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End of Part One - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Denise Coffey, Tony Aitkens, Fred Harris, Sue Holderness, David Simeon
  • Directors: Geoffrey Sax
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H4K1VO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,088 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Bringing the Pythonesque humour of cult Radio 4 series The Burkiss Way to television, this surreal, satirical soap opera/sketch show was the first TV series from multi-award-winning screenwriters Andrew Marshall and David Renwick - one of the most successful writing teams of the last 30 years whose combined credits include Whoops Apocalypse, Jonathan Creek, One Foot in the Grave and Hot Metal, among many others.

Series One centres on Vera and Norman Straightman, a couple whose efforts to live a quiet life are constantly shattered by the unwelcome intrusions of guests from the world of television, while Series Two's combination of short, sharp sketches and inspired, mildly deranged slapstick prefigured Not the Nine o' Clock News, to which the writers would contribute; both afford ample opportunity to parody the style and content of late '70s television (continuity announcements and adverts included). This set presents both series, complete and uncut, for the very first time.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Der-Da-Da on 4 July 2012
Format: DVD
I have died and gone to heaven, having heard about the release of this series after so many years... It is quite unfair that it has languished in obscurity all this time. Now everyone will be able to enjoy pitch-perfect p***-takes of Party Political Broadcasts (Pratty Political?) ITV gameshows, BBC election coverage, World of Sport, Nationwide, Mind Your Language, The Generation Game, Doctor Who, Barry Norman's Hollywood Greats, Weekend World, Hawaii Five-O (known as Stiff Actors Five-O!) and even the Royal Family, envisaged as a M*A*S*H-style sitcom with a violent Queen Elizabeth who beats up her guests! The cast is uniformly excellent and it seems unfair to pick out a favourite from among the ensemble, though I cannot help but commend David Simeon for his superb impersonations of Enoch Powell, Donald Sinden, David Frost and Brian Walden, also Denise Coffey for her quite literally astonishing performance as Sir Robin Day during a live Holocaust Update on World War Three night. At the time, writers Marshall and Renwick fashioned topical references that were savagely well-observed, and it is inevitable that these have faded; to anyone below the age of forty they will probably seem meaningless. But each episode contains at least one great sequence and a handful of genuine comic delights. To have the complete series packaged so handsomely is terrific news, and I believe well worth the asking price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean on 25 Mar 2013
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It is often the case when watching a t.v. show you haven't seen since you were a child that the reality won't match the expectation. Either the sets look awful, or the politics and attitudes are from another time, or it just isn't funny.

My memory of End of Part One was that of a main stream show that edged towards anarchy, a daytime comedy that wasn't a kids show. The older I've got the more I remember it as a link between Monty Python and Alexei Sayle, a schoolboy introduction to alternative comedy, as the title of this review indicates.

By and large that is what you get. Written by Renwick and Marshall (co writers of The Burkiss Way and Alexei Sayle's Stuff - see there is a connection) the humour is a mix of innuendo, experimentation and satire. Jokes at the expense of Enoch Powell, religion, nuclear war and Thatcher are mixed in with Sue Holderness in a corset and the traditional men in dresses.

There are a couple of jokes that remind you that race/sex/gay rights were still had a long way to go but in general the sketches take the mickey of those who are racist/sexist/homophobic. This is not the worse excesses of Milligan but rather closer to the miss-hits The Young Ones would occasionally make.

The second series is better than the first, there are a couple of bits that clunk rather than hit, and the lack of extras is disappointing but not unexpected. That being said though, in general this DVD far exceeded my expectations and hasn't ruined my memories. I still think EOPO is one of the most underrated sketch shows there's ever been.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. George L. Sik on 3 Feb 2013
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Like my fellow reviewers, I can't praise this long-overdue release enough. I was in my mid teens when it was on television and, even then, I think I knew that this was something special. In many ways, it's the TV version of radio's The Burkiss Way, also by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, who went on to pen such classics as Hot metal and Whoops Apocalypse. Renwick went on to greater fame still with One Foot in the Grave and Jonathan Creek.

It shares the intelligence of Monty Python and Not the Nine O'Clock News but has greater focus and 'edge' than either, coupled with a ruthless determination to bite the hand that feeds it: its contempt for the excesses and limitations of television at the time make it perhaps the granddaddy of Brasseye, the programmes of Armando Iannucci and the twisted world of Charlie Brooker.

The first series is loosely based on a Coronation Street-like soap called End of Part One, which was maybe needed to sell the concept to London Weekend Television in the first place, but you can sense that the writers began to find this constricting (by about Episode 2!) and started to break away from it into a format not unlike an Amicus Studios horror film: four or five sketches held together by a connecting plot thread which changes every episode. Just as The Burkiss Way soon dropped the self-help correspondence course framework, so Vera and Norman Straightman, stars of the 'End of Part One' soap, are quickly sidelined. In fact, for the second series, they are abandoned altogether...or are they?

To LWT's eternal shame, they put it out on Sunday afternoons in the 'kids' slot', something which a later episode doesn't fail to point out. It deserved better.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mendham on 14 Aug 2012
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When I first heard that End of Part One was going to be reissued, I didn't need to be told which company would be releasing it. Network DVD have established a well-deserved reputation for restoring obscure, half-forgotten cult shows to the limelight alongside more well-known material. What I really love about Network is that they're not just a corporation - they are US. They're a bunch of film and TV fans who remember all the great stuff that they used to see years ago and want to see again, the only difference being that they're in a position to try and do something about it. Long may they reign.
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