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Drop The Dead Donkey: The Writers' Choice [DVD] [1990]

Neil Pearson , Jeff Rawle    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson, Victoria Wicks
  • Writers: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N8CJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,593 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

'Drop the Dead Donkey' writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin have here selected six of their favourite episodes from the long-running satirical comedy series, none of which have previously been released on video. The episodes featured are: 'Sally's Viking'; 'Baseball'; 'Gus and the Grim Reaper'; 'Helen's Fake Boyfriend'; 'Damien's Virus'; and 'The Final Chapter'.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This dead donkey doesn't stink! 7 April 2009
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This is definitely one of those shows that you 'get' - or you don't 'get'! As far as I am concerned, it is one of the finest ever produced.

The show exhibits intelligent - even brilliant - exaggeration of the day to day running of a modern Television Newsroom. Of course, the whole thing would have fallen horribly 'flat', if a most accomplished cast hadn't have been assembled. As it is, a splendid cast performs outstandingly witty scripts, with the utmost professionalism and ability.

The humour is 'broad based' and ranges from highly intelligent wit, through the wide stretches of traditional humour to occasionally being rather crude. The point is, the language and situations are integral to the script and, as the result, blend in smoothly and without jarring the senses.

This is truly, in my opinion, one of the most humorous of comedies ever done on TV. It might not be right for the 'traditional maiden aunt' - or for the clods who can't put two words together intelligently BUT, for the wide stratum of literate and half-way educated people of the population, this show is a must!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Back in 1990s this series was a real breath of fresh air. With a sharp script from the pens of Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, 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 the great characterisation never dates.

Series 6 was a bit of a change, it had less topical humour and concentrated on the characters. The series was to be the last, and the writers took great care to wrap up each character's story and give them the send off they deserve. The final episode is a masterpiece.

All 31 episodes from the last three series are presented here on five discs.. There is an introduction to each episode for series 4 and 5, giving a quick topical background for each episode. There is a standard size DVD case for each series, collected into a card slipcase. (essentially it is the individual series releases gathered together into a single box). It's an excellent package, and a very welcome release for this comedy great.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless situations 30 Aug 2009
News stories that most of us can recollect plus a set of characters who are only just larger than life make for episodes that still raise a smile,and often make me laugh out loud.The script,which involves Andy Hamilton most of the time,is the star but Neil Pearson,Stephen Tomkinson,Robert Duncan and the rest of the cast bring the news office to life for each episode.
Sadly it all had to come to an end,but in a few months I'll be able to dip into the series again and find even more to it than before.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great production 7 Oct 2010
By R. C. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A comedy series about a British TV news broadcast station.

I remember watching this originally in the 90s and wondered if it would survive the test of time. It has. Great characters, sparkling humour and I've enjoyed it this time as much as when I first saw it.

Being so long after the event it obviously loses the impact of the quips relating to up to the minute happenings on the news, but this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment. Every character of Globelink's cast is differentiated and the humour is both punchy and sharp.

I still chuckle at Gus's 'management speak' which started to infiltrate the corporate language of the 90s, revealing it for the pretentious nonsense it really was! Not a weak link in this 'globe link' series!

As a bonus I never saw the final series as I had left UK by then. So looked forward to it with anticipation, and was not disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too eclectic - let's have it all! 2 Mar 2004
Living abroad and without access to Channel 4, it was over 10 years since I had seen Drop the Dead Donkey but I had fond memories. They had not been tempered by time; it is indeed a very funny programme. The six episodes and numerous other clips on this DVD are thoroughly enjoyable (although the sound quality is not 100%). I hope that this issue is successful enough to warrant a full release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories 15 Mar 2011
By klunked
I had forgotten how funny this was, and brings back memories of the news items at the time. Some parts are very very funny. Possibly not for anyone who is younger than the series though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a rather strange choice 30 Mar 2006
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
It is not uncommon for writers to disagree with their public about what is their best work, and this seems to have been the case here. This "Writers' Choice" is not what I (and other fans I have spoken to) would have picked for what is essentially meant as a "best of" set. How could it be, when The Christmas Party and The Awards Ceremony - probably the two best episodes ever - have been left out?
"Drop the Dead Donkey" was hysterically funny when first shown on TV although not all episodes have worn well with time. It was also a programme which - as is so often the case - came to life with the second season. That is where those coming to the series should start. They won't be disappointed; the probably will be hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a gift for my daughter. She absolutely loves it.
Published 1 month ago by Robyn Cain
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This was a gift as far as I know relative was happy with it and sure as it's a fab series
Published 3 months ago by stella Batten
4.0 out of 5 stars drop the dead donkey
still very funny twenty years on, some ot he performances show why many of the cast have gone on to further things, though not to the level you might expect
Published 3 months ago by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it right to the last DVD
Already got my hands on the first seasons 1 -3 which was pretty good so got this to complete the collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR H J C D Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comedy for anyone to watch
As masking comedy , I loved it when it was originally shown years ago, one of the finest satirical comedies ever written. Beats a lot of today's comedy by miles
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. J. Cliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this.
It was great to watch these classics again. Part of the original appeal was in how up to the minute the news stories were. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pat Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Satire with style
I first saw Neil Pearson and Stephen Tomkinson perform on this series and I became an instant fan. Well worth watching
Published 9 months ago by A. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff
Although over twenty years old, these programmes are uncannily up-to-date. Just shows nothing changes except the fashions.

Really worth watching. Read more
Published 15 months ago by N. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Only way to watch this series, is to watch in order to get the full experience- Joy and Henry as usual steal the show-hours of fun
Published 17 months ago by Mike32
5.0 out of 5 stars drop the dead donkey
drop the dead donkey, what an awesome series. I first watched these when they came out in the nineties., and thought they were brilliant. Read more
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