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Bo' Selecta: Series 1 [DVD] [2002]

Leigh Francis , Patsy Kensit    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leigh Francis, Patsy Kensit, Karen Hayley, Craig Phillips, Caroline Flack
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KL3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Featuring Avid Merrion as the Scandinavian stalker/host and sketches in which he plays the parts of pop stars like Craig David and Britney Spears in lurid, latex masks, Bo' Selecta! is a brilliantly surreal take on celebrity culture. This first series (originally broadcast in 2002) features a number of cameos and guest appearances from minor celebs: Boyzone's Keith Duffy, Davina McCall, Vanessa Feltz and the hapless Christine Hamilton, one of numerous guests to be interviewed by a puppet bear played by Merrion whose feverish line of questioning invariably results in him sprouting a little erection.

Another character is hauled up in a neckbrace (following an altercation with Lisa Tarbuck), but Merrion's innocent broken English can't conceal the fact that he's a psychotic sex maniac who explicitly lusts after celebs who "make me do a sex wee", keeps Craig from Big Brother locked in a cupboard and his dead mother in a wardrobe.

Merrion's pop spoofs are also masterly: rather than mimic the stars, he reinvents them--Mel B and Britney Spears--as farting, hairy-chested Northerners, slobbing out on fry-up breakfasts washed down with lager and, most improbably, Michael Jackson as a cussing, jive-talking black dude à la Huggy Bear. Bo' Selecta! doesn't so much satirise celebrities as debase them, exposing their humiliating none-dimensionality by drawing them into a vortex of vulgar absurdity, not unlike Vic Reeves' Shooting Stars. Of course, they play along--they're on television. Although initially off-putting to some, once you get into Bo' Selecta! there is, as for Big Brother's Craig, no escape.

On the DVD: Bo' Selecta! on disc features numerous extras, including a behind the scenes feature in which the production team discuss making the show ("like directing a squirrel on roller-skates"), deleted scenes including Gareth Gates as a Tourette's victim, which was deemed a little beyond the pale, some unfunny bloopers and a feature on the life story of "Craig David" with Kate Thornton, including an unmissable nativity scene in which the infant Craig plays Jesus. There's also a commentary, with Merrion as his stalker self watching himself with consternation (It's strange seeing yourself on TV"). It's a pity we don't get to hear from the "real" Merrion. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Avid Merrion Bo Selecta - Complete Series 1

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo Selecta! 7 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Bo Selecta is a brilliantly modern adult themed comedy show starring the extremely talented and funny man Avid Merrion. All the characters in the show are depicted by Avid wearing a latex mask of that person. Everyone also wears thick rimmed spectacles! This is a must see video that will have you rolling around on the floor! It's probably the best modern day comedy show on the planet, well done Avid 10/10 Fantastic, Buy It!!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy 15 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Avid is hysterical.
His sketch of Micheal Jackson mixed with a perfect ozzy osbourne impression is one of the funniest moments in television history.
This first series may be far too crude for some viewers but for others it will become a favourite.
Jokes are plenty and Craig David as a falkener who wets himself is billiantly concieved.
Well worth buying for fans of any "off the wall" comedy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After seeing the short but massively funny trailers for BB3 including Avid Merrion, I was introduced to Bo' Selecta by a friend. At first glance I thought that this series would be a series of random sketches with no substance whatsoever.
How wrong was I! This is NOT an impressions show believe me! Don't expect a charicature of the celebrities shown; expect a complete redesign or twist of their personalities. The targeted celebrities range from Craaaaig David, with his pet peregrine falcon 'Kez' and emergency p*ss bag (say 'Proper Bo I tell thee' to any Bo' Selecta fan and you'll have them in stitches!) to Enrique Iglesias' mole, to Mel B; scary spice in every possible way!
These sketches are then accompanied to some brilliantly conceived original characters: the Bear, a very naughty little cuddly bear who shocks real celebrities with his 'tail' popping out (watch the one with Liberty X, it's hilarious!) and of course Avid, the stalker (or 'superfan' as he puts it) of Celabrities (no that's not a typo there) who keeps 'the Craig from Big Brother' in his cupboard. Avid's trips out into the world of celabrities ends up with hilarious consequences, himself being pretty unheard of at the time, shocking all involved with his outbursts - 'she makes me do a sex-wee'.
Obviously a show this strange and off-the-wall will not be a massive hit with everyone. In many scenes it is just plain vulgar, which makes you almost feel guilty for laughing your head off (the Michael Jackson/Jackass scene - 'Omlette for your G' is particularly revolting). I would suggest having a peek at it on TV before buying the DVD as it is definitely a love-hate kind of show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Bo I tell thee! 24 July 2003
Avid Merrion, the celebrity stalker, presents the first series of Bo' Selecta. Pure Genius.
All the characters are side-splittingly funny, ranging from the grim Northern Mel B, looking for a good fook to Michael Jackson, checkin' his bad self, chamon!
The brilliance of Craig David as a Northener, Davina McCall as the pregnant, frantic, swearing Big Brother presenter and the sheer filth churned out by the bear add up to some top quality entertainment.
All I can say is that 'It's proper bo, I tell thee!'
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo! 23 Aug 2003
Bringing to life one of the freshest and funniest TV comedy programs to hit UK TV screens since the likes of the now rather stale Ali-G, Bo Selecta! is a spitting image for the 21st century. Some of the impressions aren't 'top notch'; or as a friend put it, upto Alistair McGowan's standards - Bo Selecta! focuses more one the side splittingly funny comedy writing and grossly eggagerated costumes and facial masks.
Early hints lead us to Expect to see Avid Merrion upto his usual tricks along with other backstage clips and trailers and TV shorts. The DVD also contains a stunning array of extras including; Craig David's Life Story, Outtakes, Trailers, Avid's Picture Gallery and a huge number of deleted scenes.
So all in all, this is a must for fnas of British Comedy and of course, die-hard Bo Selecta fans alike...
Happy Shopping...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Hilarious! 22 Jan 2005
Bo' Selecta Vol.3 is great for any fan, including me, lots of laughs, and cool stuff, and 3 hours of extras! Packed chock-full of episodes 1-9 on 2 discs, and you wouldn't regret buying it, coz it's simply Hilarious!
Celebrity Stalker, Avid Merrion, is so funny on this, and talks to lots of celebs, including Emma Bunton, The Osbournes (My Favourites!) and takes up the job of a "chat show host" many more are invovled talking to Avid, and all should be enjoyed. The Bear's Showbiz Tail is great, including one with Philip Scofield and Fern Britton, (I'VE GOT TWATIVIGITUS!) Chef Jamie Oliver, and celebrity hypnotist Paul McKenna! Mel B and Patsy Kensit in "The Odd Couple" is funny, Patsy must be real bored of the fake Mel B, Sight Seeing With Stevie Wonder is Good, but Michael Jackson is TOTAL funny, sha'mone mofo!!OW!!
The double DVD includes 3 hours of extra material, even fans like haven't seen it all yet! These start off with
-Episodes 1-5
-Audio Commentary
-Bo'Hind The Scenes feature length documentary
-Episodes 6-9
-Audio Commentary
-Bo' Gallery
-Lorraine Kelly's Bloopers
-Deleted Scenes
-Nadine's Bits(That woman from Arachnipus!)
-Ozzy's Bits
-Big Brother Bits
Everything on this is PROPER BO' and is superb in all senses, BUY THIS DVD, THANK U, PLEASE!
~ Calum Fairweather (Bo' Selecta FAN)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by kelvin plimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Chamone mutha......! you know the rest
A polarizing series of absurd, surreal and bizarre comedy sketches from Leigh Francis, who presents this show as his neck-brace-wearing Transylvanian celebrity stalker character... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Darren
1.0 out of 5 stars bo selecta
absolute rubbish in my opinion waste of money do not consider it at all funny regret having bought it at at all
Published 16 months ago by Thomas J. Culley
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Huge Bo Selecta fan, but volumes 3 revamp and the introduction of Keith Lemmon turned this sour, and whilst I often watch repeats of 1 and 2, this is just dire!!!
Published 17 months ago by J. Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars propa bo'
well worth the money- i want the whole collect of bo selecta so it was a good buy for me. the packaging was good the dvd quality was like store bought so no complaints.
Published on 16 May 2012 by enlite
4.0 out of 5 stars Still hilarious!
I think celebrities will be rightfully offended,however this still has all the offerings and will make you laufgh until you cry. Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by Mr. A. J. Ralph
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry...
I guess this is one of those shows you either love or hate... and I don't love it... Maybe I just don't get it, but to me this is a guy who bought some masks and tries to do a... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by De Vlieger
1.0 out of 5 stars one for the 'ANORAKS';
'BO SELECTA' fans appear to be, in the main, geeky, nerdy types who repeat the banal catchphrases from the show ad-nauseum, without adding anything original of their own. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by R. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars cretinous claptrap, vaccuous and vomit-inducing.
the 'talents' lurking and skulking behind this snide, obnoxious 'work' are exploitative charlatans who milk the most vulnerable, braindead, unthinking elements in society today:... Read more
Published on 22 April 2008 by R. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars DUH! REJECTA!
------more feeble pseudo-comedy from this painfully unfunny, criminally boring 'comedy' canon. Here, the usual unsatisfactory mix of rambling, unconnected sketches hosted by the... Read more
Published on 6 April 2008 by R. Smith
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