How Do You Want Me - Complete Series 1 And 2 1998

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The complete collection of the popular sitcom starring Dylan Moran and Charlotte Coleman. Lisa (Coleman) and Ian Lyons (Moran), a newly married city couple, decide to move back to the rural village where Lisa grew up. Trendy comedy club owner Ian isn't too keen, but how bad can it be? He soon gets an answer when Lisa's father offers him £20,000 to divorce her, when her brother tries to kill him, when he can't get a job, and when he realises just how much he hates the countryside. As Lisa settles into work at the village school, Ian eventually buys the local photographer's business. Determined to fit in, he joins the local football team, invites a comedian friend to perform at a charity gala night for the League of Ponies and even decides to compile a photographic Book of Country Fire Stations. But as much as he tries to love the countryside, it really doesn't love him back. Episodes from both series are: 'No One Can Hear You Scream'; 'Floppy, But Not Too Floppy'; 'Monstrous'; 'Woof!'; 'The Hidden World of Country Fire Stations'; 'Sausage, Balloon, Burn'; 'White Pubic Hair'; 'I'm Not an Alcoholic'; 'Nude Modelling Module'; 'Bad Builders'; 'Ready Steady Kill'; and 'The Pleasures of Village Life'.

Starring:
Peter Serafinowicz, Charlotte Coleman
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • How Do You Want Me - Complete Series 1 ages_15_and_over
  • How Do You Want Me - Complete Series 2 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 50 minutes
Starring Peter Serafinowicz, Charlotte Coleman, Frank Finlay, Clive Merrison, Dylan Moran, Will Barton, Mark Heap, Emma Chambers, Diana Fairfax
Director John Henderson
Genres Comedy
Studio CINEMA CLUB
Rental release 3 July 2006
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 27 July 2009
Format: DVD
How Do You Want Me was a hidden gem and masterpiece from the tail end of the 90s and early 00s.

I was very fortunate to catch it first time round, though it seemed I was in a minority. As such it swiftly became one of those programmes you loved not only because it was very well made and dry and witty but because it was yours and yours alone!

Essentially then, I feel it's either a programme you'll love or you simply cannot take to.

Basically the premise is a shy, bumbling and awkward city boy moves to the country where his new wife was brought up to find he has married into a dominant, prestigious respected and dysfunctional family that rules the village and, in the father's case, despises him.

Think Straw Dogs with laughs.

But these are subtle laughs and moments of sheer joy around some eerie unsettling silence which meets our hero.

Dylan Moran shines as Ian, the fish out of water, whilst the late Charlotte Coleman, who tragically died not long after series 2 finished, is at her kooky and wise best as his wife Lisa.

Frank Finlay steals virtually every episode he appears in as Lisa's father, a man who, it seems, will stop at nothing to remove Ian from his family. Look out for the episode where he stares out his misbehaving overgrown child of a son, played by Peter Serafanowicz, it is a lesson in underplaying malevolance!

This is intelligent comedy that treats its veiwers like adults. There is no canned laughter, no obviously comedic situations and no playing knowingly to any audience as it is lovingly shot on film and superbly directed by John Henderson, with each shot resembling the most beautiful photograph, the kind that hopeless 'pro' photographer Ian could only dream of!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Goodall on 23 Jun 2007
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I bought this for the cast line up but must admit that after the first episode I wasn't thrilled. However, I stuck with it, mainly because I associate Emma Chambers, Charlotte Coleman and Dylan Moran with innovative, quirky comedy and was sure there was more to it than first meets the eye; I was right! I have now reached the end of the second dvd (series 2) and am feeling a little woeful that there can never be a third because Charlotte Coleman is no longer with us; I would love to find out how things go from here. The episode with the horse riding lesson (Derek and Helen)is one I will revisit time and again whenever I need a chuckle!!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By deadmanjones on 16 July 2006
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Simon Nye, for all his fame, has never written anything quite as crisp, understated and character driven as this woefully little seen masterpiece. Though it is brooding, sarcastic yet basicly panic stricken Dylan Moran that dominates (with a persona he took to the surreal extreme in Black Books), his performance is centred by the beguiling normality of Charlotte Coleman. Also brilliant are Peter 'Darth Maul / Look Around You' Serafinowicz as Charlotte's sadistic brother, and Frank Finlay as her venomous father.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rolo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan 2011
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I watched this when it first came out and wondered whether it would stand the test of time. It does indeed. Dylan Moran is superb and the writing is very finely balanced. This is not one for those who like belly laughs and slapstick but, like Simon Nye's 'Men Behaving Badly' there is real truth and pathos beneath the surface. It does feed on city dwellers fear and contempt for the country, but since I share those prejudices I just love this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2008
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This isn't the sit-com you'd expect it to be when you see Dylan Moran, Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz in the cast- don't expect anything like "Black Books" or "Spaced".

This is a very subtle character comedy set in a rural English village. It's very warm and believable but it isn't surreal or laugh-out-loud humour. In that way it reminded me of the 80s "Beiderbeck Affair" series.

Dylan Moran is excellent, with flashes of his "Black Books" character beginning to emerge but with a sincere acting talent.

Warm and touching but don't expect your sides to split.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jodie-Lee Linley on 6 Aug 2011
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How Do You Want Me? took me by surprise. I'm going to be honest in admitting I bought it because it had Dylan Moran in it and when I read the summary on imdb I was beginning to think I'd made a huge mistake; none of Dylan's humour seemed like it could be evident.
I'd like to say that I well and truly stand corrected.

The bleakness and bitterness is one of the most prominant features of the teleshow, but combine Mr Moran's usual, bitter schtick with an adorable, sweet affectionateness and you have How Do You Want Me?.

With Charlotte Coleman playing Lisa, a delightfully every-day woman, newly-wedded to Ian Lyons, portrayed by Dylan Moran, a slightly cynical, city-loving, reserved ex-comedy club owner. After an "uncouth" wedding, they move back to the isolated, close-knit village which Lisa grew up in and Ian is thrown headfirst into the country- a place where everybody knows everyone and nobody has a sense of humour. That is providing you don't include Lisa's neanderthal-ish brother and his elaborate "practical jokes". Add to this, a well-respected father-in-law, who despises everything about Ian and is determined to drive him out of the village and away from his daughter, an ever-infatuated, devoted ex of Lisa's and Ian's failing photography business and you'll have the most heartwarming, bleak comedy you'll ever see.

Hilarious. Emotional. And WITHOUT A LAUGH-TRACK! The comedy seems to come naturally ad believably to this programme. A definite must see- not just for fans od Dylan Moran, but for everyone.
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