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  • Actors: Lenny Henry, Caroline Lee-Johnson, Roger Griffiths, Elizabeth Bennett, Erkan Mustafa
  • Directors: John Birkin
  • Producers: Charlie Hanson, Beverly Randall
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009HBN7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Complete first series of the television comedy starring Lenny Henry as Gareth Blackstock, the volatile chef of the Chateau Anglais restaurant. In this series, Gareth has to deal with his budget being cut by management, and decides to raise the restaurant's profile by appearing in the local press. Episodes are: 'Personnel'; 'Beyond the Pass'; 'Subject to Contract'; 'The Big Cheese'; 'Fame is the Spur' and 'Rice and Peas'.

Synopsis

Introducing Gareth "I don't do reasonable" Blackstock (Lenny Henry), the two-Michelin-starred chef/slavedriver of Le Chateau Anglais. Woe betide anyone who gets in the way of his pursuit of gastronomic perfection. This DVD includes every episode from series one: "Personnel", "Beyond the Pass", "Subject to Contract", "The Big Cheese", "Fame is the Spur" and "Rice and Peas".

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2006
Format: DVD
I was delighted to see that the Beeb had finally released this vastly-underrated series (possibly Lenny Henry's best work) on DVD. However, there is one serious problem with this transfer of it. The episode "The Big Cheese" has been seriously edited, to the extent that there is a good 5-6 minutes chopped out of the middle. There is a very obvious edit point, and the episode makes no sense thereafter, as characters are referring to events that happened during the deleted section. It utterly ruins the episode for me. To add insult to injury, in the episode select menu there is even a still from the deleted scene... (For those who remember the series, the deleted scenes are those where Gareth leaves the Chateau in an attempt to purchase Stilton from a farmer and gets entangled with the police).

I've also bought (but not yet watched) series 2, and the running time on that is quoted as 170 minutes for 6 30 minute episodes, so I fear something on that disc has been butchered as well.

It's an excellent comedy - it deserves better treatment than this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. K. THORPE on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
GREAT to have this on DVD at last!
This series starring Lenny Henry never seemed to get the respect that it deserved when it was originally shown. It certainly wasn't destined to become a true classic like "The Office", "Fawlty Towers", "Men Behaving Badly" or "Blackadder" - but the writing and performances were never short of excellent.
Somehow Lenny Henry managed to present two sides to his culinary creation Gareth Blackstock - someone who was always angry in the restaurant kitchen (which he owned with his wife Janice), yet vulnerable at home in their beloved cottage.
The characters and situations are beautifully observed, and one of my favourite moments is when Everton loses the plaster from his finger 'somewhere' in the day's freshly prepared food...cue frantic mashing of the ravioli etc. to locate this unhygenic item!! Gareth's reactions to this (and every other minute that tries his patience) are fantastic to watch unfold, and this was the first time that I realised how good an actor Lenny Henry had become.
Series 2 and 3 lost the sparkle of this one somewhere along the way, but do yourself a favour...at least pick up Series 1 which has the best episodes. Crack open a bottle and put your feet up - this is a great way to relax!! Thanks Lenny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Edwards on 20 April 2007
Format: DVD
I'm so pleased Series 1 of Chef is back. I remember it being a superb comedy series (Lenny's finest hour in my view) with an orginal concept, a nice satire on the celebrity chef scene (which seems even more appropriate now, given the recent Hell's Kitchen), very funny supporting characters, great set-pieces, intelligently written, superb 'Yes Minister' witticisms, and a central character you love despite his tough exterior at work and then his weakness once at home. I'm sorry to hear some of the Big Cheese scenes have been chopped - that episode is a personal favourite (thankfully I'm certain the retail VHS version of the show at the back of my bookcase has it intact). The 2nd series wasn't quite as strong for me (but still good), as I missed some of the original kitchen cast, although the introduction of the drunken 'French' chef was a compensating plus point. Don't even bother with Series 3 in my view, when they just seemed to lose the entire plot when it came to writing, dreadful new characters and the separation/hotel loss storyline. If you like your comedy a bit more sophisticated and well-thought out, you'll find this show (Series 1 & 2 at least) a missing BBC comedy gem that deserves to be mentioned much more in retrospective 'Top 100 comedies' type shows on C4/5 than some of the dross you get these days. Enjoy!
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Format: DVD
It has been said in other reviews, the series are still great yet these releases have their problems.

It's great to see Lenny Henry again in his very enjoyable role as really bad tempered yet genious chef trying to keep his restaurant afloat. Although the humour didn't quite stay at the high level of the start of the series, it's still a must-see for the fans of British humour. And at this price, it's truly a bargain!

The biggest problem, and it's truly a big one, is the fact that scenes are cut from the episodes, ruining one particular episode completely and utterly by removing whole minutes without any explanation or reason. It's sad because these older series are not that likely to get reruns on television any time soon and at this price, they would make great gifts for those that have not yet seen it.

I still give it three stars, yet basically only for the memory of the series, not really for this release of it.
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