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Simon Day , Matthew Ashforde , Martin Dennis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Simon Day, Matthew Ashforde, Ian Burfield, Josephine Butler, Tristan Gemmill
  • Directors: Martin Dennis
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,848 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All eight episodes of the spin-off BBC sitcom about The Fast Show character Billy Bleach (Simon Day). Poor old Billy: one minute he's at his Thai cookery class and the next minute he's in the witness protection programme. When Billy witnesses the gangland killing of a local nightclub owner, he has no choice but to go into police protection if he wants to escape ruthless gang boss Harry Taylor (Ian Burfield) - and prison. Leaving his beloved East London, he is carted off to a small country village (he was hoping for the Florida Keys) where he has to become a completely different person. He is rigorously trained in his new identity, ready to face the world as Peter Jones - a poet. But can Billy manage to pass himself off as someone completely new?

Product Description

Billy Bleach is happy with his life. Going to his Thai cookery classes. Living with his mum. Visiting his brother in the nick. Bothering Japanese tourists. Then he witnesses that gangland murder, and they put him in the Witness Protection Programme. Typical. Exiled to a halfway-cottage in deepest Norfolk, he finds himself under the protection of a local bobby, `Heartbeat`, the highlight of whose career so far has been doing security at the harvest festival. Soon they are joined by the Met: DCI Maddox, an old-school copper, and DI Veal, the very essence of the modern CID. They know that there is more to policing than kicking down doors and eating burgers in cars, and have a worrying penchant for homoerotic Greco-Roman wrestling. Mutual distrust prevails. With his brother being threatened in prison and Mum running off with her fancy man to a sweet shop in Pontypridd, Billy doesn`t relish being stuck in `the arse-end of nowhere`. But, given an interim new identity, he frequents the local inn, the Cross Hare (incorporating Le Bateau Jus Viande); plots his pursuit of village vet Jemima; organises Little Mockwell`s first Poetry Olympics; and befriends a precocious child with a keen interest in Victoriana, the Internet and Twix bars. Where will it all end? Florida? Or somewhere darker?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I think this program was doomed by originating on BBC3. Far too good for the "Two Pints" crowd, but probably viewed as similar to the aforementioned piece of rubbish by the people who would actually have enjoyed it. It's main character is a refugee from the Fast Show, although he's quite a bit different here, and another of the prominent characters is the eminent Mark Williams, also of The Fast Show. But again it draws the Fast Show fans and surely disappoints whilst putting off people who wouldn't like TFS but WOULD LOVE THIS!! More of a comedy drama than the belly laughs this one, I reckon it would appeal more to people who like Auf Weidersehen Pet than Harry Enfield fans. Sort of.

I love this - it's heartwarming, heartbreaking in a way as well. Beautifully written and acted, totally off the wall, funny without being cruel or crass - it just hits the barminess of life really nicely. And here it is, a year after it belatedly came out on DVD, out of stock at Amazon and headed for posthumous recognition if it's lucky. A lost classic. Buy buy buy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
Simon Day (mostly remembered from the Fast Show) is always great to watch and here he also shares the writing duties on this amusing comedy series that doesn't seem to have received the attention it deserves.

You can see the Amazon description above for the story. But rest assured that although this show seemed to slip under the radar when it was screened, the writing and performances are engaging and funny. Although slightly subdued regarding its setting (given that much of it is spent in and around a small country cottage), Simon Day's character has some great lines and is surrounded by some fantastic characters. The humour could be described as more subtle than normal for a sitcom (especially compared to something like Fawlty Towers) but the delicate sprinkling of drama allows it to rise above the average sit-com offerings and be both serious and funny. That along with the balancing of several character stories and relationships, makes this a quality show that is worth a few hours of anyones time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over looked classic 10 Feb 2010
A heart warming comedy, not like the fast show at all. Its not like a sit com either. Its more subtle , but has some great characters in it. Almost like a film. Simon Day is definitely a genius in my opinion. A great comic character actor and writer, much under rated. it left me wanting more !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly little known classic 22 Jan 2013
By Rich M
Saw this back when it was first broadcast, wanted to watch it again but was a little apprehensive that it may have dated badly or maybe that my memory was playing tricks on me - surely it couldn't have been THAT good?

Well I needn't have worried, this was every bit as good as first time round, possibly even enjoyed it more. The pacing is perfect, there's great attention to detail in the characters as the story unfolds. Casting is superb, it's full of top notch performances all round.

Simon Day himself is on another level altogether from his participation in the Fast Show, this is a far superior vehicle for his talents.

This is just about my favourite comedy series; an all too brief moment of absolute quality that should've received far more attention than it got and deserved at least one more series... yet perhaps being cruelly limited to just this one perfectly formed tale makes it all the more special. It's as if a few genius minds all hit peak at the same time and put all their best work into this excellent understated masterpiece.

Obviously comedy tastes vary, but for me this is spot on.
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