The seven shows on this DVD are from Al Read's 1973 ATV series, originally screened in colour but presented here as black and white telerecordings slightly edited down to around 21m each for overseas distribution. The original colour videotapes apparently no longer exist. The grainy b/w pictures and the vintage of the material makes the shows seem older than they actually are.
By 1973 Al Read's long radio career was nearly over and this TV series was something of a 'greatest hits' exercise. Many of the routines are familiar from the surviving radio shows occasionally repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. They were (and IMO are still) hysterically funny on radio but do not benefit much from the transition to the screen. The pace of delivery is slightly faster, especially in the first couple of shows, and the rhythm not the same. Despite repeated references to the Common Market and to contemporary 1970s pop songs, it must all have seemed quite 'old school' at the time.
Nevertheless Al Read is a bona fide comedy great and it is fascinating to see him work. These are one-man shows performed in front of rudimentary sets and backcloths, with the different characters denoted just by changes of hats and jackets. Aside from the novelty of seeing Al at all, the pictures are largely superfluous.
I recommend this for novelty value, but for the full Al Read experience, listen to the old radio shows.