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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Chancellor, Peter Capaldi, Sheila Hancock
  • Directors: Hugh Laurie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VSQP0O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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How do you know if you are having a midlife crisis? Is it when you suspect your wife is having an affair and you are worried that you are not? Is it the fact that she no longer wants to have sex whilst your children cannot stop talking about it? Or is it when you start to hear the unspoken thoughts in other people's heads? Originally broadcast on ITV, this unique take on middle age life will be released in March 2012 due to popular demand. With a host of British stars including Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sheila Hancock and Anna Chancellor, this is a chance for old fans to at last own the series and a new audience to discover their favourite British talent in an original show. Laurie's first TV drama after Jeeves and Wooster, Fortysomething revolves around GP Paul Slippery (Laurie) and his bored head hunter wife Estelle (Anna Chancellor). Their sex obsessed sons run riot while Estelle has to deal with eccentric Dr Ronnie Pilfrey (Peter Capaldi) who immediately becomes infatuated with her. The six part show was originally aired in 2003 and now has a cult fan base. Starring Hugh Laurie (House) and a young Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Strauss on 24 May 2010
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This is an absolute gem of a series that seemed to just be forgotten in the UK. It just makes you smile - alot. The casting is top rate and the antics of Hugh Lauries sons cause a great deal of wicked enjoyment. Edwyn, in particular, played by Joe Van Moyland, is a star turn. The always wonderful Peter Capaldi plays a totally mad character which has to be seen to be believed. Quite why this dvd isnt available in the UK I dont know, but its about time it was! Highly recommend watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amy on 5 April 2012
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I bought this DVD after watching Joe Van Moyland in The Tudors. He is absolutely fantastic as Edwin. He is my favourite character. The scenes with him and Hugh Laurie as his father are great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By beth on 22 April 2012
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Its just so funny. The acting is brilliant, the plot is good and there are just little things that make it great. I'm also rather a fan of Jeeves and Wooster as Steven Fry does makes appearance!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.dale on 27 Nov. 2013
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I bought this DVD for one reason and that was because Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as one of the sons (the eldest of 3) and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes he did with great acting. Sadly he was hardly in it as the other 2 sons to me seemed to of been given bigger roles in the show. Of course the show is mainly based on the Father not remembering when he and his wife last had sex and her being all coy about it. If Benedict hadn't of been in this show then I would've only given it maybe 3 stars as I found it quite boring and at times very unbelievable. If your a big fan of Hugh though then you will love it as he is after all the main character and a great actor and the chicken scenes are for me the best of the lot. This was the only time I had a good giggle.
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Unbearable domestic schmaltz disguised as otherworldly farce. Each episode begins with the 40+-year-old Paul Slippery waking up in bed with a voice-over saying that Paul is desperate for sex. So right away you know what the series is aiming for. In the meantime Paul leers at his two sons' girlfriends (who happen to be sisters, and who have sex with each of the sons early on, and who give the impression that they'd be keen to sleep with the dad), his medical colleague Surinder (Paul is a doctor) who often leers back, and the girlfriend of an old friend who dies while making love to her, who also leers back (but in an absent-minded way). Paul leers plenty at his wife Estelle, but she's never interested, preferring to focus on her new job with a high-powered lesbian, which Paul makes much of. Meanwhile Paul's and Estelle's third son, who is a teenager, is always home from school (which Paul and Estelle only occasionally comment on) ordering fridges, sex toys, and aphrodisiacs. Everyone's in a mid-life or identity crisis of some sort (except for perhaps the lesbian) and it's all rather boring, in spite of the creators' best efforts to make this mundane drama (which feels very much of its time, which was 2003) like Alice in Wonderland. It was missing something or I was missing something. Either way it was only six episodes. At least now it's over. And I can go back to re-watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster: you know, the ones with staying power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By froofroo on 3 Jan. 2013
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This set of sitcom programs was interesting to watch but not very memorable. Worth a look if you like Hugh Laurie or a young Benedict Cumberbatch.
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By Annie on 19 Mar. 2015
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Hard to believe that the very talented Hugh Laurie had anything to do with this trite domestic sitcom in which the younger members of the family hop in and out of bed swapping partners, and Hugh, in the rôle of Paul the doctor, is constantly trying to re-establish his sex life with his wife. It all seems very dated now, and in 'square screen' format of course. Anna Chancellor as the wife is the only saving grace, along with the fact that there is no background audience laughter. I snorted a couple of times, but found myself fast-forwarding predictable scenes. In fact the individual episodes seem to go on too long, at perhaps an hour each. Another one for the charity sack, I'm afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona McGeachie Gallot on 28 Mar. 2013
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I'm a big Hugh Laurie fan and this didn't disappoint. The scene in the fishmongers with Stephen Fry in the second episode is absolutely hysterical. Shame there was never a second series...
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