Let's leave aside the question of whether this series should have been made, as that isn't really relevant to this review. The fact is, ITV produced two series of this vehicle for comedian Paul Merton, in which he appeared in remakes of classic scripts from writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson ('Hancock's Half Hour', 'Steptoe & Son' etc.), and all fifteen episodes are collected on this two disc set. As one might expect from a series of one-offs, some episodes work better than others - 'Lunch in the Park', a two hander with Josie Lawrence, is a particular highlight, as is 'The Clerical Error', with Merton as an unconventional child-minder. Others are less successful, such as the episodes more readily associated with Tony Hancock like 'The Radio Ham', but Merton does his best, despite acting not really being his greatest strength.
The series boasts some great scripts, and an excellent supporting cast, including Caroline Quentin, Nigel Planer, Sam Kelly and Roger Lloyd Pack amongst others, and unless you're particularly precious about the idea of remakes to the extent that it becomes an obstacle to you enjoying something, I'd certainly recommend this. Whilst it may not be perfect, I came away of the opinion that it's actually rather unjustly maligned. Misguided the series may have been, but it's considerably better than received opinion would suggest.