This DVD is a quick watch: just six episodes plus one extra consisting of a David Frost show extract. The first two episodes are magnificent -- I particularly enjoyed the one where Ray is directing a Hair-style musical in a village hall. The low point is, sadly, the music festival, where the show has nothing new to say about music, drugs or camping, although there are several good gags about the ultra-reliable new East German car that Ray didn't even bother taking out insurance on.
I get the impression that the writer (Arthur Mathews) is really finding his feet with this series, creating six episodes around six cliched themes of the Sixties: pop festivals, nude theatre, sex, obscene publications etc. Simon Pegg is obliged to perform various banana-skin-type slapstick falls that add little. The penis references were probably a little too strong for the American market. And when it came to finding six new themes for a second series, the writer was probably struggling.
But the characterisations are really wonderful. Although the tumble-down squat scenario, and Sally Phillips' violence towards Ray, are perhaps too close to the 'Young Ones' for comfort -- Phillips even levitates at one stage from drug use -- the sitcom I found myself strangely reminded of was 1970s 'Butterflies'. Bizarre I know, but I found the two unemployed sons of Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer irresistibly cool back then. Julian Rhind-Tutt's ultra-laid-back old Harrovian is strongly reminiscent of their attitude.
Anyway, this is a hugely enjoyable short series.