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Britain By Jove [DVD]


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Product details

  • Actors: Roddy Maude-Roxby
  • Directors: Mike Hodges, Denis Postle
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003USBCQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Britain By Jove collects together all 4 episodes of the famous comedy travelogue produced by
British Pathe in the 1960s to promote holidays in Great Britain. The shows were presented by much
loved ventriloquist Ray Alan and his celebrated companion Lord Charles and filmed in full colour.
Lord Charles sets the tone with a rousing patriotic speech that "We are living in a touring
paradise " before embarking on a whistlestop tour of the whole country - England, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland - with his erstwhile chauffeur Cavendish played by Roddy Maude-Roxby.
Lord Charles casts his beady eye over and passes his inimitable comments on places such as :-
Cambridge, Newmarket, Norfolk Broads, Burnham Thorpe, Chatsworth House, North Yorkshire
Moors, Robin Hood's Bay, Newcastle, Inverness, Edinburgh, the Highlands (Lochs, Whiskey Distillery,
Birdwatching, Angling and Golfing), Antrim and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, The Giant's
Causeway, The English Lakes, Tenby and Portmeirion in Wales, Stratford-on-Avon, Bath, Land's
End, Torquay, Boscastle, Mousehole, Plymouth Hoe, Lulworth Cove, London and The Thames
(Hampton Court, St.Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly, Hyde Park and The Tower Of
London), Oxford, Henley, Cliveden House, Windsor and The Isle Of Man.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mccluney on 14 Mar 2012
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Who would have thought that Ray Allen had such a flair for the surreal?

His noble chum Lord Charles and he travel all over the UK (including Northern Ireland, where according to the signposts, they appear to be in three counties simultaneously) with their highly literate, geographically omniscient and occasionally facetious chauffeur.

The images of their picturesque visits are actually culled from Pathés stock footage library and were rather dated even for the time when Britain By Jove was made, but of course that just makes the four episodes fascinating historical documents twice over.

Even though they are clearly cheap and cheerful it would be unfair to call Britain By Jove 'kitsch'; it might be better to say 'quaint' and enjoy it for the beautifully shot travelogue swaddled in some rather bizarre but jolly humour.

I think you'll like it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad on 29 July 2013
Really bad, I didn't like the quality or the content, not at all what I expected and gets on your nerves terribly, you have to watch it to see why. Not recommended though!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smiler on 21 Sep 2013
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This is the most annoying and irritating tourism dvd I have ever seen. It takes some interesting British tourist information which would be acceptable if it were not constantly interrupted by a wooden puppet and his ventriloquist every minute or so. Actually it is hard to tell which is which, as the humour is rubbish and what Ray Alan is saying is totally a waste of film. To compound the insult to our intelligence they have used really good Northern Ireland tourist board footage which I am very familiar with and have totally destroyed it. I am so saddened to see this as the only reason I bought this trash was for what I thought would be new clips of the UK. It is no wonder that our tourist industry has had a bad time if this footage has been shown in the past with Lord Charles etc. interupting with badly written and inappropriate dialogue. A total waste of money.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By myopic_granny on 18 Sep 2012
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Well it didn't suit us. We were expecting reviews of Britain, but alas it was more like extolling the virtues of Lord Charles. It's probably great for Charles fans, however - if any are still around.
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