, we had a fight) (katharine), Sunday, 18 September 2005 04:11 (fifteen years ago) link

so i'm slowly getting through this.

'The Bullshitters' wasn't as funny as I remember, but still watchable.
'Dirty Movie' I'd never seen before and reminded me of the Weekenders with its complete absurdity.

some have been really weak and haven't held the test of time but most are okay and still watchable. 'Mr Jolly' struggled at first but omg it soon found footing and i was laughing my head off.
'Susie' was mostly rubbish, tho the pop star had his moments.
'Fistful of Travellers Cheques' was just mildy okay.
'Bad News' ones were great.
'Strike' was hilarious.
'Supergrass', which I hadn't seen before, was marvellous.

still a few disks to watch.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 22 September 2005 09:09 (fifteen years ago) link

This put me off a bit:

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful:

3 out of 5 stars
HEAVILY EDITED !! Don't erase your old tapes !!, August 12, 2005
Reviewer: windowlicker2000
This would have been the DVD-release of the decade to me...
until I compared some of the episodes to my old tapes.
I haven't checked the old Channel 4 films yet, but a lot of the later episodes
have been heavily edited and messed around with. Many longer scenes are shortened,
but worse: some of the funniest dialogue is missing!!
I could only check a few shows and discovered these cuts:

SOUTH ATLANTIC RAIDERS 1 - about 2 minutes cut: a lot of the dialogue in Max' house is cut,
including the classic "My cousin's just been let out of a Lancashire cotton mill and the
Southern air and the Chateau Mignon 54 has rather gone to his Northern head";
the airport & prison escape scenes are shorter; some very funny dialogue between Billy
and Stan dressed as his mother is cut)

SOUTH ATLANTIC RAIDERS 2 - about 5 minutes (!!!) cut, too many cuts to mention, the worst are:
the whole intro sequence before the titles; most part of the flashback scenes when Stan tells the story;
some great gags in the airplane; a very funny scene, when Cathy wants to be alone with Stan and Billy
doesn't really get it; the whole dialogue between Stan & Frances, when he tells her he was wrong & loves her;
Cathy & the dead General (she originally says "Sieg heil, my darling!"); the whole scene when Billy
seems to be shot; the monologue from the Newsreporter is shortened; ...
To make matters even worse, the remaining pieces of the episode are messed around with.
The scene where Cathy goes to Frances with an axe is placed after Stan has arrived at the cottage,
which makes it look like a very stupid continuity error. Has the editor been totally drunk??!!

WILD TURKEY - 1 min. cut: the whole intro, where Ruby Wax writes Xmas cards;
the dancing scene ("have you kissed a turkey before?"); when the turkey leaves,
they hug & kiss ("I wish you were a turkey, Sue!") - you can clearly see the sloppy cut!

FOUR MEN IN A CAR - 1 min. cut: dialogue between Jennifer & Peter; the scene where Rik
tries to steal the motorbike is shorter.

GREGORY: DIARY OF A NUTCASE - I don't have an original to compare, but you can see a very sloppy cut!

Shame on the publisher for this unneccessary butchering !!!

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 22 September 2005 11:09 (fifteen years ago) link

fuck it. hacked-about comic strip is better than NO COMIC STRIP AT ALL, which is what i have now.

i cannot wait to see "strike" again.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 22 September 2005 11:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i never saw the original cuts of any of those so it doesn't bother me really.

Strike was indeed brilliant, with the teaser at the end where they mention the sequel of the GLC episode.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 22 September 2005 11:22 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...

i'm sitting in my living room watching "mr jolly lives next door" and eating a meat pie. the eternal 13-year-old inside me couldn't be happier if he'd discovered a year's worth of grumble under his dad's bed.

BARMY FLUID?! (grimlord), Tuesday, 27 December 2005 21:12 (fifteen years ago) link

"mr jolly", incidentally, was directed by stephen frears.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 27 December 2005 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a new one on tomorrow. It will probably be every bit as good as, say, Carry On Columbus.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 27 December 2005 22:05 (fifteen years ago) link

i've tentatively set the video to tape it. i have very, very little hope for it.


grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 27 December 2005 22:20 (fifteen years ago) link

I dont know if this is now out here, but Ripping Yarns finally is as per my above post, woo.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 27 December 2005 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I taped the Four Men In A... films from a few years back and could never summon up the desire to actually watch them.

I read an interview with Peter Richardson recently (I think it might've been in an Evening Standard I found on the Tube) and he mentioned "fixing up" a few of the later shows. I was mildly alarmed. As long as he hasn't touched a frame of Travellers' Cheques or Dirty Movie.

Watching the Ultimate Pop Star rundown repeat over Xmas - that is a young Richardson playing air guitar* in his bedroom on a 1977 Shadows' Greatest Hits ad, isn't it? (* - he's actually wielding a cricket bat).

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 23:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Tonight's shop was very dreary, I thought. One or two good lines, but generally hopeless.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 23:42 (fifteen years ago) link

yes, absolutely. it began quite well, but the last 15 minutes or so were knuckle-gnawingly dire. really quite alarmingly poor.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 29 December 2005 09:32 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Well, it's taken a long time, but hey, £25 off ebay got me a second-hand one.

I watched the 'documentary' first, it's a 1 hour promo film for the "comic strip live" album, filmed by Julian Temple. The on-stage stuff is great. The off-stage acting stuff is fair to middling. The 'audience' in the club seem to be J.Temple's personal wacky/outrageous friends pretending to roll around in helpless mirth on-cue.

Well, is my life long enough to watch more of this than is healthy? (I hope so!)

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 15:13 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

been watching the box set again this weekend. I'm enjoying them a lot more this time around.

and was in tears of laughter at The Crying Game ending, showing The Scum newspaper headline

bracken free ditch (Ste), Sunday, 13 December 2009 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Oh right, there's a Comic Strip thread. The GLC one's just been on London Live. LOL @ Neil Kinnock, portrayed as a dithering prevaricating compromiser being shot by Tony Benn, played by Lee Van Cleef. Interesting that the music in this episode was composed by Kate Bush!

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 21:45 (one month ago) link

Oh I knew she'd done the song for the "Ken" Livingstone one...

Mark G, Thursday, 18 March 2021 22:46 (one month ago) link

That's... this one

armoured van, Holden (sic), Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:04 (one month ago) link

Ah I know what I think I mixed up "Strike" with "GLC" so dmm..

Mark G, Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:09 (one month ago) link

Yes, this is Robbie Coltrane as Charles Bronson as Ken Livingstone. Good episode this one apart from Keith Allen doing a 'gay', especially as he'd played a very sympathetic gay character in "The Crying Game" episode. Prince Charles as kind of distracted upper class hippy was good.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:12 (one month ago) link

spent a while watching these a few years ago, they are such an odd mix of obvious classic episodes, crap am-dram pissabout parodies which just baffle (The Beat Generation, Susie, Summer School) and the occasional wonderful surprise- I'd never seen Didn't You Kill My Brother? before and was not prepared for quite how intricate / granular it was, just a brilliant piece of writing.

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:25 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Kate Bush is actually in this one, getting mauled by a chocolate-covered Daniel Peacock right now.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:11 (one week ago) link

I'd completely forgotten the existence of Daniel Peacock - who, it turns out, is the son of the recently deceased Trevor.

25:30 mins bongo solo (Matt #2), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:32 (one week ago) link

There was a definite family resemblance!

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:37 (one week ago) link

I also had no idea about this until Trevor passed away; Trevor also father of Daniel's much younger half-sibling Harry (Ray Bloody Purchase in Toast of London, married to Katherine Parkinson).

Has Gino: Full Story and Pics been on yet? I think more of that is imprinted in my brain than even Fistful.... "He was ranting about he was going 'get' Mrs Thatcher and I pretended to agree with him." "Oh, I could never go back to sheets and blankets."

Michael Jones, Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:00 (one week ago) link

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