On the DVD: presented in standard 14:9 format with stereo soundtrack, this disk simply gives you the first series of Gimme Gimme Gimme exactly as it appeared on television. So the picture and sound quality are fine. Just select your favourite episode from the index and laugh away. The lack of extras is disappointing. There must be some great outtakes, which would have added a bit of value; so would biographies of the stars and writer Jonathan Harvey, who has become one of the UK's best young playwrights. --Piers Ford
Soundtrack - English Stereo
14:9 screen ratio
Regions 2 and 4
At first glance, Gimme Gimme Gimme seems like a series of half-hour Carry On episodes, but the vulgarity is upped by 70%. Double entendres aplently, but mixed with drug-taking, swearing and clever sexually explicit dialogue. The episodes are also very intelligent, the openly pro-homosexual, anti-racist content so acceptable I've heard sixteen year old males sing its praises without embarrassment. You must buy this. You must buy this now. The Jerry Springer take-off where Tom and Linda have a physical fight, and then both try to seduce the bouncer who attempts to split them up is worth the admission price alone. Shame about the extras, but there'll probably be outtakes and stuff on the Christmas special DVD. Maybe.
LINDA: It's more confusing than Hansel and Gretal.
TOM: Hansel and Gretal isn't confusing.
LINDA: Well when did you last stay in a house you could eat?! IT TWISTS CHILDREN'S MINDS, THAT DOES!!
'Who's That Boy?' is a marvellous introduction and very good at establishing the characters. 'The Big Break' sees Tom in with a chance at getting a part in a CRIMEWATCH reconstruction, and is also very funny. 'Legs and Co.' is hilarious, and that's all I'm saying. 'Do They Take Sugar?' is another classic episode featuring a pre-EastEnders Elaine Lordan. 'Saturday Night Diva' is satisfactorily funny. But the best episode of the first series is the last one - 'I Do, I Do, I Do'. It features some hysterical moments and Burke and Dreyfuss are flawless in their timing.
All in all, although this isn't the best series of the show (save that for Series 2), it's absolutely brilliant and one of the funniest and most vibrant Britcoms in years.
BERYL: "Is he a ventriloquist?"
LINDA: " Well I wouldn't mind him sticking his hand up me skirt and making me lips move!"