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Fortysomething [DVD]

Hugh Laurie , Benedict Cumberbatch , Hugh Laurie    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VSQP0O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,665 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 24 May 2010
By Strauss
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Joe Van Moyland 5 April 2012
By amy
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!! 22 April 2012
By beth
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why only Region 1 ???! 4 Jun 2009
By Mouse
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I loved this when it was on the box a long time ago and have been waiting for the chance to see it again. Maybe it's because I was forty-something myself when I saw it but it seemed to be directly relevant to my own issues and I loved the characters. It had an underlying sensitive and serious account of relationships at this stage of life, but a top layer of highly entertaining humour. There was one scene in particular in a shop where Hugh Laurie pretends to be speaking Swedish (or something - it was a long time ago) to Stephen Fry which had me in stitches. There were many laugh-out loud moments, combined with satisfying character development and moments of poignancy. It was before Hugh Laurie was thought of as sexy and as a charismatic character actor, but it's all there in this series. The other performances were just as effective, and I remember Anna Chancellor in particular. Please, please, please release it on our format so we can have it too. Update 2012: I'm happy it's now out in European format and the shop scene is as hilarious now as it was then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are for Benedict Cumberbatch. 27 Nov 2013
By T.dale
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting TV drama 28 May 2013
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I bought it as I 'd love to watch every performances of Benedict. However, it's unexpectedly funny , which makes me laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly offbeat. Very funny 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this series, although it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be.
Published 7 days ago by Desiree Goodchild
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Not funny at all despite the top casting. Could only watch the first hour. Not surprising that the complete series was only 6 episodes long.
Published 22 days ago by H. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I originally bought this for the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is in it, however I have found it to be one of the most entertaining this I have seen in a long time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marianne GŁnther Olsen
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
Very strange. Good cast - particularly, of course, Laurie and Cumberbatch - but the jokes are predictable, the storyline bizarre (Laurie's character starts hearing voices, a minor... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caitlin Lammin
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly dissapointing
We bought this because of the two star actors. We have only the first episode but it failed to impress due to pathetic script writing
Published 3 months ago by jersmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I really enjoyed this. It's very funny and Benedict Cumberbatch is really brilliant in it. Very glad I brought it
Published 5 months ago by Clare Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I loved this miniseries. It is incredibly funny and so so real ... It has a cast of wonderfully picked people ... Highly recommended!!!
Published 5 months ago by Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I started watching this series, mainly because of Benedict Cumberbatch, but after watching 4 episodes so far, I am in love with the entire cast! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I love love love this series - hugh laurie is at his british best, funny, charming and naked at one point too! Great cast, great story.
Published 16 months ago by dollywoodrocks
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