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Outnumbered: Series 1-4 Box Set (Plus 2009 Christmas Special) [DVD]

Hugh Dennis , Claire Skinner    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Samantha Bond, Daniel Roche
  • Writers: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Producers: Jimmy Mulville
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 759 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CGID7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,080 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


‘Firmly established as a jewel in the BBC's comedy crown..’ The Daily Mail

“It remains by a long distance the finest mainstream British sitcom of recent years...’ The Guardian

Herein lies all four series and the 2009 Christmas special of Britain’s favourite comedy series, Outnumbered. That’s four school years of spookily familiar and often bafflingly surreal family dilemmas, traversed by Pete and Sue Brockman and their brood.

From the seemingly innocent, “can I have a biscuit?” to progressive theological debate, “what would Jesus do if someone stole his mobile?” Outnumbered has redefined the family comedy by bringing it closer to home.

2009 Christmas Special

“It's Boxing Day in the Brockman household and Santa has paid a visit, along with some burglars. While Mum and Dad try to maintain some festive spirit, Ben wreaks havoc with a mechanical hand, Jake argues the case for pirated music and Karen is busy writing New Year’s resolutions - not for herself, but for the rest of the family, and Barack Obama.

With guests arriving, some welcome, some not, the pressure is on Dad to get lunch on the table. But where’s Grandad?”

Special Features
Series 1: Interviews with the cast, Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin
Series 2: Comic Relief Special, Out-takes, Extended Scenes, Deleted Scenes
Series 3: The Making of Series 3, The ‘Real’ Outnumbered, Sport Relief Sketch
Series 4: Alternative Scenes, Deleted Scenes and Comic Relief Sketch

Comic Relief and Sport Relief sketches appear courtesy of Comic Relief.

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149 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Outnumbered" - But never outclassed 28 Aug 2010
There once was a time when it appeared that American comedies such as "Roseanne", "Malcolm in the middle", plus cartoons like the Simpson's and Family Guy were essentially wiping the floor with some of the bland domestic comedy from the UK such as the rather lazy "My family". Then out of the blue came the brilliant "Outnumbered" first shown on the BBC in 2007. This series is special in so many ways, with razor sharp scripts from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin which move away from the terrible smug cosiness of some sitcoms and emphasize the sheer dysfunctional nature of families, which is of course offset by those special moments when it all appears to make sense. Add to this the extra dimension of experimentation present in "Outnumbered" with the children using elements of improvisation and the world viewed through their own unique "lenses" and this is a show which screams quality and brilliance. Set in the West London home of the "Brockman's" we have Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as the overburdened father and mother who are expertly cast and both brilliantly able to strike the right note of incredulity, frustration and outright defeat. The couples household arguments about the right way to stack cups in a dishwasher or the rules of writing appointments on a calendar are mini classics in their own right. Skinner's edgy relationship with her awful new age sister Angela is joy to watch especially in the Wedding episode while Dennis's portrait of a disillusioned history teacher and emerging grumpy old man ("Oh its the bin men, it must be a leap year") is pitched perfect. The fight at the tennis match in Series 3 nearly required a defibrillator in this household we laughed so much.

As for the children all three are superb.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outnumbered- such a giggle! 7 Jan 2011
I had watched the 3rd series of Outnumbered on tv, and really enjoyed it so thought that this box set would be brilliant. I was definitely not disappointed! The set is split into 5 discs (including the Christmas special), and there are special features on a few of the disks, like unshown scenes and interviews. If you want a good giggle at some light hearted comedy I would definitely recommend this set, it gives the whole family a laugh!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius! 24 Jan 2011
My husband and I just love this series - it is sheer genius. The kids are brilliant given that they have to ad lib most of the time and the adult's response is amazing. This will go down as being an all time classic I'm sure - could watch over and over again.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 16 Nov 2010
This is a set of all three series so far (plus the Christmas Special) of this fantastically good comedy show. I wholeheartedly agree with "Red on Black's" excellent review above: every episode is just terrific, with hilarious comedy and some very shrewd observations on family life. The great, relentlessly logical Karen, the hyper-energetic and bonkers but utterly believable Ben and the quieter but no less brilliant Jake are all great comic creations. The parents are also completely believable, sympathetic and engaging while displaying all the normal human flaws, and the excellent Samantha Bond is fabulous as Sue's insufferably smug sister Angela.

Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin are two of our very best comedy writers, and their writing in Outnumbered is absolutely top-class. They have the ability to produce real belly-laughs while also showing great understanding and a genuine affection for their characters, and this bedrock of recognisable people and situations beneath the comedy is one of the things which makes Outnumbered exceptionally good and immensely popular.

The other thing is the performances, of course. The young actors improvise a good deal of the dialogue, which makes it incredibly lifelike because they talk like people their own age rather than adults in children's bodies as so often happens, and they do it fantastically well. Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis also turn in great comic performances while remaining the programme's solid centre. Their unflashy excellence is a real joy.

If you already know Outnumbered, you won't need me to recommend this set - although I do, very strongly - and if you haven't yet discovered Outnumbered, there's a real treat in store for you here. It's brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars went down well 10 Jan 2011
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I purchased this as a present and I am pleased to report that it was very well received. Most pleased
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny 14 Jan 2011
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This series is one of the funniest ever on TV, anyone who has children can identify with every line of this brilliantly written programe.A not to be missed DVD set.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outnumbered - as far as it can go. 7 Mar 2012
By Riley
Saw a few episodes of this on TV and decided to get the whole box set as I found it so funny. Interesting to see as they all grew up and the difference is quite marked for Karen. By the end of the last series it seemed to me it had gone as far as it could and the "cuteness" and clever remarks had lost their freshness. The box set is a great way to capture what made it such a special series. The great logical responses to the adults comments and the literal understanding was hilarious and really made you think about how ambiguous some of our statements are to kids. Another great British production - cannot see how an American copy of this can come close to the clever dialogue the Brits write and the other great thing about this series is it is partially improvised - sometimes I wonder how Pete keeps a straight face at some of the things the kids say. A great series to have and one that should be watchable for many years to come.
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