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Drop The Dead Donkey Box Set Series 1-3   [DVD]


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  • Actors: Susannah Doyle, Robert Duncan, Haydn Gwynne, Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle
  • Producers: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Format: 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: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5Z334
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,619 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First three series of the classic satirical comedy, set in the offices of the Globelink television news network, as oleaginous editor Gus Hedges (Robert Duncan) attempts to impose order on an alternately drunken, disorderly, or excessively committed workforce of journalists and self-obsessed bulletin presenters. Episodes from series one are: 'A New Dawn'; 'Sally's Arrival'; 'A Clash of Interests'; 'A Blast From the Past'; 'Old Father Time'; 'Special Branch Raid the Newsroom'; 'Stress Therapy'; 'The Root of All Evil'; 'Animal Rights'; and 'The Big Day'. Episodes from series two are: 'The Gulf Report'; 'The Trevorman Cometh'; 'Henry and Dido'; 'Baseball'; 'The Drunken Cabinet Minister'; 'Alex and the Interpreter'; 'Hoax'; 'Don't Mention the Arabs'; 'Damien Down and Out'; 'The Evangelist'; 'George's Daughter'; 'Dave's Day'; and 'The Christmas Party'. Episodes from series three are: 'In Place of Alex'; 'Sally's Accountant'; 'Henry's Lost Love'; 'Helen'll Fix It'; 'Sally's Libel'; 'Lady Merchant'; 'The New Newsreader'; 'Joy'; 'Paintball'; 'George and His Daughter'; and 'Awards'.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2010
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Back in 1990 this series was a real breath of fresh air. With a sharp script from the pens of Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamiton, it mixed great character comedy with sharp satire. The formula was a winner and comedy gold was struck.

Several things came together to make this a success from the off. A set of well formed characters were introduced in the first episode, each with their own neurosis and problems. There was just enough depth to the characters to stop them being mere caricatures, and due to the quality of the actors (most of whom are still well known faces on TV 20 years later) we really manage to believe in and become attached to the characters. The choice of setting, a TV newsroom, provided rich territory for the topical satire, and the gimmick of having topical jokes recorded and inserted just before transmission gave it a real edge.

Seeing this again so many years later, I am amazed and disturbed at how much of the topical humour is still relevant today. It has not dated at all, and there are plenty of cracks about the price of petrol the Middle East and faceless politicians. And the great characterisation never dates.

All 34 episodes from the first three series are presented here, along with the unaired pilot, interviews with cast and writers and introductions to each series from Hamilton and Jenkins. There is an introduction to each episode from Geoffrey McGivern, giving a quick topical background for each episode. There is a standard size DVD case for each series, collected into a card slipcase. It's an excellent package, and a very welcome release for this comedy great.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NEO on 16 Jan 2007
This series was one of the best comedys of the early 1990's and is still just as funny some ten years on. It centres around GlobeLink news which is one of the then new digital broadcasters of 24 hr news. The writing and acting from the brilliant cast is first rate and no politician was safe. From the last days of the Thatcher government to the dreary John Major all are sent up in this great comedy. There is Dave played by Neil Pearson who is the office ladies man and will bed and bet anything that moves. There's Damian Day who's the fearless reporter , but he will do anything to get the story including setting the whole situation up !. Not forgetting Globelink Boss Guss Hedges who sucks up to the Globelink owner Sir Royston Merchant. Sir Royston is modelled after Rupert Murdoch to great effect, but is never seen on the series. All in all this is a great series and the Dvd has extras included such as interviews with the writers and stars of the show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aftonfarout on 12 Jan 2011
This series began in 1990 and is a winner from start to finish. They are 1/2 hour episodes of one the best comedies ever, about Globelink News. The casting is brilliant and the humour sharp as it gets. Think the satirical side of TW3 set in a news office and the news of the day gets a somewhat different outlook. When it was on our screens originally, the storyline concerned news items from only a few days or less beforehand, proving how quickly the whole episode was rehearsed and prepared for broadcast. No event, political party or politician was safe. This package has the first 3 series as well as interviews and extras. Great stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Snowball on 31 Jan 2011
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A brilliant show with a fantastic cast playing a great bunch of characters.
I watched this show without fail back in the nineties and could relate each character to somebody I worked with even in a factory lol.
George, the hypochondriac editor with a failing marriage and unhinged daughter.
Alex/Helen, the sub editors who try in vain to bring a touch of sanity to the office but more often get sucked into the madness.
Damien, the sensationalist reporter and the lengths he will got to (usually in bad taste) to get a dramatic picture and story.
Dave the the womanizing, gambling, video editor who is always running a book on something or selling video compilations of peoples cock-ups on tv.
Gus the chief exec with his annoying dynamic talk that was fast becoming the way in the 90's, "lets pop this in your mental microwave and see if it goes ping". In one show he was referred to as Captain B*****ks,
Henry the hard drinking, toupee wearing, seasoned reporter turned news reader with a liking for women young enough to be his granddaughters
Sally the the news reader, brought in to boost the ratings but shows a severe lack of knowledge in general and in current affairs particularly. An obnoxious, small minded self obsessed woman who is hated by them all.
Joy the psychotic PA feared by them all and not afraid to say what she thinks.

The show and the characters were brilliantly written around current affairs which were at the time giving us stories in the news that you just couldn't make up.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martijn W. on 25 Oct 2010
Broadcast-quality being what it was when the series was recorded, this won't do your new TV justice. It's in 3:4 width and decidedly grainy. Never mind, chances are you aren't revisiting DTDD for the cinematic experience. There are some extra bits and bobs (chats with the writers and some cast members) and a never seen before pilot that seems to make the actors cringe but that is exactly as good as the rest of the shows. At the start of each episode you are given some pointers to explain some of the jokes, but this is not something you can really enjoy if you weren't around when it was first aired. If you were and need a fix of intelligent, witty comedy and some really strong characters, it's a must buy for any comedy collector.

(I would also recommend the audio series Old Harry's Game, written by Andy Hamilton and starring Robert Duncan.)
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