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Sykes - The First Colour Series [DVD] [1972]

4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eric Sykes, Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, Richard Wattis, Joy Harington
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MJ0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Several episodes from the 1970s BBC classic starring Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques.

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Well worth waiting nearly a year after the initial advertised release date - a lot of work has gone into this DVD set of the complete 1972 series, 16 episodes.
Network Video have done an excellent job at restoration and the images are very clean and bright. Half of the episodes have extra material added. In addition there are many outtakes.
See Peter Sellars throw Sykes over the settee! See the man who operates the bird in the clock...
One episode, not seen since 1972, exists only in black and white, but has been lovingly restored.
Classic domestic comedy by a master classic comedian. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2004
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This is a truly excellent DVD package - the extras are wonderful and hugely appropriate, the picture quality and restoration superb and the whole pack was obviously put together by people with a great love of this classic series.
Treat yourself to 16 episodes of some of the best British comedy ever made.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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There is something wonderfully familiar about "Sykes" as a comedy series - some sort of fondness between each of the actors and the writer that could not have been faked. All the quirks and irregularities of Sykes and Hattie Jacques when they're acting... It was as if they were all a large group of friends who were just making each other laugh.
At first, I thought this might have just been my own impression, or a fluke... but after viewing the clips "In the Studio" (an interesting set of outakes/behind the scene footage), I saw that this was indeed the case. And all the better for it.
A brilliantly funny series, with cameos from lots of Eric Sykes' closest friends... Peter Sellers (hilarious) and Joan Simms (excellent) to name just a few. The production team has obviously taken it's time in restoring the series, and this process is shown on the DVD... each disc has a different feature as well as the episodes.
A perfect DVD package to accompany a perfect British TV comedy series. I highly recommend you to buy immediately.
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Having read "If I don't write it nobody else will" (Autobiography)If I Don't Write It Nobody Else Will I had to purchase this DVD set. I wasn't disappointed. Made in the era of "Light Entertainment" this is "gentle" comedy at its best.In his book Sykes uses the phrase "chuckle" a lot and this is what it is all the way through - in fact a funny and entertaining series.
Excellent supporting cast in Hattie Jacques, Richard Wattis and Deryck Guyler. This series from 1972 demonstrates how far television has fallen in recent years - this is a series you'd make plans to stay in and watch rather than escape the drivel that is offered nowadays. Picture quality and sound are excellent (You'd think it was recorded last week) Out-takes are also a bonus included in the set. Good to see Eric on television last week in "Poirot - Hallowe'en Party"(2010)playing the role of an elderly lawyer (Mr. Fullerton) - may he long continue !
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Well.... it has now been over 5 years since this fantastic DVD was released, and nothing further! There were 6 more colour series and a Christmas Special broadcast between 1973-1979 on BBC1.

If you would like to see more Sykes please email the BBC and/or Network and tell them. Sadly, it won't happen unless we let them know there is a market for more.

It may be over thirty years since initial broadcasts but Sykes has lost none of its charm, and every episode remains extremely funny.
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Surely the silly prices being asked for this dvd and Eric's recent death should convince even the living dead who run Network that this, and all the Sykes series, should be reissued. In a box!
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Eric Sykes is a personal favourite of mine, so I write this with some bias!! I bought this 2 years ago and still continue to watch it over and over. I believe Mr. Sykes is so under-rated by the 'Great' British public and this dvd set proves just how funny he is.

The quality of the reproduction is top notch. There's an extra explaining how they went about this. Sit coms of today pale in comparison though to the quality of the comedy that is served up by Eric, Hattie, Mr. Brown, Corky and the odd 'big' name that pops up from time to time!

For me, the 'Cat' episode is my fave. How they work the sink plunger from the beginning of the story to the 'alibi' at the end is comic genius. Simple comedy that has a touch of the ordinary man about it. Come on BBC and release more of the legend that is, Eric sykes.

As well as the 16 wonderful episodes on these 3 discs is an interview with the great man and a glimpse of his stage act from the series 'Spotlight'. Only purchase this product if you want to walk round with a smile on your face and a chuckle on your lips!
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Good to see Sykes appearing in some really good episodes on the disc. I look forward to further series being made available
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