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Kinvig - The Complete Series [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tony Haygarth, Prunella Gee, Patsy Rowlands, Colin Jeavons, Patrick Newell
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FAOB14
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,604 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
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 Olympics (that predicted "Reality TV") and many other lesser-known works. Kinvig was, as far as I know, his first and only foray into comedy. Whether that was a wise move, is perhaps open to debate, but I'll err on the side of generosity with my review.

Our slovenly waster of an anti-hero is Des Kinvig; a terminally lazy and perpetually day-dreaming electrical repair man. He never seems to get any work done and his ever more feeble excuses (a running gag throughout the series) are very reminiscent of Ronnie Barker's Arkwright in Open All Hours (whereas the sci-fi scenes reminded me of Red Dwarf on many occasions). Instead of working for a living, Kinvig would rather discuss alien conspiracy theories with his wide-eyed and increasingly paranoid friend Jim (superbly played by Colin Jeavons). One day though, an extremely pushy and demanding (but strikingly beautiful!) customer storms in and demands Kinvig gets to work. His life will never be the same! That night, Kinvig discovers the true identity behind the indomitable Miss Griffin (Prunella Gee, who has never looked sexier!). But is everything as it seems? Well you'll have to watch to find out - but even then, the somewhat enigmatic ending may leave you scratching your head!

Sadly, Kinvig heralds from the time when intrusive canned laughter was added to every soundtrack and it certainly does grate a bit here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Nigel Kneale's never repeated 1981 sci-fi sitcom Kinvig is one of those ideas that never quite works, though it's easy to see how it must have read much funnier than it plays. Apathetic scruff Desmond Kinvig is stuck in a grotty electrical repair shop where he goes out of his way never to repair anything, constantly disappointing little old ladies who bring in antiquated crystal radio sets or electric blankets and antagonising an eternally angry Prunella Gee, preferring to swap theories on why aliens built the Great Pyramid with unemployed and eternally disappointed UFO spotter and conspiracy theorist Colin Jeavons who pops in before signing on the dole. That changes when he takes the dog for a walk one night and stumbles across a spaceship from Mercury and discovers that Gee is really an alien with a penchant for outrageous scanty outfits who wants him to repair her spaceship and fend off an evil alien invasion from the spoon-bending humanoid Xuxx at the local council... unless, of course, it's all just his bored imagination. (Kneale was in no doubt it was the latter but the show at times opts for ambiguity.)

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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Having killed off his main character - that of Quatermass in the series aired immediately after the end of the ITV strike in the autumn of 1979 - I guess for a time Nigel Kneale was a left a little like a canoeist without a paddle... i.e. up the creek! And thus in Kinvig he tried his hand at a blend of comedy mixed with sci-fi. Sadly, in my opinion it didn't quite work.

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.
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