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  • Actors: Jeff Rawle, George A. Cooper, Pamela Vezey, May Warden, Sally Watts
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZDGY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jeff Rawle stars as the eponymous hero in this series based on Keith Waterhouse's original play and the 1963 feature. Overimaginative and prone to flights of fancy, Billy deals with his mundane reality by dreaming of a new life as a successful comedy writer in London. Episodes are: 'Billy and the Matrimonial Stakes'; 'Billy and the Muse of Fire'; 'Billy and the Birthday Treat'; 'Billy and the Bedsit'; 'Billy and a Little Learning'; 'Billy and the New Life'; 'Billy and the Food of Love'; 'Billy and the Oriental Philosophy'; 'Billy and the Scales of Justice'; 'Billy and the Bedside Manner'; 'Billy and the Temporary Position'; 'Billy and Some Orange Blossom'; and 'Billy and a Missing Item'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2012
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In my early teens back in 1973/4, this was one of my favourite sitcoms. Having recently ordered it the big question was: would fond memories still hold up today?....well to a certain extent I guess they did. The scripts provided by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall are still pleasantly funny. The casting is spot on, with some good performances. Jeff Rawle certainly looks the part as the slightly built, idle daydreamer, who's flights of fancy lend the series a slightly surreal feel.

George A. Cooper puts in a typically impressive performance as Billy's indignant, long-suffering father, who is always on hand to bring the 'bloody' young waster back to reality. May Warden is also good as the slightly dotty grandma who drops in the occasional funny remark. Colin Jeavons puts in a good turn as Mr Shadrack - Billy's boss at the funeral parlour. A number of familiar sitcom performers from the 70's also put in a guest appearance, including John Comer and Kathy Staff (Last of The Summer Wine).

Although the episodes improve as this first series progresses, I found the daydream sequences to be a bit hit-and-miss and the comedy to be funny in places rather than continuously. Even though I wouldn't place this series alongside some of the classic sitcoms of the era, and although it didn't quite measure up to the great memories I had of it, for fans of 70's sitcoms I would still say this is worth a look. I certainly didn't regret my trip down memory lane.

This 2-disc set features all thirteen, 25 minute first series episodes. Picture and sound quality are good. There are no subtitles. The special feature is an episode of 'Our Kid' from the 1973 TV series written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. The discs are stored in a single-size DVD case which features an episode synopsis on the inside.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Oxley on 27 Sept. 2006
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I am a hugh fan of the film of the same name but I really didn't know what to expect when I bought this DVD, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The only TV show I have seen Jeff Rawle in is Drop The Dead Donkey, and he is perfect as Billy - the bone idle daft lad who dreams his life away.

The other cast members are equally suited to their roles, especially George A Cooper who plays Billy's long suffering father.

Unlike most comedy shows of the 1970's Billy Liar has stood the test of time and should be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on 4 Aug. 2008
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Having bought both series this is definitely the funnier.
Though it has the same characters and similar situations it is less sanitised than series two. George A. Cooper as the driven to distraction father, in particular, gives a very funny portrayal of comic rage, "I'll knock your bloody head clean off your bloody shoulders!".
It's a well cast team effort with good performances all round, particularly from Colin Jeavons as Billy's exaperated employer, Shadrack the undertaker.
If you want to watch some nostalgic, enjoyable and still funny 70s comedy you could do a lot worse than this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Lang on 14 Nov. 2010
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I knew the series would never be as good and as slick as the movie 10 years earlier, but I think it has stood the test of time very well.
The character Billy Liar (to me) is not the one that makes me laugh or the studio audience..it's Grandma!
Some of her short but razor sharp quips are great.
A bit cheeky at times, but still glad I got it.
I think the episodes are funnier on disc 2.
If ITV repeated this series, it would drag in millions of viewers, as comedy has had a bit of a hammering and become rubbish for the past 20 plus years.
Might try For the Love of Ada next!
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7 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Clarke on 18 Dec. 2006
Please don't buy this! It's not a patch on the film. It really is a good lesson in how not to write comedy, it's got very annoying stereotypical characters in it, [Billy's Dad for one] some dreadful storylines and poor acting. The 70's are awash with good comedy, [Steptoe, Fawlty Towers, Porridge, Open All Hours etc etc] so buy those instead.
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