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Not on Your Nellie: Complete First Series [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EX9YHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Benson on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Very funny series especially if you are a fan of the wonderful Hylda Baker. She takes centre stage here, liberated from the double act with Jimmy Jewel in Nearest and Dearest.

Whilst it is true that the pub is populated by a cast of 1970s stereotypes, they are not mocked or belittled in Nellie's world: they are all part of her 'family', welcomed in where elsewhere they might be excluded. Far from being un-PC, Not On Your Nellie presents a world of Utopian togetherness.

The quality of the episodes varies but all are enlivened by Baker's Music Hall vivacity, her amazing physicality and idiosyncratic delivery. The first episode is especially good, with one hilarious Baker tour-de-force, a long description of a dress she saw 'in the window of the Co-op in Accrington', plus great physical comedy throughout.

By the time she plonks herself down at the joanna and belts out a stirring rendition of the title song (music and lyrics: Hylda Baker) the cast and the audience have taken her to their hearts. And at the end of the last show, she even does a spirited clog dance as fiery as any flamenco - worth buying the dvd for alone.

By the way, it has to be said that the young men in this show wear trousers so tight the dvd should really be rated X!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Stevens on 11 April 2008
Format: DVD
Watch open mouthed as Nellie, arriving in London for the first episode, asks a black police officer if he is 'related to Al Jolson'. This is not for the faint-hearted, but is a fantastic 1970's time warp. Worth every penny for Hilda's clog dance alone!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 28 April 2008
Format: DVD
'Not On Your Nellie' was almost scripted word-for-word for several of the episodes which were taken from the earlier 'Nearest And Dearest' shows. One has to remember of course, that in those days, unless a programme was repeated, (and that was not done as often back then as it is now) there was absolutely no way of ever seeing it again; no videos or DVDs in those days, and so the re-doing of these stories so soon afterwards, was not so unthinkable a thing to do to back then as it may seem today! However, the re-working of these classics so soon did not matter, since Hylda Baker was so entertaining, nobody would have switched off - indeed, the live audiences could certainly be heard enjoying themselves as you hear the very genuine fits of hysterical laughter!

When this series begins, it opens with an old story re-worked, but is nevertheless hilarious. The pub's extras were many, and the bar always seemed to be full, but this thinned out a little as the show progressed. The first 'Ali' character is notably good-looking - but he is just one of several characters that are soon to be replaced in the subsequent seasons. Alexandra Dane is the first barmaid - and the best in my opinion - despite being replaced later on by someone far better known in Wendy Richard!

It is quite amazing when one thinks as to how Hylda Baker had the energy to take these 'lively' roles when in reality, she was an elderly lady - even then (remembering of course that at that time, people were far older for their years than they ever are now) and only had one lung!

The bonus extra on this DVD is the final episode of 'Nearest And Dearest' - 'Far From The Madding Pong'.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kevin 'Bionic' Jones on 1 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You have heard the saying 'the past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.'? Well, 'Not On Your Nellie' speaks a very different language to the likes of 'The Office' and 'Little Britain'.

It was made by London Weekend Television and ran for three seasons in the mid-'70's. The late, much-missed Hylda Baker played 'Nellie Pickersgill', a Northern spinster who runs a grotty London pub called 'The Brown Cow', with her Steptoe-like father, Jed ( John Barrett, who played a similiar role in the first episode of 'Nearest & Dearest' ). Pickersgill shared many of Pledge's mannerisms, such as a tendency towards malapropisms. Only the last name was different.

The pub's regulars were straight out of the Vince Powell book of '70's comic stereotypes; a flamboyantly dressed gay couple called George and Gilbert ( David Rayner and Roger Howlett, the latter never uttering a word from the first episode to the last ), the bone idle Cockney window cleaner Charlie ( Leo Dolan ), Asian tube driver Ali ( Ashiq ), and, of course, dimwitted busty barmaid Beryl ( Alexandra Dane ).

The plots revolved around Nellie's attempts at social climbing, usually ruined by her uncouth - and toothless - Dad. The innuendos came thick and fast, such as Nellie greeting Gilbert with the words: "And what are you today, Gilbert? Oh, you're one of those, are you?". She rounded off most editions by performing a pub knees-up, written by Baker herself.

You won't find any meaningful social satire or groundbreaking black comedy in this show, and thank goodness for that say I. 'Not On Your Nellie' is a charming relic from a time when comedy shows were made with family audiences in mind, and not as is the case now, aimed squarely at the youth market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wilma Fingerdo on 27 Sept. 2009
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Absolutely hilarious !!!
Not the best of acting or storylines, by any of the performers, but Hylda Baker with her wonderful malaprops, never fail to make me laugh.
All in all, just good old fashioned entertainment.
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