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The Best of Les Dawson [DVD]


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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P043M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Les Dawson’s career spanned over 25 years and made him one of Britain’s best loved comedians. 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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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129 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Fairley on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Darlow on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MRS. ANN BRADLEY on 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 By grandma on 4 Feb 2014
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Not sure if Les Dawson wasn't as funny as I thought, or if somebody chose some very mediocre snippits. Disappointing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on 16 April 2013
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 By Mr. E. D. Payne on 21 Jan 2013
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Enjoyable in parts but surely not the BEST of Les Dawson. So many more classic sketches could have been included.
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