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Barking [DVD]

David Walliams , Catherine Tate    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Peter Kay, Omid Djallili, Mackenzie Crook
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050P3PJI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

You don t have to be barking to enjoy this DVD but it certainly helps! In 1998, in a town not far from you, the up and coming comedians of the day got together and wrote an hilarious sketch show for Channel 4. The result was Barking. These comedians further developed these characters and ideas and are now big stars, writing and starring in their own shows and regularly touring nationally. But it all started here for Mackenzie Crook, David Walliams, Omid Djalili, Peter Kay, Dave Lamb, Rhys Thomas, Catherine Tate and Marcus Brigstocke.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A lot of the cast from Barking have since gone on to have good careers. Mackenzie Crook hit it big as Gareth in the BBC's hit comedy The Office with Ricky Gervais, David Walliams and Matt Lucas did Little Britain, Omid Djalili was in the massively successful Hollywood movie The Mummy and has had several shows of his own, Peter Kay became the most stand-out stand-up of the decade with sold out venues around the country and made Phoenix Nights whilst Catherine Tate had a self-titled show on the BBC and co-starred in long running sci-fi show Doctor Who. The real question is, did the talent from all these well established comedians shine through at the start of their television careers?

Well, as far as sketch shows go this is as hit and miss as any other but it's safe to say, these comedians are good, even if they don't always hit the mark. One of the biggest surprises for me was seeing David Walliams as an eccentric random guy in London getting up to all sorts of daft exploits. Not a surprise in that it was funny, I'm a fan of Walliams, but a surprise in the way we see many of this character's traits used for different characters in Little Britain (such as "a-a-aaaaaah"). I'm a big fan of Peter Kay's stand-up and a huge fan of Phoenix Nights so seeing him here was also rather good, although this is far from the standard he is capable of.

Overall, if you're a fan of the comedians involved and like sketch shows, this is worth a look but it's a 50/50 hit and miss ratio. 3/5
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1.0 out of 5 stars So Unfunny 19 Nov 2011
We bought this DVD on the strength of the reviews and because it featured Peter Kay on the cover. We watched stony-faced until we found the one sketch starring Peter Kay only to find he was not funny either. Was Britain going through an especially bad time in 1998? Some of the sketches are so bad they're embarrassing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 23 Sep 2011
At last the Channel Four series that launched so many comedy careers makes it to DVD. I have been waiting for this to come out for years, haunted by the memory of sketches such as Marcus Brigstocke as a naked pilot and the manic vicars. I seem to remember that David Walliams, Catherine Tate and Marcus Brigstocke pretty much stole the show. My VHS copies taped off the TV have long since expired so I cait wait to get the DVD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Unfunny 26 Nov 2011
By Darmy
I don't remember seeing Barking on TV when it was first aired so with the DVD cover promising so many of today's well known comedy stars I thought it worth buying. How wrong I was. This is woefully unfunny and barely raised a smile let alone a laugh throughout all 6 episodes. Peter Kay fans beware. He features prominently on the cover but only appears in one 5 minute sketch in one episode; and he isn't funny. I also didn't spot Matt Lucas at all despite his name appearing on the back cover. Dont't waste your money.
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