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  • Actors: Chris Addison, Selina Cadell, Jo Enright, Geoffrey McGivern, Dan Tetsell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVDA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the people who brought you the Sony Award-winning radio series The Ape That Got Lucky and comedy producer Armando Iannucci comes Lab Rats, a big, joyful nonsense of a sitcom, starring Chris Addison (The Thick of It, In The Loop).

Dr. Alex Beenyman (Addison) is the last sane man in the Arnolfini Research Laboratory, and he’d be really, really good at his job if it wasn’t for the dypsomaniac professor (Geoffrey McGivern). And the giant snails. And his space cadet best friend (Josephine Enright). And the egg-hurling protestors. Oh, and the borderline psychopathic lab technician (Dan Tetsell). And the indoor blizzards. And his unfathomable, dutch boss (Selina Cadell), come to that. And the man in the pink mohair jumper and purple leggings in suspended animation in the back room. And the mardy secretary (Helen Moon). And, of course, the fact that he’s really, really not very good at his job.

“Hilarious - like The Goodies at its best” --Harry Hill

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2009
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This is a very enjoyable sitcom following the adventures of a group of research scientists as they go about their lives. Packed full of absurd characters in absurd situations, the inclusion of a bit of science gives a rich vein of comedy material ready for mining.

Chris Addison is perfect as Dr. Beenyman, slightly bemusedly trying to cope with what life and his colleagues throw at him. Geoff McGivern (who also starred in Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, which has clearly influenced some if the humour found here) is a suitably weird and drunk senior professor. Jo Enright is a memorably dippy lab assistant Cara, and Selina Cadell stands out as the rather odd Dean. A strange bunch of characters, but as someone who works in a research lab I can attest that they all have their real life counterparts in labs up and down the country...

All six episodes of the first series are presented here, in 16:9 widescreen and with no extras. Here's hoping there's a second series soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moonkeh on 2 Mar. 2010
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I believe this got a lot of stick when it was shown on TV but really it isn't that bad. The stand-out performance of most episodes is that of Selina Cadell as the quite bizarre Dean - you know you're in trouble when she starts making sense! That's not to say the rest of the cast don't have their moments (if there was a prize for `Best Expressions Conveyed Solely With The Eyes' Geoffrey McGivern would win hands-down). Good to see Mike McShane as well, as Dr Vaabit the megalomaniac bee scientist, in what was probably the best episode of the lot (and yes, he has slimmed down a lot!).

If you didn't see it on TV, I think it's worth it. Or stick it on your wish list and let someone buy it for you :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pticachelovek on 19 Aug. 2009
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I didn't really know of Chris Addison before this series, but I was intrigued by the trailers.

I'm glad I watched... and I've been waiting for the DVD ever since (already ordered!).

As I have said in he title, Lab Rats is a bit silly, sometimes a bit obvious - and no worse for it - but often deceptively clever.

Selina Cadell's Dean grows on you... it's one of those odd things that actually get funnier the more you persevere... and all the characters are caricatures.

Accept this and you will derive even more from the gags.

And there are gags... some visual, some vocal, as well as crafted silliness that in at least on episode takes the entire half hour to create... I'll just say trapeze.

My favourite visual gag concerns the retinal scanner... and I'll say no more than that also.

I only don't give this five stars because I don't think this will be everyones cup of tea... but if you like your silliness... go for it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Degenkamp on 3 Mar. 2010
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At first you think: is this for real? Then you need to pick yourself up from the floor and try not to keep laughing. Unusual and brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M on 13 April 2013
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I chose this DVD because Chris Addison is having a bit of a moment again now, what with taking over Frankie's seat on Mock the Week. Also I have seen him live, and this series when it originally went out on TV. It is as funny as I remembered it, with several really good character parts - a great ensemble piece, in fact. At the time I did wonder why no follow up - I don't know whether this was Chris' decision or the television company's. If the TV, they have missed a trick; it is sometimes daft, sometimes clever and sometimes genuinely laught out loud. A good buy!
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I bought this DVD because I'm a bit of a Chris Addison fan + I saw some clips online. It looked great!
The show is witty, well written and just a bit of fun really. You can't help but smile when watching. Jo Enrights's character Cara adds to the charm of the show.
But, ultimately it's Chris Addison that shines through -this is because a)he's the co-writer and b) He's actually a great but underestimated actor. He doesn't over-do it. He just gets it so right!
Five Stars for Lab Rats. I honestly don't understand why so many people dislike it. It's a real shame that the BBC cut it...
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By Paul Simonite on 23 Sept. 2011
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Lab Rats is a well written, anarchic comedy series Starring Chris Addison as a university research laboratory scientist, ably assisted by diminutive comedienne Jo Enright and other notable comedy actors. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series when first shown on TV and then again more recently on DVD.
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