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  • Actors: Simon Callow, Brenda Blethyn
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: 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: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003826E3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All three series of the classic eighties sitcom, starring national treasures Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral) and Academy Award winner Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies), now available in one set for the very first time!

Join life-long victim of improbable coincidence, Tom Chance and his long-suffering girlfriend Alison, on a string of hilarious misadventures as he is immersed in incidents that are a million to one chance for most, but a matter of course for him. Tom takes it all on the chin, oblivious to much of the chaos surrounding him!

A comedic gem from the creators of The Brittas Empire, Andrew Norriss and Richard Fegen.

Contains all 18 episodes of the classic comedy series!

Special Features:
Commentaries From Simon Callow & Writers Andrew Norris And Richard Fegen
Original Script For The Wedding
Photo Galleries

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Made in the 80s and one of Channel 4's earliest great shows, this sitcom stands up well today. Its premise is simple and yet brilliant. Tom Chance is an eccentric and well-meaning man with an affliction that odd things happen to him. If there's a one in a million chance of something happening, it'll happen to him... every time. By chance, of course, while on a blind date he meets timid and painfully shy librarian Allison. She falls for him despite him being a walking disaster. But he's oblivious to her affection and so the path of true love never runs smooth.

The series is often surreal without being silly, and it cleverly turns on its head the way that sitcoms often rely on bizarre co-incidences by going one step further and basing the whole story around bizarre happenings. The best thing about the show is the leads. Simon Callow's Chance is a classic comedy character and he delivers an unusual and appealing performance, being upbeat no matter how bad things get and always being ready to drink a pint in one then gasp out his next line. Brenda Blethyn has never been better, her odd vocal delivery perfectly defining Allison's character.

The show ran for three series, that being the perfect length of time that avoids the format running out of steam, but the first two series were the best. If you haven't seen this before, it's worth taking the risk and buying it. There's only a one in a million chance you won't like it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S Maslin on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
Simon Callow put it very well on the DVD insert:
"Funny, original, innocent, even rather romantic. It was like nothing else I had ever seen in a situation comedy."

It feels odd to give five stars to something that so often falls below the mark. It's just that when 'Chance in a Million' gets it right, it really, really gets it right. Straddling the boundary between traditional British sitcom on the one hand and bizarre and ground-breaking on the other, it manages to cram in more ideas in one 30 minute episode than most sitcoms manage in a whole series. Aside from the constant infusion of unlikely scenarios, 'Chance in a Million' scores by its casting 'proper' actors in the leads, rather than the more obvious choice of known comedians. Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn are, quite simply, perfect.

Series Two is the pick of them, especially its last four stories, though as a job lot, it's all worth it. The sheer audacity is a joy throughout, even when it's more light drama than out and out comedy, and there are so many truly wonderful moments, it's hard not to watch the whole nine hours in one go.

One to treasure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muzikat on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I heard of the series "Chance In A Million" being made available on DVD for the first time I was filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand I had marvellous memories of seeing these sitcoms when they were first aired way back in the '80s and looked forward to reliving the (as I remembered) hilarious misadventures of the hapless Tom Chance; on the other hand I was apprehensive that the humour and situations might not be as good as I remembered them - that they might have dated and now be a little embarassing even. Well I needn't have worried. As soon as I put the first (of three) disc into the player and heard that oh-so familiar theme tune, I knew all was well. The very first episode quickly establishes the character of the two lead stars - Tom (Simon Callow), all bluster, exagerated movements, curious clipped dialogue and the ability to down a pint of lager in seconds flat, and Alison (Brenda Blethyn), timid but plucky librarian, who takes an instant liking to Tom and sticks with him despite the bizarre situations that develope around him.

The writing, timing and acting are superb and the clever coincidental plots are genuinely hilarious - although ludicrous when viewed out of context, the individual disasters of each episode appear to be nonsensical, but by the end of each half hour, we see the logic behind the events and somehow they make perfect sense. All in all these eighteen half hour sitcoms are amongst the best ever TV comedy shows. The characters are so likable that we forgive them anything and root for their blossoming relationship to succeed against insuperable odds.

I would advise anybody who feels, like me, that many modern sitcoms are neither very original or even funny, to buy this DVD set, sit back and see how it should be done.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MissMarj on 7 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
I remember my parents being mad about this series when I was young and we had a few episodes on video that got watched again and again and again. When I saw it was coming out on DVD I couldn't resist buying it but was worried it wouldn't be as good as I remembered. It wasn't, it was so much better. I've only watched series 1 so far but had never seen any of those episodes. Seeing how Alison and Tom ended up together was lovely, and somehow very believable. I'm also looking forward to seeing the episodes we had on video again as well because I know I can watch them over and over and still laugh. This is a delightful series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novaehollandiae on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's wonderful to have the entire series of Chance in a Million finally available on dvd. For those who missed it the first time on tv (through chance or accident of birth) the series hasn't aged, it's still funny and accessible. And for fans of Brenda Blethyn, Simon Callow, and British comedy, the program is a delight, twiddling your funny bone till it hurts. Also, any librarians out there named Alison - this is a must see! Plays with the stereotype of the stiff'n'shy librarian with No SOH and an anti-sex attitude. If you get a chance - watch it!
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