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  • Actors: Danny Wallace
  • Directors: Lee Phillips
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BONP0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Inspired by the principality of Sealand (a WWII fortress 6 miles off the british coast that declared its independence in 1967) Danny Wallace set about establishing his own country. This DVD follows his hilarious efforts from trying to invade an inhabited island in the Thames (with his mate Jon, a supermarket security guard) to the liberation of his own flat and the acquisition of thousands of citizens for the brand new country of 'Lovely'. Hilarious stuff.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
This was a landmark series when it was aired on BBC2 in the summer of 2005. For everyone that spent the summer watching Lost on Channel 4 you missed a real televisual treat. However don't despair. Help is close to hand. Pre order your copy now and make up for your sins.
What makes this series so interesting is that is indefinable. Is it a comedy, is it a documentary. I'm not sure. I know I laughed a lot when I watch it and I am still quoting interesting facts that I picked up courtesy of Mr Wallace's extraordinary journey to create his very own country. I for one had no idea that the Vatican was a country or that a man called Dennis Hope had claimed ownership of the moon and is selling chunks of it on the Internet.
Throughout the series you find yourself asking a lot of big questions. What is a country? What is money? Is the death penalty ever really justified? Danny doesn't always have the answers but as we learn nor do the politicians and great thinkers he meets. As he says to renowned thinker Noam Chomsky, " don't come to me with problems Chomsky, come to me with solutions".
With two discs you get a lot for your money including every episode of Citizen TV, the live show that was broadcast on BBCi after each episode. For anyone that rang in to talk to Danny or sent him a picture, having claimed your home as an embassy then you will find yourself immortalised on this DVD (my embassy picture appears in the second episode).
There are also bags of very funny deleted scenes that really add to the whole viewing experience. Of particular note are the extended scenes of Danny's invasion of Eel Pie Island, and a hysterical scene at a Dog Show in Celebration, Florida. Add to this a behind the scenes featurette on the making of the national anthem and various karaoke sing-alongs and you've got yourself over six hours of viewing pleasure. Splendid.
In short this is a top quality DVD and should be on everyone's 2006 pre-order list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fern on 9 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This Series was immense,

Danny Wallace ventured forth with a scheme much reminiscent of

"Join Me" and started his own country (which is still going) in

his small london apartment,i think this series was hillarious and

you should definately buy it! Its well worth your time and money .

what are you waiting for?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD is a must for anyone who is a fan of the weird and wonderful.
I enjoyed following Danny on his quest to start his country and found myself waiting for the next episode to see what would happen next. There is a good mixture of fun and serious issues and I loved the National Anthem.
The DVD is packed full of extras including Citizen TV which I missed as didn't have interactive TV at home, it is well worth a watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Ward on 11 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
I didn't manage to catch all these episodes when they first aired on TV, I probably saw 2 all the way through and I liked what I saw.

I was also a fan of Danny's book, so I had no hesitation in purchasing this DVD.

The DVD itself is full of so many extras, it's quite incredible really. In fact I would go as far to say that for extras this is the best DVD I own.

While very similar to Dave Gorman, Danny does have his own style of course, but if you did enjoy Gorman's TV shows, then you will enjoy this.

I did however find the ending to the show leaving more questions than answers. There is deffinately scope for a follow up DVD, but I think a couple more episodes in the series was probably necessary in telling the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Openshaw on 10 Sept. 2009
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I first heard of Danny Wallace through my partner constantly raving about him. As a result I purchased this as a present for him. I can honestly say I now know what he meant. This guy is a genious! The documentary style follows Danny as he creates his own country in his flat in London. The program has been done very tastefully with a good balance of information, serious elements and comedy. The DVD contains the television series, the extra live show that was aired after, and deleted scenes/extras on key issues investigated. I found it both informative and extremely entertaining. My only regret was that I didn't see it when it was all happening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolores Amazon customer on 4 Aug. 2014
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Zany but such fun, this is unlocking your mind with a vengeance by letting your imagination soar - as Danny Wallace allowed his imagination to soar. We are in the land of 'What If ' here- what if I wanted to start my own country? Who says we have to stick with things the way they are? Maybe I could start my own country and make things better than they are where I am now. Danny sets about finding out how it is done and goes to talk to people who have done it. The concept behind this is so exciting, potentially serious yet delivered ins fun way. If you want to think about politics and society in a radically new way, this is a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The man dressed as a light bulb on 29 Dec. 2010
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I can't believe that I never caught this series on TV. It is absolutely hilarious and utterly thought provoking.

Ever since co writing "Are you Dave Gorman?" with Dave Gorman I have been a fan of both Danny and Dave.

This series, "How to start your own country", is just the kind of thing that you would expect from Danny. From invading a small London Island to snapping at Noam Chomsky "Don't come to me with problems Chomsky, come to me with solutions" to the composing of his very own National Anthem. This is Danny Wallace at his very best.

You won't regret this purchase.
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