For those of us who remember The Eric Sykes Show on TV in the late 60s, where his “sister” Hattie Jacques accompanied him, this video is a true blast from the past. Eric’s mastery of understatement is still a joy. He doesn’t need to shout, swear, use crude allusions or any other more modern comic props to ensnare his audience. The Eric Sykes Show usually took a simple situation and then exploited it, exploring every possible, and many impossible outcomes. Often these shows were sheer gems of delight and this video manages to capture the range of humour and unexpectedness I had all but forgotten. The video, which is a mixture of colour and black-and-white segments from past shows is held together by a typical Sykes storyline: a presentation from the Boss. Which is the best bit; no single gem outshines the rest, but I admit to having special pleasure watching the actors, especially those in the background, laughing along, ever so discretely. The video captures the pure delight the comedians themselves have in bringing to life their delicious story lines. Possibly the most memorable part is a brief interview with Eric, who must be in his late 70s, commenting on the pure chance of his first comedy job after the war. Thank goodness he got a start, so that we can enjoy the fruits of his efforts.