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Al Read On TV - Volume 1 [DVD]

Al Read    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Al Read
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment / ITN Source
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IP68YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,630 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Al Reed was a hugely popular British Radio comedian throughout the 1950 s, 60 s and 70s. The Al Read Show was one of the most popular radio comedy shows in the UK in the 50 s and 60s with up to 35 million people tuning in each week. His catchphrases Right Monkey and You ll be lucky, I say you ll be lucky! were incredibly well known. He fronted several TV shows of which It s All in Life was his greatest, and seven of the classics episodes are showcased in this DVD.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 3 Mar 2011
By Mrs H
I bought this for my Dad for his birthday and he loves it. It has bought many memories back of the old comedians. It was good to be able to find this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Al on TV in '73 7 July 2014
By gadg17
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars al read dvd 17 Feb 2014
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really brought back some old memories. Thanks for the nostalgia hit, and as I've recently bought some of his early radio recordings-I listen to them often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also on BBC Radio 28 April 2013
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I remember, as a child, Al being very funny. A true walk down memory lane, clever too, and not a hint of smut.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the old ones are the best! 30 Jan 2013
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It's a shame we do not have more Al Read recordings - he really was incredibly funny and his observations were so true to life. Yes, these shows are dated and in black and white, but they are a pleasure to watch and there is nothing smutty or distasteful about them - just good old clean, honest humour on life
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