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No Holds Bard [DVD] [2010]

Ashley Jensen , Bill Paterson , Brian Kelly    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ashley Jensen, Bill Paterson, Denis Lawson, Ford Kiernan
  • Directors: Brian Kelly
  • Writers: Simon Carlyle, Gregor Sharp
  • Producers: Jack Docherty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006G3NTDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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No Holds Bard follows the lives of five people as they prepare to vie for the 2009 Cup O' Kindness, the trophy awarded to the grand champion in recitation of the works of Robert Burns. Amongst the competitors are Hayley Braid, a 12 year-old with a determined mum, Isobel and a batty granny; Struan Robertson, the official representative of the Dumfries Burns Society, headed by tyrannical president Miekel McMiekel with bickering cohorts Cronie Cameron and Cronie McKay; the enthusiastic Paula Pickford, recently settled in Scotland with her husband Boyd; Robert Lauchlan, a gardener with a difference at the Burns Cottage tourist attraction; and Stevie Kerr, prison inmate and therapist Sarah Rutherford.Note:This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.co.uk.

Synopsis

No Holds Bard follows the lives of five people as they prepare to vie for the 2009 Cup O’ Kindness, the trophy awarded to the grand champion in recitation of the works of Robert Burns.

Held in Alloway, the birthplace of Burns himself, this prestigious competition is the centrepiece of the annual celebrations devoted to the Bard’s immortal memory. And this year it may prove memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Amongst the competitors are Hayley Braid, a 12 year-old with a determined mum, Isobel and a batty granny; Struan Robertson, the official representative of the Dumfries Burns Society, headed by tyrannical president Miekel McMiekel with bickering cohorts Cronie Cameron and Cronie McKay; the enthusiastic Paula Pickford, recently settled in Scotland with her husband Boyd; Robert Lauchlan, a gardener with a difference at the Burns Cottage tourist attraction; and Stevie Kerr, prison inmate and protégé of rehabilitation therapist Sarah Rutherford.

Capturing the ups and downs of each participant’s progress as the pressure intensifies, the poems are recited and the champion is crowned.

Starring: Ashley Jensen, Bill Paterson, Denis Lawson, Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Higgins, Laura Fraser, Ron Donachie, Katy Murphy and Forbes Masson.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable piece of comedy 3 Feb 2010
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No Holds Bard is a BBC Scotland television comedy aired on Burns Night 2009. A variety of notable Scottish actors star including Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), Barbara Rafferty (Rab C Nesbitt, River City), Denis Lawson (Star Wars), Bill Paterson (The Crow Road), Katy Murphy (The Steamie) and many others.

It follows the lives of five people who are preparing the participate in a Burns recital competition to be held in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.
I remember having to do Burns recitals at primary school and hating them (not that I have anything against Burns' poetry). In light of these memories I found this comedy hilarious. I think anyone who has been made to recite Burns will enjoy this.

A well earned five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!! 21 Jan 2010
By Bobby B
Format:DVD
HYSTERICAL - BUY IT NOW, BUY IT NOW, BUY IT NOW!!! Well worth it, a classic in the making. Ford K, Bill Paterson, Ashley Jensen, all brilliant in it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Holds Bard 10 May 2010
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Very slow start but ok once it got going. Faultless acting but very disjointed. Funny, but it just kind of lacked something.
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