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15 Storeys High - Series 1 (6 episodes) [DVD] [2002]

Sean Lock , Benedict Wong    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sean Lock, Benedict Wong, Dan Mersh, Perry Benson, Simon Godley
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88LB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

15 Storeys High is about two very different blokes who find themselves sharing a flat in a tower block on a south London council estate. The flat’s owner, Vince (Sean Lock) takes in a new lodger – Errol (Benedict Wong) and it is not long before he realizes he has made a dreadful mistake. Errol’s only crime, however, is that he’s a nice, considerate, thoroughly decent bloke. Vince, however, has spent too much time living on his own and is completely intolerant of anybody else! Errol is a real sweetheart and is very excited about his move to London and has a list of things that he wants to do there: Number 36 – drink a cappuccino, Number 37 – work with fish. Errol would do anything for anyone – but sadly, in a place like London, he is bound to be taken advantage of. 15 Storeys High also introduces us to some of the other tower block occupants – wife swappers, bible bashers, lap dancers, men who shout at the television and even a bloke who keeps a horse in his spare room. It has been described as "the antidote to Friends".

Contains all six episodes from the first series:

  • The Sofa
  • Pool Kids
  • Blue Rat
  • The Model
  • Ice Queen
  • Dead Swan


Focused on the madcap lives of flatmates Vince (Sean Lock) and Errol (Benedict Wong), the first series of the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Fifteen Stories High craftily points out the eccentricities of the modern world. Vince is an oddball with the habits of a man who has spent too much time in his own company. A lifeguard at the local swimming pool, he takes great pride in being able to tell swimmers off for no reason, and obtains his home decorating ideas from photos in Readers' Wives. His lodger, Errol is the opposite of Vince, naively stupid and always taken advantage of by others. But he has his own unusual habits, too, such as tearing at wallpaper whenever he sees an unstuck corner. Vince has the weirdest encounters, though: such as being locked in the stocks for six hours when wrongly accused of killing a swan; or taken hostage by a neighbour when he spies a moon-boot wearing Shetland pony in the man's spare bedroom.

Equally as funny are the short stories of the other residents living in the tower block that are interspersed between the antics of Vince and Errol. Enclosed within the four walls of different flats on the estate, these claustrophobic locations provide the ideal settings for the extreme behaviours depicted. There's the hygiene obsessive who forces a visiting double-glazing salesman to take a bath and wear a protective suit before being able to look round his flat; the old man who spends all night in front of a mirror in a pair of underpants pretending he's James Bond; and a New Age enthusiast who's always getting disturbed when recording relaxation tapes. The general weirdness of the series takes some getting used to, but once you decipher the crazy world of Vince and Errol this is five-star comedy with a dark tinge. --John Galilee

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ssshhhhh! Don't tell anyone how good it is... 16 Sep 2004
By Darren Carroll VINE VOICE
I hadn't even heard of 15 Storeys High until it was recommended to me by Amazon - presumably because I've purchased Spaced, Black Books and Game On in the past. I didn't know what to expect from the series and I wasn't familiar with Sean Lock, the writer and star, despite him being a cult figure on the stand-up circuit.
Sean plays Vince, resident of a tower block and a life guard at the local swimming pool. He rents his spare room to Errol (Benedict Wong), who struggles to come to terms with the lunacy of London-life and its inhabitants.
The humour is dry, dry, dry and there is no laughter track or title music. The direction (by Mark Nunneley) adds brilliantly to the humour with creative camera angles and 'star wars' style swipe cuts. Vince and Errol's world is grimy and dark, populated by surreal (normal?) people and surreal happenings. The beauty of the series is that the two main protagonists don't moan about their existence, they just get on with it, they go to work and they come home. Life goes on.
Vince get's terrorised by scholl children, Errol gets a job in a fish market where his naivety makes him a tad prone to wind ups, Vince tries to get lucky with the girl upstairs, Errol tries to pass his driving test and Vince drink's a bit too much 'Blue Rat' energy drink ('all the energy of a rat, trapped in a can').
Series 2 has just started showing on tv and I can't wait for it to be released on DVD. Buy this DVD yourself but don't tell anyone else how good it is - it's a gem of a secret!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Come and clean your hands on my coat!" 8 Dec 2004
By John K
I first watched 15 Storeys High quite recently when I happened upon an episode on BBC2. I enjoyed this enough to look into getting a DVD which was when I realised that the episode I saw was in fact the last of the second series. I was amazed, I try and keep abreast of good comedy but this had somehow passed completely under my radar.
I decided to take a gamble and buy the first series on DVD. I was very impressed. This series is unlike anything I've ever seen. To say the humour is dry would be an understatement, in fact I believe a fellow reviewer said that it was "dry, dry, dry" which is still an understatement. The humour is so dry that the Gobi desert could learn a thing or two.
The jokes are sparse and the silences frequent. The episodes move very slowly in a similar way to "The Royle Family" but the humour is a little darker and much... um... drier (sorry, did I already mention that!). It's very cleverly written, as you would expect from a comedian like Sean Lock. The jokes build up slowly through episodes and indeed the whole series.
The focus here is on the lives of two very different people who end up sharing a flat. Vince (Sean Lock) is a perpetually grumpy and unsociable cynic whilst Errol (Benedict Wong) is very trusting, naive and easily led. They pair up beautifully like a modern day Odd Couple placed in the most bleak and depressing situation imaginable. Their story is intermittently interrupted by short stories and sketches featuring the other residents of the high-rise.
I don't want to talk too much about what happens because a) it's better you find out for yourself, and b) it will sound terrible if I try to explain it.
I'm sure this won't be to everyone's taste but if you haven't seen it then it's definitely worth 30 minutes of your time to watch an episode and see what you think.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By o pybus
15 Storey's is a massively underrated show, which is hardly surprising to those who know that Sean has been one of the best stand-up comedians around for years and doesn't seem to get the exposure his talent deserves. Witness his occassional slots on HIGNFY to get an idea of his dry distorted take on things - he always manages to give paul merton a run for his money.
I met Sean & Martin Treneman (the other writer) at the Darts this year and I have bad news for those waiting for series 2 to come out on DVD. Unfortunately Sean feels that the BBC have no time for him and didn't 'get' FSH. Carlton aren't willing to pick up Series 2 as a syndication (as they did for Series 1) as the sales figures weren't startling and the BBC won't produce it themselves. Unless another independent production company comes into the fold the chances are it won't ever see the light of day.
Other than that, fans may be pleased to know that Sean & Martin are both lovely blokes who were happy to have a chat and pleased to meet fans of the show. And the darts was alot of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Energy of a Rat in a Can 11 Nov 2003
What can I say about this apart from I was weak from laughing afterwards. There is an abundance of very funny material, some quite dark although unlike other shows he doesn't drop to the levels of sick humour. You will need to watch this a number of times to appreciate how well written and observed this comedy is. A tragedy for anyone who misses out, as most people appeared to when it was on BB3 and then BB2.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who the hell hid this sparkling gem? 2 Mar 2004
hmmmmmm, how do I begin? Should I start by giving you the details and imposing my opinion on you. Do I ramble about how funny this series is, whether it's worth your money? No. Definitely not. The thing which gives this series the most charm and beauty is the lack of media hype and subsequent wrong preconceptions. You can watch this with a completely open mind. 15 Storeys High did not, and still doesn't recieve anything like the massive media hype other, lesser comedies do and for this it benefits. Word of mouth or comments like this made by people with nothing to gain other than the feeling of satisfaction having told other people of something they feel is worth their time and money.
This is a comedy gem, made all the more sparkling because of minimal hype(sorry about the opinion).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very overlooked series!
I wasn't expecting much from this series, but because I liked Sean Locke's standup, I decided to give it a go. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JC
3.0 out of 5 stars One Of Those Shows That Grows On You
Sean Lock is Vince, a swimming pool attendant who's rather obnoxious - he likes to keep himself to himself and he lives up on the 15th floor of a tower block in London. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2009 by DL Productions UK
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite High enough
Having read some reviews on here I had high hopes for this series, and while there were some flashes of genius this just didn't live up to the high praise it has received. Read more
Published on 12 April 2009 by Bowski
1.0 out of 5 stars I just don't understand...
Why does this DVD, purely series 1, cost MORE than the complete collection; series 1 and 2? I'm also a bit angry that I bought this DVD and to get hold of the second series I had... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2008 by M. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brilliant
This is a fantastic comedy! If you're used to the bubblegum-nicey nicey comedy of Friends then it might take an episode or so to adjust to this! Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2006 by @GeekZilla9000
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Written and Dry
I came across this when it was first aired on BBC2, at an extremely unsocial hour. It was never advertised and this was a shame, because if it had received more coverage i'm sure... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2006 by AJ Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
I can't understand why series 2 has never been released. This is THE funiest comedy I have seen. Lent my copy to friends. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2006 by A K JENKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute genius
I happened across this Series on TV just flicking through the channels. I was hooked instantly.
I thought Father Ted was the best modern comedy ever written, but I believe 15... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2005 by D. M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very very funny
Ah, God bless the BBC. One of the best sitcoms of the past decade (easily up there with Black Books and Spaced) and yet it slips into anonymity. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, HOW DARE YOU!!!!!
If your anything like me laughing and comedy is a must, and after a hard day/week at work a good comedy is a great tonic! Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2005 by Garry Burrows
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