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Nightingales [DVD]


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  • Actors: Robert Lindsay, David Threlfall, James Ellis, Ian Sears, Edward Burnham
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR6WZS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes from the first and second series of the cult Channel 4 comedy, starring Robert Lindsay, David Threlfall and James Ellis as a trio of security guards working the night shift in an office block. Replete with references to Shakespeare and surreal tales involving werewolves, the night shift is anything but normal for these mismatched colleagues. Episodes are: 'Moonlight Becomes You'; 'Takeaway'; 'Kiss and Make Up'; 'Opening Night'; 'Scrutiny of the Bounty'; 'Terence in the Midst'; 'Silent Night'; 'Trouble in Mind'; 'Crime and Punishment'; 'All At Sea'; 'Reach For the Sky'; 'King Lear II'; and 'Someone To Watch Over Me'.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sile na Gig on 10 Nov 2006
I have waited for many years for this fantastic series to be issued, I have a very old video copy from when the series was first shown on TV. It was shown late at night and had a cult following. Robert Lindsey, David Threlfall and James Ellis are superb in this surreal adventure about night security men. I loved it when it was first shown and have waited for years to own a decent copy of the two series. Thank you thank you my christmas is complete, as you can see I am very happy. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS SERIES TOO HIGHLY TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A SOPHISTICATED AND CLEVER COMEDY.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2006
In the dizzying heights of a high-rise tower block, three security guards while away the night shift in a variety of bizarre ways.
Writer Paul Makin had been an important member of the team on a number of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran comedies, but here he scripted the strangest offering yet from their Alomo company. (Incidentally, they coined the name Alomo Productions to mean 'A Lo [for Laurence] Mo [for Maurice] production'.) Nightingales unashamedly did away with the traditional realism of most sitcoms to delight in a fantasy world of its own making. The three security guards were quite at home in this off-centre environment and took most of the surreal happenings in their stride. The eldest member of the trio was Sarge, a friendly, optimistic man with the air of a friendly uncle. He was completely happy with his position - unlike his cohorts, the articulate but frustrated Carter, and the dense and violent Bell. Carter wanted more out of life whereas Bell's disposition was naturally grumpy and easily provoked.
The heavyweight acting talent seemed to relish their parts, which, in all honesty, had more in common with characters from a Pinter play than a sitcom. Indeed, a recurring joke was the trio's obsession with this particular playwright. In the course of the two series the topics of conversation embraced a real (albeit friendly) werewolf, a murderous poisoning attempt, both the Pope and Harold Pinter leaving the trio's Christmas party on a tandem and (in the same episode) the failed attempts of our heroes to escape being drawn into a Christmas allegory.
Nightingales was a novel and commendable attempt to create something strikingly different within the sitcom format - a not wholly successful but brave and worthy effort nonetheless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. De Mello on 23 Jan 2006
I remember watching Nightingales on a Wednesday night before The Prisoner back in 1993. & Frankly it's been a lost classic that nobody ever heard of...until now! Surreal is the watchword, & it became the perfect comedy companion piece to set me up for #6. In fact I'd probably go so far as to say that this is the most cleverly scripted, off the wall programme since The Prisoner. How something this intelligent got made at all is beyond me, it certainly wouldn't now. Although David Threlfall (Shameless) & Robert Lindsay (My Family) are riding high so why not do another one?
I just can't work out if this is both series or just one, from the descriptions I've seen it's one and a half!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pismotality on 21 Mar 2006
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Nightingales is a remarkable sitcom, worthy of whatever praise people fling at it in these reviews; pile it on, I say. I have watched it periodically on video since its broadcast and can confirm that repeated viewing will not disappoint, though in writing this before viewing the DVD I can't speak about technical quality or extras.
So what sets Nightingales apart? Unlike some other would-be wacky sitcoms the writer, Paul Makin, has laid the groundwork expertly: at any given moment you are always absolutely clear about what characters want, so that when Carter and Bell suddenly go into revenge tragedy mode (or whatever) it's a heightening, a logical extension of what they're feeling, like someone bursting into song in a (good) musical, rather than something bolted on at random for a cheap laugh. For all the surreal elements Nightingales, like the best sitcoms, is resolutely character-led.
There may even be elements of Hancock and Sid James or the Steptoes in the partnership of Carter and Bell (in a possible echo of Hancock's A Sunday Afternoon at Home, there's a pleasingly cruel moment where Bell works out that Carter, for all his show of superiority, wastes his time off just as much as he does) and one of the best episodes revolves around a pointless but absorbing competition between the two (Carter composes a playlet for the express purpose of humiliating Ding-Dong; David Threlfall's pain in delivering Bell's Carter-composed lines is a delight to watch).
And with this duo augmented by the father figure of Jame Ellis's Sarge you have, in effect, the quintessential sitcom family, trapped by their need for each other - not to mention a singular lack of demonstrable skills which might allow them to gain meaningful employment elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Sambrook on 14 Mar 2006
I have been on the look out for this series for ages!
It was vastly under-rated at the time and, judging by the pre-reviews, appreciated by a larger audience than the TV planners gave credit to.
It is intelligent, ironic - good god! it may even be post modern!
This is what the TV licence was all about, putting funding (I hope) where it is justified.
Original, anarchic humour.
I am so glad that I am finally going to be able to buy a copy.
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