From time to time over the years I've tried searching for this series, having seen it on public TV in the US in the late '80s. I never saw all of it, either. So when I found it here on Amazon.co.uk, I had to have it. Although it's region 2 and PAL, it plays fine on my PC's DVD player, once I set the region correctly. Eventually I'll get a multi-region player.
This is five hours of painfully funny (grinning for hours!) comedy. Rapidly paced, lean dialog (careful, or you might miss something!) and a clever plot premise work wonders. The cast is outstanding, and Robert Hardy's expressions and exuberance playing two characters is the best thing since Alec Guinness in "Kind Hearts and Coronets."
And thank you Amazon.co.uk for making international checkout such a breeze.