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A BIT OF A DO

DAVID JASON , GWEN TAYLOR    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: DAVID JASON, GWEN TAYLOR
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: YORKSHIRE TELEVISION
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KIGYRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,693 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)

Product Description

The Very First Episode

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is on the dvd? 7 Jan 2009
By Voomby
Format:DVD
What you get on the discs is every single episode from the two series (each episode lasts roughly 51-52 mins), plus a few bonuses as listed below.

Disc 1: Series 1, Episodes 1-3
1. The White Wedding
2. The Dentists' Dinner Dance
3. The Angling Club Christmas Party
Bonus: Interview with actress Nicola Pagett
Bonus: PDF of original Press release for series 1

Disc 2: Series 1, Episodes 4-6
4. The Charity Horse-Racing Evening
5. The Crowning Of Miss Frozen Chicken (UK)
6. The Registry Office Wedding
Bonus: Interview with writer David Nobbs

Disc 3: Series 2, Episodes 1-3
1. The Church Wedding
2. The Christening
3. The Grand Opening of Sillitoe's
Bonus: "Dogfood Dan and the Camarthen Cowboy" (52 mins) TV play by writer David Nobbs
Bonus: PDF of original Press release for series 2.

Disc 4: Series 2, Episodes 4-7
4. The Farewell Party
5. The Inauguration of the Outer Inner Relief Ring Road
6. The Funeral
7. The Civil Wedding
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight! 11 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
This wonderful and subtle comedy series is great entertainment. Special mention must be made of Nicola Pagett's delightful portrayal of a middle-class lady who starts an affair with a working-class neighbour (David Jason), but we also meet a number of other characters who react to the affair in various ways. The episodes consist of a series of local functions, often held in a pub or hotel, when all the characters meet up (sometimes inadvertently!) and the story line develops as the series progresses. Just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared on our TV screens.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated excellence 2 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The 'Bit of a Do' series is David Nobbs' at his satirical best!! This series is one of the few translations to screen that actually does justice to the book. I have waited a long time for this to come out on DVD and can recommend that if you have enjoyed his books or enjoy satirical comedy that this series is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent very english well observed comedy 21 Jun 2011
By mrs_t
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a comedy you would only find in england, observed around those awful "do's" which everyone dreads and feels obliged to attend, but secretly loathes and loathes everybody else because they are snobs, boring, insufferable, unable to help getting drunk etc etc. I love this series and think it is much underrated. From the "tickedy boo" barman to the wonderful David Jason (who steals the show as he always does) and the equally wonderful Gwen Taylor who has a poignant role as a cheated wife with little self esteem who loses her dad...but regains her strength and dignity. Wonderful wonderful highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of nostalgia 10 Mar 2009
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Although quite dated, I thoroughly enjoyed "A bit of a do". David Jason seems to adapt himself to any role, and that's one reason I bought this set - I think David Jason is a super actor. Gwen Taylor also plays a good part. The series is quite hilarious. I'm glad I bought it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series spoiled by poor quality video 9 Dec 2009
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Like the other offerings I have tried from Network the quality is poor. It looks almost as if it's been copied from a VHS recording 'off air', only the ads have been stripped out, each episode is still divided into multiple parts, complete with continuity cues.

Worth buying for the content, but I'll be loathe to buy more than I have if it's produced by Network

That aside, the production is true to David Nobbs book, and has a superb cast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Bit of A Do 9 Sep 2012
By Friends fan VINE VOICE
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We saw most of the original episodes of Bit if A Do and managed to tape 10 out of 13 of them, but we only had them added to ends of films we taped, to fill the tape up. This was a mistake as when you want to watch one you have to run the tape to the end. Anyway, that propmpted me to purchase the boxed series 1 & 2 set. They are absolutely the best. Sarterical and up to date comedy even though the series is over 10 years old. It could have been written yesterday.

Each Bit of a Do episode is an occasion that most people would at some time or other attended. And the antics will have happened at some do somewhere. It is so well written you find humour not just in the lines but in the facial expressions o the actors, all of whome have done a wonderful job.

I'm really surprised that it has not been back on TV.

It's well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By George
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched A Bit of a Do with my Mum as a kid and really enjoyed it. When I found this DVD of the complete series at such a bargain price I snapped it up, and looked forward to rewatching it. The series itself is every bit as good as I remembered: brilliantly written and superbly acted by a wonderful cast. Nicola Pagett stands out for me as the real star of the show. Fun too to see a very young David Thewlis in the first series. There is also a nice bonus - the original Yorkshire TV one-off comedy drama "Dogfood Dan and the Camarthen Cowboy" (later adapted into a BBC sitcom) also written by the brilliant David Nobbs. The other bonus features are not great - a rather insipid interview with Nicola Pagett from a chat show, and a brief interview from what I think must be Yorkshire TV's Calendar show with David Nobbs, which has very little to do with A Bit of a Do. That said, nice to see snippets of TV from a bygone era...

What is odd though, as some other reviewers have commented, is that this DVD has been released with the gaps for the ad breaks still in it! I have to say, I don't really mind that - it fuels the nostalgia factor for me (in fact, I was half tempted to find some 1980s ad breaks on YouTube and watch them at the appropriate junctures) but I can see it being annoying for some. It seems to me a very lazy effort. Oh, I shouldn't have said that, not today....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Class!
Published 7 days ago by cj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.
I bought this collection because I remember watching this when it was originally broadcast and it was very good.

I am glad to say that it is as good as I remember. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Of A Do
Enjoyed, gave it best ratings, who ever wanted to watch it. Doesn't need anymore I was happy with it. Good
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Very Watchable
We enjoyed this series just as much as we did originally. Well scripted and a really good cast. David Jason, as always, was brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
Is there a better comedy writer around than David Nobbs? I've not seen one - and so well interpreted by as brilliant cast
Published 4 months ago by Ray Frith
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
It is worth watching. I missed most of the series when it was on the TV. I have now enjoyed watching the whole series
Published 5 months ago by susan molyneux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
What a great series and my dad can watch these at his leisure now . I kept missing them on Drama but not now. David Jason and Gwen Taylor are fantatstic
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Jane A Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
I had seen this as a child in the late 80's and then started to watch it again on the Drama channel but I kept missing the beginning of them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. H. Stride
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS I REMEMBER
I came across an episode on one of the minor channels but it was halfway through the series and this is a comedy drama that you really need to see from the start. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LEBONO
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm from the North so I would enjoy this, wouldn't I
I'm from the North so I would enjoy this, wouldn't I ?
And Phoenix Nights and others. Northern humour
performed mostly by non-Northern actors of repute. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robbo
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