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Kinvig - The Complete Series [DVD]
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The complete series of the sci-fi comedy drama from acclaimed 'Quatermass' writer Nigel Kneale. Des Kinvig (Tony Haygarth) is an ordinary electrical repair man and UFO spotter, whose life is radically changed when he meets the beautiful Miss Griffin (Prunella Gee). She turns out to be an emissary from the planet Mercury, and recruits Des to help in an ongoing galactic war against the dreaded ant-like Xux creatures, who have Earth in their sights. But are Kinvig's intergalactic adventures real, or just the product of an overactive imagination? Episodes are: 'Contact'; 'Creature of Xux'; 'Double, Double'; 'The Big Benders'; 'Where Are You Mis Griffin?'; 'The Humanoid Factory'; and 'The Mystery of Netta'.
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Among the reasons given for the show's ratings failure was that scifi fans took offence at the creator of Quatermass using them for the butt of his jokes while the subject matter had no appeal to anybody who wasn't a scifi fan, but a lot of it seems to be the curse of ITV comedies never getting the tone right and just not being much good.Read more ›
Sure, the series has its funny moments, but the overall humour was weak and wasn't to my taste; and to add insult to injury as it were, canned laughter is used as well - yuck! The storyline was in my opinion pretty weak as well with a totally bizarre ending that left me thinking "well is that it then?" There are some barbs at some of the more way-out UFO/conspiracy theory followers that are funny at times, but these are pretty weak and not that obvious.
However, it's not all bad: Kinvig does have a few redeeming features. The special effects used were for the time very advanced: check out the lasers used when the alien ship external door opens to allow Kinvig to enter - cool even by today's standards! Oh, and of course for the testosterone-charged amongst us, Prunella Gee's costumes (or rather lack of them!) have a certain appeal too!
Network have come in for some stick in the past regarding their minimalist features on their DVDs, but this one comes with a very informative and well-researched booklet which is almost worth the purchase alone.
Overall then, not one of Nigel Kneale's best writings by a long way, but it has some appealing qualities and an excellent booklet bundled with the DVD.
BUT AN OUT OF THE ORDINARY TALE ACTED OUT BY A CAST OF LESSER KNOWN BUT NONETHELESS,MORE THAN
CAPABLE STARS WHO DO A GOOD JOB WITHIN THE RESTICTIONS OF LOW BUDGET AND LIMITED SETS,YET THIS IS
MOST CERTAINLY WORTH BUYING FOR ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED REASONS AND SHOULD BE A PART OF ALL SCI
FI LOVERS DVD COLLECTIONS AS IT IS MINE.
One cannot help feel that Nigel Kneale was writing this with his tongue in his cheek and having a dig at UFO watchers, the first episode has many examples of Des' friend Jim's wide eyed amazement over UFO's in Buckingham Palace,"everyone saw them" and the UFO's he missed because he was in the town the day before. Kneale also has the aliens originally coming from Atlantis but fleeing to Mercury when Atlantis was destroyed. A great way of getting as many conspiracy theories as he can together. It is also an unveiled dig at those who believed Venus was inhabited by aliens, "too bloody hot" then explaining the reason for moving to Mercury, which is hotter, is that it is hollow with an inland sea. Jim is the archetypal believe anything UFOnaut and this confirms several of his beliefs.
Prunella Gee is good as Miss Griffin who appears in her Earth disguise as a constantly complaining customer, and council temp and, most important, in a series of skimpy "futuristic" outfits. She brings her 3 weird ship mates and a heavily disguised Simon Williams with her through the 7 episodes.
As a comedy it is not side splitting and the canned laughter is annoying but it does bring back many memories. Linking Des' struggle against the local council to an alien conspiracy to manufacture humanoid replicas and to bend metals like cutlery to starve people, and bend keys to lock people out of their houses and cars is clever. The speed at which anything slightly odd, no matter how inocuous becomes an obvious sign of an Alien conspiracy is well handled.Read more ›
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never thought they would bring Kinvig out on DVD, and id be stuck with old VHS tapes, am glad i found itPublished 21 months ago by stew
The late great Nigel Kneale was one of the greatest sci-fi screenwriters of all time, giving us the legendary Quatermass, the eerie Stone Tape, the visionary Year of the Sex... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cartimand
Never saw it when it was first aired on T.V. To some it will seem dated but I found it a great buy. It was delivered quickly and I have had no problems so I would use this seller... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by col
I didn't see this series first time round (1980ish) but I love older British sci-fi so I gave it a shot. The subject looked interesting. Read morePublished on 20 April 2012 by Sean T. Page
I love discovering new British television series from the past, and I was drawn to 'Kinvig' when I found out what a good cast it had, particularly TV and film regulars of the day... Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Brit Boy
I remember watching Kinvig for two reasons. 1) was because Prunella Gee was to me very sexy & 2) it was so bad. Read morePublished on 21 July 2010 by Kindle Customer