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Paul Merton in India [DVD]

Paul Merton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Paul Merton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BDU7FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Having conquered China, comedian Paul Merton set his sights on India, bringing his own unique perspective to a vast and diverse country. Paul beats his own path around this enormous subcontinent, shunning the traditional tourist spots in favour of unexpected sights and surprising detours, to see ‘his India’.

Wandering off the typical tourist trails, Paul readily follows his own instincts taking us on a personal odyssey where a delicate balance of heart and humour will expose an unfamiliar side to this economic powerhouse. Paul begins a surreal and intense journey from crowded city streets to the harsh beauty of rural India; from the rugged terrain of the North to the sultry heat of the South. Paul’s Indian adventure sees him hang out with a gang of Eunuchs; dine with convicted criminals in a high security prison; learn to ‘rock’ on stage Indian style, and get swamped by thousands of naked holy men at a remote hilltop festival. Facing angry elephants, delinquent monkeys, spitting cobras and holy rats along the way… Paul heads off to find the ‘alternative’ India.

Customer Reviews

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the odd side of India 4 Sep 2009
Following on from Paul Merton's entertaining journey around China in which he met people and explored the sights, this series attempts to provide much the same mixture of comedy and a slice of a different culture, with the emphasis being on the unusual side of life. If you like Paul's comedy style then there's much to enjoy, but even if you don't this is still enjoyable. His acerbic and sarcastic wit from Have I Got News For You has been replaced by a gentler style. His persona is of the Englishman abroad, being slightly overweight, slightly bewildered and slightly out-of-touch. His emphasis is on showing the weird and the downright bizarre, but the show format, and Paul, never patronizes the people he meets and the feeling comes over of Paul being warm and friendly with warm and friendly people.

Each episode centres around a specific town or area, taking in most of the vast country. It delves into the expected areas of Bollywood films and the preoccupation with setting world records for activities nobody would want to be the world's best at, such as being hit in a painful place or riding the world's largest bike. And it uncovers the unexpected such as a PG Wodehouse fan club and Cobra collectors.

It's made clear that this is only a peripheral accounting of the vast country and it shouldn't be used as a guide if you're thinking of visiting, but as it does meet people from the various social stratas and, despite the comedic element, doesn't ignore the poorer and seamier sides of life, it still manages to provide a decent feeling of the country and its people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series on quirky India 20 Feb 2010
I have heard family in the UK rave about this series and having been to India a number of times we were keen to see Paul Merton's take on a fascinating country.

We weren't disappointed. Paul Merton travels to major areas of India but rather than hitting the well known sights seeks out the weird, wonderful and downright odd. He also doesn't shy away from a warts and all view of the people, traffic, and poverty which some documentaries tend to gloss over.He is an ideal travelling companion with the right mix of humour and humility, with a genuine desire it feels to get to know the people he meets

We loved it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Searching for the strangest thing about India 29 Mar 2010
Travel shows about India can be hit and miss. Many simply fall back on cliches, visiting well known tourist spots and reeling off the same facts and cultural tidbits. This series attempts to do something different by finding all the strangest, most unusual things that India has to offer. Unfortunately, the effect is to create a caricature of India, so that it becomes a land of weird things and strange people. It's entertaining enough, but for some people, this will become what they think of India, and I think that's a shame.

Surprisingly, Paul Merton turns out to be a rather good presenter. I was worried, because he can be incredibly sarcastic and acerbic on the various comedy shows he appears on. However, in this series he is gently interested and politely amused by the strange things he sees. He is quite open-minded and seems to be up for anything, all of which are good qualities in a traveller.

Overall, this series isn't bad, but it's a little over the top with the bizzarro factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative! 20 July 2010
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I expected a lot from this DVD having seen Paul Merton in various other "roles" but not as a presenter. I was certainly not disappointed! I have always believed that people will learn a lot more with the use of a bit of humour along the way and I learnt a lot from this DVD! Excellent!
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