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Rik Mayall Presents: The Complete Series [DVD]

Rik Mayall , Phyllis Logan , Simon Cellan Jones , Nick Hamm    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Phyllis Logan, Phil Daniels, Edward Tudorpole, Alan Cumming
  • Directors: Simon Cellan Jones, Nick Hamm
  • Producers: Andy Harries
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OOXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,959 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All six episodes of the 1990s ITV comedy drama series starring Rik Mayall. Episodes are: 'The Big One', 'Dirty Old Town', 'Dancing Queen', 'Micky Love', 'Briefest Encounter' and 'Clair de Lune'.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Showcasing the talent and versatility of its star Rik Mayall, this collection comprises six episodes of dark humour spread over two series, where he plays such diverse roles as a paranoid TV show host, an uncontrollable liar who pretends to be a gangster and a man on a date who is trapped in a cycle of escalating comic violence! Heightening the manically marvellous mix of mirth and mayhem is a star-studded cast including Amanda Donohoe, Helena Bonham Carter, Nick Hancock and Lee Evans to name a few. Accompanied by quality writing and superb direction, this is British comedy at its very best. Episodes Comprise: 1. Micky Love (1993) 2. Briefest Encounter (1993) 3. Dancing (1993) 4. The Big One (1995) 5. Dirty Old Town (1995) 6. Clair De Lune (1995) ...Rik Mayall Presents - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set ( Micky Love / Briefest Encounter / Dancing Queen / The Big One / Dirty Old Town / Clair de Lune ) ( Rik Mayall Presents Micky Love / Rik Mayall Presents Briefest Encounter / Rik Mayall Pres

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whenever someone dies, the reviews pile in... 10 Jun 2014
By DJ Bez
The sad, unexpected death of Rik Mayall has prompted me to do a short review of this DVD which I bought nearly ten years ago when it first came out thanks to old-TV-everyone-else-seems-to-have-forgotten specialists Netwerk.

Although another reviewer has, quite rightly, made the connection that these films were almost like (and I'm paraphrasing here) a 'Comic Strip Lite made for an ITV audience' I feel I have to raise the point that I'd give anything for ITV to return to the days when they even felt brave enough to commission this kind of thing again. In fact, I seem to remember some mild fallout after the transmission of 'Mickey Love' with lots of Daily Mail letter (and it was letters then, possibly Basildon Bond) writing about the many sexual references and 'strong' language.

In retrospect this might have been Riks finest hour; after all, when you discount the ensemble Comic Strips (for which there was no real solo 'Rik' outing), the Young Ones, Bottom, Filthy, Rich and Catflap, etc... all we are really left with other than the one-off guest appearances is The New Statesman and later, best forgotten vehicles such as 'Believe Nothing'.

So what are the plays actually like? They are set in a contemporary world, so of course they have dated, but are worth at least a viewing for any casual Rik Mayall or 'black comedy' fan. Speaking of which, I think that these came as a shock at the time to those brought up on the manic Rik of the Blackadder, Bottom, etc...

'Micky Love' is a thinly disguised version of Hughie Green (since covered more openly by BBC4, although with even more arguments over how real it all was) who finds his downfall from the top of the TV light ent. roost.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helena Bonham-Carter rocks 20 Dec 2009
I have to confess that I bought this collection purely to get a good copy of Dancing Queen. I originally recorded it straight from TV but wore it out!
I honestly regard this as the best film HBC has ever made, but Rik Mayall is surprisingly good in a romantic leading role. The only flaw with this film is that it feels as if there are chunks missing - and it seems there are. I remember reading somewhere that there was sufficient footage shot to make a 90 minute film, but it had to be savagely cut to meet the demanded format. I also heard that it was planned to release a full-length version at some point, but it was then discovered that the excised footage had been accidentally losy or discarded.
This leaves us with an ending that looks hurried or careless, but it still doesn't spoil my overall enjoyment. What really makes it is the acting, with a bit of a tour-de-force from Bonham-Carter, which is almost the total opposite of the roles she is best known for. The soundtrack is well chosen too and both Nellie The Elephant and Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) will always bring a smile to my face every time I hear them from now on.
The ending is as corny as hell, but sometimes you simply need a film that simply leaves you with a warm glow. This is that film.

As for the others in the series. Micky Love is a barely disguised portrayal of Hughie Green - very good actually, but I don't feel the need to return to it. Brief Encounter was far more vicious than I remember it from the TV.
As for the rest, well I've had the DVD for about a year now and still haven't got round to watching them again.

I bought this DVD at full price and thought it well worth it for that one episode. It is now obviously a bargain.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but patchy... 9 Mar 2007
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
These 50-odd minute plays provide a wide range of material for Rik Mayall to get his teeth into, the the results are (perhaps predictably) rather mixed.

'Micky Love' is in a class of it's own here, and is easily the best of all six plays, matching an incredible script with the vivid title character, an over the hill northern light entertainer heading for a fall. Disaster piles on disaster as an overheard conversation leads ultimately to the downfall of a TV quiz show king - this is both by turns hilarious and gripping drama.

'Briefest Encounter' is tells the story of two strangers meeting at a party then going home together for a disasterous 'date'. The most blatantly comedic play in the series, this might have been excellent pared down to a 30 minute short, but this situation is so over-extended that the characters end up turning into complete insanity by the half-way point, and the piece drifts off into the realms of the ridiculous.

'Dancing Queen' is a slight romantic tale as a groom has his wedding day disrupted by his best man's over-enthusiastic celebrations and ends up becoming attached to the stripper hired for his batchelors night. A little obvious perhaps, but a nicely played and gorgeously shot piece.

'The Big One' tells the tale of an incorrigable liar who ends up in fear of his life after impersonating a dead man - a reasonably diverting twisty plot-line but the play seems to stumble a little between knowing whether it's a comedy film or a gangster thriller.

'Dirty Old Town' has a suicidal tramp mistaken for a movie scrpt-writer with fairly predictable results. Not bad, just a rather obvious 'trading places' scenario that sorely lacks a punchline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 hours ago by don m laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful, thank you
Published 5 days ago by Babalina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great set of classic comedies particularly Dancing Queen.
Published 8 days ago by FRANKELSTEIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Rik Mayall = Comedy Legend of A Generation
Amazing lasting tribute to a very funny man.....been after this for years. Brilliant!
Published 9 days ago by Mike Brookfield
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rik Mayall and was so sad to hear he ...
I love Rik Mayall and was so sad to hear he had died recently. Delighted to get this DVD and it's very enjoyable - well worth having if you are a Rik fan like me. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mary Hassett
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss Out
I bought this DVD after seeing one episode - the hilarious "Dancing Queen" - on TV as a tribute to Rik Mayall following his untimely death. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Hacked Right Off
3.0 out of 5 stars Memories are better than the DVD
I am a fan of Rik and Ade`s work. However this is Rik on his own. Dancing Queen was shown as a tribute recently, and although it had some 'big names' in the cast, these were in the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Master Card
5.0 out of 5 stars Rik Mayall Presents: The Complete Series [DVD]
Rik Mayall Presents: The Complete Series [DVD]
I missed this great Rik Mayall TV series when it was first shown! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories
I haven't watched this yet and I am looking forward to it as I am aware of the Rik Presents series. I have bought it to remember him as he has helped to change comedy for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AJS265
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD manufacturer needs to make some changes.
I am not criticising the quality of the films or acting. I am criticising the quality of the DVD. It seems to me that they just transferred it straight from VHS to DVD without... Read more
Published 1 month ago by I. courtney
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