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Alfresco -The Complete Series [1983] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton, Siobhan Redmond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LNW2PG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes from the first two series of the early 1980s sketch show that was a launch pad for, among others, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane. Originally intended as an anarchic rival to BBC shows such as 'Monty Python' and 'Not the Nine o'Clock News', the show plundered talent from the Edinburgh Fringe, with Ben Elton hired as script writer. Also includes all three episodes from the show's short-lived precursor 'There's Nothing to Worry About!'.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Carr on 3 May 2011
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This is some very early work of a group of actors who have gone on to have very successful careers. There is a rawness about these sketches which contrasts sharply with the polish of A Bit Of Fry and Laurie and other sketch shows only a few years later. This is definitely something to watch for the interest of seeing Ben Elton et al looking young enough to be doing their A levels and in the light of what came for them later on. The sketches are mostly amusing but I didn't laugh out loud and some musical items I found a little bizarre, however, their talent is of course evident. I suspect however, that had it not been for the fame of certain cast members, this would never have survived to see the light of day nearly 30 years later.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grushenko on 13 Feb. 2009
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The huge talent of this ensemble cast is just about discernible under all the duff material and there ae some big laughs too but this is more of a museum-grade curiosity than anything else. A sign of it's times is the acute preoccupation with a major issue of the day: The cold war and the threat of imminent nuclear war with the Warsaw pact, something that has faded from the public consciousness.
I was amazed at how much of the material I could still remember even after 25 years and that on only one viewing. If you take out the weakest sketches, the self-indulgent musical padding and Emma Thompsons direly unfunny monologues and there's the makings of a cracking 90 minute 'Best Of' compilation
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Olde Mr Clattertwang on 15 Feb. 2009
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Rather a weird period piece, this; a better investment if you're particularly interested in the writer/performers involved, instead of just wanting a good laugh. BLACKADDER or A BIT OF FRY & LAURIE this is not, although references or ideas that would surface again ("Those ARE my conditions", 'Strom', etc) do crop up, here and there.

(A fair chunk of material from Alfresco's pilot/predecessor "There's no need to worry" - which is also included on these discs - is re-cycled for the latter show.)

Much here, such as Series 2's running thread The Pretend Pub, is a comedy of Ideas, not of gut response, and you'll forget a lot of the time that there IS an audience laughter track on these shows. You won't like the musical items, but there's nothing as hideous as Tony Slattery's song from the Cambridge Footlights Review (on the FRY & LAURIE Series 2 DVD) either.

So, then: Sketches, songs, some running characters, earnest topical social comment (1983-style). It's all here. Think of a lesser cousin to NOT THE NINE O'CLOCK NEWS, A BIT OF FRY & LAURIE and ALEXEI SAYLE'S STUFF, and you've got the measure of Alfresco.

I've sat through this DVD happily enough, but I don't know that I'll watch it again very soon. It's all just rather quaint, really.
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By rampton uk on 2 Sept. 2013
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I very much enjoyed this series at the time, but it looks shockingly out of date now. It is true that some comedy travels well, and there are some moments in the gloom, but mostly this series seems to have acted as a depository for all the unfunny ideas that the (very talented) cast came up with just after they left university. A lot of it is simply not funny at all, although from time to time (and with liberal use of the fast forward button) the pretend pub sketches are able to raise a smile.
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