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The Best of Les Dawson [DVD]

Les Dawson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Les Dawson
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P043M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Les Dawson was one of the last practitioners of a comedy tradition that had its roots in variety, pantomime and the hard knocks school of Northern working-men's clubs. Right up until his death in 1993, he saw no need to revise or modernise his material in the face of the "alternative" comedy revolution--"I'm not saying she was fat, but they used her knickers for hang-gliding", "the mother-in-law got on a chair and sang all the songs she'd learnt as a stormtrooper"--because the enduring charm of his performances depended less on the material than his delivery. Dawson was the master of the deadpan and, coupled with a flexible face that lent itself to hilarious gurning, he could transform the longest shaggy-dog story with the weakest punchline into a comedic masterpiece. On this video a selection of his monologues, sketches (including, of course, several doses of double entendre queens "Cissie and Ada" with fellow drag artist Roy Barraclough) and notorious attempts to play the piano are interspersed with some variety performances and--arguably his finest hour--his stint as host of Blankety Blank ("This is the first time I've hosted a quiz show and I feel about as comfortable as a lame turkey sat on a pile of paxo listening to Christmas carols"). Taking over from genial but bland Terry Wogan, Dawson transformed this trivial BBC quiz show into a sublime send-up of the format. Excerpted here are a handful of his set-piece jokes, but some of the most priceless moments were his ad-libs to the minor celebs on the panel or his sarcastic reflections on the show's prizes. If the selection here seems haphazard, it's probably because there is no such thing as a "classic" Les Dawson sketch: his very presence was the essence of his comedy. --Mark Walker

Product Description

This collection captures classic moments from the Les Dawson show, Blankety Blank and Dawson's hilarious drag pairing with Roy Barraclough as the gossiping housewives, Cissy and Ada. All Dawson's trademark performances are here - his brilliantly poor piano playing, the mother-in-law jokes and hilarious rambling monologues.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
129 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not saying my mother-in-law is fat, but ... 12 July 2004
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Les Dawson was an integral part of TV when I was growing up, first with his own shows and later as presenter of 'Blankety Blank'. To my mind, he sits alongside Spike Milligan as one of the funniest people ever to grace this planet and Dawson was, without a doubt, the master of the deadpan delivery.
This DVD is basically a compilation of bits and pieces from Les Dawson's various TV shows, including the odd excerpt from 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'Blankety Blank'. All the usual staples are here: Cissy and Ada, his hilarious double act with Roy Barraclough of 'Coronation Street' fame, Zebediah Twine the magician as well as the monologues (how did he manage to keep a straight face?), the near legendary mother-in-law jokes and, lest we forget, his superbly off-kilter piano playing (Les Dawson was, in fact, an extremely talented pianist)
The quality of some of the BBC's DVD releases leaves a lot to be desired, and this is no exception - there are no extras to speak of and the subtitling is rather poor although given the age of some of the material included, the mono soundtrack can just about be forgiven.
These faults aside, it's a fitting tribute to a British comedy legend.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good example of LES DAWSON 8 Feb 2009
one of the funniest dvds of LES I have seen for a long time it brought back memories of how funny he was
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but not the best 7 Dec 2010
In my view Les Dawson was never the same after he moved from Yorkshire TV. The "Sez Les" programmes gave free rein to his down-to-earth vulgarity. His BBC work was still funny, but somehow more restrained and refined - the roughness had been smoothed down. This DVD has its fair share of funny moments but it lacks any overall style or continuity, it's just a rag-bag of clips and doesn't do its subject justice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best bits 22 Dec 2010
Had I seen this before I bought it, I would not have purchased. I do not think it is best bits at all, quite disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected. 4 Jan 2013
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This DVD does not do Les Dawson justice in that only bits of individual shows are included, and not the best at that. I was hoping this DVD would be part of a series of the full half hour shows as originally shown during his lifetime. This is not the case. Disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Les Dawson Dvd 16 April 2013
By Shelly
Bought back loads of memories of watching Les Dawson years ago. Really enjoyed the DVD. Great price, speedy delivey. Would recommend this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Dawson 1 Mar 2012
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Used to watch Les Dawson as a kid but you forget how funny he was.Probably would not get away with his style of humour today.Which is best but at the time was funny.Sorry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good evenings entertainment 7 Dec 2011
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What you would expect from Les Dawson; his various characters are funny and his sketches are hysterical (or is that historical?).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH A TALENTED MAN
Brought back so many wonderful memories. His CISSIE & ADA sketches with Roy Barraclough are so hilarious. It was a joy to watch this DVD.
Published 20 days ago by Iain in Goa
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I think of as the best
Not sure if Les Dawson wasn't as funny as I thought, or if somebody chose some very mediocre snippits. Disappointing
Published 2 months ago by grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
now this is a DVD to watch its just awesome totally brilliant our sides were sore with the laughter recommend it to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Les
Truly funny and entertaining from a British legend.
Bought this for Christmas. What a treat! Family Christmas improved upon instantly. A +++
Published 3 months ago by Roger That
5.0 out of 5 stars Mums DVD
This is one of a set of DVD's we bought for Mum for her birthday and just like the others she has absolutely loved it, good quality DVD.
Published 3 months ago by acyclingwidow
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Les Dawson
My husband, my daughter and I really like Les Dawson, and I wanted to buy a DVD for us all for Christmas. I really hope that it will entertain us all.
Published 3 months ago by sandra gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars one off the best les dawson dvd ever would recondmend two any body ...
one off the best les dawson dvd ever would recondmend two any body very good buy good site you just cant go wrong
Published 4 months ago by Laurence O. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun dvd
It was good to see the great man in action again. His quick wit and comic timing are absolutely priceless.
Published 8 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic old comedy. A bit dated by now but still good to watch for a bit of light entertainment for an hour.
Published 11 months ago by NICOLA DOWNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars good
arrived promptly & as described. dont see any point in writting any more, short & to the point is the way to go.

more people would leave feedback if you made it easier
Published 11 months ago by The Pieman
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