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Early Doors - Series 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, John Henshaw, Mark Benton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ART9VE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The welcome return of the gentle, critically acclaimed comedy set entirely in The Grapes, a small pub in the North of England. Into this warm, slightly hopeless environment come a group of lovable characters who like a pint, but more than that, like each other. Lads Joe and Duffy command centre table and most of the conversation, largely at the expenses of landlord Ken's less acute regulars, such as Eddie, for whom a change in the town's traffic flow can become a preoccupation. Meanwhile, Ken's preoccupation is how his stepdaughter Melanie will respond to having met her real dad, while local policemen Nige and Phil show their concern over the level of crime in the neighbourhood by listening to police radio in the comfort of Ken's snug. Overhearing their conversations and reliving the events in each of their lives is both moving and amusing.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David G Roberts on 12 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Being a Manc now living in the States I had to wait for the DVD to come out. I sat through all six episodes in one sitting. The first series just shades it for me but this is still true northern comedic genius with some genuinely moving moments.
Tommy steal this series for me with some classic lines and I won't spoil the surprise as to where he spends his time during Mels 21st!
Eddie and Joan contiue to delight as does Ken's Mum Jean. Winnie has a lot bigger role in the series and really does have her finger on the pulse.
Check out Disco Joe's Crazy Disco in the last episode. Brilliant.
I strongly recomend this DVD for the perfect dose of northern homour. I'll be watching this time and time again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Red Rob on 12 Mar 2007
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It's a sitcom. It's set entirely in a northern pub (in Manchester, I think). It revolves around the customers and staff who exist in a twilight world that many people know little of. And it's superb!

Mixing working class humour and moments of genuine pathos, the most obvious comedy to compare Early Doors with is 'The Royle Family' which is unsurprising as they share one of the same writers (Craig Cash).

A great cast and great writing make Early Doors an absolute gem of a comedy that I'm certain most people would fall in love with (if the Beeb showed it on BBC1 in a proper and regular timeslot). Buy this and you'll soon be shouting catchphrases such as 'No thanks. I'll stay on me own' without any embarassment whatsoever.

Buy both series and you'll be weeping (with laughter) at the untimely demise of Joan's mother's tortoise (JOAN: 'Don't be like that, Tommy. He was like one of the family' TOMMY: 'I can see the resemblance'). You'll be on the edge of your seat as the drama of Jean's missing bag of Maltesers unfolds. You'll feel Joe's pain as he reveals his marriage is in trouble after inadvertently going for a slash in his wife's wardrobe. You'll share the distress when it is revealed that the saucy double act 'Twin Cheeks' aren't really sisters after all. And your eyes will glaze over as Eddie reveals yet more details about the temporary traffic lights.

If you like your jokes to be clearly signposted for you (My Family, Two Pints Of Lager, etc.) as well as corny and unfunny (My Family, Two Pints Of Lager, etc.) then you may not 'get' Early Doors. For those of you with a proper sense of humour, however, I strongly recommend you buy both series of this tremendous comedy.

To the regiment! I wish I was there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Oliver on 26 Sep 2008
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Early Doors is a great little gem. From the title music (by Roddy Frame off the great "Surf" album), to the regulars of the Grapes, this is comedy with a heart and with some fantastic performances.

From the "old school" coppers to the resident lothario, these are characters that you could imagine drinking with, if only you had a local like the Grapes. If you don't - well, never mind, slam on the DVD, pour yourself a beer and lose yourself for an episode.

Top stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. White on 18 Sep 2009
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I bought this box set having watched series 1. The second series is even better than the first! The writers have hit a home run, every character you feel involved and have a connection with. Every character is improved on from the first series. My only complaint is its too damn short! A must see if you like good proper, well written, clever comedy. A definate if you're a northerner!
"Do you like the Circus?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Stocker on 25 Aug 2013
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Some people will love this series, and others will not. Simple as that.
Personally, I found it to be a classic piece of typical Craig Cash/ Joe Mealy craftsmanship.
Taking simple characters, in a simple situation, they have created a work of terrific humour, pathos and insight into human emotions. Within the space of two episodes, I felt that I knew the characters personally and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Having watched both series a couple of times, I now really miss those characters, and find it hard to come to terms with the fact that another series is very unlikely.
The cast speaks for itself and obviously helps to make this series an absolute classic of northern humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adamall on 21 Dec 2012
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absolutely brilliant! if you dont laugh watching early doors then there is something wrong with you! cracking cult classic, written by the guy who wrote the Royale Family.
it will be the best part of £5 you will ever spend on having a great laugh. very good characters, great screenplay.

just buy it people!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaska on 8 Sep 2012
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Amusing yet touching; an insight into real life characters. It was nice to watch a classic BBC production on our tv once more! Very funny, with a strong cast. Well worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J9 on 21 Jun 2010
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As many of the reviewers have said, Early Doors rates amongst one of the best sitcoms of all time. It is funny yet has poignant moments (I much prefer it to the Royal Family). At the end of the day, despite all the idiosyncracies, there is real friendship here amongst all the characters. I almost want to die laughing when Jean gets out her inhaler every time she is 'found out' or her plans are scuppered. It is something you can watch again and again, like the comedies of old such as Dads Army, Steptoe and Only Fools. Craig Cash is a genuis!
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