Suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, David Mitchell and Robert Webb were the new masters of the comedy Universe, with a radio show, two TV shows and a film. And their success is well deserved - they are great writers and talented performers, as you will find when listening to this set.
There is much to enjoy in this series. The humour is in the vein of Monty Python, with an absurd take on everyday situations, and things we take for granted taken to their absolute illogical conclusions. As writers they obviously draw from a wide range of experience and interests, resulting in quite a breadth of material. As performers that are very talented, with a great sense of timing.
Praise must also go to Olivia Coleman and James Bachman as the largely unsung backing cast - they are called upon to take on a huge variety of roles and do so superbly.
This set collects all eighteen episodes from the first three series across nine discs (two episodes a disc) with a tenth bonus disc of interviews, and unused sketches. The ten discs are collected into three double sized jewel cases held together be a thin cardboard outer. Each series comes with liner notes giving cast details, the same short biographies of Mitchell and Webb, and a track listing allowing you to jump to favourite sketches.
The bonus disc material is interesting, but if you already have all three series without the bonus stuff it probably is not worth replacing them with this set.