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  • Actors: Alan Davies, Lesley Sharp, Daniel Ryan, Penelope Wilton, Dave Hill
  • Directors: Joe Wright, Julian Farino
  • Writers: Russell T Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634BU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bob Gossage (Alan Davies) is a thirtysomething teacher who has been gay all his life. Now however he quite unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with a woman, Rose Cooper (Lesley Sharp). Various confusions and misunderstandings ensue, with Rose's heartbroken ex-boyfriend Andy (Daniel Ryan), Bob's jealous colleague Holly (Jessica Stevenson), and his gay-rights campaigning mother Monica (Penelope Wilton) all getting caught up in the mix.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DL Evans on 17 Aug. 2006
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Russell T Davies, currently at the height of his powers as head writer and producer of Doctor Who, is enjoying wide-spread acclaim of late. This series doesn't seem to have become the massive success that his Queer as Folk, The Second Coming or even Dark Season attained however. Indeed, many who haven't seen it often dismiss it as "Jonathan Creek being gay on ITV". It's easy to see why - the series doesn't really add anything as new or immediately different as the hedonism of Folk or the apocalypse of Second Coming. But it is, in its own way, utterly brilliant.

Funny and charming, the story of a gay man who falls in love with a woman is beautifully acted and amazingly astute in its social observation (probably because it's very loosley based on the experiences of a gay friend of Davies'). The two leads are great, but the supporting cast (most notably Penelope Wilton as Bob's eccentric mother and Jessica Stevenson as his jealous best friend) are also extrordinary.

It's also shamelessly optimistic and uplifting, with some wonderful make-you-smile moments, aided by the lovely score. Its aim is to demonstrate how even the most ordinary, everyday scenario can yield the most wonderful things. In this it is an unqualified success - the final monologue makes you almost tearful it's so beautiful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 26 July 2005
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I can't rate this highly enough. I loved the show when it was on TV and still regularly watch the DVD.
Bob and Rose tells the story of a gay man and a stright woman who fall in love. However, they have to overcome their own problems, the prejudices and actions of their friends, and the feelings of their parents.
Every single actor in this was perfectly cast, all suited their roles brilliantly. They managed to make the sub-plots almost as enticing as the main one.
Even though I know how it ends, every time I watch it it's like I'm seeing it for the first time.
One of the best shows in recent years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Rodick TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2011
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I shouldn't really write this review. Bob and Rose is so close to me. A woman who fancies the socks off a man. They enjoy each other's chat. Without affectation. She searches to make contact with him. He is natural. She knows there is something. Something she had not thought possible. Warmth. She is slightly older. He is gay. Barriers are broken down. Friendship is the basis of everything. It's what I fantasize about. Even in my dreams. I shouldn't really write this review.

As well as the immaculate acting I noticed the director's name. Julian Farino directed episode four of Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]. Watching Bob and Rose the pace of the narrative is perfect. Shot by shot, close-up by close-up. The xylophone music like a character in the story. The casting is as natural as the landscapes of Manchester woven into the delicious script. A script that takes me inside of me. Not the gay stuff but the unity of Bob and Rose's unfolding relationship. My last review was for House Season 7 which could easily be subtitled 'An Anatomy of a Relationship.' Piece by piece, but somehow against the wind, Greg House and Lisa Cuddy try to get together. Russell T. Davies has written something far above their professional ills. Something natural in a mixed-up world where relationships are little more than convenient alliances. Something to talk about. Or worse.

It's a celebration of human diversity. Greed is embodied in the character of Rose's mum's new man; the James Bond loving Gadds. Sickly and eventually found-out. The happy ending is in-keeping with this drama's dive into the reality of living and not just working. Characters blossom. And bloom.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Austin on 2 May 2004
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This is one of the best TV shows i've ever seen in my life. The story of a gay man who falls in love with a straight woman is made better here by the utilisation of such actors as Alan Davies and Leslie Sharp. The two work together so well it's completely believable that they are a couple. The story charts the problems in their relationship as they struggle to make it together, and inevitably ends with some drama and suspense. Definitely one to watch, anything with Alan Davies rocks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew A. Channon on 21 April 2010
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Despite the many critical views of this show, I found it to be incerdibly well acted and at times very moving. It poses alot of questions regarding love, lust and sexuality. It's not the gender you fall in love with, it's the person. Excellent show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This series is one of the best I have ever seen on televison.
Lesley Sharp is beautiful and brilliant. Alan Davies is gorgeous and wonderful. Watch it, and you'll laugh, smile, cry, dream and wonder..........
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
I thought this was a brilliant programme! Over several weeks it left you guessing what happened and managed to build up a very believable love story between a gay man and a straight woman.
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By Sandgroper on 9 May 2011
Format: DVD
I didn't see this show first time around so it was handy to have it on dvd and to watch it almost in one go. I enjoyed it but was not convinced it was terribly realistic, particularly the cutsey ending. I couldn't see this relationship working out in reality, unless the couple got far far away from Canal St and the temptations of that area.

It was interesting to see Alan Davies play a very different character from his norms and he did come across reasonably convincingly. I think it was a bit stereotypical of both straight and gay people though. But I guess it was not intended to be subtle.

I never saw the show first time around so it was good to see it and watch it in almost one go.
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