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Chalk: Suzy Arrives [VHS] [1997]

David Bamber , Martin Ball    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bamber, Martin Ball, Amanda Boxer, Geraldine Fitzgerald, John Grillo
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first three episodes of Steven Moffat's school-based comedy series, centring around the exploits of Deputy Head Eric Slatt (David Bamber). In 'Suzy Arrives', the arrival of a new teacher coincides with the Headmaster (the late John Wells) going walkabout on the school roof. 'The Interview' sees Slatt attempting to impress his interview panel when the Headmaster smokes dope with the sixth form. In 'The Staff Meeting', a student makes a rooftop demonstration while the teachers are all locked in the staff room. Can Slatt's bladder hold out under the strain?

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 90`s BBC comedy at is best 24 Aug 2001
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Okay, at fist the idea seems dumb - How funny can a comedy about a school be?
The answer - Very,very,very funny
Ok it looses it around the middle of the second series , but I think the BBC should be applauded for 10 epsoades of class, rather then 2 filled with rubbish. Its a moot point anyway, since the second series hasn`t been released on video yet (and knowing the beeb, never will be)
In a way, Chalk reminds me of a modern day Fawlty Towers, with the same larger-then-life charcters who never seem to do anything majorley wrong, yet still get into the strangest situations, with Depuety head Eric Slatt getting into trouble as easily as John Cleese ever did.
If it wasn`t for `Coupling`, Chalk would rank as the best BBC comedy of the ninties, and if nothing else, beats watching those endless re-runs of Friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue for DVD release. 23 Nov 2010
This was a very funny series, but like a number of others it's somehow never found it's way onto DVD (Simon Nye's series "Beast" starring Alex Armstrong and Doon Machichan(sp) is another prime example). Given some of the dross that's out on DVD one wonders who makes these choices... 8-)

Set in a school, this series casts David Bamber as a manic deputy head trying in his own dysfunctional way to keep the school up to his somewhat strange repressed and outmoded standards. It has rightly been called "Fawlty Towers goes to school" but it also has enough invention of its own to make it more than a knock-off. Steven Moffat wrote it, prior to his Doctor Who involvement I think. Each episode is a sweaty palms ride with one disaster building on another, and not all of it is "on message" for our politically correct age, but for the most part it's all the better for that!

Replay video have released the first series on DVD now and you can buy it direct from them, but I'm surprised Amazon's not selling it by now?

Alan T
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic under-valued show 19 Dec 2008
Steven Moffat wrote Chalk between Joking Apart and Coupling. Two series were broadcast in 1997, and it is great that, eleven years later, the first is now available on DVD. The commentaries on all six episodes are interesting, but it is the 45-minute documentary that provides an informative watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all came flooding back 9 Feb 2012
I just watched this (again) on Youtube - having seen it when first transmitted.....brilliant acerbic comedy.......Mr Bamber is wonderful and the script is superb. This needs to be shown again on TV and put out on DVD.......First class
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