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  • Actors: Tom Basden, Kevin Bishop, Laura Patch, Harry Peacock, Alex Woodhall
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00206U61K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Star Stories, the Comedy Award-winning series from the makers of Peep Show, presses its nose against the steamy window of fame. Recreating the bust-ups, love-ins and fall-outs of major league celebrities, Star Stories is a hilarious romp through the stories behind the tabloid splashes. It reveals the warts and all revelations of the personal drama, behind the tabloid representation of celebrity figures such as Posh & Becks, Bitnet Spears, Simon Cowell, George Michael, Kate Moss and Peter Andre and Jordan. It's packed with the latest celebrity news, the hottest lurrve tips and the juiciest gossip the starts do not want published! Discover who really wears the trousers in Madonna's house, why Take That really split up, and why George Michael is the most influential artist of the Twentieth Century! In each episode a different celebrity is put under the microscope in a sacrilegious biopic of their lives to date. But these are the stories our stars would never want anyone to see.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 16 Sept. 2009
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I guess this is for fans of Star Stories - people who have actually watched the show and just want to keep watching it! The DVDs are great - extras are quite nice (I didn't actually know the names of a lot of the particular actors playing specific parts, and the extras actually identify them by name). The DVD covers could contain more information about episodes etc. But that's really the only thing "wrong" with this product. I've really enjoyed watching these again - I tend to just choose "play all", as one episode at a time isn't enough!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Shafi on 23 Nov. 2009
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Fast-moving, with a mix of high-brow and low-brow!! Great cast and great stories!
Best episode is George Michael. Shame that they're not making any more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. R. D on 22 April 2010
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It's a brilliant show, I do hope they make a series 4 at some point.
There are some nice behind the scenes footage and interviews on each disc.
recommended
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Satire is humour that requires discipline and a general understanding of what can make people laugh. In particular, celebrities are often the focal point of our everyday humour as many celebrities say or do unbelievably stupid things which is why sitcoms like South Park or even panel shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks have become so popular. In the case of Star Stories, this show fails to give any coherent or intelligent mockery of the people portrayed here and is a prime example of what not to do when making satire. Looking back on this show today, I find it bizarre how this show survived three seasons let alone one.

I actually used to dig this show a lot back when it was at its height and I found it funny seeing all these celebrities that I had known a lot about having the p**s taken out of them. It's also funny seeing Kevin Bishop who was Jim Hawkins in Muppet Treasure Island on this show as I watched that film loads of times as a kid. Bare in mind, I was only 11 years old when this show started airing on Channel 4 and obviously, my sense of humour will have changed a lot now from when I was a pre-teen. Now in my late teens and legally an adult, I can honestly say that this show is total dross.

As I mentioned, parodying celebrities is something that works when the people behind it are aware of what makes the celebrity so mockable and using it to effect. Some celebs like Madonna, Tom Cruise and Simon Cowell are easy to parody as they have become such popular targets by the media because of their demeanour and often idiotic actions. However, the show never explores these in great depth or explain why we find these people to be complete arses and instead uses them as simply a point of mimicry rather than exploring their personalities and actions.
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I found this mostly brilliant, and it also stands up to repeated viewings. An imaginative take on self-serving celebrity biopics, this reimagines in separate episodes how the featured celebrity might wish to have themselves portrayed, as opposed to any received truth that popular public opinion might hold. Hence, presumably, "Gone With The Wind" playing over the intros, to indicate you are about to be fed an utterly romanticised version of events through hopelessly biased and self-serving rose tinted spectacles, which of course is a major part of the joke.

Not recommended if you are related to the majority of the featured names. It has some of the vicious bite of the early Splitting Image material, when it was still inventive.The actors are certainly a wonderful ensemble of talents - but if you didn't catch this on broadcast, don't expect this to be an attempt at accurate character study. It features cartoonish and deliberately offensive characterisations, which for me at least is immensely in its favour.

Oh, and please don't pay any heed to the lone meanderingly self-indulgent negative review above - he appear to be going through a classic teenage period of thinking he's very grown-up and therefore has an absolute right to preach what is and isn't funny, and why. News flash: happily, humour is subjective. Reviews are just opinions, no more, no less. And this is mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Whiteley on 10 Feb. 2011
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I'd recommend this to anyone, it's absolutely brilliant. I saw them all on tv and nearly wet myself laughing at most of them, now I can get that laughter on tap.
Buy it!
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For the money spent this is a pretty good box set.As described all the episodes from all 3 series are there. Unfortunately some of the humour has been lost as it is a topical comedy but that is no refelection on the series itself.

Overal it is a good buy but if you were born after 1998 you probably won't get all the jokes.
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By Helsinki12 on 25 Oct. 2012
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I had not seen the tv series and saw a trailer which made me laugh out loud, so I purchased the box set.

Certainly hours of fun, so witty and wicked at times. Such a talented cast and Kevin Bishop is chameleon like and carries out his roles with pin point precision.

Well worth the cost.
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